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Patriot Movement AZ supports preservation of Chinese Cultural Center

Rebecca Spiess Friday, June 22, 2018 Patriot Movement AZ supports preservation of Chinese Cultural Center PHOENIX – Advocates for the preservation of the Chinese Cultural Center have gained support from the Patriot Movement AZ, a controversial, conservative pro-Trump group that supports Second Amendment rights and a border wall. Lesa Antone, who founded the group that has drawn criticism over confrontations with Black Lives Matter and Red for Ed supporters, said the cause of Chinese small-business owners reflects Patriot Movement AZ ideals. She said her organization supports immigrants – “just not undocumented ones.” Thomas Simon, a spokesman for members of the Chinese community who have fought for months against a development that would shut down the center in east Phoenix, also said the Patriot Movement aligns with a mission of supporting small businesses. “People from opposing views on a lot of things seem to come together on the issue of minority rights,” he said. “This is what we’re dealing with in this case: A small minority of Asian-Americans who feel like their rights are being trampled on by big business. “We take all supporters, no matter who they are, and we want more support.” At a Phoenix City Council meeting in early June, members of the two groups sat side-by-side, chatting, moments after Antone’s group conducted an impromptu counterprotest outside council chambers. Patriots AZ members confronted protesters for Black Lives...

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The inside track: UA features only program focused solely on horse racing industry

Margaret Naczek Friday, June 22, 2018 The inside track: UA features only program focused solely on horse racing industry TUCSON – Zach Taylor grew up around horses. His mother owned trail horses when Taylor was a boy in Fayetteville, Arkansas. But his love for racing took off while working in the electrical supply industry. He would take his customers to Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs for a weekend at the races. “The first time I went I had a great time at the track. The second time I went I learned how to read the (Daily Racing Form). The third time I went I had a pretty good day at the windows,” Taylor said of the track now known as Oaklawn Racing & Gaming. “It all snowballed from there.” Taylor is one of 23 students at the University of Arizona’s Race Track Industry Program (RTIP), a program that has attracted national attention for producing alumni such as top trainers Bob Baffert and Todd Pletcher. It is the only collegiate program in the United States focused solely on the racetrack industry. Students receive a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The program is fairly small, with usually 30 to 40 students a year. During the 2017-2018 school year, RTIP graduated 12 students and had 23 in the program, said program director Wendy Davis,...

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Your vote, your voice: What do you want in election coverage?

Victoria Valenzuela and Pat Poblete Friday, June 22, 2018 Your vote, your voice: What do you want in election coverage? Politics are confusing. Help us design the perfect political affairs show to change that. There were more than 3.6 million registered voters in Arizona in March, the most recent month for which figures are available from the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office. With the midterm elections just five months away, Arizona voters face a plethora of political information to process. Politics can be confusing, and helping audiences stay informed on impactful Arizona news is something that Cronkite News takes great pride in. We want to ask you, our audience, what you want to know most about the top-polling Senate candidates. Your help in this crowd-sourced journalism project will help us make relevant, easy-to-understand Arizona political news coverage. To help us craft our political news segment, follow this link and answer a quick survey. The survey is anonymous, and will be used to generate a new show tailored to what you want to learn ahead of the midterm...

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