Is endangered vole out of the hole? Feds say yes; conservationists disagree

WASHINGTON - Federal officials said Thursday they want to remove the Hualapai Mexican vole from the endangered species list, a move environmental groups immediately called a "bad idea."

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Pennies for pupils: Arizona school spending again ranks near bottom of states

WASHINGTON - Arizona continued to be among the lowest states in the nation for per pupil school spending, and its expenditures were falling while the rest of the nation's were rising, the Census Bureau said.

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Rez ball: Popularity and importance of the game

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Supreme Court lets stand ruling rejecting Arizona’s immigrant bail ban

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Monday refused to intervene in a case that overturned Arizona's voter-approved ban on bail for criminal defendants who are in this country illegally.

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Court: Fire insurance may cover mudslide damage after Wallow Fire

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court Friday ordered a new hearing for an Apache County homeowner who said her fire insurance policy should cover damages from a mudslide that destroyed her home after the 2011 Wallow wildfire.

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Both sides look for answers in feds’ Clean Water Act clarification

WASHINGTON - A new federal rule was meant to clarify the scope of the Clean Water Act, but some critics are saying the 300-page document has done little to clear up the issue since its release this week.

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A broken spell: Chandler teen just misses National Spelling Bee finals

WASHINGTON - Even in defeat, Marcus Behling was cool and collected. The Chandler eighth-grader cruised through two days of the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee this week, calmly spelling words as the field was narrowed from 285 spellers to 21 by the end of the sixth round Thursday.

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Words, not with friends: Arizona kids sweat out National Spelling Bee

WASHINGTON - As if the day hadn't already been stressful enough, Chandler eighth-grader Marcus Behling had to listen while 46 other names were called as semifinalists at the Scripps National Spelling Bee before he heard his name Wednesday.

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‘Waters of U.S.’ rule does little to settle feud over EPA reach on regs

WASHINGTON - Federal officials Wednesday unveiled a rule meant to settle the question of which bodies of water are subject to the Clean Water Act - but it did little to settle the fight over the issue.

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Tucson mail processing center gets reprieve from planned July closure

WASHINGTON - A Tucson mail processing center that had been scheduled to close in July will remain open until at least 2016, the U.S. Postal Service said Wednesday.

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Kirkpatrick announces Senate bid, roiling 2016 congressional races

WASHINGTON - Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Flagstaff, announced Tuesday that she is running for Senate, making her an early entrant in what is expected to be a large field and costly campaign to unseat Sen. John McCain.

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Drowning takes no holiday: Deaths low now, but may rise in summer

WASHINGTON - A cool, wet spring in Arizona and an ongoing emphasis on pool safety have combined to produce statewide drowning numbers that officials say are far below those at the same time last year.

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