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Study finds mercury in trout caught in three Grand Canyon creeks

With their natural beauty and protected environments, the Grand Canyon and other national parks in the West would seem removed from having mercury in their streams and rivers.

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Digital book program

Digital book program

Terri Clark says that in summer, kids “actually backtrack” on what they’ve learned.

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Digital book program aims to prevent summer reading slide

Digital book program aims to prevent summer reading slide

PHOENIX — Summer vacation often means a break from schoolwork for students, but to Terri Clark it means the potential for the summer slide — and not the one at the local water park.

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Report: Arizona Indian gaming revenue up 3 percent in 2012

WASHINGTON — Indian gaming revenue in Arizona grew by 3 percent in 2012, even though no new facilities came online and the number of games in the state declined.

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Officials say Arizona's water plans should be long-term

PHOENIX — Residents in the Sun Corridor from Phoenix to Tucson turn on faucets, water lawns and fill swimming pools without much doubt that the state’s most precious resource will always be there.

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Economics driving farms to make every drop of water count

Economics driving farms to make every drop of water count

Ronald Rayner has been fascinated with water since he was a boy on his father’s farm in Goodyear. Now a partner on the family farm, A Tumbling-T Ranches, he has found a way to conserve water and double production since 1980.

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A Tumbling-T Ranches

A Tumbling-T Ranches

A lined irrigation ditch carries water at A Tumbling-T Ranches in Goodyear.

April 14, 2014 3:30 pm
Group transporting abandoned chihuahuas to other states

Group transporting abandoned chihuahuas to other states

PHOENIX — Retired orthopedic surgeon Peter Rork and his co-pilot Doyle, a black Labrador retriever, spend their free time flying precious, sometimes barking, cargo in Rork’s Cessna. His last flight in March included 30 small dogs traveling from the Valley to a shelter in Idaho.

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Pollster: Arizona’s switch from red to blue state ‘inevitable’

PHOENIX — Arizona has a national reputation for hard-core conservatism, but it’s inevitable that Democrats will hold sway in the state as the Latino population grows and independent voters surge, a pollster says.

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Exporting chihuahuas

Exporting chihuahuas

Chihuahua mix dogs wait in an enclosure at a Maricopa County Animal Care and Control shelter.

April 04, 2014 12:31 pm
Four Corners Power Plant looks to expand nearby coal-mining operations

Four Corners Power Plant looks to expand nearby coal-mining operations

Conservation groups are worried that a proposed expansion of coal mining at the Four Corners Power Plant could reverse recent environmental gains at the plant, which last year was on a list of the dirtiest in the country.

April 01, 2014 5:13 pmLoading…

Report: High cigarette tax fuels black market in Arizona

A cigarette tax higher than in neighboring states and cheaper prices on American Indian reservations have helped fuel a growing black market for cigarettes in Arizona, says a study by a Washington, D.C., think tank.

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Hard times hit Margaritaville: Prices for limes double after Mexico storms

SCOTTSDALE — At the Mission, a Mexican food restaurant in Old Town, the salty rims of margaritas are missing something these days: limes.

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Lost in translation: Non-English speakers grapple with Obamacare

WASHINGTON — Explaining the Affordable Care Act is hard enough. Try explaining it to someone who comes from a country where health insurance itself is a foreign concept.

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Tucsonan leads effort to put GMO food labeling on ballot

PHOENIX – With no funding and facing a July deadline to gather 173,000 signatures, a Tucson man is out to require labels telling consumers whether food products are genetically engineered or made with genetically engineered ingredients.

March 28, 2014 7:11 pmLoading…

Report: Arizona housing costs more than low-wage earners can afford

WASHINGTON — Arizonans have to earn $17.52 an hour, more than twice the minimum wage, to afford a typical two-bedroom home without spending more than 30 percent of their income on rent, a new report says.

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Arizona’s 'microdistilleries' on the rise

Arizona’s 'microdistilleries' on the rise

Rodney Hu, a founder of Arizona Distilling Co. in Tempe, said making spirits in a microdistillery is a “labor of love.” He said the aim of his distillery is to “push the envelope” when it comes to liquor.

