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Progress on new binational drought plan in Colorado basin slow going

States, federal and Mexican officials hailed a binational agreement this fall that they said could lead to a radical shift in how the region prepares for and responds to drought.... Read more»0

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Advocates worry FCC changes to phone program could hit Indian Country hard

The Federal Communications Commission is moving to rein in a low-cost telephone service for low-income customers that critics say will hit Indian Country hard if fully implemented.... Read more»0

McSally’s entry into Senate race could set up ‘war’ in GOP primary

Rep. Martha McSally has told House colleagues that she will run next year for the seat being vacated by Sen. Jeff Flake, setting the stage for what could be a fractious primary fight with Kelli Ward.... Read more»0

Tucson latest Az airport to roll out new TSA screening policy

Tucson International last week became the latest airport in Arizona to roll out enhanced security measures that will require travelers to put any electronic device larger than a cell phone into a separate bin.... Read more»0

Bats doing well in Az, despite being battered by disease elsewhere

The state’s climate appears to have helped hold off, for now, a disease that has afflicted bats during hibernation in at least half of the country.... Read more»0

Lawmakers blast 'misguided' Grand Canyon fee increase

Arizona lawmakers and advocates are condemning proposed fee increases at the Grand Canyon and 16 other parks, a move the National Park Service said is badly needed to fund billions in backlogged maintenance projects.... Read more»0

Flake won’t run again, opening likely ‘free-for-all’ in Senate race

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake walked away from a 2018 re-election bid this week, saying in a speech on the Senate floor that he “will not be complicit or silent” about the ongoing degradation of the political climate.... Read more»0

McCain calls on U.S. to lead world, reject 'spurious nationalism'

The remarks came during a ceremony that veered from humorous to serious as the Arizona Republican was awarded the National Constitution Center’s Liberty Medal, to recognize those “who have strived to secure the blessings of liberty to people the world over.”... Read more»0

House advances bill to limit president’s creation of nat'l monuments

A House committee gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a Republican bill that would sharply curtail the Antiquities Act, which allows presidents to order the creation of national monuments.... Read more»0

Az expert tells panel Equifax breach could be worse than thought

A Senate committee Wednesday chastised the former head of Equifax for a data breach that exposed financial data of as many as 143 million Americans to hackers – a number that one Arizona expert said could be even higher.... Read more»0

Potential buyers could keep Navajo Generating Station open

Navajo leaders expressed hope Monday that the Navajo Generating Station will be able to continue operations past 2019, after Peabody Energy said it had come up with a list of potential investors in the plant.... Read more»0

Lawmakers seek solutions as wildfires burn hole in firefighting budget

Agriculture Secretary Perdue and five Western senators, including Sen. Jeff Flake, called for an end to the ongoing underfunding of firefighting efforts that forces Forest Service to shift funds from other needed areas.... Read more»0

Just 100 left: Az turtle listed as endangered

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the designation Wednesday, citing threats from climate change to loss of habitat for the southern Arizona animal, whose numbers are believed to have dwindled to as low as 100 turtles.... Read more»0

Enviros, ranchers trade barbs in killing of Mexican gray wolf

Environmentalists and ranchers are pointing fingers after government agents killed an endangered Mexican gray wolf last month for preying on cattle, the first wolf killed for depredation in 10 years.... Read more»0

Court rejects claim cops planted evidence in '84 murder of Tucson girl

A federal court Wednesday rejected a death-row inmate's claim that authorities planted evidence that led to his conviction for the 1984 kidnapping and murder of 8-year-old Vicki Lynne Hoskinson.... Read more»0

Advocates: Cuts to EPA budget will be felt in Az programs

Arizona received $315M in funding for specific federal programs over the past five years – funding that could be endangered by proposed cuts to the EPA budget.... Read more»0

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