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Judge blocks Biden administration from lifting Title 42 public health order used to quickly expel migrants

A federal judge in Louisiana on Friday blocked the Biden administration from lifting a public health order that immigration officers have used to quickly expel migrants at the southwest border, including asylum-seekers.... Read more»

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Some states are already targeting birth control

The Supreme Court draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade will further fuel some conservatives’ efforts to limit access to birth control - as Republican lawmakers have begun a push to restrict access to birth control methods they claim are abortifacients.... Read more»

As businesses hunt for educated workers, states loosen purse strings for higher ed again

Many states are boosting their budgets for public higher education more than at any time since 2008 and proposing even higher allocations down the road as politicians are focusing on the need for educated workers in an economy that’s short of talent.... Read more»

Ginni Thomas emailed GOP lawmaker Shawnna Bolick for help overturning Biden’s Arizona win

Ginni Thomas, conservative activist and wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, tried in the days after the 2020 election to convince Rep. Shawnna Bolick and House Speaker Rusty Bowers to help her overturn Joe Biden’s victory in Arizona.... Read more»

Tribal police agencies in Arizona & across the nation struggle to attract, maintain officers

A Navajo Nation official told a Senate panel this week that the tribe’s police department lacks the resources to attract and retain officers, a problem that experts say is faced by tribal police departments across the country. ... Read more»

Feds approve 35,000 more work visas, as firms struggle to fill open jobs

Arizona businesses welcomed the federal government’s release this week of another 35,000 H-2B visas for temporary guest workers, as a tight U.S. labor market has left companies scrambling to fill vacancies. ... Read more»

California to test solar panels over irrigation canals to save water, boost electricity output

A pilot project in California’s lush Central Valley looks to save water and increase energy efficiency by building solar-panel canopies over existing canals - but such a solution is impractical in Arizona, where costs would be too high and the savings too low.... Read more»

Yes, the drought really is that bad

The Southwest has been hit hard with dry conditions as shrinking snowpacks, parched topsoil and depleted reservoirs are symptoms of the West’s worst set of dry years since 800 A.D. - and there is a significant likelihood the megadrought continues.... Read more»

Freedom of speech is under attack in public schools, U.S. House panel told

Students and teachers told U.S. House members during a Thursday hearing that their right to talk about race and LGBTQ+ issues in public schools is being silenced due to an onslaught of new state laws as well as pressure on school boards from right-wing advocates.... Read more»

Policy group calls for banning weapons at protests, 'incubators of terrorism'

Protests in many cities became magnets for “politically motivated violence,” and while only a fraction of the demonstrations have been warped by violence, the potential should persuade policymakers to ban or restrict firearms from public gatherings.... Read more»

More shots, more funding: Biden back to basics as COVID-19 cases rise

The White House held its first COVID-19 task force briefing in six weeks on Wednesday, as the country grapples with the possibility that surging case counts and hospitalizations across the country will flow through the summer. ... Read more»

This rural, red Southern county was a vaccine success story — not anymore

The vaccination rate in Meigs County was artificially inflated by a data error that distorted most of Tennessee’s county-level vaccination rates by attributing tens of thousands of doses to the wrong counties, according to a KHN review of Tennessee’s data. ... Read more»

Congress, White House scramble to ease baby formula shortage

Both the Biden administration and Congress moved Wednesday to try to relieve a national infant formula shortage, as the White House invoked the Defense Production Act and the U.S. House approved $28 million for the Food and Drug Administration. ... Read more»

A dozen Arizona GOP lawmakers follow at least 1 far-right Facebook group

More than 1 in 5 Republican state lawmakers across the country have joined at least one far-right Facebook group, according to a new report, and in Arizona, 12 have done so — about 25% of the state’s GOP legislators.... Read more»

'Documented Dreamers' fear deportation after aging out of visa protection

Children of visa-holding parents - or “documented Dreamers” - are pushing for passage of the bipartisan America’s CHILDREN Act of 2021 that would protect them from being deported when they turn 21.... Read more»

Analysis

U.S. schools are not racially integrated, despite decades of effort

Nearly seven decades after the U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954, the court’s declared goal of integrated education is still not yet achieved.... Read more»

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