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Partisan House vote renews Violence Against Women Act, Senate fate unclear

WASHINGTON – Two months after it let the Violence Against Women Act lapse, the House voted Thursday to renew the 25-year-old law that extends protections for victims of domestic violence, and renewing protections for Native American women.

Arizonans join critics of Trump’s call to weaken unaccompanied minors law

WASHINGTON - Critics say a plan to make it easier to return unaccompanied mintors to their home countries is just the Trump administration "targeting chlldren," but the White House says it would merely speed the return of thie children to the countries that want to take care of them.

Gila River leader says feds’ inattention to roads drives other problems

WASHINGTON - Road problems caused by poor maintenance by the Bureau of Indian Affairs is more than an inconvenience for tribes, who say poor roads make it hard for people to get to school, jobs and health care, but there is little they can do to fix the federally owned roads.

Ducey supports short shutdown to secure border if Congress won’t act

WASHINGTON - Gov. Doug Ducey said maintaining trade with Mexico is important but gave conditional support to a "short as possible" border shutdown, then shifted blame to Congress which he said has been playing politics with the issue of border security.

CBP cuts Sunday hours at Mariposa port to free officers for border duty

WASHINGTON - Customs and Border Protection said it is stopping Sunday inspection of commercial trucks at Nogales in order to shift officers elsewhere on the border, sparking an outcry from produce companies who fear damage to their time-sensitive industry.

Lawmakers, business leaders wary of Trump threat to close Mexico border

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump repeated his threat to deal with a surge of migrants by closing the U.S.- Mexico border, a move that has been called a potential "economic catastrophe" for Arizona, which did $16.7 billion in trade with Mexico in fiscal 2018.

Report: Mexican gray wolf is a subspecies, keeps endangered status

WASHINGTON -The endangered Mexican gray wolf is still endangered - for now - after a six-month National Academy of Sciences study determined that it is subspecies separate from other gray wolves, which just lost their endangered species status.

Arizona lawmakers, House split in vote against transgender military ban

WASHINGTON - Two days after courts removed the last hurdle to a Trump administration ban on transgender military service, the House voted 238-185 to condemn the ban - but not block it. Arizona lawmakers, like the rest of the House, split on party lines for the vote.

Training, change in tactics can reduce dangers to police officers handling drugs

PHOENIX – Newer and more powerful drugs like fentanyl and concerns for officer safety have complicated once routine police work, such as field testing suspected drugs. An Arizona toxicologist and some law-enforcement agencies said training makes a difference. Vertical: Government/health

Water officials press Senate on urgency of Colorado River drought plan

WASHINGTON - The director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources joined other state and federal water officials who told a Senate panel that there is an "urgent need" to authorize a multistate drought contingency plan for the Colorado River basin.

Task force to study abuse of tribal youth, after IHS doctor convicted

WASHINGTON - The White House unveiled a task force that is charged with finding ways to prevent the sexual abuse of children in the Indian Health Service, after an IHS pediatrician's conviction last year on four counts of abuse during stints on different reservations.

Republicans blast Green New Deal, Democrats say GOP is playing politics

WASHINGTON - Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema was one of just three Democrats to vote against the "Green New Deal," as the expansive environmental bill faced its first test vote in the Senate and a renewed round of criticism from Republicans who called it a job killer