Politics

Keel: State of Native nations ‘strong,’ but feds need to do their part

WASHINGTON - Tribal leaders Monday called on federal lawmakers to avoid another government shutdown, saying the 35-day shutdown that ended in January was felt across Indian Country, hitting everything from housing to tribes' efforts at economic development.


Pro-life groups seize on Trump call for federal late-term abortion ban

WASHINGTON - Even though Arizona has some of the strongest anti-abortion laws in the nation, pro-life advocates hailed President Donald Trump's call last week for a federal ban on late-term abortions, as pro-choice gave such a measure little chance of succeeding in a divided Congress.


Arizona, other states in ‘governors challenge’ target veteran suicides

WASHINGTON - Arizona was one of seven states that met with federal officials and veterans groups in Washington to map out a strategy for reversing the high rate of suicides among vets, a particular problem in Arizona which had the sixth-highest veteran suicide rate in the nation in 2016.


Grand Canyon, other parks, to be reimbursed for funds spent in shutdown

WASHINGTON - The National Park Service will reimburse parks, like the Grand Canyon, that were forced to dip into local maintenance funds to stay open during the government shutdown. But critics say parks should never have had to use their own funding to stay open and worry about long-term effects.


Arizona food banks prepare for possible government shutdown – again

PHOENIX – Food banks that helped furloughed federal employees learned lessons that will help if the government shuts down again.


Clean-water permits take longest in Arizona, study of Southwestern states says

PHOENIX – It takes longer to get a construction permit under the Clean Water Act in Arizona than in any other Southwestern state, a new University of California-Irvine study says. The question is why.