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Arizona Democratic Senator Mark Kelly is calling for a U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing on this week’s first-ever Colorado River shortage declaration. It comes as region-wide drought has heightened stress on western water resources. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports. 

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Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is known for doing the unthinkable in Washington — spending time with Republicans. 


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The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed a resolution designating Glioblastoma Awareness Day this summer. It honors the late Arizona Senator John McCain who died from the aggressive form of brain cancer in 2018. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

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President Joe Biden has declared today Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, Native Americans have long experienced disproportionately high levels of violence along with roadblocks to solving many of the crimes.

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The U.S. Senate Thursday passed a bipartisan bill to update the nation’s aging water systems. Many of its provisions are aimed at preventing water waste in areas like Arizona hard hit by drought. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

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The full U.S. Senate is set to consider a major bipartisan water bill that would provide upgrades to Arizona’s water infrastructure. It’s the first legislation to advance out of Senate committee related to the Biden-Harris administration’s recent sweeping infrastructure proposal. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


A bipartisan bill under consideration in the U.S. Senate would invest billions of dollars in updating the nation’s water infrastructure. Among its many provisions, the package would direct funds to Southwestern tribes. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

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The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a conservation package that includes a bill to ban new uranium mining claims on more than a million acres near Grand Canyon National Park. Proponents have long argued uranium extraction threatens the canyon’s watershed and environment along with the public health of the Navajo, Hopi and Havasupai tribes. Democratic Arizona Congressman Raúl Grijalva has spearheaded several attempts to make federal protections permanent near the park. He spoke with KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius about the newest bill and the legacy of uranium mining.

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Supplies of COVID-19 vaccines are expected to increase nationwide in the coming weeks following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval of a third treatment. It’s welcome news for health officials in Arizona who’ve expanded immunizations. But because of limited supplies, less than 10% of the state’s population has been fully vaccinated. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius spoke with Arizona Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly about efforts to increase shipments and how to make vaccine distribution fair across all communities in the state.

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The confirmation hearing for Deb Haaland has raised questions about whether she's being treated differently because she is a Native American woman.