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Two Arizona lawmakers buck their parties in vote for new House speaker

WASHINGTON - Arizona lawmakers helped the state live up to its maverick reputation Thursday, with two of the state's nine House members bucking their respective parties in the choice of a new speaker.


Report: Arizona college grads’ student debt among lowest in nation

WASHINGTON - Arizona college graduates in the class of 2014 had the fifth-lowest student debt in the nation, finishing their schooling at four-year, non-profit schools with an average bill of $22,609, according to a new report.


Feds propose recovery plan for endangered Southwestern fish

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed a recovery plan Tuesday for the endangered Gila chub that seeks to reduce threats from nonnative species and protect the fish's degraded habitat in Arizona and New Mexico.



Campaign spending for 2016 has already topped $5.5 million in Arizona

WASHINGTON - With more than a year until the election, congressional candidates in Arizona have already spent $5.5 million on their campaigns - for everything from consultants to coffee mugs, according to the latest Federal Election Commission filings.


‘Disillusioned’ Flake tripped up a second time in charity spelling bee

WASHINGTON - Maybe he should stick to baseball. Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake does pretty well in the annual congressional baseball game for charity, but for a second year he was bounced in the early rounds of a charity "Politicians vs. the Press" spelling bee Wednesday night.




Senate fundraising off to fast start in what could be a costly campaign

WASHINGTON - The two front-runners for Arizona's 2016 Senate race have raised nearly $6 million between them, new reports show, kicking off what experts say could be a year of heavy spending on elections in the state.


No joke: Public suggests comedians, former pols for House speaker’s job

WASHINGTON - If most Americans see Congress as a joke, who better to lead it than a comedian?


FYI: Understanding haboobs and their impact on Arizona

Editor's note: This is the first in an ongoing series called FYI, an explanatory multimedia package produced by our digital production bureau.