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In light of a Texas court ruling that could restrict mifepristone, Arizona and other states are working to continue access.

A federal judge in Texas soon could make one of the two pills used in medication abortions harder to come by, even in blue states that support abortion rights - though Arizona and many other states are trying to ensure continued access to the drugs. Read more»

The Coronado Generating Station was one of three coal-fired power plants in eastern Arizona that had restrictions imposed by the EPA.

The Environmental Protection Agency proposed new wastewater treatment standards for coal-fired power plants to reduce discharges of toxic metals and other pollutants by approximately 584 million pounds per year into nearby waterways. Read more»

So far, 18 states with Republican-controlled state legislatures have banned transgender athletes from competing in sports that are consistent with their gender identity.

A U.S. House committee passed a bill on a party-line vote that would block transgender girls from competing in school sports consistent with their gender identity, a reflection of a broader push in multiple states to curb the rights of transgender student athletes. Read more»

Historically low levels at Lake Powell - seem here  in this November 2022 photo - could threaten Glen Canyon Dam’s ability to generate hydropower, one of the reasons the government had been releasing water from Flaming Gorge Reservoir upstream.

The federal government has halted releases from the Flaming Gorge Reservoir that were meant to prop up water levels at Lake Powell downstream, as heavy snows allowed the Bureau of Reclamation to end releases two months earlier than originally planned. Read more»

Leo had taken a leave of absence from the Federalist Society to advise President Trump on judicial appointments, helping shepherd the appointments of Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court and helping to fill more than 200 other positions in federal district and appellate courts.

Leonard Leo, the longtime Federalist Society leader who helped create a conservative supermajority on the Supreme Court, has moved on to the Teneo Network, a little-known group he called “networks of conservatives that can roll back” liberal influence. Read more»

Demonstrators at the 'Rally for Resilience,' headed by the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, in Washington, D.C., on March 7, 2023.

Farmers and leaders from more than 20 progressive agricultural groups gathered this week to march on the U.S. Capitol, and promote climate solutions and underserved producers as priority issues for lawmakers in the upcoming farm bill. Read more»

The pandemic widened accessibility by creating flexibility by how people access mental health care — including telehealth for patients on Medicaid.

As pandemic-era benefits end, some 600,000 Arizonans are set to be removed from the Medicaid rolls next year - a situation causing distress to many who are certainly at risk of being disenrolled and also those who may fall just over the income threshold to qualify for Medicaid. Read more»

U.S. District Judge Michael Liburdi ruled in favor of the plaintiffs on the Procurement Act count, permanently enjoining the order from being enforced in Arizona as of Feb. 10.

A Ninth Circuit panel took up the question of whether the Biden administration's COVID vaccine mandate exceeded the executive branch's authority after then-Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich sued the Biden administration over rules regulating private employers. Read more»

The trans pride flag flying at the author’s home.

The right-wing war on transgender and gender non-conforming people has escalated to a new, very dangerous level. Last weekend at CPAC, Michael Knowles railed against transgender people, telling the crowd, “For the good of society, transgenderism must be eradicated from public life entirely.” The people in attendance applauded as he smirked. Read more»

Nearly 22 million women, girls and gender-nonconforming persons of reproductive age are now living in states where abortion has been banned or is in other ways inaccessible, a contingent of U.S. and global human rights groups noted in a letter to the U.N.

Ahead of International Women’s Day, hundreds of U.S. and global human rights groups have asked the United Nations to intervene on behalf of the millions of women in the U.S. who have been left without access to legal abortion and vital forms of reproductive health care. Read more»

Medical care of autistic adults is marked with bias from doctors who may question their autistic identity, talk down to them or be reluctant to make accommodations, advocates say. It’s why they say autistic patients often have to advocate for themselves in the doctor’s office.

Doctors often show bias toward autistic adults, showing skepticism about their autistic identity, using ableist language or failing to recognize autistic people may react differently to sensory stimuli like pain, and this leads to distinct challenges for autistic adults. Read more»

Abortion rights measures in more states are expected on the ballot in 2024.

For decades, lawyers at the Thomas More Society have backed provocateurs and long shot causes in hopes of winning severe restrictions on abortion in the U.S. - now, the organization has embraced relentlessly questioning the integrity of elections. Read more»

A skier cruises down Snowmass ski area, where January brought heavy snow to the mountains that supply the majority of the Colorado River’s water. Scientists say this could provide a temporary boost to shrinking reservoirs.

Recent data show a snowy start to 2023 for the Colorado River basin, with heavy winter precipitation in the Rocky Mountains projected to boost spring spring runoff - but not enough to fix the Southwest’s long-term supply-demand imbalance. Read more»

More than 45,000 acres in the Las Cienegas National Conservation Area in Arizona are managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The Biden administration’s 10-year plan to conserve 30% of U.S. land by 2030 does not say whether such existing conservation areas would count toward its goal.

In an effort to fund locally led landscape-scale conservation and restoration projects, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced grant funding opportunities available through the 2023 America the Beautiful Challenge. Read more»

The credit, which was part of the American Rescue Plan Act, not only boosted the amount of money families received but also extended the age of qualifying children to 17.

The expanded child tax credit that families received in 2021 helped reduce child poverty across the country, but particularly in the South where families lack a sufficient safety net, according to a report that comes as some Democrats appear ready to attempt to revive the credit. Read more»

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