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Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords at an EMILY’s List event in Washington where a 'rising star'
award named for her was presented to Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams. The list supports Democratic women candidates.

Gabrielle Giffords was back in Washington to present an award named in her honor to a "rising star" of Democratic politics. Arizona lawmakers at the event called Giffords "without question, our hero." Read more»

The Supreme Court upheld Michigan’s voter-approved ban on race-based admissions for state universities, raising concerns in states like Arizona, which passed a similar, broader, ban in 2010.

Some worried when the Supreme Court upheld Michigan's ban on race as a factor in college admissions it would hurt minority enrollment in other states. But Arizona's universities have seen a steady rise in those numbers, even after a voter-approved ban on race-based decisions. Read more»

Revenues at Arizona’s 22 tribal casinos grew by $50 million, from $1.75 billion in 2011 to $1.8 billion in 2012, according to a recent report.

Indian gaming revenue in Arizona grew by 3 percent in 2012, even though no new facilities came online and the number of games in the state actually declined that year. Read more»

Arizona was one of 14 states with a rate of babies born to single mothers that was “significantly higher” than national rate of 35.7 percent in 2011, according to a 2013 report from the Census Bureau.

Almost three in four babies born in Coconino County in 2011 were born to unmarried women, the highest rate in the nation, if Census Bureau estimates are correct. Experts question that number, but most agree that births to single moms is an issue for the state. Read more»

An A-10 coming in for a landing at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base this week.

Arizona congressmen Thursday renewed calls for the Pentagon to drop its “absolutely ridiculous” plan to retire the A-10 fighter, saying the replacement F-35 is 10 times as costly and does not protect ground forces as well. Read more»

Jamie Balson, a Maricopa County prosecutor, received the Justice Department’s Crimes Victims’ Rights Award for her work with domestic violence victims in Arizona. Balson was one of 10 advocates recognized for giving a greater voice to victims of violent crimes.

Jamie Blason, a deputy county attorney in Maricopa County, was recognized Wednesday by the Justice Department for her work giving a voice to victims of violence. Read more»

Bison, like these in Montana, are causing environmental damage in the North Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park, where the animals are not native.

Officials are trying to figure ways to control about 350 bison roaming the north of Grand Canyon National Park, damaging plants and water sources there. The herd had been managed through hunts, but have been out of reach since wandering in to the hunting-free park. Read more»

Arizonans Erika Andiola and Jose Valdez said the president needs to stop waiting on Congress and use his executive power to stop deportations of immigrants here illegally. Andiola’s mother and brother are currently being detained, as are Valdez’s son and daughter.

Immigration reform advocates, many from Arizona, rallied in front of the White House where they called on the president to "to stop the deportation machine" that is splitting up families. It came just days before a planned weekend of marches and rallies across the country. Read more»

Pam Simon, a staffer for then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, was there for the Jan. 8, 2011, attack in Tucson that killed six and wounded 13, including her and Giffords. She was in Washington this week to be honored by the White House for her work since on gun control.

For Pam Simon, gun violence was something that happened to other people – until she was one of 13 wounded in a January 2011 attack on former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords that killed six. Simon was honored by the White House for her work since then on gun control. Read more»

Zuni Pueblo Gov. Arlen Quetawki Sr., left, and Navajo Council Speaker Johnny Naize both said a bill to divide the former Fort Wingate lands is not perfect, but they urged its passage. One Navajo official, however, spoke against the plan as a giveaway.

Two Navajo Nation officials split Thursday on a plan to divide a former Army depot in New Mexico between the Navajo and the Zuni tribes, with one opponent calling it a surrender of tribal land. Read more»

The Rev. Randy Mayer of Sahuarita urged Republican lawmakers to “uphold the unity of families” and join Democrats calling for a vote on an immigration reform bill. He spoke with, from left, Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif., and actress America Ferrera.

Democrats claim to have enough supporters in the GOP-controlled House to pass a "discharge petition" to force a vote on a reform bill that has been stalled since last summer. Read more»

Mari Koerner, dean of the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University, told a Senate panel Tuesday that the school’s program have been successful in getting teachers ready to function in the classroom.

The dean of Arizona State University’s teachers college told a Senate panel Tuesday that better academic performance in kindergarten through high school begins with better teacher-preparedness programs at higher education institutions. Read more»

Arizona’s voter registration form requires proof of citizenship. Arizona and Kansas, which has a similar law, are in court to try to force the federal government to include the requirement on federal registration forms for people registering in those states.

A federal judge’s order backing Arizona and Kansas laws that require proof of citizenship for voter registration is “not the American way” and must be challenged, opponents said Thursday. The comments came after a U.S. district judge in Kansas ordered the Election Assistance Commission to include the two states’ proof-of-citizenship requirement on federal voter registration forms. Read more» 1

President Barack Obama made remarks about his fiscal 2015 budget at a Washington, D.C., grade school this week after he sent the $3.9 trillion document ot Congress.

Arizona's congressional delegation had predictable reactions to the federal budget proposed last week — split on party lines. Democrats are “more likely to see value in stressing what the budget does for their district.". Republicans, on the other hand, find that their districts are looking for a “dumping on ‘big-spending’ Obama” tack. Read more»

Arizona resident Thomas Castellanos was one of many advocates who gathered in the Capitol to 'cast a ballot' for immigration reform outside the office of one of the Republican leaders of the House.

An Arizona man joined dozens of advocates who “cast ballots” Thursday in what was billed as a mock election for immigration reform outside the U.S. Capitol office of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Read more»

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