Both sides look for answers in feds’ Clean Water Act clarification

WASHINGTON - A new federal rule was meant to clarify the scope of the Clean Water Act, but some critics are saying the 300-page document has done little to clear up the issue since its release this week.

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‘Waters of U.S.’ rule does little to settle feud over EPA reach on regs

WASHINGTON - Federal officials Wednesday unveiled a rule meant to settle the question of which bodies of water are subject to the Clean Water Act - but it did little to settle the fight over the issue.

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Grand Canyon at confluence of popularity and conservation

When Renae Yellowhorse comes to the area of the Grand Canyon where the Colorado and Little Colorado rivers meet, she feels the presence of her late father.

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Despite gains, Phoenix falls in ranking of energy-efficient cities

WASHINGTON - Phoenix has made improvements in its energy efficiency policies but still fell three spots in a national ranking, as other cities made "impressive jumps" and surged ahead, according to a report released Wednesday.

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Hunters tell House, don’t restrict sportsmen on federal lands

WASHINGTON - Sportsmen called on a House panel Wednesday to support a sweeping proposal that they said would guarantee hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting rights on federal lands for future generations.

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Interactive video: Guide to Arizona’s wildfire season

This Touchcast interactive video breaks down details of Arizona's wildfire season. Touchcast works on desktop, mobile and tablet but is not optimized for smart phones yet.

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Map: How easy is it to bike around Phoenix and the Valley?

A recent Washington Post story illustrated the connectivity of bike lanes and paths in several major U.S. cities. The result? In places like Miami and Seattle, bike lanes are intermittent and sporadically connected.

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