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The Federal Communications Commission is moving to rein in a low-cost telephone service for low-income customers that critics say will hit Indian Country hard if fully implemented. Read more»

Rep. Martha McSally has told House colleagues that she will run next year for the seat being vacated by Sen. Jeff Flake, setting the stage for what could be a fractious primary fight with Kelli Ward. Read more»

Travelers are required to separate electronic devices larger than a cell phone from other luggage at a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint at Washington Dulles International Airport.

Tucson International last week became the latest airport in Arizona to roll out enhanced security measures that will require travelers to put any electronic device larger than a cell phone into a separate bin. Read more»

A colony of Townsend’s big-eared bats near the Grand Canyon. Experts say Arizona’s climate have helped stop the spread of white-nose syndrome among bats here.

The state’s climate appears to have helped hold off, for now, a disease that has afflicted bats during hibernation in at least half of the country. Read more»

Close to 5 million tourists, like these, visited the Grand Canyon National Park last year. The National Park Service wants to double entry fees during peak season at the park, along with 16 others, to raise money for much-needed maintenance projects.

Arizona lawmakers and advocates are condemning proposed fee increases at the Grand Canyon and 16 other parks, a move the National Park Service said is badly needed to fund billions in backlogged maintenance projects. Read more»

A smiling Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, leaves the U.S. Capitol with his wife, Cheryl, after announcing he will not seek re-election, a move he said is 'freeing myself of the political consideration that consumed far too much bandwidth' in the remaining year of his term.

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake walked away from a 2018 re-election bid this week, saying in a speech on the Senate floor that he “will not be complicit or silent” about the ongoing degradation of the political climate. Read more»

As he accepted the Liberty Medal, Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, called on America to resume its role as a world leader and to reject “half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems.”

The remarks came during a ceremony that veered from humorous to serious as the Arizona Republican was awarded the National Constitution Center’s Liberty Medal, to recognize those “who have strived to secure the blessings of liberty to people the world over.” Read more»

The 1.5 million-acre Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah was designated by President Barack Obama in December. But it’s one of the monuments targeted for 'right-sizing' by the Trump administration, which has criticized use of the Antiquities Act to declare monuments.

A House committee gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a Republican bill that would sharply curtail the Antiquities Act, which allows presidents to order the creation of national monuments. Read more»

Jamie Winterton, director of strategy for the Global Security Initiative at Arizona State University, said one way to prevent another cyber data breach like the one that hit Equifax this year would be to give consumers greater control over how and when their data is used,

A Senate committee Wednesday chastised the former head of Equifax for a data breach that exposed financial data of as many as 143 million Americans to hackers – a number that one Arizona expert said could be even higher. Read more»

The coal-fired Navajo Generating Station in northeast Arizona is scheduled to be shut down in 2019 because its owners say it’s too costly to continue operating. But potential new investors may be interested in keeping the plant open.

Navajo leaders expressed hope Monday that the Navajo Generating Station will be able to continue operations past 2019, after Peabody Energy said it had come up with a list of potential investors in the plant. Read more»

Republican Sens. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Mike Crapo of Idaho, from left, with Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to talk about the financial strain that this wildfire season has placed on the U.S. Forest Service budget.

Agriculture Secretary Perdue and five Western senators, including Sen. Jeff Flake, called for an end to the ongoing underfunding of firefighting efforts that forces Forest Service to shift funds from other needed areas. Read more»

The Sonoyta mud turtle is an aquatic species that lives in the Sonoran Desert, a difficult enough existence that experts say is being made harder by climate change. The federal government granted the turtle endangered species status Wednesday.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the designation Wednesday, citing threats from climate change to loss of habitat for the southern Arizona animal, whose numbers are believed to have dwindled to as low as 100 turtles. Read more»

There were 113 wolves recorded in Arizona and New Mexico last year, the most since reintroduction of the endangered species began in 1998, but the killing of one for preying on cattle has environmental groups upset.

Environmentalists and ranchers are pointing fingers after government agents killed an endangered Mexican gray wolf last month for preying on cattle, the first wolf killed for depredation in 10 years. Read more»

A federal appeals courts rejected Frank Atwood’s claim that policed tampered with evidence in his conviction for the 1984 kidnapping and murder of an 8-year-old Tucson girl.

A federal court Wednesday rejected a death-row inmate's claim that authorities planted evidence that led to his conviction for the 1984 kidnapping and murder of 8-year-old Vicki Lynne Hoskinson. Read more»

Arizona has nine Superfund sites, but advocates worry that cleanup could lag under a proposed fiscal 2018 budget for the Environmental Protection Agency that would cut the Superfund budget by a third. It’s one of several areas of the EPA budget where environmentalists say effects could trickle down to the state level.

Arizona received $315M in funding for specific federal programs over the past five years – funding that could be endangered by proposed cuts to the EPA budget. Read more»

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