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Arizona has had fewer wildfires than last year, but the blazes are bigger

PHOENIX – There are fewer wildfires in Arizona this year compared to last, but these blazes are burning significant acreage.

A Type 1 Colombia CH47D helicopter, which carries a water bucket that holds up to 2,800 gallons, is refueled and ready to be redeployed to the Woodbury Fire. Photo taken on June 22, 2019 by Anton L. Delgado/News21.

Advocates: High court’s ruling in death-row case could affect 19 others

WASHINGTON - There is no question that James McKinney murdered two people in botched Phoenix-area burglaries in 1991, buit should he be put to death for it? When the Supreme Court takes up that quesiton this fall, it could also be deciding the fate of 19 other Arizona death-row inmates.


Climbing in Joshua Tree: Breaking bones and belaying friendships

JOSHUA TREE, California – Two climbers trace the evolution of the sport through their 40-year friendship. Todd Gordon and Tucker Tech pioneered many of the routes in Joshua Tree National Park, as visitors surge to nearly 3 million a year.


Spry rollers: Figure skaters on wheels committed to their sport

MESA – Phoenix Roller Sports Club practices figure-skating on wheels


What has bats, balls and an Arizona fanbase? Hint: It’s not baseball

SCOTTSDALE - Even though it’s more popular in other countries, cricket has found a surprising home in Arizona.

Arizona Falcons batsman Varun Ranganat playing cricket

Chemical retardant used to fight wildfires could pose harm, group says

PHOENIX – Fire retardant is one of several tactics being used to battle the Woodbury Fire east of Mesa. But this mixture of water and chemicals has raised questions with some people who believe it can be dangerous to people and the environment.



Roosevelt Lake residents ordered to evacuate due to Woodbury Fire

PHOENIX – Evacuations have been ordered for the Superstition Wilderness area as the Woodbury Fire continues to blaze. The fire near the Superstition Mountains has been burning for almost two weeks.


Arizona lawmakers Grijalva, Schweikert focus of House ethics probes

WASHINGTON - Experts say it is "more of a coincidence than anything" that Arizona Reps. Raul Grijalva, a Democrat, and David Schweikert, a Republican, are both being investigated by the House Ethics Committee, but they caution that neither lawmaker should take the probes lightly.


Podcast: Volcanic soil, old artillery shells challenge crews managing the Maroon Fire

FLAGSTAFF – Firefighters were controlling a wildfire near Flagstaff, but unusual circumstances complicated the process: unusual volcanic soil and a “no-go zone”.


Report: Undocumented immigration into U.S., especially from Mexico, is down

PHOENIX – Undocumented immigration from Mexico has dropped so significantly over a decade that Mexicans no longer make up the majority of those living in the U.S. illegally, according to a Pew Research Center report.


Excessive heat, high fuel loads in Arizona have experts predicting wildfires through fall

PHOENIX – The Woodbury and Mountain fires burning in the Tonto National Forest aren’t a threat to people, but both indicate what could be a trend over the next few months: as vegetation grows from the wet winter and dry out, Arizona is a tinderbox.