Covid pandemic

Covid, homeless students, SchoolHouse Connection, David Crockett Elementary School, Frye Elementary School
Jul 28, 2023

Schools lost track of homeless kids during the pandemic, many face steep path to recovery

By the time Aaliyah Ibarra started second grade, her family had moved five times in four years in search of stable housing. As she was about to start a new school, her mother, Bridget Ibarra, saw how much it was affecting her education.

student debt, Biden administration, Supreme Court, Chief Justice John Roberts, Arizona
Jul 3, 2023

Supreme Court nixes Biden plan for $430 billion in student-loan relief

The Supreme Court on Friday struck down a Biden administration student-debt relief plan that would have aided more than 40 million people, 916,000 of whom live in Arizona and currently hold a total of $32.6 billion in loans.

Census, population growth, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, Phoenix, Tempe, Goodyear, Yuma, Florence
Jun 26, 2023

Quarters bounce: Cities win appeals of Census’ count of group quarters

Population growth is nothing new in booming Arizona, but that growth usually comes with moving trucks. Over the past year, however, five Arizona cities and towns managed to add 10,000 residents without a moving truck or a packing box in sight.

border, campaign, migrants, U.S.-Mexico border, DeSantis, Trump, Biden, immigration
Jun 26, 2023

DeSantis unveils aggressive immigration and border security policy that largely mirrors Trump’s

Republican presidential candidate Ron DeSantis promised to end birthright citizenship, finish building the southern border wall and send U.S. forces into Mexico to combat drug cartels as part of an aggressive — and familiar — immigration policy proposal he laid out Monday in a Texas border city.

Covid, renters, scam
Jun 8, 2023

6 arrested in alleged scheme to fraudulently collect millions in Covid aid

Six people from Arizona, Washington and Texas have been arrested and accused of fraudulently obtaining millions of dollars of Covid aid from an assistance program meant for renters, federal prosecutors said.

LD26, candidates, Maricopa County, House, Senate, Crews
Jun 5, 2023

Crews appointed to fill LD26 House vacancy 

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors filled the vacancy in the state House of Representatives after appointing Quantá Crews to represent Legislative District 26. 

Phoenix, Census
May 30, 2023

Phoenix becomes largest US city to successfully challenge 2020 census numbers

Phoenix has become the largest U.S. city to successfully challenge its population count from the 2020 census after claiming that dozens of group homes, jails and drug and alcohol treatment centers were overlooked during the nation's head count.

Title 42, app, border towns, migrants, Biden administration
May 29, 2023

Asylum-seekers say joy over end of Title 42 turns to anguish induced by new rules

Though the government opened some new avenues for immigration, the fate of many people is largely left to a U.S. government app only used for scheduling an appointment at a port of entry and unable to decipher human suffering or weigh the vulnerability of applicants.

homelessness, Biden administration
May 19, 2023

White House vows more federal aid to reduce homelessness in 5 cities and California

Five major U.S. cities, including Phoenix, and the state of California will receive federal help to get unsheltered residents into permanent housing under a new plan launched Thursday as part of the Biden administration's larger goal to reduce homelessness 25% by 2025.

Medicaid, health insurance, Medicare, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
May 15, 2023

Arizonans at risk of losing Medicaid have options

With the end of the federal public health emergency signaling a return to “normal,” millions of Americans – including an estimated 600,000 Arizonans – are at risk of losing their Medicaid health coverage.

Spain, migrants, White House, Joe Biden
May 12, 2023

US-Spain collaboration on migration looms large as Biden, Sánchez hold White House talks

President Joe Biden and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez are set to hold talks Friday as their countries are collaborating along with Canada to establish migration hubs in Latin America where asylum seekers fleeing poverty and violence in their home countries can go to apply for protection.

emergencies, Hobbs, Bennett, Senate, governor, amendment
May 8, 2023

Senate considers measure to ask voters to approve constitutional change tied to emergencies

The state Senate was likely just a few minutes away from approving a measure last week that would ask Arizona voters to OK a constitutional amendment requiring the Legislature to reauthorize any state of emergency called by the governor every 30 days.