Funding for Arizona DPS body camera is a priority, state legislators agree

In both Breonna Taylor’s and Dion Johnson’s cases, the law enforcement officers were not equipped with body cameras and are not being charged in their deaths.

PHOENIX — People across the country and here in Phoenix continue to mourn and some are divided with public outcry over the shooting deaths of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky, and Dion Johnson in the Valley. 

In both cases, the law enforcement officers were not equipped with body cameras and are not being charged in their deaths.

Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel called for DPS to wear body cameras, calling it a matter of public concern following her decision not to criminally prosecute the trooper involved in Johnson’s death.  

“Body-worn cameras for uniformed officers in the field is just good policy,” Adel said. “I don’t know if it would have made a difference because we don’t have that information.”  

Why doesn’t one of

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Battle Over Arizona Education Funding Ballot Measure Heats Up

With election day quickly approaching, the fight over votes for Invest in Ed, the ballot initiative that would tax wealthy residents in Arizona to pay for public education, is turning into a bare-knuckle brawl.

The initiative, which is technically called Proposition 208,  would levy a 3.5 percent tax on people earning above $250,000 and married couples with incomes over $500,000. The revenues would be spent on various aspects of Arizona’s K-12 public education system, like teacher salaries, technical education programs, and boosting pay for school support staff. Proponents of the measure estimate that it will raise hundreds of millions annually.

Opponents of the measure, primarily the Arizona Chamber of Commerce-backed group Arizonans for Great Schools and a Strong Economy, had attempted to keep it off the November ballot by filing a lawsuit alleging that the 100-word summary of the initiative used by petitioners to get signatures was misleading. A lower

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Amazon plans to add 3,000 more jobs in Arizona expansion

Amazon.com, which already employs more than 17,500 people in Arizona, plans to add another 3,000 permanent jobs in the state as it gears up for what could be a robust holiday shopping season.

Inside a Phoenix Amazon fulfillment center during the pandemic

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Amazon, which entered Arizona in 2007 with its first 300 employees, expects to open 11 new buildings in the state in 2020, said Lisa Guinn, a company spokeswoman.

Amazon has operations in Phoenix, the West Valley, East Valley, Tucson and elsewhere. That includes a massive fulfillment and shipping center in west Phoenix with a footprint of 1.2 million square feet or roughly 28 football fields, she said.

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The online-retailing giant also plans to hire 100,000 full- and part-time workers across the nation, with pay starting at $15 an

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