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Without federal disaster aid, states are left to fend for themselves

BONDURANT, Wyo. – Without a federal major disaster declaration, FEMA assistance isn’t available. Either states pay to rebuild, or people are on their own.


Taliesin West added to World Heritage List after 15-year wait

SCOTTSDALE – Taliesin West in Scottsdale and seven other Frank Lloyd Wright structures were inducted last month.


Dwindling groundwater, ever-deeper wells could spell trouble for Arizonans

PHOENIX – Dropping groundwater levels have prompted many states, including Arizona, to dig deeper wells.


50 years later, Arizona still plays a big role in exploring the universe

PHOENIX – Arizona helped put men on the moon, and the state’s institutions continue to make strides in mapping the cosmos.


New Trump administration rule makes asylum harder for Central Americans

PHOENIX – Migrants heading to the U.S. southern border now face additional hurdles to gain asylum protection from the federal government.


‘A flowing stream from here on out’: Tucson using effluent to revive ‘dead’ stretch of river

TUCSON – The Santa Cruz River west of downtown Tucson is receiving treated wastewater under a Heritage Project meant to restore riparian areas and replenish aquifers.


Family suing Phoenix for police brutality rejects apologies from mayor, chief

PHOENIX – A couple held at police gunpoint – shown in a viral cellphone video released last week – say the apologies of Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and Police Chief Jeri Williams are insincere and that further action should be taken.


Hung jury in trial of No More Deaths volunteer charged with harboring migrants

TUCSON – Humanitarian aid worker Scott Warren’s federal trial ended without a verdict.


Efforts to protect butterflies, desert fish would get millions under Extinction Prevention Act

PHOENIX – Some threatened and endangered Arizona species may receive federal funding under a bill being proposed by Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona.


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.


Unusually wet winter and spring pushes Arizona out of short-term drought

PHOENIX – The U.S. Drought Monitor has declared the 48 contiguous states free of extreme or severe drought for the first time in almost two decades.


Migrants dropped off by ICE outside Phoenix bus stations are left with few resources

PHOENIX – Immigration and Customs Enforcement recently released more than 100 migrants outside a Phoenix Greyhound station, with few resources.