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VA touts ‘transformation,’ five years after Phoenix hospital scandal

WASHINGTON - Five years after the Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix made national headlines for falsifying records about patient wait times, agency officials told House lawmakers that the system has seen a "tremendous transformation," with wait-times on par with or better than private practice.


Racist? House vote puts members on record over Trump ‘go home’ tweets

WASHINGTON - The House on a mostly party line vote condemned President Donald Trump's "racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred" in response to the president's tweets that progressive congresswomen should "go back" to the countries they originally came from.


New Trump administration rule makes asylum harder for Central Americans

PHOENIX – Migrants heading to the U.S. southern border now face additional hurdles to gain asylum protection from the federal government.


Making America grill again: Cost of cookouts little changed this year

WASHINGTON - The American Farm Bureau said the cost of a traditional Fourth of July cookout for 10 rose less than 1 percent from last year to just is just $5.28 per person this year, according to its annual market survey. And the cost is even lower in Arizona, the farm bureau in the state says.


Supreme Court rejects – for now – citizenship question on 2020 Census

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court handed a temporary victory to opponents of a citizenship question on the 2020 Census, saying the government will have to go back and make a better case in court if it wants to include the question that critics say will suppress minority participation.


Arizona National Guard chief defends role of troops at border

WASHINGTON - The head of the Arizona National Guard defended the use of military troops on the border, telling a House subcommittee that their support puts more Border Patrol officers on the front lines - what one official called "badges back to the border."


Coconino official urges feds to live up to responsibility to fund parks

WASHINGTON - A Coconino County supervisor urged lawmakers to "make sure the federal government meets its responsibility" of maintaining national parks, which face almost $12 billion in needed backlogged maintenance projects - $313.8 million in the Grand Canyon alone.


Trump’s pledge to quickly deport ‘millions’ earns praise, provokes alarm

PHOENIX – Trump pledges to deport ‘millions’ of undocumented immigrants President Donald Trump pledged to have federal authorities remove millions of undocumented immigrants next week, setting off a flurry of warnings from immigration advocates to prepare families for possible deportation.


Arizona lawmakers Grijalva, Schweikert focus of House ethics probes

WASHINGTON - Experts say it is "more of a coincidence than anything" that Arizona Reps. Raul Grijalva, a Democrat, and David Schweikert, a Republican, are both being investigated by the House Ethics Committee, but they caution that neither lawmaker should take the probes lightly.


Ducey, at White House, touts benefits of new occupational licensing law

WASHINGTON - Gov. Doug Ducey touted Arizona's first-in-the-nation universal licensing recognition law at the White House Thursday to a receptive audience of governors and the president, who were there to talk about their ideas to improve workforce mobility.


Pima official defends clean-water rule that farmers blast as burdensome

WASHINGTON - Both sides at a Senate hearing on the Waters of the U.S. rule agreed they want clean water, but a Pima County official said a Trump plan would open the door to pollution while farm groups said an Obama-era rule was too burdensome and confusing to be effective.


Supreme Court to hear murder appeal that could affect 20 death-row cases

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court will hear the appeal of an Arizona death-row inmate who claims state courts wrongly used old law to reaffirm his death sentences for two 1991 murders - a ruling his attorneys said could affect as many as 19 other capital cases in Arizona.

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