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Former VP Joe Biden condemns recent police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis as yet another deadly encounter between police and an unarmed Black man. He did so before a virtual talk with PA Gov. Tom Wolf, ahead of next Tuesday's eight primaries.

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Despite calls for more transparency over COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care facilities, Arizona officials are refusing to release details of those establishments. AARP Arizona and others have called on the state to name facilities with significant coronavirus outbreaks and deaths

The effects of the COVID-19 crisis are threatening thousands of Arizonans who either are homeless or have lost a job and could lose their housing. (Tab61/Adobe Stock)

PHOENIX -- The COVID-19 pandemic is a frightening event for most Arizonans, but some say it's especially dangerous for people who are homeless or at risk of losing their home. About 8,000 Arizonans are without permanent shelter -- and thousands more have lost jobs and could join their ranks. A s

A new report shows Arizona has among the highest numbers of Latino children without health insurance in the country. (AndyDean/Adobe Stock)

PHOENIX, Ariz. - The number of Latino children with health insurance in Arizona and many other states, which had improved steadily over past decades, is dropping. A new report by UnidosUS and the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families says Arizona had the fifth-highest number of un

Most Arizona hourly workers, including food service, hospitality and retail employees, received a pay raise on Jan. 1, 2020, under the state's minimum wage law. (rentea/Adobe Stock)

TUCSON, Ariz. - Thousands of Arizona workers have gotten a pay raise this month, but not everyone is happy about it. A 2016 referendum raised the state's minimum wage over a four-year period to $12 an hour in 2020. It's given Arizona one of highest minimum-wage rates in the country, and economists

A U.S. Border Patrol officer opens and drains a water bottle left by No More Deaths volunteers to help migrants in the Agua Prieta National Wildlife Refuge in 2017. (NoMoreDeaths)

TUCSON, Ariz. — Government prosecutors in Tucson federal court are set to open a retrial today of a humanitarian aid worker who helped migrants in the Arizona desert. The original trial of Scott Warren on charges related to providing food, water and shelter to undocumented migrants ended in Ju

The ACLU of Arizona is challenging a law that requires defendants in some cases to either pay hefty fees for GPS monitors or await their trial date in jail. (wavebreakmedia/Adobe Stock)

KINGMAN, Ariz. — An Arizona appeals court has ruled a defendant whose trial is pending cannot be forced to either pay hefty fees for GPS monitoring or wait in jail. The ACLU of Arizona challenged before the Arizona Court of Appeals the case of a man who was released while awaiting trial, cou

Today (Friday) is World Press Freedom Day, created by the United Nations to support the free flow of information around the world. (Razihusen/AdobeStock)

TUCSON, Ariz. – Today is United Nations' World Press Freedom Day, and events are planned across the globe. However, journalists and other experts see recent events as more proof that that Americans should consider how to protect their own press freedoms. Despite constitutional protections, t

The Arizona Family Caregiver Grant Program would help family caregivers cover the cost of items such as wheelchair ramps, bathroom grab bars and other modifications. (Leonid/AdobeStock)

PHOENIX – A bill pending before the Arizona State Legislature would help families pay some of the expenses of keeping a disabled relative at home. The measure, the Family Caregiver Grant Program, is specifically designed to help families care for relatives and keep them out of taxpayer-suppo

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