Category: Cronkite News

Ride-sharing companies one step closer to picking up passengers at Sky Harbor

Ben Margiott Monday, Feb. 22, 2016 Ride-sharing companies one step closer to picking up passengers at Sky Harbor The proposal that would allow ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft to pick up passengers at the airport cleared another hurdle Thursday afternoon. The controversial measure, which would drastically alter the airport’s fee structure for ground transportation, was barely approved in a 5-4 vote by the Phoenix Aviation Advisory Board. Uber and Lyft are already permitted to drop off passengers on Sky Harbor Boulevard, but if the measure passes the Phoenix City Council later this spring, those services could pick up passengers too. Board members claimed the revamp was a much-needed overhaul of an outdated and unfair policy for some companies. “We surveyed the top-20 U.S. airports in the nation and Sky Harbor is the only airport that has yet to modernize our ground transportation policy,” Chad Makovsky, assistant aviation director, said. “Some commercial operators are paying fees that specifically subsidize the operation of other competing businesses.” Uber and Lyft would be new operators under the policy, meaning their per-trip fee would immediately jump up to $4 — existing operators would be phased into the seat-based fee plan. But off-site airport parking services argued their $6 per-trip fee would put them out of business, thereby eliminating around 200 jobs between the different companies. “(The $6 fee) doesn’t sound like a lot...

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Syrian refugees receive mentorship through new nonprofit program

Clara Benitez Monday, Feb. 22, 2016 Syrian refugees receive mentorship through new nonprofit program SCOTTSDALE–A new non-profit organization is helping Syrian refugee families adapt through mentorship, connecting young Syrian refugees with successful individuals. SHEFA, which stands for Strength, Hope, and Empowerment Foundation of America, launched its first event this month with a visit from Miss Arab USA Fabiola Al-Ibrahim. “I feel at home being here, I know we are in the United States of America, but I feel like I am back in Syria,” Al-Ibrahim said. The Syrian children shared their personal stories about their journey coming to the United States. .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } Fatimah Halwah, 13, said she enjoyed meeting Miss Arab, and also appreciated seeing all the Syrian families together. Lena Arkawi, communications director for SHEFA, said her family started the started the nonprofit after getting a tremendous response from a Holiday Drive put on last December. The Arkawis are a Syrian American Family, both parents migrating from Damascus, Syria in 1969. Their children are both American Citizens and one son served in the military. They say they are happy to help the Syrian Refugee Community here in Arizona and hope to expand their mentorship program to other communities...

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‘Still I Rise’ mural honors African American activism

Lauren Ashley-Allen Monday, Feb. 22, 2016 ‘Still I Rise’ mural honors African American activism GLENDALE – Arizona State University Kyra Trent is using her artistic talent to spark healthy conversations about African American resilience, social justice and activism. The mural, hung on a wall on the ASU West campus, is called “Still I Rise,” a famous poem by Maya Angelou. Trent used Michael Brown as the face of her mural. Brown, 18, was shot and killed by a White police officer, Darren Wilson, on Aug. 9, 2014. The shooting sparked protests across the country and led to a movement with hashtags like “Black Lives Matter” and “Hands up, don’t shoot.” “I’m really hoping to honor him and his legacy and all the black men and women who were killed before they got the opportunity to shine,” Trent said. Trent is wielding her art to expand people’s ideas of race relations in America and spark conversations. She said she thinks it’s important to discuss the resilience of the Black community. “We’ve made it so far in this country but we still have farther to go,” Trent said. “Resilience is about remembering where you came from, acknowledging the pain and moving forward despite that.” .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width:...

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Paying respects to Scalia, who ‘shaped the history of our country’

Katie Bieri and Danika Worthington Friday, Feb. 19, 2016 Paying respects to Scalia, who ‘shaped the history of our country’ WASHIKNGTON – Several Arizonans were among the thousands who waited hours in line outside the Supreme Court on a chilly Washington winter afternoon Friday to pay their respects to the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Students, a Capitol Hill worker, a mom and her baby – they turned out for a man whose ruling and judicial outlook they admired. They shared their stories with Cronkite News. [View the story “Arizonans pay their respect to Justice Antonin Scalia” on...

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McCain, Kirkpatrick focus efforts on growing Latino vote in Senate race

Madison Alder Friday, Feb. 19, 2016 McCain, Kirkpatrick focus efforts on growing Latino vote in Senate race WASHINGTON – The campaign to re-elect Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, is calling on Latino voters this year – literally and figuratively. McCain, who has always done Hispanic outreach, visited his campaign’s first-ever Spanish-speaking phone bank Thursday at the Unidos con McCain office in Phoenix, more evidence of the increasing importance of Latino voters this year. “I’ve always enjoyed good support from the Hispanic community in Arizona, but like any other group (of voters), I have to work hard to gain their support and their votes,” McCain said in an interview in Washington earlier this month. He’s not the only one. The leading Democratic challenger for his seat, Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Flagstaff, said of the state’s growing Latino electorate that she plans “to fight to earn their vote every step of the way.” “I think Arizona is almost a 50 percent minority state now. That includes Native Americans, the Latino community, and Asian-Americans and African-Americans,” she said. “It’s exciting. It’s very exciting for Arizona’s future.” Analysts and Hispanic groups say that trend is likely to be the new normal for politics in Arizona and beyond. “I think what is happening in Arizona is symptomatic of what is happening in the rest of the country,” said Maria Teresa Kumar, president and CEO of Voto...

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