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Justice Department issues clearest warning yet on Arizona election 'audit'

The Justice Department issued guidance Wednesday on voting rights and on the pitfalls of post-election audits, reminders that were sent to all states but clearly aimed at Arizona and its 'audit' of Maricopa County elections. ... Read more»0

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As cops testify on Capitol attacks, GOP lawmakers blast 'sham' inquiry

Police officers gave hours of emotional testimony Tuesday about being on the front lines at the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, while separate groups of GOP lawmakers attacked the hearings as a sham and defended the rioters as “political prisoners.” ... Read more»0

DACA recipients’ future uncertain – again – after latest court ruling

A federal judge’s ruling that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is unlawful - the latest in a string of reversals and renewals - should have no practical impact on more than 600,000 covered immigrants for now, but it is sure to have an emotional impact.... Read more»0

Border encounters surge, as migrants make repeated crossing attempts

The number of migrants stopped at Southern border for the month of June increased to the highest level in 20 years, but official say those border "encounters" are inflated because they don't represent the number of unique individuals trying to cross but the how many encounters Customs and Border Protection reported. ... Read more»0

Flake a 'risky' pick as Turkish ambassador, but likely to be confirmed

President Joe Biden’s choice of former Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, a Republican never-Trumper with no formal diplomatic experience, to be the next ambassador to Turkey was “risky” – but is still likely to win confirmation, analysts said. ... Read more»0

Migrant deaths in the desert at record levels as heat wave pounds West

The number of migrant deaths recorded in the Arizona desert so far this year is on pace to break the record set just last year - the remains of 127 migrants have been discovered in the first half of 2021- as migrants attempt the crossing in the face of a record-breaking heat wave. ... Read more»0

Lucky sucker: Endangered Colorado River fish’s status improving; critics not so sure

Federal officials said the endangered razorback sucker has made enough of a comeback for the Colorado River fish’s status to be upgraded from endangered to threatened, but critics call the proposal to “downlist” the fish premature, saying that current populations are not self-sustaining.... Read more»0

Fireworks still on tap despite 'crazy hot, potentially dry' July 4th

With the pandemic winding down, cities and towns across the state are looking toward a more typical Fourth of July this year – and typical in Arizona means balancing fireworks against the potential for wildfire. ... Read more»0

Navajo have COVID-19 under control, but fear Delta variant

The Navajo Nation has reduced daily COVID cases to single digits but the highly contagious delta variant has the former hot spot alarmed.... Read more»0

Arizona kids’ health, schooling fare poorly – again – in annual report

Despite gains in some areas, Arizona continued to rank among the worst states in the nation for education, according to the latest version of a national report that measures children’s well-being across several areas.... Read more»0

Border officials eye Monday reopening to nonessential travel with hope

Border officials urged lawmakers to stick to a plan to reopen the border to nonessential travel Monday, even as they said more needs to be done to prepare for the expected surge in traffic, with a staffing gap of more than 2,000 workers at Customs and Border Protection.... Read more»0

Transitioning from coal is the goal – how to get there is the question

Navajo and Hopi witnesses agreed the region needs to move away from its economic dependence on coal, but specific proposals on how to get there remained elusive as the recent closure of mines there has left hundreds unemployed in an area with chronically high jobless rates.... Read more»0

Tucson halts operations at water plant threatened by toxic chemical

City officials said they will indefinitely suspend operations at the Tucson Airport Remediation Project water treatment plant to keep it from being overwhelmed by an underground toxic chemical plume containing high levels of the chemical PFAS that could be moving toward the plant.... Read more»0

Arizona cities wait, worry over state budget that poses ‘huge hit’ to revenues

Local governments in Arizona are anxiously watching state budget negotiations that they fear could end up delivering a “huge hit” to city and town finances, as the current proposal to lower the state income tax to an across-the-board 2.5% would result in about a $1.5 billion reduction in tax revenues next year.... Read more»0

Uber, DoorDash settle state claim, end breaks for Black-owned Arizona businesses

Uber Eats, Postmates and DoorDash said they will no longer waive delivery fees for customers who order from Black-owned restaurants in Arizona, to settle charges by the Attorney General’s Office that the deals violated the Arizona Civil Rights Act. ... Read more»0

Biden’s ambitious higher cap on refugee admissions unlikely to be met

President Joe Biden’s decision to raise this year’s cap on refugee admissions from a historic low of 15,000 to as many as 62,500 will not happen, as "we are working quickly to undo the damage of the last four years,” according to a White House statement.... Read more»0

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