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Monsoon rescues are free, despite ‘stupid-motorist law,’ Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office says

Monsoon season sparks rumors about the enforcement a ‘stupid motorist law’ where drivers can be charged the cost of being rescued from storm floods. MCSO deputies want residents to know that they won’t make people pay.

Phoenix monsoon photo

Officials warn that West faces another ‘challenging’ wildfire season

WASHINGTON - Federal officials warned a Senate panel that the West should prepare for another "challenging" wildfire season, particularly in the drought-ravaged Southwest, after a 2017 season that was the most expensive on record in terms of firefighting costs.


Court sides with baker who refused same-sex couple’s wedding cake

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple, saying it would violate deeply held religious opposition to same-sex marriage. The court said Colorado officials showed “clear and impermissible hostility” to the baker's religious claims.


Experts: Don’t look to monsoon season for weather relief any time soon

WASHINGTON - With Arizona in the grip of a years-long drought, conditions are ripe for spawning intense wildfires and haboobs from the high winds and lightning that typically form the early part of the monsoon season that begins in two weeks.


DHS secretary visits Nogales, says undocumented children aren’t lost, ‘they don’t want to be found’

The 1,475 undocumented children reportedly lost in the federal system “are not lost,” Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told reporters “they just don’t want to be found.”


Educators not surprised by Fort Worth’s play to lure Arizona teachers

WASHINGTON - State educators said they were not surprised to see a Texas school district erecting billboards around Phoenix in hopes of luring underpaid Arizona teachers away - and said they wouldn't be surprised if the effort is successful.


How mended relationship between Cardinals, Glendale helped return Super Bowl to Arizona

The reality of the Valley securing another Super Bowl seemed unlikely in the near future. A patched-up relationship between the Arizona Cardinals and the City of Glendale changed everything.


Stand or stay away: Reaction mixed to NFL’s new anthem policy

The NFL's new policy on the national anthem has prompted a mixed reaction. The owners voted that players must stand at attention or wait in the locker room.


Critics: DeVos should retract undocumented students remarks or resign

WASHINGTON - Democratic lawmakers and advocates demanded that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos disavow her statement that schools can decide whether to turn over undocumented students to immigration officials. And if she does not, they said, she should resign.


Phoenix City Council votes to sue over citizenship question on 2020 Census

Phoenix City Council voted on Tuesday to pursue litigation against a 2020 Census question that asks about citizenship status.


San Carlos Apache activist joins D.C. rally for ‘fundamental rights’

WASHINGTON - Native Americans face a slew of challenges, said Wendsler Nosie Sr., one of a number of speakers at a wide-ranging rally by dozens of activists as part of the Poor People's Campaign that touched on everything from voting rights to fights over the minimum wage.


Some Arizona Republicans join Democrats to reject House farm bill

WASHINGTON - Two Arizona lawmakers were among 30 Republicans who crossed the aisle and joined all House Democrats to send the $868 billion farm bill to defeat Friday, with Democrats angry at food stamp cuts and the GOP lawmakers hoping to use the bill to force an immigration reform vote.