Giffords, Democrats rally at Capitol for gun background-check bill
WASHINGTON - Former Arizona Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords rallied House lawmakers to support a bill that would expand the requirement for background checks on private gun sales, a bill critics charge is "well intentioned, but will not solve the problem" of gun violence.
‘Full speed ahead’: Mark Kelly launches Senate bid at Phoenix rally
PHOENIX – Former Astronaut Mark Kelly launched his campaign for U.S. Senate Sunday afternoon in downtown Phoenix, attracting several hundred supporters to hear his plan for Arizona.
As fentanyl seizures rise, so do safety concerns around the deadly drug
WASHINGTON - Fentanyl seizures are just a fraction of total drug seizures in the country, but it is one of the deadliest drugs, with as little as 2 milligrams being a potentially fatal dose. That's raised alarms as Customs and Border Protection officers seized a record 254 pounds in Nogales in January.
Ducey’s budget would add $56 million to day care subsidies for low-income families
PHOENIX – Gov. Doug Ducey’s proposed budget would increase the day care subsidy by $100 per child and add another 5,000 children to the program.
As trade deal looms, North American farm officials pledge cooperation
WASHINGTON - The top agriculture officials from Canada, Mexico and the U.S. reiterated the importance of North American trade and cooperation Thursday in their first joint meeting since the release of a replacement deal for NAFTA that is now struggling toward passage.
FDA vs. SPF: Feds say new look at sunscreen regulations long overdue
WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration wants to take a closer look at ingredients and labeling for sunscreens, updating regulations that have not been changed "in literally decades" But it also said people should still slather up, "given the recognized public health benefits of sunscreen use."
Bill would have repealed requirement that doctors try to save fetuses that survive abortion
PHOENIX – Members of the Arizona House Judiciary Committee debated a bill that would repeal a law that requires doctors to attempt to save the lives of babies born alive during an abortion, showing battle-scarred divisions.
Senate bill would outlaw dropping off early ballots on Election Day
PHOENIX – Senate Bill 1046 would prevent voters who receive their early ballots in the mail from dropping them off on Election Day. Advocates say it would simplify elections and opponents say it would hamper voter rights.
Luke AFB F-35 facility funds could be tapped for border wall emergency
WASHINGTON - Arizona lawmakers vowed to fight the loss of any funding at Luke Air Force Base, where up to $40 million in construction projects could be tapped under President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration that could divert billions from Pentagon projects toward a border wall.
Lawsuits, rallies protest Trump declaration of national border emergency
WASHINGTON - Hundreds gathered outside the White House to protest President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the southern border, a move the protesters called a "massive abuse of presidential power" that is not an actual emergency.
UA professor sues state over denial of health-care coverage to transgender employees
TUCSON – Transgender state employees in Arizona are excluded from insurance coverage of transition surgery and related medical treatments, according to a lawsuit filed by University of Arizona professor Russell Toomey. The ACLU-backed suit says the policy violates his civil and constitutional rights.
Supreme Court to decide if 2020 Census can ask about citizenship
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court agreed to fast-track a case asking whether the Census Bureau can ask people their citizenship status, a move that advocates and local government officials fear will suppress immigrant participation in the count that is used to allot congressional seats and federal funds.