Politics

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.


Federal, Arizona tribal leaders seek solutions to violence against women

SACATON – Federal officials met Tuesday with tribal leaders in Sacaton in the Gila River Indian Community to discuss the violence faced by native women in Arizona.


Hung jury in trial of No More Deaths volunteer charged with harboring migrants

TUCSON – Humanitarian aid worker Scott Warren’s federal trial ended without a verdict.


Hepatitis A outbreak reaches 8 Arizona counties

PHOENIX – More than 350 cases of hepatitis A have been reported in Arizona.


VA expands veterans’ access to health care from private providers

PHOENIX – The Department of Veterans Affairs increases access to health care for veterans by relying on private providers.


Southern border apprehensions surge to highest rate in 10 years

WASHINGTON - The number of migrants apprehended at the southern border surged to 144,278 in May, bringing the total for the first eight months of fiscal 2019 to 676,315, already more than any full year in the last decade, leaving authorities and aid groups "bursting at the seams."


Can the government be sued for climate change? Appeals court hears arguments

PHOENIX – Judges from the U.S. Appeals Court for the 9th Circuit heard arguments in a landmark case on climate change Tuesday.


Tribal leaders, lawmakers push bill to ban mining near Grand Canyon

WASHINGTON - Tribal and environmental officials urged House lawmakers to protect sacred land and natural resources by passing a mining ban on just over 1 million acres around the Grand Canyon, a move critics called "ill conceived" and driven by "scare tactics."


Democrats push Dream Act through House, outlook in Senate less certain

WASHINGTON - Arizona lawmakers split on party lines, like much of the rest of the House, as Democrats pushed through a bill that would protect millions of "Dreamers" from deportation and create a pathway to citizenship, a bill Republicans said would only lead to more illegal immigration.