Politics

Arizona National Guard chief defends role of troops at border

WASHINGTON - The head of the Arizona National Guard defended the use of military troops on the border, telling a House subcommittee that their support puts more Border Patrol officers on the front lines - what one official called "badges back to the border."


Environmental groups call for McSally to support climate change proposal

PHOENIX – Arizona environmentalists gathered Tuesday outside Sen. Martha McSally's Phoenix office to demand action on climate change.


Phoenix budget approved after 3 hours of anger, pain and demands for police reform

PHOENIX – A 3-hour session of public ire and angst over community-police relation ended with Phoenix City Council voting 7-2 to approve a city budget. The council also pledged to set up reforms that could include a citizens review board.


Frustrated Phoenix residents make voices known after viral police video

PHOENIX – A community meeting held by Phoenix’s mayor and police chief focuses on allegations of police brutality.


Coconino official urges feds to live up to responsibility to fund parks

WASHINGTON - A Coconino County supervisor urged lawmakers to "make sure the federal government meets its responsibility" of maintaining national parks, which face almost $12 billion in needed backlogged maintenance projects - $313.8 million in the Grand Canyon alone.


Trump’s pledge to quickly deport ‘millions’ earns praise, provokes alarm

PHOENIX – Trump pledges to deport ‘millions’ of undocumented immigrants President Donald Trump pledged to have federal authorities remove millions of undocumented immigrants next week, setting off a flurry of warnings from immigration advocates to prepare families for possible deportation.


Family suing Phoenix for police brutality rejects apologies from mayor, chief

PHOENIX – A couple held at police gunpoint – shown in a viral cellphone video released last week – say the apologies of Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and Police Chief Jeri Williams are insincere and that further action should be taken.


Arizona lawmakers Grijalva, Schweikert focus of House ethics probes

WASHINGTON - Experts say it is "more of a coincidence than anything" that Arizona Reps. Raul Grijalva, a Democrat, and David Schweikert, a Republican, are both being investigated by the House Ethics Committee, but they caution that neither lawmaker should take the probes lightly.


Arizona ranks 46th for childhood well-being, Kids Count report says

PHOENIX – The annual Kids Count report ranks Arizona 46th in the nation for childhood well-being, 43rd for economic well-being, with lack of affordable housing as a key factor.


Ducey, at White House, touts benefits of new occupational licensing law

WASHINGTON - Gov. Doug Ducey touted Arizona's first-in-the-nation universal licensing recognition law at the White House Thursday to a receptive audience of governors and the president, who were there to talk about their ideas to improve workforce mobility.


Report: Undocumented immigration into U.S., especially from Mexico, is down

PHOENIX – Undocumented immigration from Mexico has dropped so significantly over a decade that Mexicans no longer make up the majority of those living in the U.S. illegally, according to a Pew Research Center report.


Pima official defends clean-water rule that farmers blast as burdensome

WASHINGTON - Both sides at a Senate hearing on the Waters of the U.S. rule agreed they want clean water, but a Pima County official said a Trump plan would open the door to pollution while farm groups said an Obama-era rule was too burdensome and confusing to be effective.