Arizona

4 women convicted of entering refuge to leave water for migrants

The Cabeza Prieta refuge in Arizona. Photo: Caitlin O'Hara/Getty Images

Four women from the No More Deaths advocacy group were convicted on misdemeanor charges Friday for entering a national wildlife refuge without permits to provide life-saving aid to migrants crossing the Arizona border with Mexico, AP reports.

The big picture: Judge Bernardo Velasco's decision was the first conviction of humanitarian volunteers in a decade, according AP. The women — Natalie Hoffman, Zaachila Orozco-McCormick, Oona Holcomb and Madeline Huse — were attempting to leave water and food for migrants traveling through the Cabeza Prieta refuge.

Martha McSally tapped to fill John McCain's former Arizona Senate seat

Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced Tuesday that he has appointed Martha McSally to fill the state's Senate seat that will be vacated by Sen. Jon Kyl at the end of 2018, per the Arizona Republic.

Flashback: McSally lost a close midterm Senate race last month to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema for Sen. Jeff Flake's seat. For the next two years, she will now assume the late Sen. John McCain's seat, which Kyl has occupied since September.

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