Arizona

The Tumultuous Life of an Independent Redistricting Commissioner

The independent chairwoman of Arizona's citizen-led redistricting commission became the target of intense organized opposition from tea party-inspired residents and Republican lawmakers to her leadership and the new maps she supported.

The States Where Public University Tuition Rates Rose the Most After Big Budget Cuts

Tuition rates at four-year public colleges climbed 37% over the last decade as states have slashed education funding.

Suburban Growth is Pressuring Groundwater Supplies in a Dry Western State

A new report describes how an Arizona program designed to replenish the water is facing challenges.

A City Looks at Wastewater for Clues in the Opioid Fight

Tempe, Arizona tests the waters to glean data about the spread of dangerous drugs.

The Right to Bear Nunchucks

Arizona residents can legally possess nunchucks, now that a new state law has gone into effect.

Voter Access Matters in 2020, and These Lawmakers Know It

Republicans tightened laws in a few key states. Democrats, meanwhile, opened access.

Arizona Targets Purdue in Opioid Crisis Suit Filed Straight to Supreme Court

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Reform school abuse in Pennsylvania … Ignored police body cam policy in Chicago …Considering a casino deal in Connecticut.

States Authorize Ridesharing for Medical Transport

Medicaid recipients in Arizona can now use Lyft to travel to non-emergency medical appointments, with similar laws on the way in Florida and Texas.

Figuring Out Exactly Where Hard-to-Count People Live

In New York, California and other states, officials are focused on how to ensure the U.S. Census counts everybody. That means investing money and conducting research to identify where to spend it.

Some Arizona Republicans Pushing a State Tax Hike for Education

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Arizona Mayor Declares Emergency as Border Patrol Increases Migrant Releases

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Arizona Now Recognizes All Out-Of-State Professional Licenses

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Congress Could Could Move Quickly on Drought Contingency Plan for Colorado River

Seven states submitted their agreements on March 19 with water officials asking for action before the end of April.

How Counties Are Addressing Their Digital Divides

Maricopa County, Arizona is fast-tracking 5G deployment, while Wise County, Texas wants to partner with providers on “middle mile” projects.

The Dangers of a Mandatory DNA Database

COMMENTARY | A controversy in Arizona is a portent of future public-policy fights.

After Complaints About Delays, Federal Transit Administration Announces Grant Awards

The next step is executing funding agreements allowing public transit project sponsors to actually spend the money.

Arizona Launches Campaign to Combat Deadly Syphilis Outbreak

The state health department reports that 664 women and 47 newborns have been diagnosed with the disease this year. Eight of those infected newborns have died.

Feeling Heat From Anti-Vaccine Parents, State Pulls Immunization Education Program

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Nevada and Arizona Ballot Measures Would Require Utilities to Use More Renewable Energy Sources

While Nevada’s effort to update its renewable portfolio standard has seen little opposition, the largest utility in Arizona is resisting the same measure.

Arizona Nearing Deal With Neighbors on Colorado River Water Use

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