March 24, 2014 12:00 am
Arizona’s 'microdistilleries' on the rise

Arizona’s 'microdistilleries' on the rise

TEMPE — Arizona Distilling Co. adds a little bit of Arizona to its products. Copper City Bourbon honors a Prohibition-era brewing company in Douglas. Desert Dry Gin incorporates a different set of Five C’s in its flavor profile: coriander, cumin, cinnamon, citrus and cardamom.

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OSHA tells Arizona to tighten rules on construction-site falls

PHOENIX — Federal officials say they could wind up assuming control of workplace safety in Arizona’s residential construction industry because a 2012 state law doesn’t do enough to protect workers.

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Tell ADOT what you think about Tucson-Phoenix high-speed rail

Tell ADOT what you think about Tucson-Phoenix high-speed rail

Tucson jeweler Erik Stewart makes regular two-hour drives up Interstate 10 to do business in Phoenix. If a high-speed rail line connected the cities, he said he’d use it.

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Ajo health assessment

Ajo health assessment

Jose Castillo, 74, says he realizes Ajo’s health-care system comes up short. 

March 07, 2014 7:41 pm
State health assessment finds Ajo lacking among rural communities

State health assessment finds Ajo lacking among rural communities

AJO — Jose Castillo was born here in 1939, at the old hospital that sits atop a hill. He’s lived here most of his life and worked at the open-pit copper mine that used to employ much of the town.

March 07, 2014 7:33 pmLoading…

TSA warns travelers about bringing guns – and more – to Sky Harbor

PHOENIX — Sixty-six firearms were confiscated at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in 2013, trailing only three other U.S. airports, according to the Transportation Security Administration.

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Daniel Buttry

Daniel Buttry

Daniel Buttry, the chairman of ASU’s department of chemistry and biochemistry, says research is “a long haul.”

March 06, 2014 4:22 pm
ASU research focuses on leaf processes to create hydrogen fuel

ASU research focuses on leaf processes to create hydrogen fuel

PHOENIX — Technology re-creating the processes of leaves could yield abundant renewable energy in the form of hydrogen fuel, according to a team of Arizona State University researchers.

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American joins US Airways at Sky Harbor’s Terminal 4

American joins US Airways at Sky Harbor’s Terminal 4

PHOENIX — In another step toward their merger, American Airlines is joining US Airways in Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport’s Terminal 4.

March 03, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Ariz. expected to have nation’s second-fastest job growth in 2014

WASHINGTON — Arizona is expected to post the second-highest rate of job growth among states in 2014, trailing only booming North Dakota, according to a recent report.

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Two Arizona women fight to help lawyers in military families

Two Arizona women fight to help lawyers in military families

Rachel Winkler said maintaining a viable career as an attorney can be difficult since military spouses often have to move frequently. 

March 02, 2014 4:08 pm
Two Arizona women fight to help lawyers in military families

Two Arizona women fight to help lawyers in military families

Former Tucson resident Mary Reding founded the Military Spouse JD Network to help lawyers with military spouses, just like she is. 

March 02, 2014 4:08 pm
2 Arizona women fight to help lawyers with military spouses maintain their legal careers

2 Arizona women fight to help lawyers with military spouses maintain their legal careers

Born and raised in Arizona, fresh out of law school, and married, Rachel Winkler said she didn’t worry at first about the unique challenges of having a spouse in the military.

March 02, 2014 1:27 pm Photos

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Bill would replace 'handicapped' in state law

TEMPE — Juliet Martinez has been using a wheelchair since age 8, after she received an overdose of chemotherapy drugs. But she doesn’t consider herself handicapped or disabled.

February 25, 2014 8:58 pmLoading…
Dr. Jonathan Cartsonis

Dr. Jonathan Cartsonis

Dr. Jonathan Cartsonis

February 24, 2014 6:28 pm
Program connects students in health fields with rural areas

Program connects students in health fields with rural areas

PHOENIX — Samantha Varner grew up in Chandler, and has always been a city dweller.

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Picture for solar-industry jobs not so sunny in Arizona in 2013, report says

Picture for solar-industry jobs not so sunny in Arizona in 2013, report says

WASHINGTON — Arizona posted the second-highest number of solar-industry jobs in the nation for the second year in a row in 2013, despite losing 1,242 jobs from a year earlier, according to a new report.

