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‘Deaths of despair’ grew slowly in Arizona, but still higher than U.S.

WASHINGTON - "Deaths of despair" - the catchall name for deaths from drug overdoses, alcohol and suicide - have grown more slowly in Arizona than in the nation as whole since 2005, but death rates in the state still exceed the nation in every category, according to a national survey.

Senate GOP steamrolls Democrats, gets immigration bill out of committee

WASHINGTON - A sharply divided Senate Judiciary Committee pushed through a GOP-backed bill that would force migrants to apply for asylum at facilities outside the U.S., raise the limit on how long immigrant children can be held in detention and add 500 new immigration judges, among other changes.

Brnovich makes long-shot pitch to Supreme Court to take opioid lawsuit

WASHINGTON - Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stop the Sackler family from "looting" Purdue Pharma of billions of dollars being sought by victims of the opioid crisis the company is accused of helping create.

Lawmakers spar over family separations, detention center conditions

WASHINGTON - A House panel grilled administration officials over migrant family separations and conditions at border detention facilities, but the hearing produced more partisan sparks than answers - although both sides agreed that the situation at the border has reached crisis levels.

Court upholds conviction in ‘cold-blooded’ murder of Phoenix family

WASHINGTON - A federal court rejected the appeal of an Arizona death-row inmate who murdered four Phoenix family members in their home in retribution for a petty theft by another of the family members, saying it presented "one of, if not the, strongest" cases for the death penalty it had seen in years.

Barr orders resumption of federal executions; Navajo among those targeted

WASHINGTON – Attorney General William Barr ordered a resumption of federal executions and named a Navajo double-murderer as one of the first five death-row inmates who will be put to death. Lezmond Mitchell is scheduled to be executed Dec. 11 with a fatal injection of pentobarbital.

VA touts ‘transformation,’ five years after Phoenix hospital scandal

WASHINGTON - Five years after the Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix made national headlines for falsifying records about patient wait times, agency officials told House lawmakers that the system has seen a "tremendous transformation," with wait-times on par with or better than private practice.

Advocates decry Trump administration plan to rein in food stamp access

WASHINGTON - Arizona is one of the 43 states that could be affected by a USDA proposal to tighten restrictions on access to food stamps for those receiving other financial assistance, saving billions of dollars while affecting as many as 3.1 million people nationwide.

McSally, Kelly raise $13.9 million for anticipated 2020 Senate race

WASHINGTON - Arizona Republican Sen. Martha McSally and her likely Democratic challenger, Mark Kelly, reported raising just under $13.9 million in the first six months of this year and had a combined $10.3 million on hand for an election that's still 16 months away, new campaign finance reports show.