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'Deaths of despair' grew slowly in Arizona, but still higher than U.S.

Deaths from drug overdoses, alcohol and suicide have grown more slowly in Arizona than in the nation as whole since 2005, but death rates in the state still exceed the nation in every category, according to a recent national survey.... Read more»0

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Senate GOP steamrolls Democrats, gets immigration bill out of committee

The Senate Judiciary Committee pushed through a Republican-backed asylum reform bill on a party-line vote last Thursday over the strident objections of Democrats, who were blocked from offering amendments to it.... Read more»2

Brnovich makes long-shot pitch to Supreme Court to take opioid lawsuit

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich asked the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday to stop the Sackler family from “looting” Purdue Pharma of billions of dollars being sought by victims of the opioid crisis the company is accused of helping create.... Read more»0

Courts reject environmental lawsuit to block Navajo coal mine expansion

A federal appeals court said environmental groups cannot sue to block expansion of a coal mine owned by the Navajo Transitional Energy Co., because it is an arm of the Navajo government and thus immune from civil suits.... Read more»0

Court upholds conviction in 'cold-blooded' murder of Phoenix family

A federal court rejected the appeal of an Arizona death-row inmate who murdered four Phoenix family members in their home in retribution for a petty theft by another of the family members.... Read more»0

Lawmakers spar over family separations, detention center conditions

A House panel grilled administration officials Thursday over migrant family separations and conditions at border detention facilities, but the hearing produced more partisan sparks than answers. ... Read more»0

VA touts 'transformation,' 5 years after Phoenix hospital scandal

Five years after the Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix made national headlines for falsifying records about patient wait times, agency officials told House lawmakers Wednesday that the system has seen a “tremendous transformation.”... Read more»0

Advocates decry Trump administration plan to rein in food stamp access

Arizona is one of the 43 states that could be affected by a Trump administration proposal to tighten restrictions on access to food stamps for people receiving other financial assistance.... Read more»0

McSally, Kelly raise $13.9 million for anticipated 2020 Senate race

If there was any question that Arizona’s 2020 Senate race would be one of the nation’s hottest, it was answered this week with an emphatic “yes” when second-quarter Federal Election Commission reports were released.... Read more»0

Two Az Democrats vote for impeachment, others take pass – for now

Four Arizona Democrats had previously called for impeachment proceedings against President Trump, but an impeachment inquiry vote this week took a surprising turn when just two of them voted for it.... Read more»0

House panel OKs bills to rein in mining around Grand Canyon, elsewhere

Democratic lawmakers beat back a series of Republican amendments Wednesday before advancing bills to restrict mining around the Grand Canyon and on tribal lands in Arizona and New Mexico.... Read more»0

Racist? House vote puts members on record over Trump ‘go home’ tweets

The House Tuesday condemned President Trump’s “racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred” in response to the president’s tweets that congresswomen should “go back” to the countries they originally came from. ... Read more»0

Lack of broadband puts tribal, rural areas 'in jeopardy,' lawmakers told

The Havasupai tribe is falling behind in education, health and emergency needs because, like many rural communities, it lacks affordable, reliable and high-speed broadband, a tribal councilwoman told a House committee Thursday.... Read more»0

As threatened ICE sweeps loom, immigration rhetoric heats up on Capitol Hill

With deportation sweeps expected to start in major cities this weekend and footage of migrant families being held in "deplorable" conditions at the border, the Hispanic Caucus rallied against threatened ICE roundups.... Read more»0

Court vacates sentence for teen gang member given life without parole

A divided 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Tuesday that since Riley Briones Jr.’s sentencing in 1997, the U.S. Supreme Court has banned life without parole except for “the rarest” of juveniles who are permanently incorrigible.... Read more»0

High court’s ruling in death-row case could affect 19 others

In the fall, the Supreme Court will rule on whether Arizona state courts improperly imposed the death penalty on James McKinney by having a judge sentence him instead of a jury.... Read more»0

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