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San Pedro River, squeezed by growing population, is subject of two lawsuits

PHOENIX – The Sierra Club announced it has joined the Center for Biological Diversity and a number of other conservation groups in two lawsuits to protect the San Pedro River, one of the last undammed rivers in the Southwest.


Williams joins chiefs, mayors seeking ways to improve police-community relations

WASHINGTON - Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams joined mayors and big-city police chiefs from around the country Thursday for a U.S. Conference of Mayors virtual panel looking at police reform and racial justice, as cities across the country grapple with the fallout of George Floyd's death at police hands.


Arizona jobless rate drops sharply, but still at twice pre-COVID levels

WASHINGTON - Arizona posted one of the sharpest unemployment drops in the country in May, falling from a historic high of 13.4% in April to 8.9% last month, according to the latest numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Two Arizona tribes, advocacy group join suits over EPA’s clean-water rule rollback

PHOENIX - Two Arizona tribes and a Phoenix-based advocacy group joined a pair of lawsuits this week to reverse a Trump administration clean-water rule that critics said would open the "vast majority of Arizona’s waterways" to pollution and degradation.


Supreme Court reverses Trump administration, saves DACA – for now

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court breathed new life into the endangered DACA program Thursday, ruling that the Trump administration's attempt to end the program was arbitrary and capricious and must be reversed.


Supreme Court expands ‘sex discrimination’ to protect LGBTQ workers

PHOENIX - The Supreme Court ruled Monday that the Civil Rights Act protections against "sex discrimination" also protect gay or transgender employees from discrimination, even if they are not specifically mentioned in the 1964 law, a ruling welcomed as long overdue by Arizona advocates.


College arms, bloodlines tell the story for Diamondbacks in MLB draft

PHOENIX- After losing rotation piece Taijuan Walker and acquiring All-Star Madison Bumgarner, the Diamondbacks opted to supplement their pitching stock in the draft.


COVID-19 pandemic forces Mercury to cut players without seeing them

PHOENIX – The Mercury cut four players despite not having a training camp yet because of the coronavirus pandemic.


Opinions on water, willingness to protect it varies by region, survey finds

American Public Media surveyed more than 1,000 Americans about their thoughts on water quality and availability. Among the findings is that knowledge of water issues isn’t the biggest predictor of whether someone takes action. Personal connections to rivers, lakes and oceans lead to people taking more conservation measures.


No pressing the flesh, but candidates learn to campaign under COVID-19

TEMPE - Faced with the stay-home orders and social distancing of COVID-19, candidates have suspended rallies and in-person campaigning, have staffers working from home and are scrambling to find ways to reach voters while competing for donations and media attention in the face of a pandemic.


Green burials adapt to protect ‘death care’ workers in the time of pandemic

LOS ANGELES – The COVID-19 pandemic has raised concerns about the safety of morticians and other death care workers. Green burials are adapting to changes, allowing body bags to be buried and discouraging embalming for the safety of death care workers.


School leaders say move to distance learning highlights digital divide

TEMPE – The scramble to deliver lessons remotely because of COVID-19 has been a challenge for all schools in the state, but a particularly difficult one for districts on the wrong side of the digital divide, school leaders said this week.