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Monsoon storms help slow Museum Fire, but raise flood concerns

FLAGSTAFF – The Museum Fire burning one mile north of Flagstaff is now more than 1,800 acres, but rains Tuesday helped firefighters slow the blaze. With more rain in the forecast, though, the threat of flooding is real.


Ducey not among governors supporting 55 mpg fuel efficiency standards

PHOENIX – Governors of 23 states and Puerto Rico this week urged the Trump administration to adopt a stronger emissions standard for vehicles. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey was not one of those governors.


Doing more time: Ex-felons face long odds, long wait to restore voting rights

TUCSON - The years paying off their debt to society is just the starr for ex-felons who are trying to regain their votiing rights - they face more years and hurdles in Arizona, one of the more difficult states to get the vote back. But former felons say it's worth the fight, and some state officials and advocates agree.


It’s official: Lemonade will not become Arizona state drink

PHOENIX – The Arizona Senate voted 18-12 against making lemonade the official drink of the state of Arizona. Some lawmakers voted no because they said there are more important bills to decide.


Planned Parenthood says Arizona abortion restrictions unconstitutional

PHOENIX – Planned Parenthood Arizona filed a lawsuit in federal court Thursday challenging the legality of a number of Arizona abortion restrictions.


Grappling with costs, Tucson is rethinking its recycling program

TUCSON – Tucson officials expect the city’s recycling program to lose $3.3 million in fiscal year 2018-19, and they’re looking at ways to save the program.

Workers sort through recycled material at a facility in Phoenix.

Senate bill would outlaw dropping off early ballots on Election Day

PHOENIX – Senate Bill 1046 would prevent voters who receive their early ballots in the mail from dropping them off on Election Day. Advocates say it would simplify elections and opponents say it would hamper voter rights.


Kelly announces Senate bid, opening high-stakes race to unseat McSally

WASHINGTON - Former astronaut Mark Kelly said he will seek the Democratic nomination for Senate in 2020, jumpstarting what experts were already predicting would be one of the "most competitive" races of the year in the bist to unseat Republican Sen. Martha McSally.


Clean-water permits take longest in Arizona, study of Southwestern states says

PHOENIX – It takes longer to get a construction permit under the Clean Water Act in Arizona than in any other Southwestern state, a new University of California-Irvine study says. The question is why.


Additional carcinogens prompt changes at groundwater plant at Tucson Superfund site

PHOENIX – The operators of a treatment plant near a Superfund site in Tucson have made some changes after the discovery of perfluorinated chemicals in groundwater. Authorities blame the contamination on manufacturing activities and unlined landfills near the airport decades ago.


Arizona delegation brings new faces, less seniority to next Congress

WASHINGTON - When the 116th Congress convenes in January, something notable will be missing in Arizona's delegation: About 73 years of collective Capitol Hill experience. The loss of senior members drops the delegation's average tenure from just under nine years in the last Congress to just over five now.


Arizona’s two abandoned-mine inspectors face daunting task: ‘We’re all by ourselves’

WICKENBURG – Meet Jerry Tyra, one of only two abandoned-mine supervisors in Arizona. The pair face an uphill battle trying to identify the estimated 100,000 abandoned mines in the state and render them safe, or at least safer.