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Phoenix slips in national ranking of cities for solar energy capacity

WASHINGTON - Phoenix fell from third to fifth place among cities for total installed solar capacity last year, slowed by charges imposed on Arizona solar users at time when other cities surged ahead with new installation.


Kelly: Trump is giving him ‘elbow room’ on what border wall should be

WASHINGTON - Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told a Senate committee Wednesday that his department will not build a border wall "from sea to shining sea," but will instead use a variety of techniques to secure the Southwest border.


Senate panel asks experts if border wall is best approach to security

WASHINGTON - While they agreed that the U.S. needs to secure its Southwest border, no one at a Senate hearing Tuesday appeared ready to say a wall along the entire border would be the only way to go.


Driverless cars back on the road, along with public’s qualms

WASHINGTON - Self-driving Uber test vehicles are back on the road in the Valley, but not before the crash that temporarily sidelined the cars put the question of autonomous vehicles' safety in the headlights.


U.S. Customs and Border Protection to sponsor, recruit at Country Thunder

PHOENIX - Among the muddy cowboy boots, late-night RV dance parties and creative beer bongs typically displayed at Arizona’s annual Country Thunder music festival in Florence, concert-goers will also see a new recruitment booth for U.S. Customs and Border Protection this year.


Morale, hiring practices could hinder plan to boost border agents

WASHINGTON - A Trump administration plan to hire thousands more border and immigration officers is "desperately" needed, but unlikely to happen quickly at agencies plagued by low morale and a cumbersome hiring process, witnesses told a Senate panel Wednesday.


Immigration advocates rally in Washington, vow to take fight back home

WASHINGTON - Immigration advocates from Arizona joined others from across the country at a rally outside the Customs and Border Protection office Tuesday, part of a three-day summit aimed at organizing grass-roots resistance to Trump administration policies.


Gabrielle Giffords creates AZ gun-safety coalition

PHOENIX – Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who became a gun-control advocate after a gunman shot her in the head while opening fire at a constituent rally six years ago, on Thursday announced an Arizona coalition to promote gun safety and prevent violence.


DPS scrutinizes texting, other distracted driving leading to traffic accidents

PHOENIX – The Arizona Department of Public Safety is renewing enforcement of distracted drivers, focusing on violations such as speeding, following another vehicle too closely and failing to use a turn signal when changing lanes.


New travel ban by Trump stirs up same old arguments for, against

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump signed a revised travel ban Monday that dials back vetting procedures from his earlier executive order but keeps much of the rest - sparking similar debate among supporters and critics of the original action.

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Arizona officials react to new DHS order expanding immigration enforcement

The Department of Homeland Security has ordered more aggressive enforcement of detainment and deportation laws for undocumented immigrants, prioritizing those with criminal convictions but putting anyone in the U.S. illegally at risk of expulsion.


Homeland Security details plans to enforce Trump immigration policies

WASHINGTON - The Department of Homeland Security officially spelled out how it will enforce President Donald Trump's hardline immigration orders, sparking the same debate Tuesday that followed the president's original executive orders.