As Colorado River plan advances, wrangling continues

By Jordan Williams/Arizona Sonora News PHOENIX — States with vital stakes in the dispersal of Colorado River continue to struggle with planning for a long-term solution to deal with the realities of drought and water allocations in the West, where seven states depend on the Colorado. On Wednesday, a day after President Trump signed a plan…

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A bill addresses political speech and the classroom

By Jordan Williams/Arizona Sonora News Capitol Bureau PHOENIX — The Senate Appropriations committee passed House Bill 2032, which would prohibit schools from speech or curricula during school time “with the intent of influencing or changing a student’s political ideology or religious beliefs.” Rep. Kelly Townsend (R-16) told the committee that even though many teachers in the…

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A long-term change to Arizona’s gubernatorial succession procedures advances in Phoenix

By Jordan Williams/Arizona Sonora News Capitol Bureau PHOENIX- The Arizona House government committee passed Senate Concurrent Resolution 1008, which would amend the state constitution to add a lieutenant governor in Arizona’s line of succession. The resolution, which the Senate passed by a vote of 23-7, requires a gubernatorial nominee to choose a running mate for lieutenant…

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Street, online harassment? Me too, many women say

“It is not flattering. Its scary, and sometimes your safety feels compromised. You don’t know how far these men will go if they felt like it was okay to say something sexual to a young lady.” By Gabby Mix, Julia McAlonan, Nicole Pon and Ty Hudson Photos by Ty Hudson A big crowd of marchers gathered behind a procession…

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Ban on driving while ‘distracted’ advances in capitol

By Jordan Williams/Arizona Sonora News Capitol Bureau PHOENIX — Distracted driving or texting and driving? How about both? The Arizona Senate considered and passed two different measures for dealing with distracted drivers. The Senate passed Senate Bill 1165 , which would ban texting while driving, by a bipartisan vote of 20-10 Under the bill introduced…

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‘Milk’ joins House bill on labeling of ‘meat’

By Jordan Williams/Arizona Sonora News Capital Bureau PHOENIX — It’s not soy milk, it’s soy beverage. The Arizona House of Representatives advanced House Bill 2604, with an amendment regarding labeling products as milk. Originally, the bill only limited the use of the word “meat” to describe food derived from harvested livestock, and “poultry” as derived…

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New school buses for Tucson as part of Volkswagen fraud settlement

Story and photos by Kirshana Guy/Arizona Sonora News  Tucson’s two largest school districts will receive over $4.5 million to purchase new school buses after a 2016 nationwide settlement with Volkswagen over the sale of their “clean diesel” vehicles.  The state of Arizona was allocated $53 million after Volkswagen pleaded guilty to three felony counts of…

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Capitol Report: Taking a Message to School: Bill Sets Groups’ Access

By Jordan Williams/Arizona Sonora News PHOENIX  — Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Future Farmers of America attended the Senate Education committee Tuesday to support a Senate bill that would allow youth groups designated as “patriotic” societies under federal law to send representatives to speak during school hours with permission from a school’s principal.  The bipartisan…

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