Flake won’t run again, opening likely ‘free-for-all’ in Senate race

WASHINGTON - Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, walked away from a 2018 re-election bid Tuesday, saying in a speech on the Senate floor that he "will not be complicit or silent" about the ongoing degradation of the political climate.


At least 1,100 in Arizona could lose TPS coverage, face deportation

WASHINGTON - Yesenia Chavarria traveled from Arizona and joined scores of immigrants outside the White House Tuesday to plead for an extension of their temporary protected status, a problem one expert calls "the most important issue most people have never heard of."


Flake will not seek 2018 re-election for Senate seat

PHOENIX - Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake announced Tuesday he would not seek re-election in 2018.


Antique dealers see controversial African-American memorabilia as part of history

MESA – Visitors to antique shops on Main Street in Mesa will see stores crammed with primarily benign American memorabilia. A 19th century record player, a vintage 1990s Barbie, or a campaign button promoting Richard Nixon for president line the shelves.


Advocates urge colleges to aid DACA students, lawmakers urge restraint

WASHINGTON - Colleges and universities may not be able to change immigration law, but they can do more to help those students faced with losing their protection from deportation.


Education leaders demand Ducey give teachers 20 percent raises

PHOENIX – Leaders of a major Arizona teacher organization said Friday they were outraged when Gov. Doug Ducey reportedly gave several members of his staff 20 percent raises while teachers are getting a one percent salary increase, saying educators deserve more money.

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Arizona Humane Society encourages fostering to reduce ‘astronomical’ cost of caring for kittens

PHOENIX – Tiny meows echo through the room as volunteers in yellow smocks feed, weigh and record every kitten in the Arizona Humane Society’s Bottle Baby Intensive Care Unit.

Kitten being bottle-fed

Three Arizona military bases now being tested for water contamination

WASHINGTON - The Air Force will begin testing the groundwater at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base for contamination from dangerous chemicals in firefighting foam that was used at the base, according to the U.S. Air Force Civil Engineer Center.


Senators say feds leave local officials on their own on cybersecurity

WASHINGTON - An empty chair fielded question after question from an angry Senate panel Thursday, after a White House cybersecurity coordinator invoked executive privilege and skipped the hearing.


Losing Lake Powell’s quagga mussel invasion battle, but trying to win the war

PAGE –  Ecologist Mark Anderson still sometimes tears up thinking about March 3, 2013, when an adult quagga mussel was discovered — the definitive sign of a possible aquatic apocalypse — clinging to a boat hauled from the waters of Lake Powell.

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Sessions: DACA bill needs border security, ‘more than just amnesty’

WASHINGTON - Attorney General Jeff Sessions told a Senate panel Wednesday that he could accept a DACA replacement bill if it is coupled with border security measures, and that any deal has to be "more than just an amnesty."


Through crafts, community spreads Dia de los Muertos tradition

PHOENIX - A woman sat at a table, patiently sewing an orange sugar skull with blue eyes and a pink button nose. She untangled a ball of yarn and worked nimbly, adding a flower bow and a black mouth.