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With ICE sweeps looming, immigration rhetoric heats up on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON - Immigration rhetoric heated up on Capitol Hill, with.deportation sweeps expected to start in major cities this weekend and footage of migrant families held in what critics call "deplorable" conditions at the border sparking outrage from both sides of the aisle.


Lack of broadband puts tribal, rural areas ‘in jeopardy,’ lawmakers told

WASHINGTON - The Havasupai tribe is falling behind in education, health and emergency needs because - like millions of residents in rural communities - it lacks affordable, reliable and high-speed broadband, a tribal councilwoman told House lawmakers in a hearing on rural broadband.


Court vacates sentence for teen gang member given life without parole

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court vacated the sentence for a Phoenix-area gang member who was still a teen when he got a mandatory life without parole sentence for crimes that "terrorized" the Salt River reservation in the 1990s.


Advocates: High court’s ruling in death-row case could affect 19 others

WASHINGTON - There is no question that James McKinney murdered two people in botched Phoenix-area burglaries in 1991, buit should he be put to death for it? When the Supreme Court takes up that quesiton this fall, it could also be deciding the fate of 19 other Arizona death-row inmates.


Throwing a lifeline to poor patients ‘dumped’ by health care providers

PHOENIX - The Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act of 1986 bars hospitals from refusing healthcare for those in need and makes it illegal to dump patients on the streets, but the practice persists. That's where groups like Circle the City come in.


Trump vows Census will ask citizenship; critics decry ‘scare tactics’

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump vowed that his administration is "absolutely moving forward" with a push to include a citizenship question on the 2020 Census, just hours after the Census Bureau said it would not do so, a reversal advocates dismissed as a "scare tactic" by the president.


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.


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.


Arizona lawmakers split as House, Senate pass emergency border funds

WASHINGTON - Arizona representatives split down party lines Tuesday as the House approved $4.5 billion in emergency border funding, setting up a showdown with the Senate which passed its own version of the measure Wednesday.


Navajo, Hualapai water-rights bills get warm reception in House hearing

WASHINGTON - Navajo and Hualapai tribal leaders urged House lawmakers to support a handful of bills that would guarantee water to their tribes in Arizona, Utah and New Mexico and fund the water treatment plants and pipelines to deliver it.


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.