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Some environmental groups worry that a National Park Service push to increase visitors – like these tourists at Grand Canyon National Park – in its centennial year will harm parks, but Park Service officials say they are keenly aware of the need to balance conservation and tourism.

The National Park Service hopes to boost visits in honor of its centennial later this month, but its “Find Your Park” program has some environmental groups asking: How much is too much? Read more»

Khizr Khan, a Pakistani immigrant who spoke out at the Democratic National Convention against GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, said he did so to honor his son’s memory.

The last book Khizr Khan sent his son Humayun, an Army captain who was killed in a 2004 car bombing in Iraq, was Sen. John McCain’s “Why Courage Matters.” It’s his admiration for the Arizona Republican that led Khan to call on McCain and other GOP leaders this week to withdraw their support of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. Read more»

Navy veteran Nate Terani carries a box of petitions asking Sen. John McCain and other GOP leaders to withdraw their endorsement of Donald Trump.

Veterans rallied outside Sen. John McCain’s Capitol Hill office Thursday demanding that the Arizona Republican rescind his endorsement of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump in light of Trump’s comments about veterans and Muslims. Read more» 1

Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Phoenix, won high marks from Arizona delegates to the Democratic National Convention for his Wednesday speech as well as his leadership of the delegation.

Gallego was one of two Arizonans who addressed the convention Wednesday night, along with former Rep. Gabby Giffords. But it’s not just his speech that’s been garnering attention for Gallego, who got high marks from convention-goers for his leadership of the state’s delegation. Read more»

Arizona Democratic Party page, Joseline Mata, cries during Hillary Clinton’s acceptance speech on the final night of the  Democratic National Convention.

Tucson resident Joseline Mata, a Hillary Clinton delegate from the beginning, was crying in the stands of the Democratic National Convention Thursday as Clinton accepted the party’s nomination, the first woman in history to do so. Read more»

Ahwatukee delegate M. Lisa Scinto said she was inspired to bring up the Black Lives Matter movement after hearing Attorney General Eric Holder urge the Black Caucus to talk about the issue of officer-involved shootings of black people.

The normally placid breakfast meetings of Arizona’s delegates to the DNC turned into a lively discussion of the Black Lives Matter movement Thursday, one day after Tempe police shot a black suspect during a robbery. Read more»

Jerry Emmett, 102, born before her mother had the vote, lived to see Hillary Clinton become the first woman nominated by major party to be president.

Jerry Emmett, 102, didn’t think she would live to see her mother win the right to vote – much less to see the first woman win a major U.S. party presidential nomination. On Tuesday she helped deliver Arizona’s delegation votes at the Democratic National Convention. Read more»

The first night of the Democratic Convention Center held at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

Many Arizona delegates, supporters of Clinton and Sanders, are trying to take a longer-term view of the email leaks that led to the resignation of the DNC chairwoman this weekend. Read more» 1

Convention delegates who had to use crowdfunding sites like GoFundMe said it was hard to ask strangers for money, but the conventions are too important not to.

With neither the Republican nor Democratic parties financing their delegates’ convention trips many turned to crowdsourcing websites to finance trips to the conventions that start next week. Read more»

The James R. Browning Courthouse in San Francisco. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday rejected an appeal from Arizona death row inmate Eric Mann in the 1989 murder of two men.

A divided federal appeals court Friday upheld the conviction and death sentence of a Pima County man in a 1989 drug deal turned double murder. Read more»

Bernie Sanders campaigning in Tucson four days before Arizona's primary election.

Bernie Sanders’ endorsement Tuesday of rival Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination was met with resignation from many of his Arizona delegates, followed by calls for party unity. Read more»

Jose Eduardo Calzada Rovirosa, Mexico’s minister of agriculture, pointed to the growing trade between the U.S. and Mexico and said that relationship is only likely to grow in coming years.

Mexican officials told a Washington audience Monday that there must be a strong trade relationship between the U.S. and Mexico in what they called a “challenging time” for the bond between the two nations. Read more»

Cars wait in line for inspection at the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales. The port underwent a $250 million upgrade but some trade groups say it has not lived up to its promise.

Nearly two years after the completion of a $250 million expansion that was supposed to speed traffic through the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales, some say the project has yet to live up to its promise. Read more»

The Acoma shield was set to be sold at auction in Paris in late May, but the sale was halted pending an investigation into charges that they artifact may have been stolen from the tribe. A Senate bill would block the export and sale of culturally significant or sacred tribal artifacts.

The Arizona and New Mexico lawmakers teamed up this week to sponsor a bipartisan bill that would prevent the auction of sacred tribal items. Read more»

The Pima County Adult Detention Center

Pima County Sheriff Chris Nanos is convinced that his department might have prevented the 2011 shooting of then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords if it had the mental health resources it does now. That’s why Nanos is excited about the Data-Driven Justice Initiative, which includes a focus on mental health in an effort to reduce local jail populations. Read more»

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