Arpaio receives backlash after Jane Sanders’ Tent City visit

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio responds to criticism after inviting Jane Sanders, wife to Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders, into the infamous Tent City last month.

‘Take a Hike, Get it Right’ campaign kicks off on Valley trails

Hiking is a preferred activity for people around the valley, however climbing the trails does come with some risk.

Thousands of Arizonans lose food stamps

Elizabeth Bagby-Emmons’ 8-year-old daughter was coming home after being placed in foster care for two years. But, as she prepared for her child’s return, she was unable to put food on the table. Bagby-Emmons had lost her food stamps, and with that, the ability to feed her child.

Democrats, voters sue Maricopa County, state officials in voting debacle

WASHINGTON - Democratic groups and voters made good Friday on their threat to sue state and Maricopa County officials for alleged civil rights violations in the March 22 presidential preference election that saw hours-long waits, among other problems at the polls.

Local program needs volunteers to give a voice to foster care children

The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program pairs volunteers with foster children to help break the cycle of child abuse. As the Child Abuse Hotline received over 135,000 calls last year alone, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has declared April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Funding for virtual reality training gains momentum in Arizona

With controversial police shootings on the rise, many view now as the ideal time to fund virtual reality training for all police officers in Arizona. The projected price is $6 million, and a decision for funding will come in the next weeks.

Maricopa County puts responsibility for Chase Field upgrades on Diamondbacks

Maricopa County said the Diamondbacks “have almost total responsibility for the maintenance, operation, and repair of Chase Field,” and the agreements between the team and the county "do not establish any contractual requirement to provide the Team a 'state-of-the-art' stadium," according to two letters provided to Cronkite News by the county.

Senate panel subpoenas EPA chief to appear at Phoenix hearing

WASHINGTON - A Senate committee issued a subpoena Wednesday demanding that Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy or an assistant administrator appear at an April 22 hearing in Phoenix on the Gold King Mine spill.

Gov. Doug Ducey, fire officials: Prepare for an unpredictable wildfire season

Fire officials from across the state joined Gov. Doug Ducey on the Arizona Capitol lawn Wednesday morning to warn Arizonans that the 2016 wildfire season could be one of the state's worst in years.

Phoenix chosen as ‘priority city’ in Michelle Obama’s new Let’s Move! Outside program

The U.S. Department of Interior has chosen Phoenix as one of its first 50 “priority cities” for first lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Outside initiative.

Voters express frustration at meetings on Presidential Preference Election

Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan sat and listened while Arizona voters took the microphone to explain to her their personal experiences and frustrations during the March 22, Presidential Preference Election.

Michele Reagan photo

Arizona’s illegal animal trade includes mountain lions, bobcats – and even alligators

Illegal wildlife trading is a multibillion-dollar industry that stretches across the globe, including Arizona, where wildlife officials say they continue to seize illicit animals.