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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.


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."


What the hail? Spring training interrupted by cold, heavy rain

PHOENIX -- The first game of the Cactus League season was postponed Thursday when heavy rains fell on the metropolitan Phoenix area, keeping fans at home and grounds crew busy.


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.


A CO₂ sponge: Arizona scientist working to combat rising carbon dioxide levels

TEMPE – A recent study shows an uptick in carbon dioxide levels last year, meanwhile scientists at Arizona State University’s Center for Negative Carbon Emissions are working on innovative technology that captures the greenhouse gas from the atmosphere.


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.


Arizona reaction to Trump’s border emergency splits along party lines

WASHINGTON - Arizona lawmakers' reaction to President Donald Trump's declaration of a national border security emergency split along party lines, with Democrats calling it "fear-mongering" that sets "a dangerous precedent" while Republicans said the action is needed to "protect American lives."


Sinema joins GOP, two Democrats, to confirm Barr as attorney general

WASHINGTON - Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema was one of just three Democrats who crossed party lines and voted to confirm William Barr as attorney general, despite critics' concerns that Barr might not defend probes of the Trump administration. Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, also voted for Barr.


Senate OKs open-space bill, reviving Land and Water Conservation Fund

WASHINGTON - After months of gridlock, the Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill that permanently authorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a popular program that sent almost $240 million to Arizona for parks and open space projects over the years before expiring last fall.


$300,000 down the drain: Rubber ducky, grease and currency clog treatment plant, cost taxpayers

SURPRISE – Surprise residents toss toys, money and food byproducts like grease into their drains that end up clogging equipment at the Surprise South Water Reclamation Facility. A new campaign teaches Surprise residents to save taxpayer money with proper disposal.


Kelly announces Senate bid, opening high-stakes race to unseat McSally

WASHINGTON - Former astronaut Mark Kelly said he will seek the Democratic nomination for Senate in 2020, jumpstarting what experts were already predicting would be one of the "most competitive" races of the year in the bist to unseat Republican Sen. Martha McSally.