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Sudden release of migrant families may spark new family separation program

The Trump administration appears to be building the case for a new family separation policy just days after immigration officials in Arizona suddenly released hundreds of immigrant families, forgoing coordination and travel plans, and forcing advocates to scramble for help.... Read more»

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Sinema plays it cool, McSally runs hot in Senate debate

McSally had the moxie to charge "treason" but Sinema put her on the defensive repeatedly during Monday's debate. You could tell by McSally’s exasperated denials, as the Democrat’s brainy posture seemed to piss the Republican candidate off to no end.... Read more»1

‘Our fish’: Dedicated biologists scour Colorado River to help endangered species survive

Since 1988, recovery programs for endangered Colorado River fish have cost hundreds of millions of dollars, funded by a mix of hydropower revenues and the Interior Department. Biologists say the effort is beginning to pay off.... Read more»

McSally-Sinema debate likely to attract attention around the U.S.

When Arizona Senate candidates Martha McSally and Kyrsten Sinema face off in a live debate Monday night, people from around the globe will likely be tuning in – or least catching the highlights.... Read more»

Appeals court lets stand death sentence for 1988 murder

Concealing evidence of child abuse from jurors is not enough to overturn death sentence of Michael Apelt, convicted of murdering his wife one day after life insurance policy took effect. ... Read more»

Asylum seekers finding law enforcement thwarting efforts on both sides of border

immigration lawyers say Mexican officials are increasingly assisting the shift in U.S. immigration strategies and have prevented some migrants from legally seeking asylum in the U.S.... Read more»

Arizona saw biggest post-recession tuition increases in nation

Arizona universities have posted the largest tuition increases in the nation since the start of the recession, with the $5,355 increase per student more than twice the national average.... Read more»

Tribes strike back: Native Americans work to overcome voter laws they say diminish their influence

Across the West, Native Americans are fighting to overcome voter ID laws, polling place closures and voter registration purges. They could affect key midterm elections... Read more»

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CD2 debate decoded: Why have debates like this?

Put two candidates in a room and let them go at it. It would have made the Kirkpatrick-Peterson debate a lot more interesting and required less work from me to snarkily translate.... Read more»1

Colorado River managers grapple with drought plans

Seven states along the Colorado River are back at the negotiating table to hammer out new deals to avoid a slow-moving crisis on the river system that supports 40 million people from Colorado to California.... Read more»

Kroger to phase out plastic bags at all its grocery stores by 2025

Kroger, owner of Fry’s Foods in Arizona, will phase out plastic bags by 2025, becoming the latest company to respond to the backlash against single-use plastics.... Read more»1

Federal judge in Texas strikes down Indian Child Welfare Act

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton argued that the law "elevates a child's race over their best interest."... Read more»

DHS was not prepared to enforce ‘zero tolerance’ border policy

Homeland Security's inspector general found agents did not foresee the need to hold children for extended periods in facilities intended for short-term use and struggles to “identify, track, and reunify families” separated under the policy at the border. ... Read more»

Long-shot Senate bill could boost Native voting protections

U.S. Senate Democrats introduced legislation last week that could provide Native American communities a way to combat what they say are disenfranchising state voting laws and the recent gutting of Voting Rights Act protections.... Read more»

Cochise County vaccinating Naco residents after sewage spill reaches residential areas

Leaking transborder pipelines have been a problem in this small border town for more than 30 years, but this is the first time the toxic sewage has reached residential areas. ... Read more»

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