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Latino voters disappointed with presidential candidates may stay home on election day

PHOENIX - The Mejias, owners of a busy quinceañera shop in East Phoenix, are immigrants from Hidalgo, Mexico, naturalized citizens and eligible to vote but the husband and wife are unlikely to cast ballots in the presidential election.

Son accused of bullying at West Valley high school leads to court, parent says

GOODYEAR – While the rest of his class will be walking across the stage in May, 18-year-old Kyle Company will be fighting a legal battle after an incident considered bullying suspended him for the rest of the school year at Estrella Foothills High School.


Country Thunder brings music, fun and health problems

FLORENCE - While thousands of Country Thunder fans were enjoying the music at the weekend outdoor festival, dust stirred by strong winds raised health concerns.

Phoenix Fire Department: Watch children around water and get the right equipment to help prevent drownings

A child is found floating, face down, in a hotel pool. A mother frantically begs for her child to breathe. He’s pulled out of the pool, and a hotel guest starts CPR as another guest stays on the line with an emergency dispatcher. This time, it’s a drill.

Tourists take state park rocks despite warnings

APACHE JUNCTION - Arizona law prohibits visitors from taking vegetation and rocks from state parks to preserve nature for other visitors and future generations.

New detection method may improve Lyme disease diagnosis in Arizona

SCOTTSDALE - Researchers said a new DNA detection method will better identify Lyme disease, a tick-born illness that is increasing in the United States.

Sustainability Festival explores environment, energy conservation solutions

A festival showcasing environmental and human connections to sustain the planet winds up this week.


Quiet on 16: Marshals attempt to bring order to golf’s craziest hole

SCOTTSDALE - Ordering silence at the 16th hole of the Waste Management Phoenix Open seems pointless. Even laughable.

Health concerns, increasing costs and competitiveness engender evolution in Arizona youth sports

Children not that far removed from learning to walk are bouncing and shooting basketballs through Hula Hoops instead of a rim at Beginners Edge Sports Training.

Youth hockey photo

Arizona women leaders highlighted in 28th annual Athena Awards

Three of the Valley’s most-accomplished businesswomen were awarded the Athena Award by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce on Thursday in its annual program to support women in leadership.

Trophies photo

High-efficiency nozzles save water while keeping lawn green

As a groundskeeper for a housing community in Phoenix, Terry Peterson has changed about 800 sprinkler heads to high efficiency water nozzles. Now he’s taking action at home.

State official questions CDC report listing Arizona last for early childhood MMR

Arizona vaccination rates for MMR are lowest in the country, according to the recently released National Immunization Survey.

A photo of a woman holding her daughter as she receives seven vaccine shots.