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Trump rallies Mesa crowd to support Republican McSally in tight Senate race

MESA – President Donald Trump told a crowd of thousands in a Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport hangar Friday night that a vote for U.S. Senate candidate Martha McSally would be the "second-best vote you ever cast." The greatest vote was for him, he said.


Who pays? Who knows? Air Force One campaign trip costs hard to gauge

WASHINGTON - Presidents fly Air Force One for official business as well as campaign events, like Friday's rally in Mesa, but political parties are supposed to pick up the tab - at $140,000 an hour - for political trips. That's something watchdog groups say is hard to track.


‘Our fish’: Dedicated biologists scour Colorado River to help endangered species survive

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – Wildlife officials use electrified rafts to momentarily stun fish and pull them out of the water. They remove non-native fish – such as smallmouth bass – and eventually discard them in a local landfill.


‘Somebody’s going to have to use less’: Colorado River managers grapple with drought plans

PAGE - The seven states along the Colorado River are trying to find a solution to preserve the declining river, which provides water to 40 million people.


Water thieves, beware: This Colorado ‘water cop’ is on the case

CORTEZ, Colo. – Dave Huhn is a sheriff’s deputy for Montezuma County, Colorado, a stretch of sagebrush mesas and sandstone cliffs bordering Utah, Arizona and New Mexico. Unlike other local law enforcement throughout the West, Huhn specializes in the complex world of water law.


Free thinkers: Advocates tout universal basic income, despite critics

WASHINGTON - Despite reports showing rising incomes and falling poverty, advocates of universal basic income - regular govenment payments to citizens, with no preconditions and no strings attached - say it's as timely now as ever. But critics say UBI is too costly and too impractical to ever come to be.


Tapped out, or plenty to tap? Developers argue there’s more water in the Colorado River Basin

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Pipelines that would draw more water from the Colorado are being proposed even though the river is approaching historic low levels due to climate change and population growth. Critics argue the river already is near collapse.


Scenes from the Capitol: Arizonans say goodbye to Sen. John McCain

Hundreds of people paid their respects to Sen. John McCain, who died Saturday after a battle with brain cancer, at the Arizona Capitol rotunda.


Drinking clubs for white millennial men, or fraternities for hate?

The Proud Boys and Identity Evropa say they're defending the endangered white race, but those who track hate groups say they're part of a “millennial male phenomenon” that's changing the face of white nationalism.


All in a (12-hour) day’s work: Lawmakers log long hours despite gridlock

WASHINGTON - With the House on recess for August and Congress gridlocked, it's easy to think that lawmakers aren't working hard but that confuses their work product with their work ethic, said one expert, who points to a study showing House members typically work 70 hour weeks.


Flush with success: Low-flow toilets are water-conservation champ

LONGMONT – In water conservation the modern toilet reigns as M.V.P. in cutting Western water use, give some props to the toilet.


Colorado River reservoirs expected to be less than half full by Sept. 30

Reservoirs along the Colorado River are projected to be less than half full by summer’s end, potentially marking a historic low mark for the river system.