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Congressional leaders, Trump reach deal to reopen government – for now

WASHINGTON – White House and congressional officials announced a plan to temporarily reopen the federal government Friday, as the partial government shutdown was about to begin its sixth week and furloughed workers were set to skip a second paycheck.


Giles, other mayors blast plan to ask citizenship status on 2020 Census

WASHINGTON - Mesa Mayor John Giles derided the Trump administration's plan to ask people their citizenship status on the 2020 census, calling it a "just stupid" move that could lead to undercounts that cost local governments federal funding and congressional representation.


At Indigenous Peoples March, different reservations, same stories

WASHINGTON - The first-ever Indigenous Peoples March brought thousands from all over the country and as far away as Australia and the Caribbean to raise awareness on issues many attendees share, from violence violence against Native women to environmental problems.


Arizona mom joins activists protesting Wheeler nomination to head EPA

WASHINGTON - Phoenix environmental activist Columba Sainz joined other moms Wednesday in Washington, where members of the Moms Clean Air Force turned out to oppose Andrew Wheeler's nomination as the next head of the Environmental Protection Agency.


Lawmakers, advocates say shutdown’s impact hits hardest in tribal areas

WASHINGTON - House Democrats called together experts to testify on the challenges that urban and rural tribal communities are facing on health, accessibility and land management under the government shutdown, now the longest in history at 25 days Tuesday.


Milstead, after White House event, says wall is needed for border ‘crisis’

WASHINGTON - Arizona Department of Public Safety Director Frank Milstead, after a White House meeting on border security, said there is an "ongoing crisis" at the border and he called on Washington to fund a border wall to help stop it.


Court says Tucson woman can use battered woman syndrome as defense

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court ordered a new trial for a Tucson woman who was convicted of illegally buying a gun for a violent former boyfriend, saying she was wrongly denied the chance to present evidence of battered woman syndrome in her defense.


On eighth anniversary of shooting, Giffords in D.C. to support gun bill

WASHINGTON - Eight years to the day after an attack that killed six and wounded 13, one of those victims, former Tucson Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, was back in Washington Tuesday to tell Congress it's time to act on gun control.


McCain to vote against health care bill, likely dooming GOP effort

WASHINGTON - Sen. John McCain said Friday that he cannot "in good conscience" vote for the latest plan to replace Obamacare, a surprise announcement that may have killed the bill for Senate leaders who can only afford to lose two GOP votes.


Doubling down: McCain, Flake don’t soften edges despite poll showing

WASHINGTON - What do you do when you are listed as one of the most unpopular people in your home state? If you're a U.S. senator from Arizona, apparently you stick to your guns.


Flake: McCain ‘sounded great,’ as experts debate severity of condition

WASHINGTON - Sen. Jeff Flake said fellow Arizona Sen. John McCain "sounded great" in a phone conversation Monday, just three days after McCain underwent surgery to have a blood clot removed from above his left eye.


Teaching the teachers to stay in Arizona

PARADISE VALLEY – In a poorly-financed education system, Arizona teachers are battling low salaries, the pressures of mandatory testing and a lack of respect for their profession, making it harder for the state to entice and retain teachers, advocates say. One Paradise Valley mentoring program is trying to grow teachers at home and repair a broken pipeline.