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Opponents of the Rosemont Copper mine, which would be situated here in the Santa Rita Mountans, said studies on the mine have overlooked its environmental impacts.

A proposal for a massive open-pit copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains south of Tucson will be back in court this month as opponents challenge permits for the project, the latest twist in the battle over the Rosemont Mine. Read more»

More than 400 mayors have vowed to live up to the standards of the Paris Climate Accords even though a main goal – reducing greenhouse gas emissions to slow the increase in global warming – is largely out of reach of cities.

When the U.S. pulled out of the Paris Accords last summer, five Arizona cities — including Tucson and Bisbee — joined hundreds around the country that vowed to live up to the Paris climate standards even if the U.S. wouldn’t. Read more»

Arizona’s gross domestic product grew by 2.5 percent in the first quarter of 2018, driven by increases in real estate and retail trade, according to a report from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Read more»

A federal appeals court said that the former owners of Arizona's Slone Broadcasting Co. owe $15 million in taxes on the 2001 sale of their business. Read more»

Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Tucson, with Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah (in white) said funds generated will 'go specifically to this issue of how we solve this maintenance backlog' at national parks, which reached $11.6 billion last year.

Raul Grijalva and Rob Bishop agree on almost nothing, but the two came together Wednesday to back a bipartisan bill that could steer billions toward a national parks maintenance backlog that reached $11.6 billion last year. Read more»

Trump and Putin meet on July 16.

Arizona lawmakers agreed that President Donald Trump was wrong to claim Monday that Russia did not interfere in the 2016 election, although their reactions to the since-withdrawn statement ranged from condemnation to rationalization. Read more»

The White House’s decision to suspend billions in Obamacare “risk adjustment” payments to insurance companies could hit tens of thousands of Arizonans in the pocketbook, as insurance companies grapple with new market uncertainty. Read more»

Forrmer Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl, a Republican, has been tapped by the White House to help shepherd the nomination of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee through the Senate.

The White House said Monday that former Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl had been tapped to act as a “sherpa” to help guide the Supreme Court nomination of U.S. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh through the Senate. Read more»

Trump's order does not reverse the zero-tolerance policy, and adults caught at the border will still be referred for prosecution or held while their asylum claims are assessed. But for now they will no longer have their children taken away from them – families will instead be held together in custody. Read more»

Flags of tribal nations on display. The Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Bureau of Indian Education and the Indian Health Service will remain on a GAO high-risk list despite some progress .

Federal agencies that oversee Indian affairs are making progress toward fixing management shortcomings that landed them on a list of “high-risk” agencies, but not enough progress to satisfy some senators. Read more»

Sessions in April 2017.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday said that immigrant victims of gang violence or domestic abuse will no longer be able to claim asylum in the U.S., saying the law was not designed to “alleviate all problems.” Read more»

Federal officials said they still expect a 'challenging' wildfire season in 2018, particularly in drought-ravaged areas of the Southwest. That comes on the heels o a year, 2017, in which the government spent a record $2.9 billion fighting wildfires.

Federal fire officials warned a Senate panel this week that the West should prepare for another “challenging” wildfire season, after a 2017 season that was the most expensive on record in terms of firefighting costs. Read more»

As Arizona’s years-long drought continues, conditions in the state are ripe for spawning intense wildfires and haboobs from the high winds and lightning that typically form the early part of monsoon season, which begins in two weeks.

What’s a monsoon without rain? Trouble, according to experts. With Arizona in the grip of a years-long drought, conditions are ripe for spawning intense wildfires and haboobs from the high winds and lightning that typically form the early part of annual rainy season, which begins next week. Read more» 2