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Navajo President Buu Nygren stands behind Navajo Code Talker Peter MacDonald, in wheelchair, outside the Supreme Court, where justices heard the tribe’s challenge to the federal government’s handling of tribal water rights.

Supreme Court justices pressed government attorneys Monday on their argument that the treaties that put the Navajo on reservation lands implied an intent – but not a duty – for the government to provide water to the tribe. Read more»

An executive order issued by Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs prohibits hair-based discrimination against state employees and contractors in the workplace and public schools. The order is part of the CROWN Act movement.

An executive order issued by Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs Friday prohibits hair-based discrimination against state employees and contractors in the workplace and public schools. The order was inspired by the CROWN Act, which was enacted by Tucson and Tempe in 2021. Read more»

Former Tempe Police Chief Jeffrey Glover speaks to the Senate Nomination Committee on March 20, before the committee gave him a recommendation for approval before the full Senate.

The Arizona Senate Director Nominations Committee endorsed former Tempe Police Chief Jeffrey Glover, Gov. Katie Hobbs’ pick to lead the Arizona Department of Public Safety. Read more»

The statue of Winged Victory atop the Arizona Capitol is lit red in recognition of National Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons on May 5, 2022. The date was established in 2017 to bring awareness to the high rate of violence Native American women and girls face.

As a way to address the unique challenges Indigenous communities face concerning human trafficking, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office has entered into a partnership with the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona to launch a first-of-its-kind Train the Trainer program. Read more»

The new proposal builds on a law passed last year that requires all public school librarians, with some exceptions that SB1700 would eliminate, to post every newly purchased book on the school’s website and provide parents with a detailed list of books their child has checked out.

The Arizona Senate on Monday approved Senate Bill 1700 - which gives parents the power to request the removal of any book that “promotes” gender fluidity or the use of gender pronouns - on a 16-12 vote, with Republicans providing all of the votes in favor. Read more»

Tempers flared Monday night after Republican State Senator Sonny Borrelli admonished a speaker for using the term 'conspiracy theory' to refer to false election fraud claims peddled by some Republicans.

Nearly a month after Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes released documents further disproving claims of widespread fraud in the 2020 election, Senate Republicans continue to make such claims in the election committee. Read more»

Legal fights over Colorado River water have been going on for more than a century but the latest challenge, from the Navajo Nation, comes in the midst of a historic drought that has sent reservoir levels in the river basin plunging to historic lows, as seen in this July 2022 photo of Lake Mead behind Hoover Dam.

When the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Monday in Arizona v. Navajo Nation, it will be considering fairly technical legal questions, but the answers could have a large impact on water allocation in the Colorado River basin. Read more»

Snowfall in the Yosemite Valley in the Sierra Nevada Mountains during Nov. 2022. The California snow pack is223% of normal this week and could help provide water late into the year as it melts.

After watching billions of gallons of rainwater wash away into the Pacific, California is taking advantage of extreme weather with a new approach: Let it settle back into the earth for use another day. Read more»

A Border Patrol agent near the scene of a deadly shooting connected to a 'rip crew' near southwest Tucson in 2014.

A Mexican man was sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison earlier this month after he was found guilty of conspiracy and firearms offenses as part of three-man "rip crew" in 2014 by robbing marijuana smugglers in Southern Arizona's deserts. Read more»

Tucson City Manager Mike Ortega is asking for the council's direction to help guide an RTA process beset by minor hiccups.

The process for developing a post-2026 transportation plan for the Tucson region is starting to hit some bureaucratic snags and City Manager Mike Ortega is asking the City Council to weigh in on them. Plus more in local government meetings this week. Read more»

During the 2014 midterm elections, the group behind the suit was one of the largest spenders on political ads and due to its nonprofit status, did not have to disclose the source of its donors. It continues to play a key-role in major conservative causes.

A lawsuit filed in federal court Friday aims to declare the anti-dark money ballot measure that Arizona voters approved last year unconstitutional on grounds that political donors have a First Amendment right to do so anonymously, among other claims. Read more»

Los partidarios de los proyectos de ley para combatir la demencia hablaron de la necesidad de un esfuerzo estatal para luchar contra la enfermedad en una conferencia de prensa en el Capitolio estatal. Un proyecto de ley requeriría que el Departamento de Servicios de Salud de Arizona realice un plan de políticas y programas para combatir el Alzheimer y otras formas de demencia, según los activistas.

Los legisladores están impulsando un proyecto de ley para crear un plan estatal para la demencia y destinar hasta $500,000 para nuevos trabajos enfocados en la enfermedad de Alzheimer, un tipo común de demencia que está aumentando especialmente rápido en Arizona. Read more»

The latest Mexican wolf population count showed surprising numbers. Biologists found 109 collared wolves in the wild.

Recovery of wolves in the wild accelerated at an astonishing rate in 2022, with the population growing from 196 to at least 241 wolves, including 136 counted in New Mexico and 105 in Arizona. Read more»

Anti-gun groups have lobbied Pima County to stop gun shows at the Pima County Fairgrounds, but the county attorney’s office instructed the county board last year that it had 'little authority' to stop the Southwestern Fair Commission from allowing gun shows at the fairgrounds.

A bill that already garnered approval in the state Senate would bar Arizona municipalities from banning gun shows - and one of the bill’s proponents warned the legislature could “make lives unpleasant” for municipalities that choose to do so, even if the bill never becomes law. Read more»

Rey, 18, holds a sign declaring that drag performances are art, during a protest of recent anti-drag bills in the state legislature in Phoenix on Jan. 22, 2023.

Two anti-drag bills passed the state Senate with GOP support despite promises from Gov. Katie Hobbs of a future veto and ongoing threats of violence toward the drag community in Arizona. Read more»

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