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Audit: 19 tribal schools in Arizona went uninspected for four years

WASHINGTON - At least 19 tribal schools in Arizona went four years or more without the inspections that are supposed to be performed every year by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, according to a recent Government Accountability Office audit.

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Arizona utility executive calls for more transparency in rate-setting

WASHINGTON - Arizona Electric Power Cooperative CEO Patrick Ledger told a House panel Wednesday that federal power administrations are keeping local utilities in the dark when it comes to what's in their bill.


Democrats, voters sue Maricopa County, state officials in voting debacle

WASHINGTON - Democratic groups and voters made good Friday on their threat to sue state and Maricopa County officials for alleged civil rights violations in the March 22 presidential preference election that saw hours-long waits, among other problems at the polls.


Arizona schools make up half of priority list for tribal school repairs

WASHINGTON - Half of the 10 schools on the Bureau of Indian Education priority replacement list released this week are in Arizona, while another three are on the New Mexico portion of the Navajo Nation.


Begay urges Senate panel to back bill giving Native students school choice

WASHINGTON - Arizona state Sen. Carlyle Begay, R-Ganado, told a U.S. Senate committee Wednesday that a bill to give Native American students school choice is the "true essence of self-determination and self-empowerment" that tribes are seeking.


Second petition demanding action on elections tops 100,000 signatures

WASHINGTON - The furor over last week's elections in Arizona continued to churn this weekend, with a petition on the topic passing the 100,000-signature threshold Saturday that obligates a White House response.


Petition demanding voting probe tops 100,000 signatures in two days

WASHINGTON - A petition demanding an investigation into problems with Tuesday's presidential primary voting in Arizona had already collected more than 100,000 signatures as of Thursday, obligating a response from the White House.


Franks, other lawmakers back religious groups ahead of Supreme Court hearing

WASHINGTON - Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale, led other lawmakers Tuesday in a show of support for religious groups on the eve of their Supreme Court challenge of an Obamacare mandate for birth-control benefits in employee health plans.


Tribal officials lukewarm to plan to use federal money on school choice

WASHINGTON - Tribal leaders were noncommittal Friday about a proposal that would divert Bureau of Indian Education funds into education savings accounts that individual Native American children could use to attend schools of their choosing.


‘Long overdue’ firing of Phoenix VA officials is not end of the process

WASHINGTON - The three Phoenix officials who got "long overdue" termination notices Tuesday from the Department of Veterans Affairs still have the right to a lengthy appeals process that could extend their cases by months or more.


Acuna cactus stays on endangered list, Southwestern willow flycatcher faces review

WASHINGTON - Federal officials Tuesday rejected a request to remove the acuna cactus from the endangered species list, but said they will give further consideration to a petition to delist the Southwestern willow flycatcher.


VA says it will remove three top officials of troubled Phoenix hospital

WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs said Tuesday that it has issued "notices of proposed removal" to three top executives at the Phoenix health care system - two years after problems there were first reported.