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While there are federal laws concerning gun-free zones in schools, many states and local boards have their own laws and policies. Arizona school officials leave the decision to local boards.

Charles Heller embraces Donald Trump’s proposal to eliminate gun-free zones on school campuses, a move he sees as “really restoring a freedom, not eliminating anything.” But the Tucson resident acknowledges that legal and political realities will likely keep Arizona schools gun-free for the foreseeable future. Read more»

Some of the 300 reels of tape that were recorded decades ago, preserving thousands of hours of Navajo oral histories, songs and stories.

Misplaced for years, only to be discovered sitting in a jail cell, their backups destroyed in a fire, their entire contents never cataloged, 300 reels of tape with thousands of hours of Navajo oral history hold recordings of “knowledge, legends, stories, traditions" that advocates say is vital to preserve for generations to come. Read more»

Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham, who became a strong backer of President-elect Donald Trump during the campaign, has been cited as a potential candidate for the national party chairmanship.

President-elect Donald Trump’s decision to tap Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus as his White House chief of staff could open the door for an Arizona official to move to the national stage. Read more»

Changes to Head Start, the first overhaul of the program in decades, include a requirement that it become a full-day program by 2021.

Head Start, the first early education program in the U.S., is undergoing its first overhaul in more than 40 years. Read more»

A panoramic view of lands on the Navajo Nation. Members of the tribe have received more than $104 million from the federal government for almost 150,000 acres of land that is being returned to the tribal government, part of a $1.9 billion land buyback program for tribes nationwide.

Arizona tribal members have received more than $175 million in the first four years of a federal program to buy back and consolidate parcels of land that are now split between multiple owners, the Interior Department said Tuesday. Read more»

Arizona Sen. John McCain at a December campaign rally in Mesa in December 2015. His decision this month to withdraw his support for GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump made headlines, but appeared to have little effect on campaign.

Was Sen. John McCain’s decision to withdraw his endorsement of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump a principled stand by a political maverick or the calculated move of a career politician? Read more»

Like many states, Arizona was forced to cut school budgets when recession hit. But a new report says the state is still being hurt by a lack of school funding, with the steepest drops since the recession started.

Arizona schools were subject to a larger percent-change cut in education funding from 2008 to 2014 than any other state, according to a report released Thursday by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Read more»

President Barack Obama touted high school graduation gains under his administration, particularly minority gains, but said schools are still being underfunded in too many states.

High school graduation rates reached an all-time high of 83 percent last year, but Arizona still lagged behind the nation at 77 percent in the 2014-2015 school year, the White House said Monday. Read more»

Navy Olympians shake hands with Defense Secretary Ash Carter, Master Chief Petty Officer Steven Giordano and Navy Under Secretary Janine Davidson.

Two Arizonans were among the 23 service members who represented Team USA in Rio this summer. Read more»

The Sonoyta mud turtle is an aquatic species in the desert – a hard life that experts say is made harder by climate change. The turtle is moving toward endangered species status.

Federal officials denied endangered status to a southern Arizona snail Wednesday after unexpectedly finding far more than were thought to exist, but moved to protect what one advocate called the “very imperiled” Sonoyta mud turtle. Read more»

Arizona’s poverty rate fell from 18.2 percent in 2014 to 17.4 percent last year, mirroring a national trend. Despite the improvement, Arizona was still among the 10 highest states for poverty last year.

Arizona saw a “significant” drop in its poverty rate last year, but that rate still hovered well above the national average, according to numbers released Thursday by the Census Bureau. Read more»

Gov. Doug Ducey told a Washington audience this weekend that the movement to legalize recreational marijuana is “a battle for the minds and future of our children’s lives.” Read more»

An embassy official introduces Mexican Ambassador Carlos Sada, seated, and Vanita Gupta of the Justice Department before the signing of an agreement to protect workers’ rights in the U.S.

Labor Day may be a U.S. holiday, but the Justice Department wants to make sure labor rights are protected for everyone working in this country – including noncitizens. Read more»

Whatever the final tally in Tuesday’s CD2 primary, there’s one other number that the Democratic challenger — either Matt Heinz or Victoria Steele— will need to worry about: $2,063,033.42. That’s how much campaign cash incumbent U.S. Rep. Martha McSally had in the bank. Read more»

An A-10 flown by the Arkansas Air National Guard fires a Maverick missile during a training mission near Tucson in 2012.

The Pentagon’s attempt to retire the A-10 fighter jet was based on insufficient information that did not fully consider vulnerabilities that could come from the loss of the “Warthog,” the Government Accountability Office said. Read more»