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Grand Canyon’s water ‘backbone’ to get major overhaul starting this fall

PHOENIX – The historic pipeline that brings drinking water from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon to the South Rim fails frequently. Work will begin this fall to overhaul sections of the pipe.


Was Robert Sarver ‘canceled’? Experts debate on ‘unforgiving climate’ reaction by Suns owner

PHOENIX – After pressure from outside and within, Robert Sarver reluctantly decides to sell the Suns, blaming cancel culture for a lack of forgiveness.


Brighter days ahead? Suns ready to rise above tumultuous times as 2022-23 season begins

PHOENIX – After a historic postseason loss to end last season and a wild offseason, the Phoenix Suns return to action Wednesday for their season opener. Al McCoy and Tim Kempton provide insight to what the Suns must do to continue their success in a competitive Western Conference.


‘Struggling’ fire districts look to Proposition 310 for new funds to help

WASHINGTON - Supporters of Proposition 310 don't think an added tenth-of-a-penny sales tax is too much to ask to help fire districts across Arizona "that are in a complete crisis." But critics say the bill is too broad, making everyone pay for the problems of a few rural districts.


U.S. House, District 3: Ruben Gallego’s priorities are affordable housing, immigration reform

Democrat Rep. Ruben Gallego looks to win a fifth term in the U.S. House in his race against Jeffrey Zink in Arizona’s redrawn 3rd Congressional District.

Ruben Gallego (Photo courtesy of Gallego for Arizona)

U.S. House, District 3: Jeff Zink, who was at the Capitol on Jan. 6, sees election as good vs. evil

Republican Jeff Zink is running a longshot campaign against incumbent Rep. Ruben Gallego. Zink and his son have attracted attention for participating in the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the Capitol. He believes that his conservative principles and religious ideology will appeal to voters in the largely Latino district.

Election 2022

Corporation Commission: Sandra Kennedy seeks re-election on a platform of renewable energy

Sandra Kennedy is campaigning for re-election to the Corporation Commission on a platform dedicated to increasing the use of renewable energy and keeping utility costs low. She prioritizes water conservation and transitioning Native American communities to renewable energy.

Sandra Kennedy (Photo courtesy of the Sandra Kennedy campaign)

Iconic Strong Arm was one of many saguaros killed by climate change, deadly bacteria

Climate change is becoming a deadly threat to the iconic saguaro, which is found only in the Sonoran Desert. According to cactus expert William D. Peachey, extreme temperature fluctuations and more severe storms are making saguaros more susceptible to the deadly bacteria Erwinia cacticida.


Sinema defends filibuster at McConnell event, raising Democratic ire anew

WASHINGTON - Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema has been criticized for defending the filibuster before, but that did not stop her from repeating her position Monday, this time at an event hosted by the Senate's minority leader.


Do look up: Arizona scientists have hand in first ‘planetary defense’ test

WASHINGTON - When NASA smashes a spacecraft into an asteroid Monday evening to test whether it's possible to deflect a future killer asteroid, several Arizona scientists will be watching as part of the project.


Opponents file petitions to halt voucher expansion; now the fight begins

WASHINGTON - Opponents of the state's expanded Empowerment Scholarship Accounts filed more than 140,000 petition signatures Friday to temporarily halt the program that would have allowed any student in the state to use public dollars for private education.


‘Momentous’: Sweeping federal law will lower prescription drug costs for Medicare recipients

PHOENIX — Hefty prices have made it hard for retirees like Brenda Dickason of Tucson to afford medications. Provisions included in the new Inflation Reduction Act should help by capping out-of-pocket spending for Medicare enrollees and restraining some drug costs.