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Immigration and immigrant rights are discussed around the table during Muslim Day at the Arizona state Capitol on Feb. 24, 2023.

State Sen. Juan Mendez and the Arizona Muslim Alliance have joined forces to propose an Office for New Americans, an initiative meant to improve immigrant rights and services by providing a centralized location for resources such as language classes and resettlement assistance. Read more»

Volunteers plant trees at the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area in Phoenix.

Arizona cities, environmental advocates and businesses are teaming up to combat extreme heat by launching a variety of tree-planting initiatives as the state's climate conditions are becoming more extreme, and fatalities from extreme heat have spiked in recent years. Read more»

The Coronado Generating Station was one of three coal-fired power plants in eastern Arizona that had emissions restrictions imposed by the EPA. A federal court upheld the EPA action.

The Environmental Protection Agency has notified Salt River Project that it plans to deny the utility’s request to continue dumping coal ash into an unlined pond at its Coronado Generating Station coal-fired plant in eastern Arizona. Read more»

Arizona got a grade of A for the strength of its smoke-free workplace laws and a C for its access to tobacco cessation services, but failed the other three categories – tobacco taxes, treatment of flavored tobacco and funding of tobacco prevention and cessation – in the American Lung Association’s annual report card.

Arizona lags behind in policies that prevent and reduce tobacco use and the state received failing grades in three of five categories and did not improve on any of its grades from last year, according to the American Lung Association’s annual “State of Tobacco Control” report. Read more»