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Hospitals are trying to persuade federal officials to maintain multiple COVID-era policies beyond the emergency or work with Congress to change the law.

The Biden administration’s decision to end the COVID-19 public health emergency in May will institute sweeping changes across the health care system that go far beyond many people having to pay more for COVID tests. Read more»

The single-page document by Garland directed the Federal Bureau of Investigation to be on alert for 'a disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence' aimed at local school officials and teachers.

U.S. House Republicans continued to press accusations that a “woke agenda” is deteriorating parents’ rights, targeting a memo by Attorney General Merrick Garland instructing federal law enforcement to open lines of communication on threats to local school board members. Read more»

Though none spoke up at the Energy and Commerce hearing, some progressive Democrats and outside groups have expressed uneasiness with a government ban of a private service.

A U.S. House panel grilled TikTok’s CEO for more than five hours Thursday over the social media giant’s ties to China, and indicated there may be bipartisan consensus for a national ban on the platform. Read more»

Grijalva framed the legislation as a community effort rather than a congressional one, and said he hoped other lawmakers would follow such an example.

Democratic lawmakers headed by Arizona Representative Raúl Grijalva unveiled a sweeping new piece of legislation Wednesday, aimed at shielding vulnerable communities from the effects of pollution and climate change, as well as strengthening government outreach. Read more»

Moderna declined to say if people in the United States would pay less for the vaccine than those in other countries, whose governments didn’t invest in its development.

The CEO of Moderna defended the company’s decision to drastically increase the price of its COVID-19 vaccine later this year after being met with bipartisan condemnation from U.S. senators, who noted the government invested nearly $2 billion in development of the vaccine. Read more»

Bennett Cooper, in bow tie, talks outside the Supreme Court, where he defended VIP Products, an Arizona dog-toy maker, against a trademark-infringement claim filed by Jack Daniel’s Properties.

An Arizona dog-toy manufacturer told the Supreme Court that its “Bad Spaniels” squeaky toy is a “playful parody” of Jack Daniel’s that does not infringe on the distiller’s trademarks - though an attorney for Jack Daniel’s Properties Inc. disagreed. Read more»

Despite plaintiffs’ claims that medication abortion is dangerous, data from more than two decades of mifepristone uses indicate a generally low rate of adverse events and few deaths, according to the FDA.

Many legal scholars doubt the notoriously anti-abortion judge at the center of the federal anti-abortion lawsuit has the legal authority to do what plaintiffs are asking for - forcing the FDA to essentially recall a drug that for two decades has maintained a record of efficacy and safety. Read more»

Right-wing protesters gather outside the Maricopa County Elections Department on Nov. 4, 2020, demanding that all ballots for Donald Trump be counted. Inside the building, election workers were busy counting hundreds of thousands of ballots.

Following in the footsteps of six conservative-led states, Senate Republicans want to pull Arizona’s membership from a multistate coalition that aids in cleaning voter rolls, following false claims that the coalition is part of a liberal conspiracy to rig elections. Read more»

Navajo President Buu Nygren stands behind Navajo Code Talker Peter MacDonald, in wheelchair, outside the Supreme Court, where justices heard the tribe’s challenge to the federal government’s handling of tribal water rights.

Supreme Court justices pressed government attorneys Monday on their argument that the treaties that put the Navajo on reservation lands implied an intent – but not a duty – for the government to provide water to the tribe. Read more»

Abortion-rights supporters gather in front of the federal courthouse in Amarillo on Wednesday.

In an Amarillo courthouse last week, lawyers seeking to move abortion medication off the market focused less on the existential question of when life begins — and more on an attempt to resurrect a long-dormant law that would upend abortion access in the United States. Read more»

The Bighorn Fire burning along the Catalina Mountains near Golder Ranch and Oracle Roads in 2020.

The Biden administration will send $197 million from the 2021 bipartisan infrastructure law to help communities prepare for wildfires this summer, the first round of a new $1 billion Community Wildfire Defense Grant program authorized under the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill. Read more»

States are using billions in federal relief money to improve mental health services in schools.

In response to a yearslong decline in the mental health of the nation’s children and teens, officials are using COVID-19 relief dollars and their own money to build support services to recognize the symptoms of mental illness and help students who are struggling. Read more»

Snowfall in the Yosemite Valley in the Sierra Nevada Mountains during Nov. 2022. The California snow pack is223% of normal this week and could help provide water late into the year as it melts.

After watching billions of gallons of rainwater wash away into the Pacific, California is taking advantage of extreme weather with a new approach: Let it settle back into the earth for use another day. Read more»

In the event the two chambers cannot reach a bipartisan agreement on spending by October, they can pass a stopgap spending bill, known as a continuing resolution, that extends current funding levels for months, or they could begin a partial government shutdown.

Federal departments and agencies say U.S. House Republicans’ plans to cut federal spending would result in reductions to key programs like food aid, education assistance and wildfire management. Read more»

The latest Mexican wolf population count showed surprising numbers. Biologists found 109 collared wolves in the wild.

Recovery of wolves in the wild accelerated at an astonishing rate in 2022, with the population growing from 196 to at least 241 wolves, including 136 counted in New Mexico and 105 in Arizona. Read more»

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