February 21, 2014 8:37 pm

Google to bring ultra-high speed Internet service to Phoenix area

PHOENIX — Google will collaborate with Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe to develop ways to bring its high-speed wireless Internet network to the Valley, the technology giant and the cities’ mayors announced this week.

February 21, 2014 3:02 pmLoading…

State could track missing elderly under bill's 'Silver Alert' system

Mary Black, an 86-year-old woman with dementia, drove away from her St. David home with no money, water or food more than once.

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Border Patrol program teaches youths about dangers of smuggling

Border Patrol program teaches youths about dangers of smuggling

NOGALES, Ariz. — When the Border Patrol stops Arizona youths smuggling drugs through the port of entry here on behalf of cartels, Eric Cantu and other agents often find out those kids have been fed lies.

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Operation Detour

Operation Detour

Border Patrol Agent Eric Cantu runs Operation Detour in Nogales. The program is aimed at discouraging youths from drug smuggling. “We want to tell them how it happens and what to look out for so they can stay on the right path,” Cantu says.

February 14, 2014 2:02 pm
Pinal, Pima saw net gains of in-state residents

Pinal, Pima saw net gains of in-state residents

WASHINGTON – Maricopa County gained residents from nearly 1,000 counties across the U.S. — from Pinal County to as far away as Washington County, Maine, the Census Bureau reported.

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National campaign aims to boost faltering Hispanic household wealth

National campaign aims to boost faltering Hispanic household wealth

WASHINGTON — A national group that plans to mount a multiyear campaign to improve income and household wealth among Hispanic families points to Arizona as a potential leader in that effort.

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Arizona food-stamp recipients won’t feel farm bill funding cuts

Arizona food-stamp recipients won’t feel farm bill funding cuts

WASHINGTON — The farm bill signed by President Obama includes $8 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, but experts say the cuts will not affect food-stamp benefits in Arizona.

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New food-stamp rules could affect Arizona convenience stores

WASHINGTON — Convenience stores will have to start stocking a variety of “staple foods” alongside the snacks and fountain drinks if they want to keep accepting food stamps, under a little-noticed section of the farm bill.

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Report: Arizona public employee pension systems on path to stability

PHOENIX — Arizona’s public pension systems for state employees, public safety personnel and corrections officers are on a path toward financial stability, according to a study by a bipartisan think tank.

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Lawmaker seeks to reopen AZ Mining and Mineral Museum

Lawmaker seeks to reopen AZ Mining and Mineral Museum

PHOENIX — For three years, most of the rocks, gems and artifacts once displayed by the Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum have remained unseen.

February 03, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Arizona ranked among the worst for residents’ financial security

WASHINGTON — More than 40 percent of Arizona households are on the brink of “financial devastation,” according to a national report that again ranked the state among the worst in terms of its residents’ financial security.

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Among states, Arizona had smallest gap between men’s, women’s pay

WASHINGTON — Arizona had the smallest gap between men’s and women’s pay among states in 2012, with women in the state earning about 87 cents to men’s dollar, according to new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

February 01, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum

Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum

A state lawmaker has introduced a bill to reopen the Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum, which closed to make way for a centennial-themed museum that has yet to be created and was to highlight Arizona’s five C’s: copper, citrus, cotton, cattle and climate.

January 31, 2014 6:31 pm
Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum

Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum

A train once used to haul ore is among the artifacts of Arizona’s mining history outside the former Mining and Mineral Museum.

January 31, 2014 6:31 pm

5 Arizonans among those sitting with first lady during speech

WASHINGTON — When she got a call Friday inviting her to come to the White House and meet with first lady Michelle Obama, Gilbert resident Amanda Shelley “thought I was being pranked by my friends.”

January 28, 2014 7:05 pmLoading…

AZ small-biz owners call for less regulation, lower taxes

PHOENIX — Reducing taxes and government regulation would help Arizona’s small businesses bolster the economy and create jobs, advocates said Tuesday in making their case to state lawmakers.

January 28, 2014 5:00 pmLoading…

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