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Environmental groups say they’ve gathered more than 2.5 million comments in support of national monuments in Arizona. It comes as the Trump administration conducts a review of more than two dozen monument designations. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


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Democrat U.S. Rep. Tom O'Halleran will have at least one primary challenger for his 2018 re-election bid with the announcement that Republican state Sen. Steve Smith will seek his party's nomination for next year.

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An Arizona senator wants to clarify whether President Trump’s recent federal hiring freeze extends to seasonal wildland firefighters. Republican Jeff Flake is concerned the U.S. Forest Service won’t have the necessary personnel this year. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


Arizona Republic

A new proposal that would ban texting while driving has emerged in the Arizona Senate. This time, the yearly effort may have a chance with the departure of former Senate President Andy Biggs and a new Republican champion.

Arizona’s congressional delegation was sworn in to office today. Most are returning members with the exception of Democrat Tom O’Halleran and Republican Andy Biggs. 

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