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Tribe rushes to beat use-or-lose deadline on COVID-19 relief funds

WASHINGTON - Spending $177 million may not seem like a problem, but it is a challenge for Navajo Nation leaders who could lose those federal COVID-19 relief funds if they don't find projects that can be completed by the end of this year.


COVID-19 in Arizona: Navajo will not ease restrictions, despite improving numbers

PHOENIX – The number of new COVID-19 cases on the Navajo Nation is on a downward trend, but tribal leaders said that does not mean they are ready to ease up on health restrictions. They plan to continue 57-hour weekend lockdown for the next three weeks, as the tribe works to bring numbers even lower.


Tribal leaders, advocates question reopening at Grand Canyon, other parks

PHOENIX - Arizona tribal leaders told House lawmakers Tuesday that moves to reopen national parks are being made without needed health safety measures to protect tribal members or park visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Tribal leaders struggle against ‘very slow’ allocation of COVID-19 aid

PHOENIX - The Navajo Nation has the country's third-highest rate of COVID-19 infections, but it has watched funds go to less hard-hit areas in a "very slow" federal aid process, Navajo President Jonathan Nez said Friday, part of an online discussion of federal response to coronavirus in Indian Country.


Despite relatively short tenure, Arizona delegation making waves

WASHINGTON - Arizona's congressional delegation has an average tenure well below that of other states, but they have combined important committee and caucus posts with aggressive media appearances to give the delegation a presence bigger than its relatively short tenure would indicate.


Experts: Tariffs on French cheese, wines, more will cost U.S. consumers

WASHINGTON - When France decided to tax America's tech companies, the Trump administration hit the French where it hurts - in exports of cheese, Champagne and handbags.But trade experts and Arizona business owners say U.S. consumers and small businesses will end up paying the price.


Volker defends role in talks between White House, Ukrainian government

WASHINGTON - Former McCain Institute Executive Director Kurt Volker told the House Intelligence Committee Tuesday that he was unaware of any efforts to get the Ukrainian government to interfere in U.S. politics in exchange for military aid.


Grijalva, House Democrats demand probe of troops deployed to border

WASHINGTON - Dozens of House Democrats renewed calls Friday for the Defense Department to investigate the legality of President Donald Trump's decision to deploy thousands of active-duty and National Guard troops to the U.S-Mexico border.


On Virginia’s Eastern Shore, wild horses are an asset, not a headache

CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. - While Western communities struggle to control wild horse populations that are overwhelming the federal lands they roam, a small town out on an island off Virginia's Eastern Shore has turned the presence of wild horses from a problem to an asset.


Star students: ASU team watches as its project is launched into orbit

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. - A concussive boom radiated out from the launch pad as nine Arizona State University students watched a rocket carry their "nanosatellite" - and four years of their work - into the sky Saturday on its way to the International Space Station.


Democrats roast CIS head over plan to end ‘medical deferred action’

WASHINGTON - The acting director of Citizenship and Immigration Services insisted to a House panel that there are no new plans to end "medical deferred action," but Democrats called the administration "cruel" for considering the notion in the first place.


Arizonans got 78.3 million robocalls in June, part of a boom nationwide

WASHINGTON = Robocalls skyrocketed for every area code in Arizona in the first half of this year, reaching 78.3 million calls in June alone, according to a new report that said the state mirrored a national spike, where robocalls totaled 4.1 billion for June.