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Some Navajo locals join lawmakers opposing Bears Ears national monument

Navajo Nation locals joined Utah lawmakers Wednesday to express opposition to any attempt to designate land around the Bears Ears site in southeastern Utah as a national monument.... Read more»

Meth dealer gets 50 years in prison

A Tucson man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison, officials said Thursday. Thaddaeus Sanchez Ruelas sold more than 600 grams of methamphetamine to undercover officers and informants over five months.... Read more»

Mud turtle creeps toward endangered status as springsnail outlook improves

Federal officials denied endangered status to a southern Arizona snail Wednesday after unexpectedly finding far more than were thought to exist, but moved to protect what one advocate called the “very imperiled” Sonoyta mud turtle.... Read more»

Tucson funeral homes get high marks in national survey

Tucson “stacks up fairly well” in a recent report on potentially misleading pricing policies for cremation services, with all but one of the city’s funeral homes surveyed found to be in compliance with federal rules.... Read more»

FactCheck: Pence's obsolete poverty point

Old talking points die hard. Mike Pence is still claiming that the number of people living in poverty has gone up by 7 million under President Obama, nearly a week after the news came out that 3.5 million escaped poverty last year alone.... Read more»

Mobile drug-launching air cannon found by Mexican federal police

Mexican federal police in Agua Prieta, Sonora, discovered a van outfitted with an air cannon they believed was designed to launch drugs over the U.S.-Mexico border. ... Read more»

SIerra Club & Border Patrol tout 'conservation and collaboration on the border'

They've clashed in the past over conflicting goals - border security and protecting the environment - but representatives of the Sierra Club and Customs and Border Protection recently made their first joint public presentation about working together. Security goals and environmental preservation can go hand in hand, they said.... Read more»

FDA approves first drug to treat rare form of muscular dystrophy

The FDA has approved the first drug to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a rare and lethal muscle weakening disorder that affects about 15,000 Americans. The approval of the drug, Exondys 51, came over the objections of its own advisory committee.... Read more»

GOP focuses Obamacare attacks on key races; study finds marketplace plans cheaper than employer healthcare

Republicans are highlighting the withdrawal of major insurers from online marketplaces and premium increases that will likely be announced just days before Election Day. But, a new study from the finds that unsubsidized policies in those marketplaces are still cheaper than the full cost of employer-provided coverage.... Read more»

Anti-gay Tempe pastor deported from South Africa, Botswana

The president of Botswana said Tuesday he had ordered the arrest and deportation of U.S. pastor Steven Anderson, who was banned from neighboring South Africa last week over his anti-gay views. Anderson, of the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, notoriously welcomed the gunning down in June of 50 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, saying "there's 50 less pedophiles in this world." ... Read more»

FactCheck

Trump on birtherism: Wrong, and wrong

Donald Trump finally, definitively allowed that “President Barack Obama was born in the United States, period.” But his terse statement on the matter included two falsehoods.... Read more»

Apache County had worst 'food insecurity' in U.S., state fared poorly

Food advocacy groups said Apache County children had the least reliable access to healthy food in the nation in 2014, when 41.5 percent of children in the county were deemed to be “food insecure.” ... Read more»

Trump's call for flood of poll watchers could disrupt some voting sites

In all but four states, private citizens can challenge someone’s right to cast a ballot on or before Election Day. In most places, the burden of proof then falls on the voter. Experience suggests a wave of partisan poll watchers could create confusion and discourage people who have a right to cast ballots.... Read more»

Electric car owners in Az hope to jolt interest in vehicles

When Phoenix-area gearheads line up Saturday night at Scottsdale Pavilions to show off their cars as they have for more than 20 years, Brian Perkins will be there to help showcase 19 cars. But what he is displaying are different than the classic hotrods and souped-up racers that typically show up. They’re all electric.... Read more»

Mofford saved Cactus League from extinction

Near the end of spring training in 1990, the Cactus League was in danger of folding, with teams complaining about run-down ballparks. But a quarter-century later, it is still around and stronger than ever, thanks in large part to then-Gov. Rose Mofford, who died last week.... Read more»

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