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1.4 million weigh in on Trump’s review of nat'l monuments

An Interior Department review of national monuments has drawn more than 1.4 million public comments, a “phenomenal” number. On the list are the Tucson-area Ironwood Forest monument, the Sonoran Desert monument near Gila Bend, and the Grand Canyon - Parashant and Vermillion Cliffs monuments in Arizona, and nearly two dozen others across the U.S.... Read more»

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Arizona official: EPA rule puts ‘extraordinarily high’ burden on mines

Proposed federal rules that would require mining companies to have cash sufficient to clean up any environmental problems they might cause are “duplicative and unnecessary,” an Arizona environmental official told a House panel Thursday.... Read more»

Job growth in Tucson remains sluggish

Metro Tucson in June had 1,900 more people employed than a year earlier, and most of those new jobs were at restaurants and bars. Aerospace, call centers, and financial activities also showed good job growth.... Read more»

Advocates: Obamacare repeal would ‘painfully disrupt’ Arizona care

A Senate proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act with no replacement plan in place “would immediately and painfully disrupt the health care system” and could force as many as 709,000 Arizonans off coverage, advocates said this week.... Read more»

Bisbee hosts remembrances of infamous deportation of union miners

Sunday, Bisbee wound up a week-long commemoration of the forced removal of nearly 1,300 striking miners from their homes 100 years ago. The event, known as the Bisbee Deportation, was "the biggest mass kidnapping in American history" but hasn’t always been well known, even to people who grew up in the area.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Ducey's water grab threatens the bulk of desert ecology

Arizona's watersheds don't look like the water courses of other states, but that doesn't mean they deserve any less protection. Ours may in fact need more, albeit different, safeguarding — streams don't have to be year-round flowing rivers to be vital to the state's environment and economy.... Read more»1

Feds reject insurance hike for big rigs; pleasing independent truckers, rankling safety advocates

Each year, close to 4,000 people are killed in the U.S. in crashes involving large trucks and tens of thousands more are hurt, some suffering catastrophic injuries that leave them disabled and in need of expensive lifetime care. Yet for more than three decades, the federal minimum for truck liability insurance has remained stuck at $750,000. ... Read more»

Summer meals program rebounding after years of decline

Advocates and Arizona education officials say they are confident the summer meal program for low-income children will start to climb this summer, after five years of steady declines that saw meals served drop more than 50 percent.... Read more»

House OKs $689 billion defense bill, with almost as many amendments

The House passed a $689 billion defense budget Friday that includes funding for Pentagon operations – along with a record number of attempts at amendments, on everything from the border wall to professional sports. Included is funding for the A-10s based in Tiucson.... Read more»

Texting service alerts families to nearest free meal

So far this summer more than 300,000 texts requesting information from No Kid Hungry have led children and families to places where they can eat.... Read more»

Democrats cry foul at removal of border wall ban from defense budget

The 2018 defense spending bill that is expected to come up for a House vote Friday will not have language that would have prevented Pentagon funds from being used to build a border wall.... Read more»

Az protesters arrested at Flake’s D.C. office in health care rally

As calls of “Trumpcare kills” and “health care is a human right” echoed through the halls of Capitol office buildings Monday, Lauren Klinkhamer stood quietly in Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake’s office and told staffers, “I don’t want to die.” The Tucson resident fears she would be among the 22 million Americans, and as many as 400,000 Arizonans, who would lose health care under a bill the Senate is considering to replace the Affordable Care Act. ... Read more»

Atty General to investigate Pima Sheriff's Dep't use of RICO funds

The Arizona Attorney General's Office has agreed to review whether any state laws have been violated by the Pima County Sheriff's Department use of RICO funds. The probe follows the sentencing of ex-Chief Deputy Chris Radtke on federal charges over the department's use of seized funds... Read more»

Local protests just part of pressure aimed at Flake on health care vote

When protesters descended on Sen. Jeff Flake’s offices last week to demand that he vote against the Senate’s health reform bill, it was just the latest in a campaign by local and national groups to pressure the Arizona Republican.... Read more»

Sahuarita gets $3 million federal grant for tech center

The Town of Sahuarita has been awarded a $3 million federal grant that will bankroll the lion's share of its proposed 32,000-square-foot business incubator.... Read more»

Az GOP congressmen call for end of Ironwood, Sonoran nat'l monuments

A group of Republican representatives, including three Arizona congressman, are calling for the complete elimination of four national monuments in Arizona, including the Ironwood Forest just outside Tucson. They also called for shrinking or de-listing others across the nation.... Read more»1

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