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Hon. Kellie Johnson presides over a hearing in Pima County Superior Court in Tucson, Ariz. on August 19, 2022. Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is seeking to lift 1972 injunction blocking enforcement of old abortion ban.

A Pima County judge has ruled that a Civil War-era ban on nearly all abortions in Arizona can be enforced in the wake of the Supreme Court overruling Roe v. Wade, lifting an injunction that kept the law from being enforced for nearly 50 years. Read more»

A Border Patrol vehicle speeds down a highway near Kitt Peak in 2014.

U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva, joined by other members of Congress, pressed U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials to publish new guidelines for vehicle pursuits by agents following a year of deadly crashes. Read more»

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy speaking with supporters of President of the United States Donald Trump at a 'Make America Great Again' campaign rally at Goodyear Airport.

U.S. House Republicans gathered inside a warehouse in Southwestern Pennsylvania on Friday to outline the legislation they’d try to enact if voters give them back control of that chamber following the November midterm elections. Read more»

Under tribes’ nation-to-nation arrangements with the federal government, states did not have the authority to prosecute alleged crimes on tribal lands.

U.S. lawmakers re-introduced legislation to provide more resources for tribal law enforcement, an issue they say has become more urgent as Congress considers how to respond to a case that complicated criminal jurisdiction. Read more»

Dozens of migrants, including several family units, leave on a New York City-bound bus outside a shelter in El Paso on Aug. 31, 2022. The city and county of El Paso are sponsoring (to be reimbursed by FEMA) the voluntary trips to relieve pressure on local resources and shelters.

Govs. Greg Abbott and Ron DeSantis are following a familiar playbook: Put immigration front and center in election season to take advantage of populist backlash - but using migrants as props has taken the issue to another level. Read more»

Arizona Republican Party Chairwoman Kelli Ward in July 2021.

The congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol has the right to see phone records for Arizona Republican Party Chairwoman Kelli Ward and her husband, Michael, a federal judge ruled Thursday. Read more»

A ballot drop box in October 2020. A pilot program in Orange County, California included some drop boxes that had a scanner attached to give voters the option to scan a QR code before depositing their ballot, as a way to track their ballot.

Democrats were more likely than Republicans to use a mail ballot in the 2022 state primary - but despite all the rhetoric, plenty of Republicans across Arizona still used both mail ballots and drop boxes. Read more»

Secretary of State candidates Mark Finchem, on the left, and Adrian Fontes, on the right, during a debate Thursday night, televised on Arizona PBS.

Mark Finchem, the Republican candidate for secretary of state, continually dodged questions and spouted conspiracy theories in a televised debate Thursday night against his Democratic opponent, Adrian Fontes. Read more»

Products that contain delta-8 THC are sold online and at bars and retailers across much of the U.S., including some places where pot remains illegal.

At least a dozen states, some which have legalized marijuana, have banned hemp-derived delta-8 — typically produced by dissolving CBD in solvents — with national poison control centers receiving more than 2,300 delta-8 cases. Read more»

The Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock, where a special collection of more than 1,700 reel-to-reel magnetic tapes, containing interviews with Navajo elders and medicine people conducted in the 1960s-1970s, is currently stored.

The Doris Duke Indian Oral History Program, which captures the stories and fading languages of Indigenous people across the U.S., will digitize the materials stored at universities - but this time, tribes will have far more control. Read more»

U.S. District Judge Raymond Dearie, who is tasked with reviewing the materials uncovered in the FBI raid, released his case management plan on Thursday following the 11th Circuit decision.

Former President Trump’s court battle over records he claims to have declassified was dealt another blow by the Eleventh Circuit this week, and some legal experts doubt the former president will get the legal recourse he seeks. Read more»

Brenda Dickason of Tucson needs to keep expensive EpiPens on hand because of a bee allergy, but rising prices have made it hard for  her to afford medications. The Inflation Reduction Act includes several provisions that should help, including an annual $2,000 cap on out-of-pocket spending for prescriptions.

Under the Inflation Reduction Act, millions of Americans no longer will have to shell out thousands of dollars to pay for prescription medications through Medicare - one of the provisions of the new law intended to improve health care. Read more»

The ruling also negates a mandate that students 2 and older be required to wear mask inside Head Start facilities and vehicles as well as in crowded outdoor settings.

A federal judge in Louisiana has issued a permanent injunction to block the Biden administration’s mandate that all Head Start program workers, volunteers and contractors be vaccinated for COVID-19. Read more»

City Manager Mike Ortega talking about a rental assistance program in August, 2021.

Tucson City Manager Mike Ortega will make $300,000 a year with his base salary after the City Council voted last Tuesday at a regular meeting to give the seven-year top administator a raise and renew his contract for another two years. Read more»

A guard of honor prepares to transport the body of slain Constable Deborah Martinez from the scene on Thursday evening.

Federal agents arrested a Tucson man after they linked him to the purchase of a gun part used in the AR-15 rifle used to ambush and kill Pima County Constable Deborah Martinez and two others at a North Side apartment complex last month. Read more»

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