Government

The tough gets tougher: McSally again faces primary race in Senate bid

WASHINGTON - Arizona's Senate race, already expected to be one of the toughest in the nation, got tougher this week when Phoenix businessman Daniel McCarthy announced a Republican primary challenge to incumbent Sen. Martha McSally in her 2020 re-election bid.

Rosemont copper mine suffers another setback in decade of legal battles

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers suspended a Clean Water Act permit for the proposed Rosemont copper mine site in southern Arizona, the latest development in more than a decade of legal challenges from tribes and environmental groups.

DHS plan to close Flores ‘loophole’ likely to get tied in knots

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration unveiled new rules to replace the Flores agreement, a 1997 court ruling that severely limits the amount of time migrant children can be held by the government, but advocates say plan is flawed and that Flores is not likely to go down without a fight.

Phoenix light rail to expand with the defeat of Prop 105

PHOENIX – Voters soundly rejected Proposition 105, which would have killed Valley Metro light rail in Phoenix and redirect the funds to street repairs. They also defeated Proposition 106, dealing with public pensions.

A year later, some efforts to honor McCain move forward as others stall

WASHINGTON - Senators have added the late Sen. John McCain's name to defense and veterans bills, and one Arizona school district plans to name an elementary school in his honor, but other tributes to the longtime Arizona lawmaker appear to have stalled in the year since his death.

Court upholds ruling that town conspired with fundamentalist church

WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court upheld a lower court's finding that Colorado City, Arizona, had been run as an extension of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, violating non-members' rights in the process.

Protesters, proponents and the cultural clash over Phoenix police

PHOENIX – Police departments have looked to technology for solutions to criticisms, such as body-worn cameras to monitor police and public behavior and early-intervention software to sniff out bad behavior. Experiments with better community engagement, including civilian review boards with subpoena power, also are being considered or field-tested. Phoenix police plan to launch accountability procedures to document every time an officer draws a gun.