Senator John McCain


Federal wildlife officials say they'll be doing a thorough review of legislation introduced by two U.S. senators that would affect endangered Mexican gray wolves in the Southwest.

Arizona Republicans John McCain and Jeff Flake have introduced a measure that would push the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to work more closely with states to revamp a decades-old recovery plan for the wolves.

The agency has already agreed as part of a settlement with environmentalists to have a recovery plan crafted by the end of 2017.

The Navajo Nation and Hopi Tribe have been at odds for almost four decades about water rights to the Little Colorado River. Leaders of the tribes recently met with Arizona officials to revive attempts at a settlement. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

Arizona Senator John McCain is joining some fellow Republican senators in saying that President Barack Obama's successor should fill the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

McCain said Monday that the Supreme Court nominee should be chosen by the American people's choice for the next president. McCain made his remarks on "The Mike Broomhead Show" on Phoenix radio station KFYI.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is among other Senate Republicans who have said a nomination should wait until the next president.

Arizona state Sen. Kelli Ward plans to resign her seat to focus on her Republican primary challenge to U.S. Sen. John McCain.

Ward announced her decision Wednesday. She says she will step down Dec. 15 to devote her energy to defeating the five-term senator and 2008 Republican presidential nominee.

Ward is a physician from Lake Havasu City whose current district spans much of Mohave and all of La Paz counties.

She criticized McCain at Wednesday's news conference, saying he only followed the conservative values she embraces when he runs for re-election.

A new report says Republicans have an edge in Arizona’s 2016 U.S. Senate race. But the state’s five-term incumbent John McCain still faces challenges from Democrats as well as from within his own party. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.