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Tucson's $2.2 billion budget tops a long list of agenda items the City Council will take up this week.

The Tucson City Council will hold a study session Tuesday to discuss, oh, just about everything they've ever thought about discussing at any particular time. Plus more in other local government meetings this week. Read more»

The Lower Basin Plan would result in greater protections for Lake Mead and Lake Powell than the alternatives analyzed in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement.

Arizona, California and Nevada have agreed on a plan to conserve 3 million acre-feet from the Colorado River over the next three years, and the Lower Basin Plan has the support from all seven Colorado River Basin States. Read more»

So far this year, Hobbs has vetoed 86 bills, more than any other governor has vetoed in a single legislative session.

Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs shot down more than a dozen bills on Friday, including GOP-backed attempts to codify fetal personhood into state law, conspiracy-fueled election bills and attempts to restrict gubernatorial power. Read more»

Todd Tubutis, the new director of the University of Arizona's Center for Creative Photography.

Todd Tubutis, the newly announced director of UA's Center for Creative Photography, will tackle running a world-renowned institution beset by staff turnover and allegations of racism and retaliation. Read more»

Kari Lake at a 2022 campaign even in Tucson.

After the conclusion of a three-day trial, it’s now up to Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Peter Thompson to decide if Kari Lake and her lawyers have proven their case in their second election challenge trial in Thompson’s courtroom. Read more»

A section of the border wall east of Douglas in 2020, the same year Title 42 was implemented. Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Ketanji Brown Jackson agreed with the dismissal and said, for different reasons, that the case never should have been considered in the first place.

The Supreme Court has formally dismissed an Arizona-led effort to preserve Title 42, the pandemic-era immigration restriction that was officially ended by the Biden administration last week. Read more»

Michael Kotutwa Johnson says Hopi corn 'has 10 to 15 times more mineral content' than supermarket corn. He hopes to share it with the Hopi people and believes they will see an improvement in health.

Educators from across Arizona traveled to Acrosanti last month to plant hundreds of seeds using Hopi techniques and learn how to sustain Indigenous crops in an attempt to keep planting and harvesting traditions alive, due to corn’s connection to culture and its health benefits. Read more»

Title 42 ended and the republic survived as border crossings fell, rather than skyrocketing as cable news pundits feverishly forecast.

I've been waiting for the foretold catastrophic flood of migrants crossing the border after the end of Title 42. But early indications are that crossings have fallen precipitously, even as Pima County and social service workers have been handling the problem. Read more»

There are at least 48 clean energy projects in communities with sizable Native American populations, including some 25,000 jobs in Arizona, Nevada and Oklahoma.

Decisions made in Washington, D.C. over the next few days will have huge implications for how Indigenous communities and the country navigates climate change – and what kinds of jobs that are created. Read more»

A Border Patrol vehicle along the U.S.-Mexico border near Naco, Ariz., in March 2020.

U.S. Border Patrol agents shot and killed a person during an incident on the Tohono O'odham Nation on Thursday night, authorities said. Further details about the shooting west of Tucson were not made public. Read more»

Anita Verma-Lallian works at her desk in Paradise Valley. Verma-Lallian is the owner of Camelback Productions, which she says is Arizona’s first woman- and South Asian-owned film production and entertainment company.

Arizona’s original film tax credit was created in 2005 but shut down in 2010, after the state spent $6.3 million more in credits in 2008 than it generated in new taxes, but a new bill aims to ensure new film production tax credits benefit the state. Read more»

Judge Peter Thompson said he was giving Lake’s lawyers some wide latitude because he did not want to risk the appeals or Supreme Court remanding the case back to him a third time.

During the second day of her second trial aiming to overturn the 2020 election, Kari Lake’s attorneys attempted to prove Maricopa County did not do any certification whatsoever before approving ballots - though her own witnesses on the first day of the trial testified to the opposite. Read more»

The Biden administration has followed the expiration of Title 42 with new border restrictions aimed at stopping asylum-seekers from rushing over uncontrolled border areas.

The end of a pandemic-era policy that allowed U.S. border authorities to quickly turn back some migrants has prompted a mixed reaction from state and local governments, with new restrictions on immigrant workers, beefed up border enforcement and entreaties for more federal help. Read more»

Electric vehicles seem to be having their moment these days, even if it's too soon to celebrate that last tank of gasoline. From what we can see here in Arizona, advances in EV manufacturing and battery chemistry have together brought an electric vehicle future closer than most have ever considered possible. Read more»

Boards set up outside the storefront of Drumbeat, a Native American goods store located in Phoenix, display missing people posters of Indigenous people from tribal nations across Arizona. Reva Stewart displays the missing person posters to help raise awareness.

Over the past year, unmarked vans cruising the streets of tribal nations to pick up Indigenous people - individuals claiming to be legitimate healthcare providers but who were instead allegedly billing Arizona’s Medicaid system for rehabilitation services that were never provided. Read more»

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