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SunZia powerlines would destroy wetlands, kill birds, opponents say

The $2 billion SunZia power project faces a new objection, this time from an environmental group that fears the 500 miles of high-voltage transmission lines from New Mexico to Eloy, Ariz., will inflict irreparable damage to wetlands and bird populations.... Read more»0

Trump talk of eliminating gun-free schools a long shot, experts say

Charles Heller embraces Donald Trump’s proposal to eliminate gun-free zones on school campuses, a move he sees as “really restoring a freedom, not eliminating anything.” But the Tucson resident acknowledges that legal and political realities will likely keep Arizona schools gun-free for the foreseeable future.... Read more»0

Navajo hope to digitally preserve thousands of hours of oral history

Misplaced for years, only to be discovered sitting in a jail cell, their backups destroyed in a fire, their entire contents never cataloged, 300 reels of tape with thousands of hours of Navajo oral history hold recordings of “knowledge, legends, stories, traditions" that advocates say is vital to preserve for generations to come.... Read more»0

As Trump builds team, door may open for Az's Robert Graham

President-elect Donald Trump’s decision to tap Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus as his White House chief of staff could open the door for an Arizona official to move to the national stage.... Read more»0

Head Start makeover offers opportunities, challenges to program’s backers

Head Start, the first early education program in the U.S., is undergoing its first overhaul in more than 40 years.... Read more»0

Feds’ land buyback program has paid $175 million to Az tribes so far

Arizona tribal members have received more than $175 million in the first four years of a federal program to buy back and consolidate parcels of land that are now split between multiple owners, the Interior Department said Tuesday.... Read more»0

Voters moved – but not to shift votes – by McCain’s Trump rebuke

Was Sen. John McCain’s decision to withdraw his endorsement of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump a principled stand by a political maverick or the calculated move of a career politician? ... Read more»0

A decade after recession, Arizona schools still suffer from budget cuts

Arizona schools were subject to a larger percent-change cut in education funding from 2008 to 2014 than any other state, according to a report released Thursday by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.... Read more»0

Nat'l graduation rates reach new high, but Arizona lags behind

High school graduation rates reached an all-time high of 83 percent last year, but Arizona still lagged behind the nation at 77 percent in the 2014-2015 school year, the White House said Monday. ... Read more»0

Arizona Olympian, Paralympian among those honored at Pentagon

Two Arizonans were among the 23 service members who represented Team USA in Rio this summer.... Read more»0

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»0

Arizona poverty rates fell in 2015, still among nation’s highest

Arizona saw a “significant” drop in its poverty rate last year, but that rate still hovered well above the national average, according to numbers released Thursday by the Census Bureau.... Read more»0

Ducey blasts marijuana reform in ‘values voter’ speech in D.C.

Gov. Doug Ducey told a Washington audience this weekend that the movement to legalize recreational marijuana is “a battle for the minds and future of our children’s lives.”... Read more»0

U.S., Mexico sign agreement to help protect Mexican workers here

Labor Day may be a U.S. holiday, but the Justice Department wants to make sure labor rights are protected for everyone working in this country – including noncitizens.... Read more»0

After primary, challenger to McSally will face steep fundraising climb

Whatever the final tally in Tuesday’s CD2 primary, there’s one other number that the Democratic challenger — either Matt Heinz or Victoria Steele— will need to worry about: $2,063,033.42. That’s how much campaign cash incumbent U.S. Rep. Martha McSally had in the bank.... Read more»0

GAO: Air Force plan to retire A-10 did not fully weigh impact, costs

The Pentagon’s attempt to retire the A-10 fighter jet was based on insufficient information that did not fully consider vulnerabilities that could come from the loss of the “Warthog,” the Government Accountability Office said.... Read more»0