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Wild horses, like these in Nevada, are protected by federal law. But the Forest Service says horses in Tonto National Forest enjoy no such protection and had proposed a roundup.

The U.S. Forest Service said Thursday it has put a planned roundup of up to 100 horses in the Tonto National Forest on hold until September, when Congress returns from recess. Read more»

The government cut off Medicare payments this month to Cochise Regional Hospital in Douglas. Officials have gone to court to restore funding, saying the facility will have to close without it, but federal authorities said that four surveys of the facility found “continuing, serious problems with basic nursing care.” Read more» 1

A Interstate 10 truck stop in Coachella, Calif. Businesses along the closed portion of the road from California to Arizona saw a sharp drop in business this week.

Interstate 10 reopened Friday after a five-day closure, but not soon enough for businesses in western Arizona and eastern California that depend on the highway. Read more»

Crews have checked and reopened the Tex Wash Bridge’s westbound span on Interstate 10, and will continue working to replace the washed-out eastbound span.

Arizona Trucking Association President Tony Bradley says one good thing may have come out of the closure of a section of Interstate 10 last week – it could point up the need to fix the nation’s infrastructure. Read more»

Officials with Arizona’s state-run pension systems say the funds are in good shape going forward, despite a drop from 2003-2013 compared to other states.

Funding for Arizona’s state-run pension funds fell by more than 20 percent from 2003 to 2013, but the almost 600,000 state workers covered have no reason to worry about their retirement, officials said. Read more»

Fort Huachuca is the largest employer in Cochise County, which is why a Pentagon plan to cut 114 jobs there has local officials worries.

Arizona may have averted disaster in the Army’s plan to trim 40,000 jobs, but the announcement that Fort Huachuca will lose 114 positions over the next two years still is “not welcomed news,” officials said this week. Read more»

A federal court upheld a ruling by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that the Washington Redskins cannot hold trademarks for the term “Redskins,” calling it offensive to Native Americans.

A federal judge Wednesday upheld a ruling by the Patent and Trademark Office to cancel registration of the Washington Redskins' trademark. Read more» 4

A ship is loaded for export in Baltimore. Backers say the Export-Import Bank helps U.S. businesses compete, but critics say the bank is unnecessary.

Authorization for the government bank that has helped more than 100 Arizona businesses do international business expired early Wednesday, leaving the Export-Import Bank in “uncharted territory” for the first time in its 81 years. Read more»

Renzi, in his official congressional photo.

Former Arizona Rep. Rick Renzi will continue to serve out his sentence in federal prison for extortion and other charges stemming from a land-swap deal, after the Supreme Court declined to hear his appeal on Monday. Renzi, who represented Arizona's 1st District from 2003 to 2009, was convicted in 2013 on conspiracy, extortion and money laundering charges and is serving a 36-month sentence. Read more»

An Army athlete competes in the shot put during Tuesday’s field events at the 2015 Warrior Games being held at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va.

Less than two years after doctors said he might never run again, Safford native Terry Cartwright is proving them wrong. The Army specialist was competing in multiple events this week in the 2015 Department of Defense Warrior Games, which pit 250 athletes representing all branches of the military against one another. Read more»

Reporters wait outside the Supreme Court as justices upheld part of the Affordable Care Act that gives tax subsidies to more than 8 million Americans to help with the cost of health care.

The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected the latest challenge to the ACA and upheld the subsidies that help lower-income Americans get insurance. And estimated 127, 0000 Arizona residents use those subsidies to buy health insurance. Read more»

A costumed Spider-Man character in web-shooting pose. The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a Tucson inventor who devised a web-shooting toy is not still entitled to royalties.

The Supreme Court ruled against the Tucson inventor of a Spider-Man toy Monday, saying Marvel Enterprises no longer has to pay him royalties. Stephen Kimble had argued that a previous court ruling, cutting off royalty payments after a patent expires, is outdated and anti-competitive and needs to be overturned. Read more» 1

The Rev. Clyde Reed outside the Supreme Court in January, when he argued that Gilbert’s sign ordinance infringed on his First Amendment free-speech rights. The court Thursday agreed with him.

The Supreme Court Thursday sided with a Gilbert pastor who said the town’s sign restrictions were infringing on his First Amendment rights. Read more»

Theodore Washington has been on Arizona’s death row for his part in the 1987 shooting of a Yuma couple, one of whom later died, in their home.

A federal appeals court Wednesday rejected the plea of an Arizona death row inmate, saying it could not overlook the fact that one of his appeals was filed one day beyond the deadline. Read more» 5

Arizona officials insist that the state is in compliance with the prison rape prevention act. But they disagree with the requirement that they spend a portion of federal grant funds on the work, and said federal officials did not allow the state enough time to complete audits of its facilities.

For the second year in a row, Arizona failed to file reports complying with federal prison rape prevention laws, according to the Justice Department. Last year, the state lost more than $200,000 for not proving compliance. Justice has not determined how much, if any, might be withheld from Arizona this year. Read more»

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