Gov. Doug Ducey declares opioid emergency in Arizona

PHOENIX – Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday declared a public health emergency spurred by a devastating jump in Arizona opioid deaths in 2016, calling for a coordinated effort by the medical community and state and local governments to find solutions to an epidemic.

Despite $1.2 billion in purchases, tribal land buy-back ‘treading water’

WASHINGTON - The Interior Department has "not accomplished much" in its program to buy up marginal Indian lands and return them to tribes, despite spending two-thirds of a $1.9 billion fund for the program, a department official said recently.

Arizona cities buck Trump, pledge to stick to Paris climate goals

WASHINGTON - Arizona cities Friday spurned President Donald Trump's plan to pull the U.S. out of a global emissions compact, with at least three mayors pledging their cities would hew to the emission goals laid out in the Paris accord.

Border patrol, Mexico 911 operators work to save ill, injured migrants who cross border

YUMA – The U.S. Border Patrol and Mexico emergency dispatchers are collaborating to save the lives of people who are crossing the U.S. border in the desert heat and succumbing to illness or injury.

Trump plan to exit Paris accord riles Arizona Democrats, warms GOP

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump said Thursday the United States will withdraw from a global agreement on emissions that "handicaps" the economy, a move that Arizona critics charged will end up harming both the economy and the environment.

Political newcomers to battle three-term Phoenix councilman for District 6 seat

PHOENIX – Neighborhood protection, small business growth and support for teachers are among the issues voters will consider before deciding who they will elect to the Phoenix City Council in District 6, the only competitive council race on the Aug. 29 ballot.

Valley freeways are getting a better sensor of traffic congestion ahead

PHOENIX – The Arizona Department of Transportation is installing pavement sensors that will allow the transportation agency to more accurately track traffic flow on Valley freeways.

Kicks on Route 66 may slow down if preservation money runs out

SELIGMAN – Nearly 32 years after Route 66 lost its designation as an official highway, one of the most storied routes in America could face another road block. The program created to preserve the road and landmarks along it is set to expire in two years.

What have your experiences been with Route 66?

For many years, a National Park Service preservation program has tried to preserve landmarks and tourist destinations along Route 66.

VA: Treating vets discharged ‘other than honorably’ can cut suicides

WASHINGTON - A program that lets veterans with other-than-honorable discharges get emergency mental health care is just one of the steps the Department of Veterans Affairs is taking to address increasing suicides by vets, the secretary said Wednesday.

Congress mulls military bills with fewest veteran members in decades

WASHINGTON - Since taking office in January, members of Congress have introduced nine separate pieces of legislation that deal with when and how the president should be allowed to use military force against terrorist groups abroad.

Dangerously hot: Phoenix opens 22 cooling stations to aid homeless, elderly

PHOENIX – Phoenix has opened more than 20 “cooling stations” around the city to offer bottled water, an air-conditioned building and other respite from the heat to people who are homeless, elderly or in need.