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Census: Maricopa County – again – saw country’s biggest population gains

Maricopa County saw the largest population increase of any county in the nation last year, adding 81,244 residents to make eight straight years of gains. Pima and Pinal counties also had substantial increases in the number of residents.... Read more»0

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Court overturns death sentence in 1987 execution-style Yuma murder

A federal appeals court Wednesday overturned the death sentence for Theodore Washington, the last of three defendants still on death row in the 1987 execution-style murder of Sterleen Hill during a “disastrously violent home invasion” in Yuma.... Read more»0

Twins peek: Scott & Mark Kelly help NASA study effects of long-term space travel

Scott and Mark Kelly were identical twins when Scott went into space, but would they be identical when he came back to Earth 340 days later? NASA says yes – eventually.... Read more»0

University of Arizona researchers revel as first photo of black hole unveiled

UA astrophysicists went to great lengths (i.e., the South Pole) as part of the team out to prove Einstein's "beautiful equation" that predicted black holes.... Read more»0

Shift of CBP officers has led to border slowdown that’s hurting trade

The Trump administration has moved border agents from ports of entry to dealing with asylum seekers, causing delays that leave some fearing economic impacts.... Read more»0

CBP: Southern border apprehensions topped 360,000 in first half of year

Customs and Border protection leaders warn lenient laws are encouraging families to flee central American violence and seek asylum in the U.S.... Read more»0

House, Senate OK Colorado River drought plan, capping years of debate

Two weeks after water officials told Congress there was urgent need to approve the Colorado River drought contingency plan, the House and Senate both passed a plan Monday and sent it to the president’s desk.... Read more»0

Paws on the ground: Mexican gray wolf numbers rise, but long-term viability still a concern

The Mexican gray wolf population grew by 14 last year, which conservationists are happy about but not so happy they think the animal's long-term prospects are secure.... Read more»0

Arizonans join critics of Trump call to weaken unaccompanied minors law

The Trump administration wants to weaken protections for unaccompanied kids without legal documentation, the U.S. Mexico border.... Read more»0

Drawing on her history, McSally calls on colleges to stop sexual assaults

In a different year, U.S. Sen. Martha McSally might not have been on a stage at the U.S. Naval Academy telling college officials that they need to step up and do their part to end sexual assaults on their campuses.... Read more»0

Ducey supports plan to close border, but Trump announces year delay

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey gave conditional support Wednesday to a “short as possible” border shutdown, then shifted the blame to Congress. But President Trump announced Thursday that he'll put off closing crossing on the U.S.-Mexico border.... Read more»0

CBP closes Nogales commercial truck crossing Sundays to free 750 officers for border duty

Customs and Border Protection said it is stopping Sunday inspection of commercial trucks at Nogales in order to shift officers elsewhere on the border, sparking an outcry from produce companies who fear damage to the time-sensitive industry.... Read more»0

Republicans blast Green New Deal, Democrats say GOP is playing politics

The “Green New Deal” faced its first test vote in the Senate and a renewed round of criticism from Republicans, who called the expansive environmental bill a “Soviet-style takeover” of the economy.... Read more»0

Report: Mexican gray wolf is a subspecies, keeps endangered status

The endangered Mexican gray wolf still has endangered species status – for now. ... Read more»0

Water officials press Senate on urgency of Colorado River drought plan

The director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources told a U.S. Senate panel Wednesday there is an “urgent need” to authorize a multistate drought contingency plan for the Colorado River basin.... Read more»0

Pentagon moves ahead on border wall, as House can’t override Trump veto

President Trump’s proposed border wall inched forward this week, as the Democrat-controlled House failed Tuesday to block the border emergency declaration that let the Pentagon approve $1 billion in wall work Monday.... Read more»0

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