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Fencing goes up around Capitol again, as police brace for Jan. 6 rally

WASHINGTON - Fences, cameras and barricades went up around the Capitol as federal and local police braced for possible violence at a Saturday rally defending those who were arrested in the Jan. 6 insurrection - but if anyone is coming from Arizona, they were not saying.


Attorneys, advocates reflect on new Native American Voting Rights bill

Advocates reflect on new Native American Voting Rights bill


Forest Service plan to extend forest maintenance program is put on hold

WASHINGTON - Arizona lawmakers and advocates said they were "blindsided" by the U.S. Forest Service's abrupt announcement this week that it would halt negotiations on a proposed extension of the Four Forests Restoration Initiative.


Rise of the underdog: Undrafted free agent Michael Stefanic knocking on Angels’ door

PHOENIX – Michael Stefanic is on the last rung of the minor league baseball ladder, waiting for the call to join the Los Angeles Angels. His professional career started in Arizona.


As wildfires rage, federal firefighters see bump in minimum hourly pay

WASHINGTON - Fighting wildfires did not get any easier this month, but it did get a little more profitable for thousands of full-time and temporary firefighters employed by the federal government, which raised their minimum wage from $13 an hour to $15 an hour.


Have app, will gamble: Arizona online sports betting sites open registration Saturday

PHOENIX – Online Sports betting sites open Saturday, moving one step closer to the launch date for sports betting in Arizona on Sept. 9.


From housing football games to fire evacuees, Round Valley Ensphere has rich history

PHOENIX – The Round Valley Ensphere – so named for the atypical connector design implemented by the dome’s architects – purports to be the only domed high school football stadium in the country. But to focus on that label would be to sell it short. After all, it can fit more people than the combined population of the two towns it serves.


Incumbents have edge, but redistricting scrambles House race outlooks

WASHINGTON - Arizona's congressional incumbents have the advantage of name recognition and massive fundraising leads - but analysts say they might need both as congressional redistricting has "put us all in a state of limbo" for the 2022 House races.


Politics by proxy: Arizona House members cast hundreds of remote votes

WASHINGTON - More than half of Arizona's House delegation cast votes by proxy this year, including two who were among the top remote voters in Congress and another who once called proxy voting "shameful and unconstitutional" but did it anyway.


From a raft in the Canyon, the West’s shifting water problems are evident

In 1990, the big problem for the Colorado River was managing too much water. Now, it's adjusting to too little, a problem likely to get worse as drought and climate change pose a profound challenge for the river that provides water for more than 40 million people.


In rush to restore budget earmarks, Arizona lawmakers made modest asks

WASHINGTON - When Congress restored budget earmarks this year, 332 House members rushed in with $7.1 billion in special requests to fund local projects. Arizona lawmakers were part of that rush, but with requests that were relatively modest compared to the rest of the House.


Even in an epically dry year, water flows into parched Colorado River delta

Seven years ago, a pulse of water on the Colorado River at the U.S.-Mexico border temporarily reconnected it to the Pacific Ocean. Mexican and American environmental groups are working to bring water back into this part of the estuary and study what happens.