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Court rejects bid to declare Sonoran Desert bald eagle endangered

A federal court has rejected a bid to declare the Sonoran Desert bald eagle an endangered species, saying the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service acted properly when it determined the birds were no different than other bald eagles.... Read more»

FAA ordered to toss out Sky Harbor flight paths that raised noise levels

A federal appeals court Tuesday ordered the Federal Aviation Administration to throw out a controversial flight path plan for Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport that sparked tens of thousands of noise complaints from neighbors.... Read more»

Dust in the wind means air quality watch for Pima County

High levels of soot, dust and aerosol matter in the air have led officials to caution people with sensitivities to limit outdoor activities for the next day or so in the Tucson area.... Read more»

Border Patrol says Texas checkpoints to remain open during Hurricane Harvey

As Texans in the Rio Grande Valley prepare for Hurricane Harvey, the U.S. Border Patrol said its checkpoints north of the border will remain open.... Read more»

Interior sec. recommends downsizing some nat'l monuments

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Thursday he will not call for the removal of any national monuments but will recommend downsizing an unnamed “handful” of monuments in a report to the White House.... Read more»

Az group wants $57M VW settlement to pay for electric school buses

A local grassroots environmental group gathered outside the Arizona state Capitol on Thursday to draw attention to diesel pollution. They want state officials to use the nearly $57 million the state will receive from the national Volkswagen settlement to replace diesel school buses with electric buses.... Read more»

Millions consumed potentially unsafe water in the last 10 years

As many as 63 million people, from California to New York City, were exposed to potentially unsafe water more than once during the past decade, according to a News21 investigation.... Read more»

Grand Canyon water pipeline slated for multimillion-dollar replacement

An aging pipeline bringing water to residents, resorts and 6 million visitors a year at the Grand Canyon has broken about 80 times since 2010 and needs a multimillion-dollar replacement, park officials say.... Read more»

Despite best efforts, years of drought leave Arizona little room for error

Arizona’s top water official told a congressional committee that even though the state has done a lot right, years of drought still threaten to push the region into a water emergency in the next few years.... Read more»1

Activists angered as DHS waives environmental rules on border projects

The Department of Homeland Security invoked a waiver of environmental and other regulations Tuesday to speed construction of border projects, a decision that critics said will “endanger wildlife and people.”... Read more»

BP agents rescue man, 4 teens from week-long walk in Az desert

A 911 call led to the rescue of a Mexican man and four teenagers on Monday afternoon by U.S. Border Patrol agents near Sells, about 56 miles southwest of Tucson. The group told the agents they had been walking in the desert for a week before they were rescued. ... Read more»

Landscaper dies after SW Side bee attack

A Tucson man died Monday morning after bees attacked him and a coworker on a landscaping job on the Southwest Side. An elderly resident was hospitalized after the incident, but is stable and expected to be released. ... Read more»

CBP to jumpstart construction of Trump’s border wall in Texas wildlife refuge

Customs and Border Protection indicates it will use its own funds to build 3-mile segment of wall amid one of the nation’s most cherished bird-watching locales, the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge along the Rio Grande River in Texas.... Read more»

Gov. Ducey declares emergency over sewer line break in Nogales

Arizona Gov. Ducey declared a state of emergency, calling for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide assistance to staunch a breach in a pipeline that carries sewage from Sonora, Mexico, to a wastewater treatment plant north of Nogales, Arizona.... Read more»

GOP, Democrats spar over best way to save Endangered Species Act

Democrats and Republicans agreed last week that everybody wants to prevent extinction of endangered species – but they differ sharply on how to do that. That was the main issue as the House Natural Resources Committee took up five bills, what Rep. Raul Grijalva called a “weird menu” of measures that would modify the Endangered Species Act in ways he called a “waste of time.”... Read more»

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