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Leah Britton/UA Don Bolles fellow

Leah Britton/UA Don Bolles fellow

Leah Britton is Senior at the University of Arizona pursuing a BA in broadcast journalism. She arrives as the 2024 Don Bolles Fellow selected by the UA School of Journalism. Prior to this, she worked on Arizona Public Media’s “Arizona Spotlight” as well as UATV in her time on campus.

Pro-Israel lawmakers back a bill to censor pro-Palestine student groups on AZ campuses

By: - February 27, 2024

Lawmakers who have complained about censorship on Arizona college campuses are lining up to support a bill that would censor pro-Palestinian student organizations.  House Bill 2759 prohibits state universities from recognizing student groups that provide “material support” to a foreign terrorist organization, vocally support genocide or promote a foreign terrorist organization on their social media […]

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Republican bill would let AZ ranchers shoot and kill border-crossers on their property

By: - February 23, 2024

Arizona Republicans want to let ranchers in southern Arizona legally shoot and kill undocumented immigrants who cross their land.    A bill moving through the state House of Representatives would make changes to the state’s existing “Castle Doctrine” law, which permits Arizonans to use deadly force against people who are trespassing or breaking into their home.  […]

AZ lawmakers move to ban ‘reunification’ treatment in child custody cases

By: - February 20, 2024

Tori Nielsen is a reunification camp survivor. Throughout her 13-year-long family court case, she and her younger brother have repeatedly reported the abuse they have endured at the hand of their father to anyone who would listen, only to be ignored and told their claims of abuse were lies.  She said that the court fabricated […]

Arizona could be the first in the nation to create an animal abuser registry

By: - February 16, 2024

Lawmakers are looking to take animal cruelty penalties to a new level by establishing an animal abuser registry to publicize the information of convicted offenders in the same way that sex offenders are required to register with law enforcement.  If the plan is successful, Arizona would become the first state in the nation to create […]

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Kern bills take aim at public universities he calls ‘anti-American indoctrination camps’

By: - February 13, 2024

In a tirade during a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting, a Republican state senator took shots at the Arizona Board of Regents and state universities as he introduced a package of bills that he claimed would ensure transparency and free speech protections.  During the hearing, Sen. Anthony Kern, a Glendale Republican who said he was “not […]

Some mobile home owners aren’t allowed to install air conditioners. A proposed law would change that.

By: - February 9, 2024

Heat deaths hit a record in Maricopa County in 2023, and 40% of those occurred in mobile homes, even though mobile homes make up just 5% of Arizona housing. Spurred by that staggering statistic, the Arizona House of Representatives unanimously approved a measure to give residents in mobile homes more freedom in how they cool […]

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AZ House votes to equip schools and nurses with critical diabetes drug

By: - February 8, 2024

Because Arizona schools gained the ability in 2017 to store albuterol inhalers for emergency use, Scottsdale Unified School District school nurse Will Graham was able to act immediately when he noticed a student was experiencing breathing difficulties.  “That treatment was so effective that, by the time the fire department got there, the student required no […]

Should drunk drivers who kill someone be forced to pay child support for orphaned kids?

By: - February 6, 2024

Arizona has joined dozens of other states in considering a bill that requires drunk drivers to pay child support for children left orphaned in accidents caused by their impaired driving.  “This is a proposal for victim rights,” Rep. Selina Bliss, R-Prescott, said. “If a person makes a choice to drive substance impaired and kills a […]

GOP proposal would ask voters to guarantee life sentences for child sex traffickers

By: - February 2, 2024

Arizona Republicans are backing a push to send child sex traffickers to prison for the rest of their lives, rallying behind a cry of “Arizona’s children are not for sale.” And to prove it, Rep. Selina Bliss and Sen Shawnna Bolick have teamed up to introduce legislation that would let voters decide later this year […]

Pluto isn’t really a planet, but it might be Arizona’s official state planet

By: - February 1, 2024

The city of Flagstaff really loves Pluto.  So much so that, in a recent show of cosmic devotion, Pluto-fanatics arrived at the state Capitol on Wednesday in droves to support legislation to make the dwarf planet the official state planet of Arizona.  In 1930, astronomer Clyde W. Tombaugh discovered Pluto from Flagstaff’s Lowell Observatory. To […]

Arizona looks to regulate AI and ‘deep fakes’ in elections

By: - January 30, 2024

As the reach of generative AI continues to stretch beyond society’s wildest imagination, lawmakers are worried about the role it could play in upcoming elections. With just a few clicks, artificially generated images could destroy an entire campaign.  In an attempt to get ahead of an issue that is almost certain to pop up during […]

AZ Democrats rally behind race-based hair discrimination protections

By: - January 29, 2024

 As the only Black woman on the House floor, Rep. Quantá Crews is no stranger to racially charged hair discrimination.  Crews, who wears her hair in twists, said she has experienced the pressures to align her appearance as close to whiteness as she can in order to be taken seriously in professional settings. And that […]