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Texas and Missouri urge 5th Circuit to lift stay on border-wall case

The Biden administration told the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday it has no policy against building barriers at the southwest border, refuting Texas’ and Missouri’s claims it is refusing to spend $2.7 billion Congress appropriated for that purpose. ... Read more»

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Burrowing owls’ Arizona habitat losses have wildlife experts working to relocate them

As more open Arizona desert and farmland is developed, burrowing owls are being relocated to new sites through the collaboration of raptor conservation group Wild at Heart, environmental organizations and volunteers.... Read more»

Rising construction costs stall affordable housing projects

Developers across the country are scrambling to find gap financing to cover increased material and labor costs - and the construction slowdown is coming at a time when there is a desperate need to increase the nation’s supply of affordable housing. ... Read more»

A battle brews in U.S. over natural gas bans

Some of the country’s most populous cities have banned gas hookups in new developments - but over the last year, Republican-controlled legislatures have passed bills that prohibit cities from banning natural gas infrastructure in new construction.... Read more»

The census missed some folks. These cities want them counted.

Many cities and states say the 2020 census wildly underestimated their residents, costing them significant money for the social services and infrastructure their areas need - and while the Census Bureau has created programs to fix the errors, many say they are not sufficient. ... Read more»

A year later, Arizona city officials call American Rescue Plan aid a lifesaver

President Joe Biden came to the National League of Cities conference this week to tout the success of the American Rescue Plan, which besides tax credits, rental assistance and expanded jobless benefits, directed just over $1 billion to 24 Arizona cities.... Read more»

In State of the Union, Biden urges 'unmistakable' support for democracy in Ukraine

President Joe Biden used his first State of the Union address on Tuesday night to reassert America as a leading global voice for democracy and condemn Russian President Vladimir Putin for starting an “unprovoked” war in Ukraine. ... Read more»

Here’s what you will hear Biden talk about in his debut State of the Union

President Joe Biden’s first State of the Union address is set to focus significantly on the economy, with the former member of the U.S. Senate calling on Congress to pass much of the agenda stalled in the so-called Build Back Better bill. ... Read more»

Arizona ports of entry get at least $315 million for upgrades, expansion

Arizona is set to receive at least $315 million for improvements to three ports of entry along the Mexican border, money that officials say is badly needed to ease cross-border trade while improving border security. ... Read more»

Deb Haaland touts infrastructure money for Az tribal water rights settlements

During her visit to Arizona, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced the agency’s plan to fulfill settlements of Indian water rights claims using money from the infrastructure spending plan that President Joe Biden signed into law last year. ... Read more»

Affordable broadband program making a dent in the digital divide

More than 10 million low-income households have lower internet costs thanks to the Broadband Affordability Program - part of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure deal - which gives qualifying households up to $30 off their monthly internet bill and up to $75 if they live on tribal lands. ... Read more»

Arizona to get millions for electric vehicle charging network

Arizona stands to get up to $76.5 million over the next five years to develop electric vehicle charging stations along interstate corridors, in hopes of increasing EV ownership by reducing range anxiety for drivers. ... Read more»

200 familias Pascua Yaqui obtienen nuevas casas a través de créditos fiscales de Arizona

La tribu Pascua Yaqui está construyendo 200 viviendas asequibles después de recibir millones de dólares en créditos fiscales para financiar el proyecto en la reserva al suroeste de Tucson. ... Read more»

Arizona tribal official calls on Congress to fund 'critical' water infrastructure

Pascua Yaqui Chairman Peter Yucupicio told a House subcommittee Tuesday that tribes need more federal support to implement “critical” water infrastructure projects on their lands and called for increased engagement by the Army Corps of Engineers with tribes.... Read more»

Economy shows resilience in face of Omicron, adding 467,000 jobs

American employers added 467,000 jobs in January, a sign the U.S. economy held steady during a surge in coronavirus infections driven by the highly contagious omicron variant.... Read more»

200 Pascua Yaqui families getting new homes through Arizona tax credits to tribe

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe is building 200 affordable homes after receiving millions of dollars in tax credits to fund the project on the reservation southwest of Tucson.... Read more»

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