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Feds remove Hualapai Mexican vole from endangered species list

Federal officials said Friday they will remove the Hualapai Mexican vole from the endangered species list after 30 years, a move that one environmental group criticized as “premature” for an animal it says could still be at risk.... Read more»

Lawmakers cite Phoenix VA in call for better control of agency, workers

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Phoenix, joined lawmakers and veterans' advocates to demand greater accountability from the Veterans Affairs Department. They said the VA hasn't fired any workers in the scandal over patient wait times that began with the Phoenix VA.... Read more»

Acting VA chief: Phoenix 'most troubled' site, but improving

Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson called the Phoenix VA “clearly the most troubled location” in a troubled system, but assured lawmakers Thursday that improvements are being made.... Read more»

VA grilled over millions in bonuses to execs

U.S. House members demanded to know Friday how the Department of Veterans Affairs was able to award millions of dollars in performance bonuses to agency executives at a time of dysfunctional health care at the department.... Read more»

Shinseki acts against Phoenix VA officials, before turning in resignation

Amid the controversy at the Phoenix VA facility, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki's resignation was welcomed by some state lawmakers who also cautioned that more needs to be done. Before stepping down, Shinseki announced several fixes at the Phoenix facility. ... Read more»

House panel blasts VA; Barber calls for Shinseki resignation

The House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing came just hours after a preliminary inspector general's report confirmed "significant delays in access to care" for vets at the agency's Phoenix medical facilities. It sparked renewed calls for Secretary Eric Shinseki's resignation. ... Read more»