On Wednesday, Helaman Barlow told the jury he had lied previous times he was questioned under oath about the very matter before them — whether his former police department was controlled by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and whether the city government and police discriminated against church outsiders.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security says the number of women and children illegally crossing the Southwest border into the United States dropped sharply last month. There was a 65 percent drop from December to January.
With the prospect of a Satanic prayer at its next meeting, the Phoenix City Council voted on Wednesday night to end invocations and instead hold a moment of silence. The change will effectively block followers of the Satanic Temple from giving an invocation later this month.
As the militant standoff over federal control comes to a head in Oregon, we turn our attention to another federal land dispute. This one in Arizona, where lawmakers have proposed a national monument on land surrounding Grand Canyon National Park. Ranchers are worried about losing their grazing rights.