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The Trump Administration reverses course on international student rule; the ultra-rich keep getting richer; and rental costs are burdens for low-wage workers.

2020Talks - July 15, 2020 


Biden follows up on a climate policy plan from his task force, made up of his and Sen. Bernie Sanders' supporters. Alabama, Maine and Texas had elections; new data from California's March presidential primary show 1.5% of returned absentee ballots rejected.

Public News Service - AZ: Urban Planning/Transportation

Hundreds of thousands of Arizonans have lost their jobs during the pandemic crisis and are facing high electric bills caused by Arizona's scorching summer climate. (RobertKeenan/AdobeStock)

PHOENIX -- Arizona consumer groups want regulated power utilities to use cost savings from lower power demand during the pandemic to provide emergency aid to ratepayers. The coalition is asking the Arizona Corporation Commission to prevent the state's largest private power utilities from using fun

Interstate 10 near downtown Phoenix, also known as the Papago Freeway, is the heaviest-traveled section of road in the state. (Flickr)

PHOENIX -- After a couple years of wrangling, the Trump administration's policy easing fuel-efficiency standards for new cars has gone into effect. The plan rolls back an Obama-era rule to cut emissions 5% a year by 2026, trimming that annual reduction to just 1.5%. Opponents have said the rollback

Auto manufacturers that support a Trump administration plan to relax EPA tailpipe emissions standards could be losing loyal customers, according to a new poll. (Tyler Olsen/Adobe Stock)

PHOENIX -- Carmakers that support a Trump administration plan to cut Environmental Protection Agency auto-emission standards could be alienating their customers, according to a poll from the Union of Concerned Scientists. Several car companies, including Toyota, are backing a lawsuit to prevent sta

A new report from the Arizona PIRG Education Fund finds that converting to a fleet of electric buses can reduce emissions and lower operating costs. (ProterraCatalyst)<br /><br />

TUCSON, Ariz. – Many city buses pull away from a stop belching thick, black diesel smoke, leaving those behind them with burning eyes and a choking cough. But that's changing, as a new report from the Arizona Public Interest Research Group Education Fund says more cities in Arizona and across

A Traffic HAWK (High-intensity Activated crossWalK beacon) installed on a Phoenix street makes crossing the road safer for pedestrians. (City of Phoenix)

PHOENIX – With pedestrian deaths increasing rapidly in recent years, Arizona streets now rank as some of the most dangerous in the country. A new study by the advocacy group Smart Growth America ranks Arizona among the top 10 most dangerous for auto-pedestrian fatalities, with one section of

The Arizona Corporation Commission could make changes to its Electric Vehicle Policy Implementation Plan, designed to increase the number of electric vehicles on the road and expand the infrastructure to support them. (Adobe Stock)

PHOENIX - The Arizona Corporation Commission is looking to spur an increase in the number of electric vehicles on Arizona roads, despite efforts by oil companies to slow them down. The commission is to take up an Electric Vehicle Policy Implementation Plan today, designed to promote electric vehicl

Engineers say almost 20% of Arizona's 66,000 miles of roads and highways are in poor condition and in need of repairs. (Adobe Stock)

PHOENIX - After that pothole rattled your teeth on the drive to work this morning, you may be happy to hear that this is Infrastructure Week. Lawmakers are discussing ways to repair roadways, bridges, dams and other projects across the country that are crumbling from age and lack of maintenance. Th

Climate scientists and elected officials are looking for way to reduce the

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Government leaders and climate scientists are looking for ways to mitigate temperatures in the Phoenix area's so-called "heat island." Public health officials say more than 150 deaths were attributed to the intense heat this summer, a number that has risen steadily for the p

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