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U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

Federal water officials say major reservoirs on the Colorado River are likely to keep dropping as the Southwest continues to experience a prolonged drought.

AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

Vice President Kamala Harris on Monday will visit Lake Mead in Nevada to highlight the problems caused by Western drought. 

  

AP

Scientists and other workers at one of the nation’s premier nuclear weapons laboratories face a deadline Friday — be vaccinated or prepare to be fired. Dozens of workers at Los Alamos National Laboratory are suing over the mandate, saying exemptions have been unduly denied and that their constitutional rights are being violated. Their lawsuit also alleges that lab management has been harassing employees and has created a hostile work environment.

AP Photo/Matt York

Soaring temperatures fueled by climate change are making it harder to live in some of the nation's fastest-growing cities, such as Phoenix and Las Vegas. 

  

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Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly will chair an oversight hearing on western drought Wednesday.

U.S. Department of Energy

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is renewing a push to expand a U.S. compensation program for people who were exposed to radiation following uranium mining and nuclear testing carried out during the Cold War. 

  

AP Photo/Eugene Garcia, File

Human rights groups are calling on the Biden administration to consider the effects that climate change-fueled heat has on migrants when designing the government's border policies. 

  

americansouthwest.net

Leaving the interstate I entered the high plains of New Mexico where each clump of trees sheltered a house, many of them abandoned.  The branches bent to the northeast, holding the shape of the wind even when the air was still.  In this wide-open country every direction disappeared into its own vanishing point. 

AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File

New Mexico’s largest electric provider wants to transfer its share of a coal-fired power plant to an energy company backed by the Navajo Nation, but environmentalists argue that approving the deal would prolong the life of the plant and run counter to the state’s renewable energy goals. 

  

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Federal scientists are launching an effort to better understand the hydrology in the U.S. West. 

  

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