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State statutes could protect families if Indian Child Welfare Act is overturned

A Texas challenge to the federal Indian Child Welfare Act at the Supreme Court might not be entirely successful in at least nine states where state laws impose similar restrictions on the adoption of Indigenous children by non-Native parents. ... Read more»

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Fifth Circuit halts order for Biden to step up deportations

A federal judge erred in blocking the Biden administration’s policies guiding which undocumented immigrants it is prioritizing to arrest for deportations, a Fifth Circuit panel ruled - one month after a different panel declined to stay another order for the restart of Trump's MPP.... Read more»

How the House reconciliation bill scraps Resolution Copper mine in Oak Flat

Proposals targeting specific areas for conservation in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and federal waters off Louisiana's coast made their way into the gigantic budget reconciliation bill that Democrats are moving through Congress.... Read more»

Shadow wins: ICE avoids court losses by quietly releasing migrants who challenge detention

Federal court challenges can be a detainee’s only hope of mandated release after months or years, especially in Louisiana, which has recently become a major detention hot spot, but a new study shows ICE helps maintain the status quo of prolonged detentions by releasing immigrants without having their cases vindicated in court.... Read more»

Doctors raise concerns over the safety of 'keepsake' ultrasound photos

The FDA has repeatedly urged pregnant women to avoid medically unnecessary ultrasounds, saying it is aware of “several enterprises” in the U.S. that perform ultrasounds on pregnant women for entertainment’s sake and then sell the images as keepsake photographs and videos.... Read more»

Early data shows African Americans disproportionately affected by coronavirus

Environmental, economic and political factors have compounded for generations, putting black people at higher risk of chronic conditions that leave lungs weak and immune systems vulnerable: asthma, heart disease, hypertension and diabetes. These conditions make the coronavirus more dangerous than it already is.... Read more»

Medical worker describes lung failure from COVID-19, even in young patients

An anonymous New Orleans hospital respiratory therapist describes the intensity of the virus and its symptoms, especially acute respiratory distress syndrome.... Read more»

As coronavirus cases increase, so have clashes between ICE detainees & guards

As the coronavirus pandemic spreads, so have confrontations between detainees and guards at Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facilities across the country, the latest in Louisiana and Texas.... Read more»

Precautions against COVID-19 for seniors

Everyone age 60 and older is at high risk of complications from COVID-19 and should adopt measures to limit contact with others, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends.... Read more»

How federal agencies put immigrants and immigration workers at risk amid coronavirus outbreak

ICE has suspended social visits to detention centers and begun screening newly arrived detainees for symptoms. But inside, detainees said, little else has changed in response to the virus. ... Read more»

From prison to dean’s list: How Danielle Metz got an education after incarceration

Danielle Metz stared down three life terms of a mandatory minimum sentence. Now she's a college graduate in her own home looking a whole new future.... Read more»

Feds investing reports of exhaust fumes wafting into Ford Explorers

Federal regulators are investigating a possible defect in Ford Explorers following scores of complaints about exhaust and carbon monoxide pouring into the passenger compartments of the popular SUVs.... Read more»1

10 years later, Katrina memories still fresh for Arizonans who helped

It’s been 10 years since he responded to the devastation that was left in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, but the memories are still clear for Phoenix Fire Capt. Darrell B. Wiseman, one of hundreds of Arizonans from scores of organizations who went to the Gulf Coast to assist victims of the storm.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Az must compete by eliminating income tax

Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana has just added his name to the ranks of governors who have proposed eliminating their state's income tax. If Arizona is going to compete with states like Texas or Louisiana – both of which have geographic advantages that Arizona simply does not have – we are going to have to be better than they are at the tax competition game.... Read more»

Az killing among 5 ‘Stand Your Ground’ cases to know

A recent Tampa Bay Times investigation identified nearly 200 instances since 2005 where the state's Stand Your Ground law has played a factor in prosecutors' decisions, jury acquittals or a judge's call to throw out the charges. ... Read more»

Deepwater Horizon

BP says well is sealed, but oily Gulf remains

BP announced on Sunday that its ruptured well in the Gulf has at last been sealed, but the long-term environmental effects of the disaster remain unclear. Earlier this month, scientists discovered a thick layer of oil on the floor of the Gulf. Oil is continuing to show up on shorelines, and large quantities have been discovered under the sand.... Read more»

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