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Arizona elections officials defend mail-in voting after Trump’s criticism

PHOENIX – President Donald Trump took aim at states trying to expand mail-in balloting at a rally in Phoenix this week, and the secretary of state and the Maricopa County recorder are speaking up.


San Pedro River, squeezed by growing population, is subject of two lawsuits

PHOENIX – The Sierra Club announced it has joined the Center for Biological Diversity and a number of other conservation groups in two lawsuits to protect the San Pedro River, one of the last undammed rivers in the Southwest.


Arizona jobless rate drops sharply, but still at twice pre-COVID levels

WASHINGTON - Arizona posted one of the sharpest unemployment drops in the country in May, falling from a historic high of 13.4% in April to 8.9% last month, according to the latest numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Supreme Court reverses Trump administration, saves DACA – for now

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court breathed new life into the endangered DACA program Thursday, ruling that the Trump administration's attempt to end the program was arbitrary and capricious and must be reversed.


Supreme Court expands ‘sex discrimination’ to protect LGBTQ workers

PHOENIX - The Supreme Court ruled Monday that the Civil Rights Act protections against "sex discrimination" also protect gay or transgender employees from discrimination, even if they are not specifically mentioned in the 1964 law, a ruling welcomed as long overdue by Arizona advocates.


Opinions on water, willingness to protect it varies by region, survey finds

American Public Media surveyed more than 1,000 Americans about their thoughts on water quality and availability. Among the findings is that knowledge of water issues isn’t the biggest predictor of whether someone takes action. Personal connections to rivers, lakes and oceans lead to people taking more conservation measures.


No pressing the flesh, but candidates learn to campaign under COVID-19

TEMPE - Faced with the stay-home orders and social distancing of COVID-19, candidates have suspended rallies and in-person campaigning, have staffers working from home and are scrambling to find ways to reach voters while competing for donations and media attention in the face of a pandemic.


Green burials adapt to protect ‘death care’ workers in the time of pandemic

LOS ANGELES – The COVID-19 pandemic has raised concerns about the safety of morticians and other death care workers. Green burials are adapting to changes, allowing body bags to be buried and discouraging embalming for the safety of death care workers.


Feeding sea urchins could be one way to restore the West Coast’s vital kelp forests

LOS ANGELES – The purple sea urchin population decimated kelp forests on the West Coast, where researchers are working to bring the creatures under control and supply them to restaurants around the world.


COVID-19 in Arizona: Map tracks cases by ZIP code; federal relief coming to universities

PHOENIX – The Arizona Department of Health Services releases new data on COVID-19, and Yuma County reports the first COVID-19 related death.


‘We’re in crisis mode’: Coronavirus putting pressure on food and shelter nonprofits

PHOENIX – Homeless shelters and food banks are seeing an increase in demand as COVID-19 rampages through the state. And time and money are running out for nonprofits.


Phoenix, Gilbert restrict some activities, but most Arizona parks and trails remain open

PHOENIX – Arizona parks and recreation services are faced with the decision of whether to keep them open or close them down to prevent the spread of COVID-19. So far, most have kept hiking trails open, although some services are curtailed and traffic is being regulated.