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One-third of Arizonans, and a like number of Americans, reported getting fewer than seven hours of sleep a day, the amount most adults need to stay healthy.

A survey found that about one-third of Arizonans are getting less than seven hours of sleep in a 24-hour period, the lower end of what people should be getting to avoid heightened risks of chronic diseases, including diabetes, stroke and early death. Read more»

Arizona Reps. Raul Grijalva and Ruben Gallego talk before a news conference to urge President Obama to make public lands more inclusive.

Arizona Democratic Reps. Raul Grijalva and Ruben Gallego joined other lawmakers and civil rights groups Thursday urging President Barack Obama to implement more inclusive policies on the nation’s public lands. Read more»

Bureau of Indian Education schools are supposed to be inspected every year by the government, but the 19 in Arizona that were not on the Navajo Nation went four years or more without being inspected, a General Accountability Office report said.

At least 19 tribal schools in Arizona went four years or more without the inspections that are supposed to be performed every year by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, according to a recent Government Accountability Office audit. Read more»

The lawsuit against state and Maricopa County election officials details stories of people being forced to wait hours to vote in hard-to-find polling places that were short-staffed and under-supplied, which it claimed were all violations of voting rights.

Democratic groups and voters made good Friday on their threat to sue state and Maricopa County officials for alleged civil rights violations in the March 22 presidential preference election that saw hours-long waits, among other problems at the polls. Read more» 1

Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, first told the Senate Indian Affairs Committee members last week that they needed to subpoena EPA officials to get answers in their probe of the Gold King Mind spill.

A Senate committee issued a subpoena Wednesday demanding that Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy or an assistant administrator appear at an April 22 hearing in Phoenix on the Gold King Mine spill. Read more»

A vendor prepares pupusas made with masa. Health advocates hope the FDA’s decision to allow the addition of folic acid to masa can help reduce birth defects.

WASHINGTON – The Food and Drug Administration announced that manufacturers can start adding folic acid to masa de maiz beginning Friday, a move long pursued by advocates who say it will curb birth defects in the Hispanic community. Read more»

Lukachukai Community School, a Navajo Nation school on the priority list for replacement. Officials said schools may have problems with lead, asbestos, mold, “you name it.”

Half of the 10 schools on the Bureau of Indian Education priority replacement list released this week are in Arizona, while another three are on the New Mexico portion of the Navajo Nation. Read more»

Arizona state Sen. Carlyle Begay, R-Ganado, said a state law letting parents use public money for private education drew 300 Native applications, but they could not use Bureau of Indian Education funds for the program.

Arizona state Sen. Carlyle Begay told a U.S. Senate committee Wednesday that a bill to give Native American students school choice is the “true essence of self-determination and self-empowerment” that tribes are seeking. Read more»

GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump speaking to a crowd in Fountain Hills ahead of Tuesday’s presidential primary election in Arizona. Trump won the state handily, with 47 percent of the vote.

Donald Trump’s victory in Arizona last week put him one step closer to the Republican presidential nomination, an outcome that political analysts say could spell trouble for down-ticket Republican candidates. But maybe not in Arizona’s GOP Senate race. Read more» 1

Voters line up outside a Valley polling place Tuesday, when some people had to wait hours to cast a ballot.

A petition demanding an investigation into problems with Tuesday’s presidential primary voting in Arizona had already collected more than 100,000 signatures as of Thursday, obligating a response from the White House. Read more»

Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale, voiced his support Tuesday at the Capitol for religious groups on the eve of their Supreme Court challenge of an Obamacare mandate for birth-control benefits in employee health plans.

Rep. Trent Franks led eight other lawmakers Tuesday in a show of support for religious groups on the eve of their Supreme Court challenge of an Obamacare mandate for birth-control benefits in employee health plans. Read more»

Tribal leaders were noncommittal Friday about a proposal that would divert Bureau of Indian Education funds into education savings accounts that individual Native American children could use to attend schools of their choosing. Read more»

Lawmakers expressed frustration that more disciplinary actions have not been taken at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System, two years after problems there were first uncovered.

The three Phoenix officials who got “long overdue” termination notices Tuesday from the Department of Veterans Affairs still have the right to a lengthy appeals process that could extend their cases by months or more. Read more»

A Southwestern willow flycatcher, which favors trees and shrubs near waterways, has been listed as an endangered species since 1995.

Federal officials Tuesday rejected a request to remove the acuña cactus from the endangered species list, but said they will give further consideration to a petition to delist the Southwestern willow flycatcher. Read more»

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, joined senators from New Mexico and Minnesota to urge a vote on Roberta Jacobson’s nomination to be ambassador to Mexico, saying she’s qualified and that the post is too important to leave vacant for months at a time.

Arizona's Jeff Flake joined a bipartisan group of senators in calling on their colleagues to stop blocking Roberta Jacobson’s nomination as the next U.S. ambassador to Mexico, saying “we need our top diplomat in Mexico.” Sen. Marco Rubio is among those blocking a vote. Read more»

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