Politics

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.


No More Deaths isn’t on trial, prosecutor says in opening, Scott Warren is

TUCSON – The trial of Scott Warren, a volunteer for No More Deaths, gets underway in Tucson. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.


Mueller restates Russia report, as lawmakers restate their positions

WASHINGTON - Arizona lawmakers did not appear to be swayed Wednesday by Special Counsel Robert Mueller's careful recap of his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, with both Democrats and Republicans digging in to their previous positions on the report.


The winners and losers in Arizona’s $11.8 billion budget

PHOENIX – Teachers, victims of child sex abuse and low-income kids were among the winners in the budget the Legislature passed late Monday.


Census: Arizona continued to lag far behind U.S. on school spending

WASHINGTON - New Census Bureau figures show that per-pupil spending in Arizona's public schools was fourth-lowest in the nation in 2017, still mired at the back of the pack even though spending rose faster that year in the state than it did in the rest of the country.