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Despite rising unemployment, Yuma population still grows

While residents have fled cities like Detroit, Cleveland and Flint, Mich, when unemployment rates spiked in recent years, people have moved into Yuma, which consistently had a jobless rate well above those cities.... Read more»0

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Court OKs Glen Canyon Dam water releases

A federal court panel said the government did not violate environmental law when it failed to subject annual plans for Glen Canyon Dam operations to a thorough environmental review. ... Read more»0

Environmentalists win review of 2 more plants near Rosemont

Federal officials said Wednesday they will review whether two plants near the proposed Rosemont Copper mine are threatened, the second time in as many weeks they have put species near the mine under review.... Read more»0

Az may sue to push feds on air-quality plans

Arizona is tired of waiting for the federal government to act on the state’s proposed air-quality plan and “very well may” sue the Environmental Protection Agency if action is not taken soon, a state official said Thursday.... Read more»0

Franks defends request for probe of Muslim infiltration of gov't

U.S. Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale, this week defended his call for an investigation into the influence of Muslim groups on government organizations, even as the proposal came under more fire.... Read more»0

Feds to study whether Rosemont snail is threatened species

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Tuesday that it will begin a review to determine whether the Sonoran talussnail is threatened, specifically by the proposed Rosemont Copper mine.... Read more»0

Apache County forest program cited as cure for growing wildfires

Apache County’s forest-stewardship agreement with the U.S. Forest Service was held up at a congressional hearing Friday as a model for other governments trying to tame the growing problem of wildfires.... Read more»0

US Airways chief pitches DC on American Airlines merger

Tempe-based US Airways does not need to merge with American Airlines to remain viable, but consolidation would create a stronger competitor than either business can be on its own, US Airways CEO Doug Parker said Wednesday.... Read more»0

Seasonal wildfire crews now eligible for federal health benefits

Seasonal hotshot firefighters will be able to buy into the Federal Employees Health Benefits program, the same program that offers health insurance to federal full-time employees, the White House announced Tuesday.... Read more»0

Crowd waved signs, flags as it awaited Supreme Court ruling

“Health care companies keep taking a huge share of profits, and they are going to ruin the system eventually,” said Phoenix resident George Pauk, who joined hundreds of chanting, sign-waving protesters waiting for the court’s decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. (with photo gallery)... Read more»0

Ruling lets SB 1070 enforcement begin; when and how unclear

The Supreme Court cleared the way for Arizona police to begin enforcing the “papers, please” portion of the SB 1070 immigration law, but how it would take effect was unclear to some agencies Monday.... Read more»1

Warm, dry winter and spring raise likelihood for wildfires

Arizona is one of several Western states with a higher-than-normal likelihood for large wildfires this summer based on unseasonably dry weather conditions, according to new data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association.... Read more»0

Barber, Grijalva split on waiver of enviro rules on border

The House voted Tuesday to relax environmental restrictions in a 100-mile buffer along the nation’s land borders, to make it easier for Border Patrol agents to do their jobs. Critics derided the bill as an overreach that would create a 100-mile “drone zone” of government surveillance around the country.... Read more»1

FEMA backs plan for tribes to go to president for relief

The Federal Emergency Management Agency re-emphasized its support Thursday for legislation to let federally recognized tribes seek emergency and natural disaster declarations directly from the president instead of having to go through their states’ governors.... Read more»0

Forest Service, Apache County team to thin forests, tame fires

The U.S. Forest Service and Apache County have launched a first-of-its-kind management plan to thin more than 90,000 acres of forest in hopes of preventing catastrophic fires like last year’s record Wallow Fire.... Read more»0

Groups renew push for endangered status for desert eagles

For the third time in six years, two environmental groups are suing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to get endangered species protection for the Sonoran Desert population of the bald eagle.... Read more»0

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