attorneys general, nuclear, compensation, New Mexico, Arizona, cancers
Aug 31, 2023

Top prosecutors back compensation for those sickened by US nuclear weapons testing

New Mexico Attorney General Raúl Torrez and 13 other top prosecutors from around the U.S. are throwing their support behind efforts to compensate people sickened by exposure to radiation during nuclear weapons testing.

Catholic hospitals, abortion
Aug 30, 2023

Catholic hospital mergers threaten access to reproductive care – even in abortion ‘safe havens’

As more and more states ban abortion following the reversal of Roe v. Wade, patients have flocked to states where the procedure remains legal. But even in those places, reproductive services may be tougher to come by because of the rise of Catholic-run health care.

Pac-12, Arizona State, Pacific Northwest, Big Ten
Aug 4, 2023

Big Ten clears way for Oregon, Washington to join, sources say

The Big Ten has cleared the way for Oregon and Washington to apply for membership and join the conference, four people with familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Friday, dealing a crushing blow to the beleaguered Pac-12.

ASU, Arizona, Arizona State University, University of Arizona, Pac-12, Arizona Board of Regents
Aug 3, 2023

More Pac-12 movement? Arizona and Washington regents call special meetings

The pieces of the conference realignment puzzle could again be moving quickly. The boards of regents for Arizona's two biggest universities and the University of Washington scheduled special meetings for Thursday night amid speculation that more Pac-12 schools could leave the flailing conference.

Biden, record heat, Arizona, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego
Jul 31, 2023

Biden goes west to talk about his administration’s efforts to combat climate change

President Joe Biden will travel to Arizona, New Mexico and Utah next week and is expected to talk about his administration's efforts to combat climate change as the region endures a brutally hot summer with soaring temperatures, the White House said Monday.

In-N-Out, masks, employees, Covid
Jul 19, 2023

Masks are out at In-N-Out after burger chain bans employees from wearing them in five states

The In-N-Out burger chain will bar employees in five states from wearing masks unless they have a doctor's note, according to internal company emails leaked on social media.

Lithium Nevada Corp., mine, court, conservationists, Native Americans, Nevada, Arizona
Jul 17, 2023

9th Circuit denies bid by environmentalists and tribes to block lithium mine

The latest bid by conservationists and tribal leaders to block construction of a huge lithium mine already in the works along the Nevada-Oregon line was denied by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday.

lithium, mine, Nevada, Arizona, Biden administration
Jun 27, 2023

Court to hear appeal over Biden-backed lithium mine opposed by tribes, environmentalists

A U.S. appeals court will consider challenges Tuesday to a huge lithium mine in Nevada in a case that pits environmentalists and Native Americans against President Joe Biden's plans to combat climate change and could have broad implications for mining operations across the West.

forests, West, controlled burns, Biden administration
Jun 27, 2023

US push to lower wildfire risk across the West stumbles in places

Using chainsaws, heavy machinery and controlled burns, the Biden administration is trying to turn the tide on worsening wildfires in the U.S. West through a multi-billion dollar cleanup of forests choked with dead trees and undergrowth.

foster children, Hobbs, Montenegro, Wadsack, federal benefits, DCS
Jun 20, 2023

Arizona becomes first state to stop agencies from taking foster children’s federal benefits

A new law signed by Gov. Katie Hobbs Monday makes Arizona the first state in the nation to stop child welfare agencies from seizing millions of dollars from foster care children’s federal benefits.

Native American students, tribal regalia, graduations
May 19, 2023

At graduations, Native American students seek acceptance of tribal regalia

For Native American students, tribal regalia is often passed down through generations and worn at graduations to signify connection with the community. Disputes over such attire have spurred laws making it illegal to prevent Native American students from wearing regalia in nearly a dozen states including Arizona, Oregon, South Dakota, North Dakota and Washington.

mining, Arizona, Sinema, Congress
Apr 24, 2023

Planned Senate bill would counteract Mining Law ruling

A Democratic U.S. senator is looking to Congress to ensure mining companies can use established mineral claims to dump waste on neighboring federal lands as they always had before a federal appeals court adopted a stricter interpretation of a 150-year-old law.