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Rep. David Schweikert, R-Fountain Hills, with one of his ever-present fiscal issue charts during House special-order speeches.

Arizona Rep. David Schweikert has given a special-order speech 29 times in the current Congress - and 82 since he took office in 2011- as he shows "the math behind the top issues in front of my colleagues and our country.” Read more»

The Coronado Generating Station is one of three coal-fired power plants in eastern Arizona set to shut down in the next decade, as market forces drive the industry away from coal. The coal-burning Navajo Generating Station closed in 2019 because cost-effectiveness.

The Supreme Court ruled this summer that the EPA could not force power plants to move away from fossil fuels, but in Arizona, a market-driven shift away from fossil fuels and toward renewable energy has long been in the works at the power plants in the state. Read more»

Hualapai Chairman Damon Clarke, right, urged the Senate Indian Affairs Committee to pass a bill that would expand his tribe’s water access and improve infrastructure, badly needed help as the drought causes wells to fail.

Hualapai Chairman Damon Clarke told a Senate committee Wednesday that getting access to Colorado River water is “the only feasible solution” for his tribe, whose wells are failing under the stress of the continuing drought. Read more»

Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the subject of the documentary 'Gabby Giffords Won’t Back Down.'

A new documentary, “Gabby Giffords Won’t Back Down,” opens with the mass shooting at a Tucson grocery in 2011 that left Giffords near death and follows her painful recovery from the attack that has left her partially paralyzed and with aphasia. Read more»

Roopali Desai, an Arizona attorney nominated for a seat on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, told skeptical senators at her confirmation hearing that her work as an advocate would not influence her decisions as a judge.

Republican senators on Wednesday grilled Arizona attorney Roopali Desai, a nominee to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, over her history of working for progressive causes and her work fighting claims of 2020 election fraud. Read more»

A migrant heads back to Mexico after being stopped by Border Patrol near Sasabe in March 2020. The Supreme Court ruled last month that the Biden administration can end the so-called 'remain in Mexico' policy, that forces asylum seekers back across the border to await a hearing, but officials say it is likely to remain in place for several weeks or more.

Advocates waiting for the Biden administration to end the “remain in Mexico” immigration policy could be waiting weeks, or more, despite the Supreme Court ruling last month that the administration has the authority to do so. Read more»

What looks like craggy mountains on a starry night is actually the edge of a nearby star-forming region, NGC 3324, in the Carina Nebula. Captured in infrared light by NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, it reveals previously obscured areas of star birth.

NASA released five “stunning” full-color images from the James Webb Space Telescope, all with never-before-seen detail - and Arizona scientists who have worked on the telescope said the images came out better than they could have imagined. Read more»

Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, called 'one of the most courageous people I have ever known' by President Joe Biden, who bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom on her Thursday.

President Joe Biden honored 17 Americans on Thursday, including the late Sen. John McCain and former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, considered the nation’s highest civilian award. Read more»

'¡Presente!,' which opened on June 22 and runs for two years, includes displays on immigration, Latino identity and Latino history in the U.S., with exhibits showcasing famous Latinos across of variety of fields

A display in the National Museum of American History is the first exhibit by what will eventually become the National Museum of the American Latino - but with that museum years away, a space in the Smithsonian will serve as its display for the next decade. Read more»

Gabby Giffords and the late John McCain were among the 17 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom announced Friday by the Biden administration, making them among the relatively few Arizonans to be honored with the nation's highest civilian honor. Read more»

A federal expansion of the school lunch program instituted as a COVID-19 relief measure was set to expire June 30, but will continue through the summer thanks to last-minute congressional action. Students at Barbara Robey Elementary School enjoy lunch in this photo from 2017.

A pandemic-era program that greatly expanded access to school lunches won a last-minute extension through the summer, “fantastic” news for the tens of thousands of Arizona kids who have relied on those meals, advocates said. Read more»

Starting pay for federal wildland firefighters was $13 an hour until last year, when it was raised to $15 an hour. The Biden administration this week approved steep raises for federal firefighters, which officials called a step in the right direction while adding that more needs to be done. Here, a National Guard soldier fights the High Park wildfire in Larimer County, Colo., in 2012.

Advocates welcomed the announcement this week that pay for federal firefighters will increase by as much as $20,000 this year, what one official called a potentially “life-changing” step for the chronically underpaid crews. Read more»

A tombstone of an unknown student that attended the Carlisle Indian Industrial School sits on the grounds of the present-day U.S. Army War College. The proposed Truth and Healing Commission would be charged with investigating unmarked grave sites and other abuses of the Indian boarding school system.

A House committee gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a bill that would create a commission to investigate Indian boarding schools, despite Republican concerns over the scope and power of the commission. Read more»

A memorial on the National Mall to victims of gun violence included 45,222 white flowers for every person killed by guns in 2020, and another 5,000 orange flowers to represent more recent victims.

Arizona legislators voted on party lines this week as the House rushed through a pair of sweeping gun reform bills just weeks after a mass shooting at a Texas elementary school left 19 students and two teachers dead. Read more»

School resource Officer Edward Toves Westview High School in a 2018 file photo. Some have raised concerns about police in schools, but others see them as another way to protect students after another mass shooting.

With little hope that state lawmakers will pass gun-control measures in the wake of the latest school shooting, Arizona educators find themselves balancing the competing goals of hardening schools while making them welcoming places. Read more»

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