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Arizona sues White House in battle over use of COVID-19 funding

Republican Governor Doug Ducey of Arizona sued the Biden administration Friday after the feds demanded changes to the state’s programs that send relief money to school districts without mask mandates. ... Read more»

The Tucson agenda

Water harvesting & RTA top Tucson Council business; school districts in 'time out' with tardy meeting plans

The Tucson City Council will look at possible revisions to the Commercial Water Harvesting Ordinance, plus whether to take part in a renewed RTA and a "livable wage" also up for votes. Local school districts haven't yet turned in their meeting homework.... Read more»

Arizona Redistricting Commission gives final certification to new election maps

In one last split vote, the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission certified the new legislative map - now, the new maps are on their way to the Secretary of State’s Office, the final step required to enshrine them as the districts the state will use through the 2030 election. ... Read more»1

Controversial Texas-type abortion law introduced in Arizona Legislature

With the introduction of House Bill 2483, Arizona is one of several states where Republican lawmakers are looking to enshrine anti-abortion laws identical to the one Texas passed in 2021 and that the U.S. Supreme Court allowed to go into effect. ... Read more»

New legal filing reveals startling details of possible fraud by Trump Organization

A new legal filing by New York’s attorney general this week accused former President Donald Trump’s company of misleading lenders about the financial health of its landmark downtown Manhattan skyscraper, 40 Wall Street, while seeking to renew the building’s mortgage.... Read more»

Pima County, YWCA get $500k MacArthur grant to fight racism in justice system

A $500,000 grant will support work by Pima County and the YWCA to reduce the number of people in jail, and end racial inequities in the local justice system.... Read more»

Comic:

Claytoonz: One scoop, two scoops, three scoops, Vlad scoops

The White House may not admit it, but you know you kinda messed up when you have to clarify the president’s statements the day after. President Biden messed up. First, he shouldn’t have given a two-hour press conference. Anyone who speaks for two hours is gonna screw something up.... Read more»

Judge blocks Biden vaccine mandate for federal workers

A Trump-appointed federal judge issued a nationwide injunction Friday blocking the requirement for federal employees to get inoculated against COVID-19, matching the federal contractor mandate already blocked by a nationwide injunction.... Read more»

Capital COVID: Arizona state, federal lawmakers face different pandemic rules

Even though U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva tested positive for COVID-19 Wednesday, the Tucson Democrat was still able to cast votes in Congress by proxy Thursday while he was quarantined at home - an option many state lawmakers with they had.... Read more»

Flu is higher this season in Arizona, but COVID-19 is still complicating matters

Influenza has seen significant drops in cases since the pandemic began, a trend that has led to many theories among scientists and researchers, but cases this season have seen a small spike and in some areas of the country the two viruses are even sometimes co-infecting people.... Read more»

FactChecking Biden’s Jan. 19 press conference

In a nearly two-hour press conference on Jan. 19, President Joe Biden stretched the facts and left out important context on vaccinations, funding for lead pipe removal, child poverty and more.... Read more»

Lawmakers consider immigration court overhaul to crack backlog of 1.6 million cases

Members of the House Judiciary Committee met Thursday to hear testimony about making immigration courts independent of the Department of Justice as the system faces a historic backlog of nearly 1.6 million cases. ... Read more»

L.A., Long Beach ports see progress moving backlogged containers, but bigger issues persist

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which last year became the focal point of the massive supply-chain meltdown that left store shelves empty and cranked up inflation, have been making progress in recent months addressing some of the most acute bottlenecks on the docks.... Read more»

Fitness industry struggles to adjust as COVID-19 pandemic endures

Like most businesses, the fitness industry took a hit during the pandemic - about one in five health clubs have shut down permanently since March 2020 and most other gyms and fitness centers closed their doors temporarily, forcing people to find new ways to work out.... Read more»

Ducey defends use of Arizona school funding in face of feds’ threat to reclaim it

Gov. Doug Ducey said Thursday that the state’s use of money to support schools that reject mask mandates is “well within” federal guidelines for the funds, despite a Treasury Department threat to take the money back - but Arizona educators said the governor needs to back down.... Read more»

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