If AZ OKs new horse racing games, AG says tribes could withhold money
If the Legislature tries to authorize certain gambling devices related to horse racing, Arizona’s attorney general says that tribal communities could withhold money they’d normally owe the state from gambling revenues.
Feb. 28, 2024
Hobbs plans trade mission to Mexico, not to discuss border security
Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs is headed to Mexico, but not to tackle immigration and border security issues. The governor and business leaders, including Arizona Commerce Authority President and CEO Sandra Watson, will instead focus on trade and economic development.
Feb. 28, 2024
As funding runs out, Tucson could ask Border Patrol to drop migrants off at air force base
Tucson councilmembers discussed several options for what could come next — including asking the Border Patrol to drop off migrants at a federal facility, like the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, and getting more assistance from the state.
Feb. 27, 2024
Number of Afghans in the U.S. has grown in the last decade. Some are still in limbo
Many of the roughly 76,000 Afghans evacuated from their country by the Biden administration in 2021 are still in legal limbo. That’s because most came here on what’s called humanitarian parole — a temporary, emergency immigration status that doesn’t provide a pathway to permanent residency.
Feb. 27, 2024
New Mexico businesswoman accused of fraud in federal oil and gas case
A New Mexico businesswoman is accused of defrauding the U.S. government and two Native American tribes of taxes and royalties for oil and gas her enterprises pulled from leased federal and tribal lands.
Feb. 27, 2024
Nonprofits, Mexican consulate to host citizenship resource fair in Nogales
The event is organized by Chicanos Por La Causa, the Consulate General of Mexico in Nogales and the community group Centro Comunitario Los Nogales.
Feb. 26, 2024
Tucson court will decide if Mexico gun case can proceed
The hearing comes one month to the day after an appeals court in Boston ruled another suit brought by Mexico against major US gun makers was allowed to move forward.
Feb. 26, 2024
Flagstaff could see $2.8B damages from fire on San Francisco Peaks
Experts say a catastrophic wildfire through the San Francisco Peaks could result in nearly $3 billion in damages.
Feb. 26, 2024
More than 100 saguaros were transplanted in Trumps rush to build border wall. Many have died
Saguaro cactuses typically endure in the Sonoran Desert for 150 to 200 years — unless their lifespan is cut short. A recent government report found that in the rush to put up a border wall, that’s exactly what happened.
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Feb. 26, 2024
Tribal courts cant prosecute non-Native drug suspects. Tribes say its a problem
Tribal leaders testified about an insufficient response by state and federal law enforcement to the drug traffickers who bring fentanyl onto reservations.
Feb. 25, 2024
Native American tribes gain new authority to stop unwanted hydropower projects
Federal regulators have granted Native American tribes more power to block hydropower projects on their land after a flurry of applications were filed to expand renewable energy in the water-scarce U.S. Southwest.
Feb. 23, 2024
Operator of Arizona uranium mine visits state, defends companys safety standards
The owners of a uranium mine just south of the Grand Canyon have embarked on a messaging tour of Arizona to counter what they say are inaccurate portrayals of the mine.
Feb. 22, 2024
Republicans move immigration bills despite veto threat
Republican lawmakers at the Arizona Legislature advanced multiple immigration bills Wednesday that drew comparisons to the controversial SB 1070 immigration law that passed over a decade ago.
Feb. 22, 2024
Pima County says migrant care costs $1 million a week. Losing federal funds means stopping services
Pima County is scaling back operations amid a federal funding shortfall for migrant and asylum-seeker care. This means Casa Alitas in Tucson is laying off more than two dozen staff members.
Feb. 21, 2024
Mexicos suit against AZ gun shops heads to court this week
The civil suit was filed October of 2022 against five Arizona gun shops the Mexican government says has routinely supplied guns to criminal groups in Mexico — including three in Tucson, one in Phoenix and one in Yuma.
Feb. 21, 2024
The World Championship Hoop Dance Contest in Phoenix takes a step toward live play-by-play
This last weekend's 34th annual World Championship Hoop Dance Contest, with deep ties to the Southwest, has been elevated to another level for audiences, both in the arena and back at home.
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Feb. 21, 2024
Pima County officials warn asylum seeker program is being forced to an end as federal funding wanes
A Pima County-run program that offers transportation, food, medical care and temporary shelter to asylum seekers released into the United States may end by April. That, as the federal funding that’s been sustaining it has run out.
Feb. 20, 2024
Sen. Kelly introduces bill to ramp up PFAS testing in private wells
The federal government has already allocated $5 billion through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for states to use on PFAS testing.
Feb. 20, 2024
Arizona House speaker pushes tighter limits on public benefits for migrants
On a party-line vote, the House Appropriations Committee tightened up existing statutes that already require employers to use the federal E-Verify system to determine the immigration status of those they hire. Violations could mean $10,000 fines and possible prison terms.
Feb. 20, 2024
Forest Service chief warns that budget cuts could hit employee salaries
The head of the U.S. Forest Service is warning that the agency is facing budget cuts that could affect thousands of employees.
Feb. 18, 2024
Palestinians in U.S. temporarily safeguarded from deportation under new Biden order
The administration is using what's called Deferred Enforced Departure, a status given to non-US citizens whose countries have been deemed unsafe for return, because of conflict, natural disasters or other issues.
Feb. 15, 2024