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Phoenix resident Gerardo Torres, right, joins protesters in front of the White House demanding that undocumented immigrants be involved in any new administration meetings on immigration policy.

The small but vocal protest outside the White House said immigrants who are in this country illegally have ideas that could help with the immigration debate - if only they could be heard. They urged the president to include undocumented immigrants in any future negotiations. Read more»

Ned Norris Jr., chairman of the Tohono O’odham Nation, defends his tribe’s plans for a casino in Glendale. Norris told the Senate Indian Affairs Committee the project complies with all rules, which is why courts and the Interior Department have upheld the tribe’s plans.

Tohono O'odham leaders "looked us in the face and lied" about plans for a Glendale casino, and Congress needs to step in and stop it, opponents told a Senate panel. But casino backers called such legislation "mean-spirited," noting that their plan has survived challenges at every turn. Read more»

A federal appeals court Monday upheld the conviction of a human trafficker who was involved in a scheme to kidnap a young Honduran immigrant in Tucson and demand ransom from his mother. Read more»

Arizona Sens. John McCain, left, and Jeff Flake speak in support of their bill to settle a water dispute between Freeport Minerals and the Hualapai tribe. McCain said they are willing to work with anyone who has concerns over the bill.

Tribal and state lawmakers urged a Senate panel to pass a water-rights deal between the Hualapai and Freeport Minerals Corp., saying time is fast running out. The deal for tribal water rights in the Bill Williams River watershed is backed by the state's congressional delegation. Read more»

The northern Mexican gartersnake, like the narrow-headed gartersnake, is being threatened by the loss of its streamside habitat and by competition from nonnative species.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service granted threatened species status Monday to northern Mexican and narrow-headed gartersnakes, saying the animals in Arizona and New Mexico could otherwise be in danger of extinction. Read more»

American Red Cross volunteer Marty Martindale comforts Yarnell resident Gene Criner in the aftermath of last year’s blaze, that killed firefighters and caused extensive damage. Volunteers and donations played a large role in helping the town rebuild and heal.

Not all the houses have been rebuilt. Not all the people have moved back home and not all the damage has been repaired. But one year after the town of Yarnell was hit by what would become the deadliest wildfire in Arizona history, residents say the town is steadily pulling itself back together. Read more»

Gary Davis, president and CEO of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, said there are opportunities for development in Indian Country but challenges in getting funding to make projects happen.

A Mesa executive told a Senate panel Wednesday that there is plenty of opportunity for economic development in Indian Country, but not enough investment to make it happen. Read more»

Michael Murdaugh brutally beat two people to death in 1995 and was sentenced to life in one killing and death for the second. But courts have ruled that he should get another chance to challenge his death sentence.

The U.S. Supreme Court let stand a lower court’s ruling that convicted murderer Michael Murdaugh should be allowed a new hearing on his death sentence. Arizona argued courts went "far beyond" the law in ordering a new hearing for Murdaugh, who beat two men to death and dismembered one. Read more» 1

The funds were from the Payments in Lieu of Taxes program, which pays local governments for property taxes they can't collect on federal lands within their borders. The decades-old program was almost not funded in 2014, and future funding is not guaranteed. Read more»

Arizona Rep. Mark Cardenas, D-Phoenix, was in Washington with HECHO – Hispanics Enjoying Camping, Hunting and Outdoors – as it released a survey showing Latinos’ support of conservation and the outdoors in Western states.

A new survey claims that Latino voters in Western states believe the government should protect public lands and they want to be consulted on land-policy issues. Pollsters attributed that sentiment to the generations-long ties many Hispanic families have to the region Read more»

U.S. Border Patrol Deputy Chief Ronald Vitiello, left, National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd testify in support of a bill that would trim Border Patrol costs by capping overtime pay for agents.

A Senate committee was urged Monday to fix the “hopelessly broken” overtime policy for Border Patrol agents, by boosting agents’ base pay but cutting any extra pay they would otherwise get for overtime hours. Read more»

Maricopa County agreed to pay former Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox and others to settle claims they they had been targeted harassed and intimidated by Sheriff Joe Arpaio, above, and former County Attorney Andrew Thomas.

A federal appeals court ruled Monday that Maricopa County must pay former County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox $975,000 to settle her claims that Sheriff Joe Arpaio and a former county attorney harassed and intimidated her. Read more»