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Trump rebuffs Biden's call for a national mask mandate; nurses warn of risks of in-person school.


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Responses to President Trump's suggestion that he opposes more Postal Service funding in part to prevent expanded mail-in voting; and Puerto Rico's second try at a primary on Sunday.

Public News Service - AZ: Environment

The Sierra Club's 2020 Environmental Report Card evaluates how Arizona lawmakers voted on conservation and environmental issues in this year's legislative session. (paul/Adobe Stock)

PEORIA, Ariz. -- It's no secret that the Arizona Legislature is divided firmly along partisan lines, but the contrast may be most evident in how lawmakers vote on environmental issues. The Grand Canyon Chapter of the Sierra Club has issued its annual Environmental Report Card, grading how state of

Conservation groups say they fear construction of a border wall across the San Pedro River could cause flooding during the rainy season and block a migration route for endangered animals. (Flickr)

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Conservation groups say the federal government is building a stretch of the border wall that could block the San Pedro River, where it flows north from Mexico into Arizona. The San Pedro is the last free-flowing stream in the Sonoran Desert, and the groups have said plans to extend

Civilian Conservation Corps workers display the handmade signs they created to post along a newly constructed trail system in 1937 at the Chiricahua National Monument in Arizona. (University of Arizona Library)

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Conservation groups say reviving the Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps could help stimulate Arizona's economy by building critical infrastructure and providing jobs. Unemployment is the highest it's been in Arizona and across the nation since the 1930s. The CCC operated mo

Advocates say discriminatory practices historically have limited Latino access to America's parks and public lands, negatively affecting their overall health and well-being. (Monart/AdobeStock)<br /><br />

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Conservation and public health groups are calling on Latinos to take action to preserve public lands and combat climate change. Groups such as the Hispanic Access Foundation are specifically calling for Latinos to push for final passage of the Great American Outdoors Act. That leg

Crews fighting wildfires will have to add social distancing and sanitizing equipment to their skill set in order to battle blazes this year. (bekireveren/Adobe Stock)<br /><br />

CAVE CREEK, Ariz. - Fighting wildfires in Arizona and across the West is a daunting task in a normal year. But add the new coronavirus into the mix, and emergency officials say they've had to develop a brand-new game plan. The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management and the American Red

Because of the ongoing pandemic, most Earth Day events this year will be held online, but organizers plan to stay true to the event's goals of improving the climate, air and water on Planet Earth. (NASA/AdobeStock)<br />

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- The 50th anniversary of Earth Day is coming up this week, but Arizonans and others will not be marking the occasion in the usual way. The pandemic and social distancing have forced most of the events to go online. But organizers say their original intent - to spur people into a

Interstate 10 near downtown Phoenix, also known as the Papago Freeway, is the heaviest-traveled section of road in the state. (Flickr)

PHOENIX -- After a couple years of wrangling, the Trump administration's policy easing fuel-efficiency standards for new cars has gone into effect. The plan rolls back an Obama-era rule to cut emissions 5% a year by 2026, trimming that annual reduction to just 1.5%. Opponents have said the rollback

The Verde River runs 190 miles from Arizona's Chino Valley to the Phoenix metropolitan area, providing drinking water, irrigation and recreation for more than 3 million Arizonans. (JonManjeot/AdobeStock)

COTTONWOOD, Ariz. - Conservationists say a first-of-its-kind report on Arizona's Verde River Watershed provides a clear road map to restoring the iconic stream's ecosystem. The Nature Conservancy and Friends of the Verde River - along with other stakeholders - produced the report, which gives the

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