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Interior: $580M headed to 15 tribes to fulfill water rights
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Interior: $580M headed to 15 tribes to fulfill water rights

FILE - Low water levels at Wahweap Bay at Lake Powell along the Upper Colorado River Basin are shown, June 9, 2021, at the Utah and Arizona border at Wahweap, Ariz. The Biden administration announced Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023, that 15 Native American tribes will get a total of $580 million in federal money this year for water rights settlements. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)FILE - A boat moves along Wahweap Bay along the Upper Colorado River Basin, June 9, 2021, at the Utah and Arizona border near Wahweap, Ariz. The Biden administration announced Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023, that 15 Native American tribes will get a total of $580 million in federal money this year for water rights settlements. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File) By SUMAN NAISHADHAMAssociated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Fiftee...
Thousands in Santa Cruz County without power after outage
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Thousands in Santa Cruz County without power after outage

Associated Press NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) — Crews were working to restore electricity Wednesday to thousands of customers in western Santa Cruz County. Officials with UniSource Energy said an estimated 20,000 customers lost power around 3 a.m. They said the outage was related to a transmission line and there was no immediate estimate when electricity would be restored. Schools, businesses, health clinics and government offices were forced to close Wednesday due to the outage south of Madera Canyon that includes Nogales and the towns of Rio Rico, Tubac, Patagonia and others. The Nogales School District canceled all classes for the day but the Nogales police and fire departments remained open.
Governor Hobbs to keep migrant busing program
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Governor Hobbs to keep migrant busing program

Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs speaks at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Ten West Link transmission line, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, in Tonopah, Ariz. (AP Photo/Alberto Mariani) Associated Press Democratic Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs is defending her decision to continue her Republican predecessor's program to transport migrants out of border communities. Hobbs said in an interview with The Arizona Republic published Wednesday that her focus would be on ensuring that the state's continued payment of migrants' travel costs is “efficient and humane.” “We just wanted to make sure that we were addressing this issue and, as I talked about many times in the campaign, in a way that was the best use of taxpayer resources and something that wasn’t a political stunt,” Hobbs told the n...
Governor creates commission to study Arizona prison problems
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Governor creates commission to study Arizona prison problems

FILE - Democratic Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs, middle, is flanked behind by Arizona House Speaker Ben Toma, R-Glendale, left, and Arizona Senate President Warren Petersen, R-Gilbert, right, at Hobbs' state of the state address at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix on Jan. 9, 2023. On Friday, Jan. 20, 2023, Hobbs ordered a review of the procurement process for lethal injection drugs and other death penalty protocols due to the state's history of mismanaging executions. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File) By JACQUES BILLEAUDAssociated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Katie Hobbs on Wednesday announced the creation of a commission to study problems in Arizona’s prisons, including staffing levels and the health care offered to those behind bars. The creation of the commission by Hobbs, Arizona’s fir...
Illegal border crossings surge to highest of Biden’s term
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Illegal border crossings surge to highest of Biden’s term

FILE - President Joe Biden walks along a stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso Texas, Jan. 8, 2023. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File) Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A surge in Cuban and Nicaraguan arrivals at the U.S. border with Mexico in December led to the highest number of illegal border crossings recorded during any month of Joe Biden's presidency, authorities said Friday. The extraordinary influx came shortly before Biden introduced measures on Jan. 5 to deter Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans and Venezuelans. U.S. authorities stopped migrants 251,487 times along the Mexican border in December, up 7% from 234,896 times in November and up 40% from 179,253 times in December 2021, Customs and Border Protection said. Cubans were stopped nearly 43,000 times in December...
Arizona executions on hold amid review ordered by governor
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Arizona executions on hold amid review ordered by governor

FILE - Democratic Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs, middle, is flanked behind by Arizona House Speaker Ben Toma, R-Glendale, left, and Arizona Senate President Warren Petersen, R-Gilbert, right, at Hobbs' state of the state address at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix on Jan. 9, 2023. On Friday, Jan. 20, 2023, Hobbs ordered a review of the procurement process for lethal injection drugs and other death penalty protocols due to the state's history of mismanaging executions. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File) By JACQUES BILLEAUDAssociated Press Arizona’s attorney general has put a hold on executions in the state until the completion of a review of death penalty protocols ordered by the new governor due to the state's history of mismanaging executions. The review ordered Friday by Gov. Katie Hob...
Rep. Gallego announces bid for Sinema’s Arizona Senate seat
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Rep. Gallego announces bid for Sinema’s Arizona Senate seat

Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., is seen in the U.S. Capitol, July 14, 2022, in Washington. Gallego says he’ll challenge independent U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona in 2024. Monday's announcement makes Gallego the first candidate to jump into the race in the battleground state and sets up a potential three-way contest. No Republican has currently announced a run. (Tom Williams/Pool photo via AP, File) By JONATHAN J. COOPERAssociated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego, a liberal firebrand and prominent Latino lawmaker, announced Monday he'll challenge independent U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema in 2024, becoming the first candidate to jump into the race and setting up a potential three-way contest. Gallego said he'd fight for normal people struggling to make ends meet a...
Native Americans share trauma of Arizona boarding schools
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Native Americans share trauma of Arizona boarding schools

U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, right, and Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Bryan Newland, left, listen as April Hiosik Ignacio, center, speaks of her grandmother's time in an Indian boarding school during a "Road to Healing" event, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023, at the Gila Crossing Community School in Laveen, Ariz. The "The Road to Healing," is a year-long tour across the country to provide Indigenous survivors of the federal Indian boarding school system and their descendants an opportunity to share their experiences. (AP Photo/Matt York)U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland speaks during a "Road to Healing" event, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023, at the Gila Crossing Community School in Laveen, Ariz. The "The Road to Healing," is a year-long tour across the country to provide Indigenous surviv...
Man accused of firing gun inside Tucson healthcare facility
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Man accused of firing gun inside Tucson healthcare facility

Associated Press A man accused of firing a gun inside a Tucson healthcare facility is facing several charges including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to authorities. Tucson police said 33-year-old Arthur John Bodnar had a video court appearance Saturday and a judge ordered him held on a $50,000 bond. Bodnar also is accused of discharging a firearm within city limits and having a gun although he’s a prohibited possessor. Police were called to the healthcare facility Tuesday in response to reports that a man had walked into the lobby and fired a single shot from a shotgun. An employee at the facility called 911 and gave police a description of the suspect. Bodnar was arrested Friday. It was unclear Sunday if Bodnar has a lawyer yet who can speak on h...
Navajo Nation rescinds mask mandate on vast reservation
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Navajo Nation rescinds mask mandate on vast reservation

FILE - A sign urging safety measures during the coronavirus pandemic is displayed in Teesto, Ariz., on the Navajo Nation on Feb. 11, 2021. The Navajo Nation has rescinded a mask mandate that has been in effect since the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, officials announced Friday, Jan. 20, 2023, fulfilling a pledge that new tribal President Buu Nygren made while campaigning for the office. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca, File)FILE - Navajo President Buu Nygren delivers his inaugural speech on Jan. 10, 2023, in Fort Defiance, Ariz. The Navajo Nation has rescinded a mask mandate that has been in effect since the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, officials announced Friday, Jan. 20, 2023, fulfilling a pledge that new tribal President Nygren made while campaigning for the office. (AP P...