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Oak Flat has been used as a religious site to connect Indigenous peoples to their faith, families, and the natural world since before colonization and European contact.

The Biden administration has put a pause on plans to erect a copper mine in Arizona on land known as Oak Flat, a site sacred to Indigenous nations in the area, and will further consult with the San Carlos Apache and other tribes that have voiced opposition to the project. Read more»

President Joe Biden greets House Speaker Kevin McCarthy before the State of the Union address in February. The two men have been unable to agree on a plan to raise the debt ceiling, pushing the country closer to a June 1 default on the government’s obligations.

Arizona travel and tourism would likely be hit hard by a long-term breach in the nation’s debt payments if the U.S. defaults on its debt, and even a "narrow miss on default” could affect housing, senior income, military spending and all important sectors of the Arizona economy. Read more»

Transportation Security Administration worker inspects at passenger at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in February. The airport set records for passenger traffic on Feb. 13, when the Super Bowl and other events were in town, and it expects large crowds for Memorial Day weekend.

Memorial Day weekend travelers are expected to pack roads and airports at or above pre-pandemic levels this year, with experts saying that an estimated 42.3 million Americans - and about 887,000 from Arizona - are likely to travel, a 4% increase over last year’s numbers. Read more»

U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican, speaks with reporters about the debt limit and government funding negotiations outside the Capitol building on Thursday, May 25, 2023.

U.S. House members walked down the steps of the Capitol building Thursday morning to head back to their districts for a Memorial Day recess that began exactly one week before the country could default on the debt. Read more»

Kevin McCarthy at a Jan. 5, 2023, press conference in the U.S. Capitol.

Republicans and Democrats in Congress brokered dozens of debt limit agreements, including several during the past decade, but House Republicans now are pushing for the federal government to spend less next year than it will this year in order for the party to move a debt limit bill. Read more»

The anti-robocall task force was created in August 2022 in response to the increasing problem of unwanted robocalls.

Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes joined 47 other states in a lawsuit filed Tuesday against a telecommunications company accused of facilitating billions of illegal robocalls to people on the national do no call registry. Read more»

Protesters march around the Arizona Corporation Commission building in Phoenix before a September 2019 meeting about Arizona Public Service’s electricity shut-off policy.

Since 2018, longtime Phoenix resident Abhay Padgaonkar has worked as a fierce consumer advocate, fighting for the rights of those who struggle to pay their utility bills and keeping tabs on utility companies and the commission that regulates them. Read more»

Six other bills were rejected by Hobbs on Monday, bringing her running total for the year to 94, the most of any other governor before her, and with several more measures still awaiting a final decision, the Democrat is likely to break 100 soon.

Arizona Republicans seeking to restrict how trans and nonbinary students are spoken to by their teachers were rebuffed by Gov. Katie Hobbs, who vetoed a measure forcing teachers to secure parental permission before students could have their pronouns and chosen names used. Read more»

Tucson's $2.2 billion budget tops a long list of agenda items the City Council will take up this week.

The Tucson City Council will hold a study session Tuesday to discuss, oh, just about everything they've ever thought about discussing at any particular time. Plus more in other local government meetings this week. Read more»

So far this year, Hobbs has vetoed 86 bills, more than any other governor has vetoed in a single legislative session.

Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs shot down more than a dozen bills on Friday, including GOP-backed attempts to codify fetal personhood into state law, conspiracy-fueled election bills and attempts to restrict gubernatorial power. Read more»

Todd Tubutis, the new director of the University of Arizona's Center for Creative Photography.

Todd Tubutis, the newly announced director of UA's Center for Creative Photography, will tackle running a world-renowned institution beset by staff turnover and allegations of racism and retaliation. Read more»

There are at least 48 clean energy projects in communities with sizable Native American populations, including some 25,000 jobs in Arizona, Nevada and Oklahoma.

Decisions made in Washington, D.C. over the next few days will have huge implications for how Indigenous communities and the country navigates climate change – and what kinds of jobs that are created. Read more»

Anita Verma-Lallian works at her desk in Paradise Valley. Verma-Lallian is the owner of Camelback Productions, which she says is Arizona’s first woman- and South Asian-owned film production and entertainment company.

Arizona’s original film tax credit was created in 2005 but shut down in 2010, after the state spent $6.3 million more in credits in 2008 than it generated in new taxes, but a new bill aims to ensure new film production tax credits benefit the state. Read more»

The publicly-owned Salt River Project’s Coronado Generating Station - set to shut down in the next decade - was one of six coal plants’ whose requests to keep dumping toxic ash into unlined or inadequately lined pits were denied. The Apache Generating Station was granted an extension.

The Environmental Protection Agency proposed a new rule on Wednesday that would expand federal regulations of toxic coal ash after reaching a settlement with environmental and civil rights groups last month. Read more»

The Biden administration has followed the expiration of Title 42 with new border restrictions aimed at stopping asylum-seekers from rushing over uncontrolled border areas.

The end of a pandemic-era policy that allowed U.S. border authorities to quickly turn back some migrants has prompted a mixed reaction from state and local governments, with new restrictions on immigrant workers, beefed up border enforcement and entreaties for more federal help. Read more»

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