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Az Sen. Wendy Rogers facing Senate ethics probe after blaming Buffalo mass shooting on 'feds'

The Arizona Senate is launching an ethics investigation into Republican Sen. Wendy Rogers for her comments blaming the mass shooting in Buffalo on federal law enforcement instead of the white supremacist who is accused of carrying out the attack. ... Read more»

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$23M awarded to TIA for runway safety work

A $23 million federal grant will help Tucson International Airport with major renovations, with the runway safety project receiving the largest amount from the first round of a $3.2 billion national program.... Read more»

Light Up Navajo initiative helps tribe with 'life-changing' access to electrical grid

Light Up Navajo III, a mutual aid project that extends service to Navajo homes without electricity - and where local Navajo utility crews work alongside other utility companies - is working to provide utilities a lot of people take for granted.... Read more»

2 Southwest tribes raise concerns over uranium storage

The possibility the Department of Energy will establish a strategic uranium reserve to increase the domestic stockpile of uranium comes at a cost: increased contamination borne by Native American tribes and local residents throughout the Southwest.... Read more»

Arizona recreational cannabis sales hit record $72 million in March

Medical marijuana sales in Arizona continued to slide in March, dropping for the fifth consecutive month as recreational cannabis sales soared to new heights after a small lull in January 2022, going up at least $2 million per month in February and March.... Read more»

The most and least popular specialty license plates in Arizona in 2022

More than half a million drivers across Arizona have decked out their cars with specialty license plates, but they're more than just a decoration: They’re an active cash flow to nonprofit organizations that have raised over $8 million in the current fiscal year.... Read more»

Fund the police: Biden wants stimulus dollars spent on crime prevention

Gun violence has soared across the United States during the pandemic, and President Joe Biden urged local leaders Friday to help police quell the bloodletting with money they got through his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package. ... Read more»

Few eligible families have applied for government help to pay for COVID funerals

In April 2021, FEMA offered to reimburse funeral expenses for COVID victims - up to $9,000 - and though the federal government has paid more than $2 billion to cover funeral costs, fewer than half of eligible families have started applications.... Read more»

Census undercount threatens federal food and health programs on reservations

The 2020 census missed nearly 1 of every 17 Native Americans who live on reservations, an undercount that could lead to insufficient federal funding for essential health, nutrition, and social programs in remote communities with high poverty rates.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

A chance for Pima County voters to confront Sinema — if indirectly

U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema has avoided public scrutiny like last year's fashions. One of her staffers will be at the Pima County supervisor's meeting Tuesday. This may be a rare chance for voters to vent to her.... Read more»

The Tucson agenda

Christy fairly needles fellow Pima Supes, Tucson-area governments set to start approving budgets

No, Republicans, "crazy" isn't a prerequisite for making life hard on Democrats, as Supervisor Steve Christy proves with some smart bird-dogging. ... Read more»

Should you worry about data from your period-tracking app being used against you?

After a draft opinion from the Supreme Court indicating that Roe v. Wade would be overturned, people were expressing concerns about the privacy of period-tracking app information - now, experts answer questions on data access and usage.... Read more»

Feds halt Mexican gray wolf kills in Arizona, New Mexico in bid for genetic diversity

To foster the Mexican gray wolves’ long term success in the Southwest, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife announced it will lift a 325-animal cap on the population according to a draft of the proposed rule published Friday. ... Read more»

Grijalva says Benson developer, former U.S. Interior secretary involved in criminal bribery plot

Rep. Raúl Grijalva asked the Justice Department to investigate a former Trump administration Cabinet member, saying he engaged in a quid-pro-quo relationship with a real estate developer, seeking campaign funds in exchange for a water permit needed for a massive housing project outside of Benson, Ariz. ... Read more»

State Constable Ethics Board investigating Pima County's Martinez over election violation claims

Arizona's Constable Ethics, Standards and Training Board decided Friday to launch an investigation into accusations against Deborah Martinez that include forging signatures for her nominating petitions and lying about living in her precinct. ... Read more»

Analysis

6 months after climate summit: Where to find progress in a dangerous & divided world

Six months ago, negotiators at the United Nations’ Glasgow climate summit celebrated new commitments to lower global greenhouse gas emissions - today, the world looks ever more complex but there are areas to watch for progress and cooperation.... Read more»

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