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Time of the season for hatred: Transgender kids are in Arizona's legislative crosshairs

Gov. Doug Ducey, apparently needing to keep his fortunes alive in what is increasingly a rage-a-holic Republican Party, signed two bills that basically tell transgender kids "you are freaks and we don't like you."... Read more»

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The cruel failure of welfare reform in the Southwest

In the 25 years since President Bill Clinton took Ronald Reagan's notions to their apotheosis in his 1996 welfare reform law - which Clinton said would “end welfare as we know it” - federal welfare funding, frozen by law at 1996 levels, has been decimated.... Read more»

Utah makes welfare so hard to get, some feel they must join the LDS Church to get aid

Utah has been counting millions in LDS Church welfare work every year as part of the state’s welfare budget, as a way of meeting the minimum level of effort the state is required to put into addressing poverty so it can collect on federal dollars and increasing church membership.... Read more»

Biden reverses Trump cuts to national monuments, restores Bears Ears

President Biden restored Bears Ears National Monument to its previous 1.36 million-acres footprint Friday, reversing a Trump-era decision to cut as much as 85% of the Utah site valued for its environmental, archeological and tribal treasures.... Read more»

Biden to restore protections to three national monuments slashed by Trump

The Biden administration will restore environmental protections to three national monuments, including two in Utah and the only marine monument in the Atlantic Ocean, that were diminished dramatically by his predecessor Donald Trump. ... Read more»

Biden administration opens civil rights probes of 5 GOP-led states banning school mask mandates

Federal education officials have launched civil rights investigations in five Republican-led states that have prohibited school districts from mandating mask-wearing.... Read more»

Hot spots where COVID vaccination lags push experimental antibody treatment

Republican Govs. Ron DeSantis of Florida and Greg Abbott of Texas are among leaders touting experimental antibody treatments known as monoclonal antibody therapy, as they downplay vaccination and other measures that health officials say can prevent illness in the first place.... Read more»

Q&A: How one warrior mobilized to deliver water to the Navajo Nation

Zoel Zohnnie, a welder who was a laid off during the pandemic, is delivering water across the Navajo Nation reservation through the Water Warriors United project but hopes that the pandemic and the recovery effort are the start of a new policy to better serve the reservation's residents. ... Read more»

Arizona readies for cuts in Colorado River water allocation

Leaders from Reclamation, the Arizona Department of Water Resources and the Central Arizona Project, which delivers much of the state’s share of the river to more than half its residents, offered a glimpse Thursday of where Arizona stands with the shortage looming.... Read more»

COVID-19 patients swamp rural hospitals

The nation’s pandemic hotspots have shifted to rural communities, overwhelming small hospitals that are running out of beds or lack the intensive care units for more than one or two seriously ill patients.... Read more»

String of fatal poisonings from toxic hand sanitizer highlights limits of FDA powers

Toxicologists in New Mexico and Arizona caught wind of a disturbing trend in May. Adults had been hospitalized after drinking hand sanitizer made with methanol.... Read more»

Navajo tribe members sue Arizona over concerns of slow mail-in

An Election Day deadline for mailed ballots in Arizona is an unconstitutional burden on Navajo tribe members, many of whom live in remote areas with spotty, slow mail service, six tribe members said in a federal lawsuit.... Read more»

Native American groups address mental and behavioral health as COVID-19 wears on

With COVID-19 taking an especially heavy toll on Native Americans, tribal leaders and mental health experts have stepped up efforts to address the emotional suffering brought on by ongoing lockdowns and so much loss.... Read more»

How a company misappropriated Native American culture to sell health insurance

O'NA HealthCare claimed Native American tribal affiliation to entice customers and avoid federal oversight.... Read more»

‘Borrowing from the future’: What an emerging megadrought means for the Southwest

A new report in the journal Science found the period from 2000 through 2018 to be the driest 19-year span since the late 1500s, and the second driest since 800. In simpler terms, it’s an emerging megadrought, which is a drought that typically lasts decades.... Read more»

Amid pandemic, gun control advocates celebrate wins on NRA’s home turf

Taking time out from overseeing Virginia’s response to the pandemic, Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam signed a slate of bills: requiring universal background checks on firearm purchases, restricting handgun purchases to one a month and allowing law enforcement to seize guns from people who may be a risk to themselves or others.... Read more»

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