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Emergency border funds get final OK, after some odd political turns

WASHINGTON – Congress gave a final OK, and the president is expected to sign, a border funding bill that does not include many migrant protections the House wanted - but it does send $4.59 billion to border agencies that said they could run out of funds to handle the surge of migrants at the border.

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.

Critics attack Trump administration push to expedite uranium mining

WASHINGTON - Tribal members, environmentalists and lawmakers told a House panel that including uranium on a list of "critical minerals" opens the door to expedited mining that will put tribal lands and national parks at risk, but supporters of the Trump administration plan said it's necessary for national security.

Arizona’s average age still below U.S., but it’s catching up fast

WASHINGTON – Arizona's average age of 37.9 in 2018 was relatively young compared to other states, but the rise in age from 2010 was twice the national average and second-highest in the U.S., new Census data show, as births fell and older residents continued to move in.

Giffords back on Capitol Hill to push for vote on background-check bill

WASHINGTON - Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords joined Democratic leaders to demand that the Senate vote on a bill to toughen background checks for gun buyers. It is the third time this year that Giffords - severely injured in a 2011 shooting - has lobbied on Capitol Hill for the bill.

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.

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.