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In Indian Country, potholes can be a bump in the road to an education

WASHINGTON - Of all the problems facing tribal schools, impassable roads are not the biggest problem, "but it is the most annoying one." With three-fourths of Bureau of Indian Affairs roads unpaved, students are often stranded and districts are forced to spend precious resources on bus repairs.

Thin on broadband: Tribal areas still struggle with lagging technology

WASHINGTON - To some Hopi, "just Google it," is an inside joke - only about 29% of Hopi households have broadband internet access, compared to 79% in Arizona and 78% nationwide. On tribal lands across Arizona, fewer than half the homes have broadband access, stifling business, health and schooling.

Doing more time: Ex-felons face long odds, long wait to restore voting rights

TUCSON - The years paying off their debt to society is just the starr for ex-felons who are trying to regain their votiing rights - they face more years and hurdles in Arizona, one of the more difficult states to get the vote back. But former felons say it's worth the fight, and some state officials and advocates agree.

Robocalls hit 3 million a day in Arizona, but help may be on the way

WASHINGTON – Despite efforts to block them, robocalls keep coming, with almost 3,2 million such calls made per day to Arizona phone numbers in the first four months of this year. New regulations and new technologies might help stem the tide, but not everyone is convinced.

Supreme Court turns down Arpaio, who vows fight to vacate conviction

WASHINGTON - Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio vowed to continue fighting to clear his name of a criminal contempt of court conviction for racial profiling, after the Supreme Court rejected his challenge of an appeals court ruling in the case.

Report: Latino voters flexed muscle in 2018, set to be a force in 2020

WASHINGTON - A new report says Latinos are on track to be the largest minority voting group in 2020, when an estimated 32 million will be eligible to vote, and that they began to make their influence felt in 2018, when a surge of Latino votes tipped Senate races in Arizona and Nevada to Democrats.

Crossing a line: Military encounter at border sparks Trump threats

WASHINGTON - A peaceful border encounter between U.S. and Mexican soldiers earlier this month became a political issue Wednesday when President Donald Trump picked up the incident and threatened in a tweet to send armed soldiers to the border in response.

Critics blast DHS environmental waivers that clear way for border wall

WASHINGTON - The Department of Homeland Security said ti will waive dozens of environmental, health and other laws to clear the way for construction on about 58 miles of border barriers, including 12 miles of fencing near Yuma, in a move quickly attacked by lawmakers and environmentalists.

Phoenix bishop brings anti-abortion, traditional marriage message to D.C.

WASHINGTON - Phoenix Bishop Thomas Olmsted was a featured speaker at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, telling a packed room that abortion is "an unspeakable crime," that leaders must open their hearts to Jesus Christ and that there is a "weakening of marriage" in the U.S.

Report: Phoenix, Tucson among fastest-warming cities in nation since 1970

WASHINGTON - Phoenix and Tucson were two of the fastest-warming cities in the nation over the last five decades, according to a new report that said Tucson's average increase of 4.48 degrees was third-biggest in the country and Phoenix's 4.35-degree rise was good for fourth place.