Mary Jo Pitzl, USA TODAY

Mary Jo Pitzl

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  • WWL-TV
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Past articles by Mary:

No criminal charges planned in case where children were pushed, dragged at shelter

There is not enough evidence to file criminal charges against Southwest Key staff for pushing, dragging kids, the Maricopa County attorney concludes → Read More

Video showing dragging, shoving incidents at migrant shelter to go to prosecutors

Video showing abuse at migrant shelter to go to prosecutors → Read More

Videos show migrant children being dragged, pushed and slapped by shelter staffers

Videos released by the Arizona officials show migrant children being dragged, pushed and slapped at a Southwest Key shelter. Officials have found no grounds for criminal charges. → Read More

Fact-checking Trump's Arizona speech, from the border wall to pioneer beauties

President Donald Trump made dozens of assertions during his visit to Arizona. We checked the veracity of a few claims. → Read More

John McCain departs Sky Harbor for the last time

Events in remembrance of the late Sen. John McCain's life include a public procession, a memorial service and a final flight to Washington, D.C. → Read More

From D.C. to Vietnam, Twitter posts express praise, and some pique, for McCain

Sunday, posts about the death of Sen. John McCain had slowed but continued to command some attention. → Read More

'It happened, and it happened twice': 6-year-old girl reportedly abused at migrant shelter

Advocate says 6-year-old victim was required to sign document without parental supervision. → Read More

Family separations have stopped, but how will children and parents be reunited?

Some parents have already been deported without their children and advocates fear more parents will be sent back to their home countries while their children remain in the United States. → Read More

Guns and foster care can mix. But there are rules

Arizona, like most states, allows foster parents to have guns. But there are rules. Here's what you need to know. → Read More

Tuition break for foster kids is a no-brainer. But who pays the bill?

Free tuition for Arizona foster children is a feel-good measure, but debate swirls on who should pay for the program as bill goes through Legislature → Read More

Ancestry DNA tests: How accurate, how secure and how private?

An Arizona-based genealogist dishes what you need to know before digging into your family history using DNA tests. → Read More

DNA testing connects adoptees with birth parents. What happens next is complicated

For adults who were adopted as children, spitting into a tube is now accelerating a search for birth parents in ways unthinkable a few years ago. → Read More

Missing campaign-finance records could lead to Arizona legislator's removal from office

Rep. Jesus Rubalcava, a Democratic freshman from Gila Bend, has broken public-campaign finance rules, which could put him at risk of being booted from office. → Read More

Democratic lawmaker on voucher-bill sponsor: 'I wanted to punch her in the throat'

Democratic Rep. Jesus Rubalcava, angered over passage of the controversial school-voucher style legislation last week, wrote on social media he wanted to throat-punch its sponsor, Republican Sen. Debbie Lesko. → Read More

Supreme Court OKs Arizona ballot-collection ban

The U.S. Supreme Court has reinstated a new Arizona law that makes it a felony to collect early ballots. → Read More

Stop Corruption Now drive targeting Arizona dark money ends

A campaign to stop a bill that loosens much of the state's control over anonymous campaign spending calls it quits. → Read More

Ducey hails two bills for advancing free speech

Gov. Ducey signs two bills to broaden free-speech rights on college campuses and at political and government events. → Read More

Researchers lament Arizona genealogy library's sudden downsizing, relocation

Researchers see history disappearing before their eyes, as the Arizona's genealogical library is moved out of the State Library at the Capitol and only partially relocated to a new building. → Read More

Legal battle looms over proposed Arizona dark-money rules

The Arizona Secretary of State's Office all but declared war Thursday on a state agency that is attempting expose "dark money" contributions. → Read More

Arizona child-safety agency struggles with staff turnover, rising child removals

Key indicators of child welfare have moved backwards at the new Arizona Department of Child Safety as it embarks on its second year. → Read More