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Judge halts plan to end census early, as Arizona, tribal responses lag

WASHINGTON - A federal judge has temporarily blocked a Census Bureau plan to end its counting a month earlier than planned, ruling in a suit joined last week by the Navajo Nation and Gila River Indian Community.


Senate OKs up to $1.9 billion a year for parks repair, land acquisition

PHOENIX - Senators broke into applause Wednesday as they gave overwhelming approval to a bill allocating up to $1.9 billion a year for public lands acquisition and national park maintenance fund, a bill advocates said is "55 years overdue."


COVID-19 in Arizona: Protesters demand that Arizona reopen; experts say far more testing is needed first

PHOENIX – Arizona must double the number of tests it conducts before reopening for business, an expert says; water shortage might be contributing to cases of the disease among Navajos; and other updates about how COVID-19 is impacting Arizona.


On the verge of something special, GCU beach volleyball’s season upended

PHOENIX – Grand Canyon Beach Volleyball was ranked No. 7 in the nation, having notched three wins over ranked opponents already this year, before the coronavirus pandemic upended its season.


Despite COVID-19, poll officials report steady turnout, smooth voting

TEMPE - Polling officials around Arizona said voting in the state's presidential preference primary Tuesday was decidedly calm in the midst of a decidedly anxious time in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, with high turnout but generally smooth operations..


Navajo, Hopi will have objects, human remains repatriated by Finland

WASHINGTON - The Hopi and Navajo are among 26 tribes that will see the return of ancestral remains from Finland, where the items have been held in a museum after being taken from Colorado almost 130 years ago.


Venezuelans in Arizona want aid for their home country; other groups say ‘hands off’

TUCSON – During a deadly weekend of protests in Venezuela, many advocacy groups oppose U.S. involvement in Venezuela, while some Venezuelans in Arizona say it’s the only option for a country in disarray.


‘In God We Trust’ license plates spark funding furor

PHOENIX – The specialty license plate “In God We Trust” has come under fire because Alliance Defending Freedom, the group behind the plate, is designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center for its anti-LGBTQ views.


California wildfire death toll rises to 44; Arizona firefighters assisting efforts

LOS ANGELES – Arizona officials plan to send about 150 firefighters and dozens of engines to California to help fight wildfires there. The wildfires sweeping across Southern California have destroyed hundreds of homes, ravaged beloved landmarks and park space and killed at least two people and injured several more.


Unlikely allies back bill to fund $11.6 billion in national parks work

WASHINGTON - Reps. Raul Grijalva and Rob Bishop agree on almost nothing, but the two came together to back a bipartisan bill that could steer billions in federal energy revenues toward a national parks maintenance backlog that reached $11.6 billion last year - $531 million of it in Arizona.


Justices grapple with baker’s right to deny service to same-sex couple

WASHINGTON - Supreme Court justices wrestled Tuesday with the line between art and commerce in the case of a Colorado baker who said making a wedding cake for a same-sex couple would violate his First Amendment rights.


Arizona lawmakers weigh in on case pitting gay rights, religious rights

WASHINGTON - Three Arizona lawmakers were among the scores of House and Senate members who filed a court brief Thursday defending the Colorado cake shop owner who was sued for refusing to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.