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'We aim to remind Gannett where the value in its company lies — its journalists,' Republic reporter Richard Ruelas wrote.

For two days, unionized reporters at the Arizona Republic and 24 other newsrooms and across the country will walk off the job in order to send a message to parent company Gannett about unfair working conditions. Read more»

The bipartisan agreement would limit the federal government to spending $886 billion for defense and $704 billion for nondefense during the fiscal year that’s set to begin Oct. 1.

The bipartisan debt limit bill is on its way to President Joe Biden after the U.S. Senate voted Thursday to clear the measure for his signature, though many senators said the legislation was far from perfect, and opted to support it despite their reservations over some of its provisions. Read more»

The debt relief program was initially halted in October by an appeals court following an emergency request from Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds of Iowa, and Republican attorneys general in Nebraska, Arkansas, Missouri, South Carolina and Kansas.

The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted to overturn the Biden administration’s one-time student debt relief plan that is on hold due to a pending Supreme Court decision, though President Joe Biden has vowed to veto the resolution. Read more»

The Sackler family, the owners of Purdue Pharma, reached a settlement in federal court yesterday that will give them full immunity from all civil legal claims, current and future, over their role in the company’s prescription opioids business. Read more»

A default would have prevented the federal government from borrowing any more money to pay all of the country’s bills in full and on time.

The U.S. House took a broadly bipartisan vote Wednesday night on the debt limit package, sending it to the U.S. Senate where lawmakers are expected to vote quickly to clear the measure. Read more»

Before the unwinding, more than 1 in 4 Americans — 93 million — were covered by Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and about 15 million people will be dropped over the next year as states review participants’ eligibility in monthly tranches.

More than 600,000 Americans have lost Medicaid coverage since pandemic protections ended on April 1, as states are deciding who stays and who goes - and the overwhelming majority of people who have lost coverage were dropped because of technicalities. Read more»

The 2015 Finger Rock Fire, seen burning in the Catalinas from Downtown Tucson, nearly 10 miles away. Tucson High School, the University of Arizona and Banner-University Medical Center are seen in the foreground.

State Farm announced that it would no longer offer home insurance to new customers in California, a decision at least partially motivated by the effects of climate change, and one that could impact other places at high risk of climate change-fueled natural disasters. Read more»

Challenging a denial can take hours of patients’ and doctors’ time, and many people don’t have the knowledge or stamina to take on the task, unless the bill is especially large or the treatment obviously lifesaving.

Millions of Americans in the past few years have filed a health care insurance claim that once might have been paid immediately but now is denied, and the Department of Health and Human Services - tasked with with monitoring denials - hasn’t fulfilled that assignment. Read more»

President Joe Biden greets House Speaker Kevin McCarthy as he arrives to deliver his 2023 State of the Union address on the House floor of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Critical of the deal on the debt ceiling that's been struck with the White House, Republican lawmakers say they can wield the same leverage they used to install Kevin McCarthy as speaker of the House to strip him of his party leadership. Read more»

Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy promised his party he'd play hardball during negotiations with Joe Biden over the debt ceiling. So what's with all the Nerf? Read more»

Census data shows that Pinal County had two of the fastest-growing cities in the nation from 2021 to 2022, and a housing boom to match. Its 3.5% rise in housing units was fastest in the state.

The number of housing units in Pinal County grew to 185,650 as of last summer, the fastest rate in the state with an estimated 3.5% increase from July 2021 to July 2022, echoing the population increases experienced in Maricopa County. Read more»

Supporters of the Supreme Court ruling that narrowed the scope of the Clean Water Act said it reins in overzealous regulators who considered dry washes and seasonal streams subject to oversight. But critics say the change poses a significant threat in states like Arizona, where water, like the San Pedro River here, 'is ever so precious.'

Ranchers and Republican lawmakers are welcoming a Supreme Court ruling that narrows the range of waters subject to federal regulation, calling it a win for private property rights - but environmental groups say the ruling will be “disastrous for Arizona." Read more»

U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, front, with GOP Rep. Garret Graves of Louisiana at left, speaks briefly to reporters about a deal on the debt ceiling he said has been reached with the White House, on May 27, 2023.

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy announced a deal in principle with President Joe Biden Saturday night that would stave off a first-ever default on the nation’s debt as long as it can clear both chambers of Congress before June 5. Read more»

Most city, county, state, and federal governmental offices will be closed Monday, including post offices and courts. Most banks and credit unions will be closed. Read more»

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»

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