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A virtual wall may be the solution to protect wildlife at the border

Wildlife advocates say animals like the jaguar are at risk if President Donald Trump builds his planned border wall. But jaguars and their advocates may have an unlikely ally – the technology used in driverless cars.... Read more»0

Mueller report says Russian hacking once went through Arizona server

Buried in the 448-page report is a little more than a page that said Russian intelligence officers used a “leased computer” in Arizona to help funnel information that was stolen from hacked Democratic Party computers.... Read more»0

Do less harm: Testing for fentanyl program pioneered in Baltimore is illegal in Arizona

Baltimore and Phoenix are two completely different cities culturally and geographically, but they’re both experiencing the same problem: increased deaths due to opioid overdoses, specifically those involving powerful fentanyl.... Read more»0

McSally, Biggs question DHS on release of migrants in Arizona

Sen. McSally reiterated her support for stronger border security at a closed-door roundtable meeting this week but stopped short of supporting President Trump’s threats to shut down the southern border if Mexico doesn’t stop migrants from entering the United States.... Read more»0

An exoneration of the president? Az Dems, legal experts say it’s too soon to tell

Arizona Republicans say Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 exonerates President Trump, but a UA legal expert cautioned that it’s premature for the president to declare victory. ... Read more»0

Gallego wins big in runoff to become 2nd woman elected Phoenix mayor

Kate Gallego became the second woman to be elected Phoenix mayor, handily defeating her former City Council colleague Daniel Valenzuela.... Read more»0

Despite last year’s promise, Arizona Legislature still has no code of conduct

In the wake of several behavior scandals, the Arizona Legislature pledged last session to adopt a code of conduct in order to hold members more accountable for their actions in office. Nearly a year later, that code doesn’t exist.... Read more»0

Phoenix mayoral candidates clash over Suns arena, light rail & homelessness

Kate Gallego and Daniel Valenzuela — both Democrats — disagreed over whether public money should be used for pro sports arenas and if affordable housing alone is enough to address homelessness. Early voting began this week. ... Read more»0

Experts: 4 reasons why Trump can’t declare national emergency to build border wall

President Trump has hinted there’s a “good chance” he will declare a national emergency during his State of the Union address in order to build a border wall. Experts, however, believe there are obstacles to using a national emergency to build a wall.... Read more»0

‘Let’s get to work’: Ducey touts accomplishments, lists water & education as top priorities

Education funding and the looming threat of water shortages were among the key issues Gov. Doug Ducey emphasized in his State of the State address Monday afternoon.... Read more»0

Az lawmaker & DACA recipient arrested at DC immigration protest

Arizona State Rep. Isela Blanc and DACA recipient Karen Ibarra were among dozens of marchers arrested Monday in Washington during a protest on what was supposed to be the last day of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. ... Read more»0

Democrat who lost special primary for Congress eyes August do-over

Even before she lost the Democratic primary in the special election to replace former Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale, Brianna Westbrook had her sights set on a primary in August when the seat will be up again.... Read more»0

New solar panel tariffs will be felt by Arizona companies, consumers

New tariffs imposed last week by the Trump administration on imported solar products will benefit domestic manufacturers, but could hit consumers and other parts of the solar energy industry hard, experts said.... Read more»0

Feds say Arizona can move forward on work requirement for Medicaid

Federal officials issued guidelines last week that will let Arizona and nine other states move ahead on proposals to require that able-bodied Medicaid recipients are either working or involved in “community engagement activities” to be eligible for coverage.... Read more»0