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Arizona wildfire prevention gets boost from behind bars with expanded program

Arizona's $24.5 million Healthy Forest Initiative will allow a long-running program that lets the Department of Forestry and Fire Management use inmate crews to do forest maintenance to add as many as 700 more inmates to help battle wildfires.... Read more»0

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Arizona cities push residents to save their little piece of Earth on Earth Day

10 Arizona cities are taking "think globally, act locally" to heart Thursday to mark the 51st annual Earth Day. Mayors are talking to "our residents about how they can show their commitment to protect our environment,” Tucson Mayor Regina Romero said.... Read more»0

Analysts say 'America First' flap not likely to hurt Arizona rep in long run

Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar has tried to distance himself from reports he was backing a caucus that would defend “Anglo-Saxon political traditions,” but political analysts say the flap is unlikely to harm the conservative Republican’s re-election prospects.... Read more»0

Biden cites infrastructure needs in Arizona, other states, to push plan

Arizona has 132 bridges and more than 3,100 miles of highway that are in poor condition, the White House said in pitching President Biden's $2 trillion infrastructure proposal.... Read more»0

Despite Arizona's push to schedule executions, attorneys plan to continue fight

While Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is pushing to schedule executions for two death-row inmates who he said have exhausted their appeals, advocates for the men said they still intend to fight.... Read more»0

Feds extend eviction moratorium for 90 days to slow COVID-19 spread

A federal eviction moratorium that was scheduled to end Wednesday has been extended through June 30, good news for the close to 114,000 Arizona renters who think they are at risk of eviction. Advocates welcomed the extension at a time when nearly 170,000 Arizona renters, or about 18% of all renters in the state, are not current on their rent, according to a study by the University of Arizona.... Read more»0

Arizona highway deaths rose during pandemic, as driving was declining

Traffic deaths in Arizona surged during the COVID-19 pandemic, even as the number of miles driven in the state appeared to be decreasing, according to preliminary statistics from 2020. There were 1,072 deaths on the state’s highways in 2020, the most in at least the past 10 years and a sharp increase from the 980 deaths recorded in 2019, according to preliminary data from the Governor’s Office on Highway Safety.... Read more»0

Mohave County, Navajo officials push to broaden 'downwinder' coverage

Federal law has long compensated residents who lived downwind from open-air nuclear test sites in the 1950s and 1960s, including many in northern Arizona – but not residents in most of Mohave County. County Supervisor Jean Bishop, who has seen her family and neighbors racked by cancers, told a House committee Wednesday that this is “a perfect time to amend the boundaries” of the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act to include “downwinders” like herself.... Read more»0

Judge: Tape shows 'QAnon Shaman' Chansley’s 'detachment from reality' in riot defense

U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth ordered two government videos released this week that he said shows that Arizona native Jacob Chansley’s “perception of his actions on January 6th as peaceful, benign and well-intentioned shows a detachment from reality.” ... Read more»0

Court rejects death-row inmate’s appeal in 1991 Tucson rapes, murder

A federal appeals court upheld the convictions of an Arizona death-row inmate for the rapes of three Tucson women, one of whom was murdered, over the course of several weeks in 1991. ... Read more»0

House OKs bill to ban mining on 1 million acres around Grand Canyon

The House voted Friday to permanently ban new mining claims on more than 1 million acres around Grand Canyon National Park, with supporters calling protection of the landmark canyon a “moral issue.” The bill would make permanent a current mining moratorium that is scheduled to run through 2032. ... Read more»0

Arizona bill, executive order will not affect student grades

The Arizona Department of Education said in a statement Wednesday kids will be getting letter grades this year and actions taken by the governor and Legislature earlier this week apply to schools but “NOT individual student grade." The order is an attempt to assess academic progress in the past year and to present “evidence-based strategies to mitigate the impact of learning loss.”... Read more»0

EPA awards $220 million for uranium mine cleanup on Navajo Nation

The EPA said Thursday it will award contracts to three companies for the cleanup of some of the hundreds of abandoned uranium mines on the Navajo Nation. Terms of the contracts require the companies to develop training programs “for Navajo individuals and businesses to promote professional growth” in areas related to the cleanup work.... Read more»0

Arizona gets grades from failing to ‘OK-ish’ for anti-tobacco efforts

The American Lung Association’s annual “State of Tobacco Control” report for 2021 gave Arizona a failing grade in three of five policies it looks at. Despite the poor grades, most states were doing well in the fight against smoking – until recently, when electronic cigarettes entered the market.... Read more»0

Arizona mayors join plea for $1.9 trillion COVID-19 bill with city aid

Six Arizona mayors were among hundreds who urged Congress to pass a $1.9 trillion pandemic-relief bill that includes $350 billion in aid for state and local governments. ... Read more»0

Border wall foes hail order halting project, say it’s only first step

President Joe Biden made good on a campaign promise within hours of his swearing-in this week, ordering a pause in construction of the border wall and a plan for how to redirect wall funding. Opponents of the wall hailed the move but say more action is needed.... Read more»0

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