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Biden firm on uranium-mining ban around ‘jewel’ of the Grand Canyon
WASHINGTON - The Trump administration cited national security for its efforts to boost uranium mining, but environmentalists saw it as an attempt to mine near the Grand Canyon. President-elect Joe Biden may shut that door for good.
Census: Not sure it can exclude migrants, but wants to be left to try
WASHINGTON - The Trump administration said it does not know how many immigrants might be excluded from the Census, but it still urged the Supreme Court on Monday to overturn lower courts that blocked the proposal.
Copper rush: Opponents worry feds have fast-tracked Resolution mine OK
WASHINGTON - Activists worry that the Trump administration has fast-tracked the final environmental impact statement for the massive Resolution Copper mine, a project planned for lands near Superior that are claimed as sacred by the San Carlos Apache.
Mount Graham red squirrel makes comeback, but not out of the woods yet
WASHINGTON - The endangered Mount Graham red squirrel, driven to the brink of extinction by wildfire just three years ago in southern Arizona, has seen its numbers more than triple from 33 to 109 animals, following federal, state and local preservation efforts.
Burned acreage up sharply, as Arizona 2020 wildfire season winds down
WASHINGTON - The acreage torched by wildfires in Arizona was up sharply this year, but fire officials said it was still not a particularly bad season in terms of lives lost and structures burned in the blazes.
COVID-19 and Veterans Day: Remember your mask as you remember our vets
WASHINGTON - Faced with the task of balancing Veterans Day with COVID-19 safety precautions, Arizona organizers have come up with everything from virtual events to "reverse" parades. But the all had the same goal: honoring America’s veterans.
Presidential race called for Biden, Arizona plays key role
PHOENIX – Several national news outlets have called the presidential race for former Vice President Joe Biden, who is projected to become the 46th president of the United States. Arizona played a key role in the election.
Arizona senators split as divided Senate puts Barrett on Supreme Court
WASHINGTON - Arizona conservative groups hailed the confirmation of "capable, brilliant" Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, after a rushed vote Monday that split the Senate along party lines.
Supreme Court to hear Trump plan to use Pentagon funds for border wall
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court said Monday it will consider whether the Trump administration can use an emergency declaration to divert $2.5 billion on Defense Department funds to construct the southern border wall.
Arizona cities defend progress after slipping in clean energy ranking
WASHINGTON - Local officials pushed back against a new report that showed three Arizona cities slipping in a national ranking on clean-energy policies, saying the report does not appear to reflect their clean- and renewable-energy efforts.
Sharpshooters could target Grand Canyon bison by 2021 under herd plan
WASHINGTON - State and federal officials have agreed on a plan that includes bringing in volunteer sharpshooters to cut the number of bison on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, perhaps as early as next year.
Feds cite safety for Quitobaquito closing; critics see other motives
WASHINGTON - The National Park Service cited public safety concerns for its decision this week to prohibit access to a sacred Tohono O'odham site, a move that comes amid rising tensions between border wall protestors and federal agents.
Ginsburg’s decades on high court included numerous Arizona rulings
WASHINGTON - Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote more than 200 Supreme Court opinions and countless dissents since 1993 - including some directly affecting Arizona, from a Mount Lemmon age discrimination case to overhaul of the state's death penalty.
Tribe rushes to beat use-or-lose deadline on COVID-19 relief funds
WASHINGTON - Spending $177 million may not seem like a problem, but it is a challenge for Navajo Nation leaders who could lose those federal COVID-19 relief funds if they don't find projects that can be completed by the end of this year.