Dustin Gardiner Arizona Republic Published 10:40 p.m. UTC Jul 30, 2018 Heads up, Arizonans: Today is the last day to register to vote in the state's Aug. 28 primary election, the contest that determines which candidates will appear on the November ballot for each political party. VOTER'S GUIDE: See who's on the 2018 ballot How to register, check your status Voters who have an Arizona driver's license or non-operating state I.D. card can register online at servicearizona.com. If you can't register online, register in person by filling out a form at the country recorder's office in the county where you live. Information on office locations is available from the secretary of state's website. Need more help? Call 1-877-THE-VOTE for assistance. Unsure if your voter registration is active and up to date with your correct address and party preference? Visit the Arizona Secretary of State's website to verify your information. The primary … [Read more...] about Today is the last day to register to vote for Arizona’s Aug. 28 primary election
Richard Ruelas and Ricardo Cano Arizona Republic Published 12:30 p.m. UTC Jul 30, 2018 The plan Gov. Doug Ducey proposed and the state Legislature passed aimed to provide school districts and charter schools enough funds to give teachers across Arizona an average pay raise of 10 percent. Except, in reality, there is no such thing as an average school district or charter. The actual raises given to teachers, as reported by the districts and charter schools, vary greatly across Arizona. According to district and charter financial data reported to the Arizona Department of Education, some schools reported giving average raises of 19 percent. Others reported raises as low as 3 percent. One school reported giving a raise of just over 1 percent. One district, the tiny Blue Elementary School District in Greenlee County, reported a salary increase of -6 percent because a veteran teacher retired and was replaced at a lower salary by a teacher with less experience. … [Read more...] about -6% to 19%: Arizona teachers are getting raises, although they aren’t all 10 percent
Kaila White Arizona Republic Published 2:39 p.m. UTC Jul 30, 2018 For 10 days, the woman was not allowed to leave her cell at an Arizona migrant detention facility, according to a document filed in court this month. She couldn't take a bath. The drinking water tasted like bleach. And when there was food it was usually uncooked noodles. But most painful of all, she writes in an account of her detention, was being separated from her son soon after they were detained. "The worst thing that has ever happened to me is having my son taken from me," wrote the woman, who had crossed the border illegally with her son fleeing abuse in Brazil. Her account offers a glimpse into what hundreds of immigrants have experienced in Arizona during the Trump administration's roughly two-month-long zero-tolerance policy that separated thousands of families at the U.S.-Mexico border. On Thursday, a court-imposed deadline passed for the government to reunify nearly 2,600 … [Read more...] about ‘Worst thing that has ever happened to me’: Migrant details time as detainee in Arizona
Ian James Arizona Republic Published 4:55 p.m. UTC Jul 26, 2018 Arizona is looking at taking over a federal program intended to protect rivers, streams and wetlands from construction projects, road-building and mining, a change conservation groups say will likely translate into a significant weakening of environmental protections. In Arizona and most other states, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issues dredge-and-fill permits under the Clean Water Act. But a bill passed by the Arizona Legislature this year would allow the state Department of Environmental Quality to take over those responsibilities. The legislation, which was signed by Gov. Doug Ducey in April, says the agency may establish a state-run program for handling the permits, which developers and mining companies need to build in desert washes or near streams and wetlands. Conservation groups are voicing concerns that the state lacks the funding and expertise to properly run the permit program. … [Read more...] about Arizona may take on new authority to protect streams and rivers. Conservationists fear looser regulation.
Russ Wiles Arizona Republic Published 9:59 p.m. UTC Jul 30, 2018 Times are good for the men and women who run Arizona's public companies. In some ways, they've never been better. Propelled by a healthy economy, a strong stock market and rising corporate profitability, the chief executive officers of the 35 largest Arizona-based companies earned a median $4.79 million last year, according to an analysis by The Arizona Republic. That's up from $3.26 million in 2016 and easily the highest statewide compensation total ever. CEO pay totals are among the most visible signs of income inequality around the nation. Next year's numbers could be even larger given that the pro-business corporate income-tax changes adopted late last year in Washington, D.C., haven't yet been fully reflected in company financial results. The 47 percent rise in Arizona CEO compensation in 2017 compares with a 4 percent increase for Arizonans overall, as reported by … [Read more...] about CEOs of Arizona’s largest companies earned more than ever in 2017 – pay jumped 47 percent