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President Trump berates governors as 'weak' amid growing racial unrest; an interfaith group sees a link between protests and climate change.

2020Talks - June 2, 2020 


Eight states plus Washington DC have primaries today, even as cities determine how to move forward in the wake of massive protests nationwide; President Trump says he'll deploy active US troops to quell them.

Public News Service - AZ: Civil Rights

A new survey shows that since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis, the number of young people detained in juvenile-justice facilities has dropped by 24%. (Olena/Adobe Stock)

TUCSON, Ariz. -- As the coronavirus pandemic took hold across the United States last month, a new survey found the number of young people in secure detention centers fell by 24%. Arizona juvenile-justice officials report the number of detentions in the state also has dropped, but data isn't yet avai

Arizonans already have the option to vote by mail. The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted officials to propose extending mail-in ballots to all voters, for both the 2020 primary and general elections. (Darylann/AdobeStock)

PHOENIX -- Voting-rights advocates say partisan politics are blocking Arizona elections officials from allowing all voters in the state to use mail-in ballots in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Some 80% of Arizona voters already cast their ballots by mail, but Republicans in the state Legislatu

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

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