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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders suspends his campaign for president. And COVID-19 is ravaging the black community in some areas, including Milwaukee.

2020Talks - April 9, 2020 


Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders drops out of the race for president, though he assured supporters yesterday his movement will continue. A federal judge ruled this week a lawsuit in Florida awaiting trial will apply to all people with former felony convictions, not just the 17 plaintiffs.

Public News Service - AZ: Civil Rights

Medical officials say the COVID-19 pandemic has created a critical shortage of blood for transfusions at U.S. hospitals. (NewAfrica/Adobe Stock)

PHOENIX, Ariz. - Opponents of a longtime rule limiting gay and bisexual men's ability to donate blood say a change in U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations is welcome, but doesn't go far enough. The ruling shortens the waiting period to donate blood for these groups of men from one year to

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

Some Arizonans may have to navigate regulations in order to cast a ballot - regulations critics say were designed to suppress certain types of voters. (AndreyPopov/Adobe Stock)<br /><br />

PHOENIX -- As Arizonans prepare for the state's March 17 Presidential Preference Election, some voters may have to navigate an obstacle or two before they can cast their ballot. In recent years, state lawmakers have added several rules to Arizona elections that voting-rights advocates say likely ar

Some elections officials choose to close polling places rather than bring them into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. (lazyllama/Adobe Stock)

TUCSON, Ariz. -- A new report says polling places in Arizona and elsewhere are too often inaccessible to people with disabilities, despite the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The report from the National Disability Rights Network says when some polling stations are found to be

A U.S. Border Patrol agent guards migrants at one of several detention centers along the U.S.-Mexico border. (US Border Patrol and Immigration)

TUCSON, Ariz. - After years of delays and legal wrangling, testimony began this week in a lawsuit to force the U.S. Border Patrol to upgrade its migrant detention facilities. The suit seeks to force the federal agency to improve what the plaintiffs call substandard conditions in its Tucson sector sh

As part of a federal legal settlement, Arizona now will update addresses for voter registration when people update their address for their driver's license. (Shelley/Adobe Stock)

PHOENIX -- Voting-rights advocates are claiming victory after the state of Arizona agreed to make it easier for residents to exercise their right to vote. A lawsuit filed by the League of Women Voters of Arizona, the Mi Familia Vota Education Fund and Promise Arizona has just been settled. The grou

Arizona stands to get about $8.4 million of the $425 million Congress has allocated to shore up election security ahead of the 2020 presidential vote. (Popov/AdobeStock)<br /><br /><br />

PHOENIX, Ariz. - The 2020 federal budget deal approved by Congress this week has $425 million earmarked to strengthen election security across the country. Arizona is scheduled to get $8.4 million from the fund, but state officials say it's too early to tell how they will spend it. The Brennan Cen

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

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