Category: Cronkite News

‘It’s our turn’: Phoenix police supporters rally outside City Hall

Tim Royan Wednesday, June 26, 2019 ‘It’s our turn’: Phoenix police supporters rally outside City Hall PHOENIX – Demonstrators rallied Wednesday outside Phoenix City Hall to show support for police in the wake of recent outrage over a viral video of a controversial police stop for suspected shoplifting. Natalie Reilly of Nothing But Love Notes, an organization that handwrites notes of support for members of the military and first responders, said her best friend and son are law-enforcement officers, and she wanted to let police know the community supports them. Some in the crowd of about 50 cheered as two police officers walked past them. “It’s our turn,” organizer Nohl Rosen said Wednesday. “There is a war on police in this country. We need to support our police.” Rally for Law Enforcement organized the rally after protesters critical of police practices descended on a City Council meeting last Wednesday to oppose the approval of a city budget until measures were in place to curb police overreach. The council approved the budget after members said they would explore systems to improve police accountability. The group’s Facebook event page called on “the pro-police side to speak out in support of the officers who made that stop and did their jobs.” Reilly was concerned by the events at last week’s meeting. “If we speak over each other, we’ll never get anywhere,” she...

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Phoenix Rising’s Flemmings secures start, helps Jamaica land quarterfinal spot

Owain Evans Tuesday, June 25, 2019 Phoenix Rising’s Flemmings secures start, helps Jamaica land quarterfinal spot LOS ANGELES – Phoenix Rising’s Junior Flemmings started for the Jamaican national team as it sealed a Gold Cup quarterfinal spot with a 1-1 draw against Curaçao. Rising teammate Kevon Lambert was also brought on in the 73rd minute for his first appearance in this year’s Gold Cup. The pair will remain on international duty through at least the next weekend. Jamaica entered this game knowing that a victory or draw would be enough to seal its progression from the group. With Leon Bailey benched after suffering a strain in his right foot last Friday, Flemmings was initially put out on the right wing for an important Group C decider. Jamaica had the best of the opening exchanges. A trio of chances was shared between Shamar Nicholson and Damion Lowe, with two just missing the target and the other being cleared off the line by Ayrton Statie. Flemmings was a big part of that early success, spraying a variety of through balls that penetrated the Curaçaoan defensive line. That pressure paid off. Andre Lewis’s effort from distance was almost certainly heading wide, but a slight touch from a well-placed Nicholson was enough to divert it trickling into the lower corner past a hapless Eloy Room in the Curaçao goal. Fourteen minutes in, Jamaica...

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Critics attack Trump administration push to expedite uranium mining

Miranda Faulkner Tuesday, June 25, 2019 Critics attack Trump administration push to expedite uranium mining WASHINGTON – Tribal members, environmentalists and lawmakers told a House panel Tuesday that including uranium on a list of “critical minerals” opens the door to expedited mining that will put tribal lands and national parks at risk. They were responding to a Trump administration announcement earlier this month that directed the government to locate uranium and expedite permits for its mining as one of dozens of minerals considered essential for the country’s economic and national security. But witnesses told a House Natural Resources subcommittee hearing Tuesday that the administration plan does not take into consideration the public and environmental health risks that come with mining, especially uranium, which has a “toxic legacy” of polluting communities where it has been mined. “Uranium pollution remains a threat for many generations into the future,” said Amber Reimondo, energy program director for the Grand Canyon Trust. “Americans are still grappling with the devastation of uranium operations from the last time the government propped up the uranium industry.” She was one of several witnesses testifying in support of a bill by Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Tucson, that would order the Interior Department to remove uranium from the list of critical minerals – permanently. Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott, criticized the bill as ignoring obvious national security issues in the name of...

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Board of Education votes against changes to sex education policy

Mariana Dale, Steve Goldstein Tuesday, June 25, 2019 Board of Education votes against changes to sex education policy PHOENIX – The Arizona State Board of Education declined Monday to make changes to its sex education policy for the state’s public schools. “The rise of (sexually transmitted diseases) and (sexually transmitted infections) is a concern for me,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman said. “I’m also concerned about bullying in our schools and that there’s been a long history of stigmatization of our students in the LGBTQ community.” More than 200 people attended Monday’s meeting, filling the board room and three overflow rooms at the department’s headquarters. They spoke for close to four hours during public comment. What was the board considering? The board considered opening rule-making on its sex ed policy, meaning officials could make changes after the board heard from the public, possibly multiple times. The board did not vote on specific changes to policy Monday. Hoffman asked the board to consider changes after receiving a letter from state Sen. Martin Quezada, D-Glendale. He thanked Hoffman for her work this spring to repeal the state’s “no homo promo” law and urged the board to go beyond striking the requirement that sex education “promote honor and respect for monogamous heterosexual marriage.” In Quezada’s letter, the current language of section R7-2-303 is crossed out and his suggested language is capitalized:...

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