Government

Giffords, Democrats rally at Capitol for gun background-check bill

WASHINGTON - Former Arizona Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords rallied House lawmakers to support a bill that would expand the requirement for background checks on private gun sales, a bill critics charge is "well intentioned, but will not solve the problem" of gun violence.

As fentanyl seizures rise, so do safety concerns around the deadly drug

WASHINGTON - Fentanyl seizures are just a fraction of total drug seizures in the country, but it is one of the deadliest drugs, with as little as 2 milligrams being a potentially fatal dose. That's raised alarms as Customs and Border Protection officers seized a record 254 pounds in Nogales in January.

As trade deal looms, North American farm officials pledge cooperation

WASHINGTON - The top agriculture officials from Canada, Mexico and the U.S. reiterated the importance of North American trade and cooperation Thursday in their first joint meeting since the release of a replacement deal for NAFTA that is now struggling toward passage.

FDA vs. SPF: Feds say new look at sunscreen regulations long overdue

WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration wants to take a closer look at ingredients and labeling for sunscreens, updating regulations that have not been changed "in literally decades" But it also said people should still slather up, "given the recognized public health benefits of sunscreen use."

Luke AFB F-35 facility funds could be tapped for border wall emergency

WASHINGTON - Arizona lawmakers vowed to fight the loss of any funding at Luke Air Force Base, where up to $40 million in construction projects could be tapped under President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration that could divert billions from Pentagon projects toward a border wall.

UA professor sues state over denial of health-care coverage to transgender employees

TUCSON – Transgender state employees in Arizona are excluded from insurance coverage of transition surgery and related medical treatments, according to a lawsuit filed by University of Arizona professor Russell Toomey. The ACLU-backed suit says the policy violates his civil and constitutional rights.

Supreme Court to decide if 2020 Census can ask about citizenship

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court agreed to fast-track a case asking whether the Census Bureau can ask people their citizenship status, a move that advocates and local government officials fear will suppress immigrant participation in the count that is used to allot congressional seats and federal funds.