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Water savings & checking accounts: How cities bank on future supply underground

Phoenix-area cities rely mostly on dams and reservoirs for their water needs, but the snowpack feeding those reservoirs was near record low this year. That means managers are looking to future water supplies underground.... Read more»

Factchecking Zinke: Navajo didn't support shrinking Bears Ears

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke claimed the Navajo who “live close” to Bears Ears National Monument “were all in support” of President Trump’s decision to shrink the protected land. But tribe representatives told us that’s false. In fact, the Navajo Nation and other tribes have sued the federal government over the decision. ... Read more»

Western U.S. faces another ‘challenging’ wildfire season

Federal fire officials warned a Senate panel this week that the West should prepare for another “challenging” wildfire season, after a 2017 season that was the most expensive on record in terms of firefighting costs.... Read more»

Arizona soldier killed in Somalia

A U.S. Army soldier from Chandler was killed Friday in an attack in Somalia. Flags throughout the state will fly at half-staff through Monday evening to honor Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Conrad, 26.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Cunningham: Learn from out-of-control conspiracy rumors about 'child sex camp'

There are so many things that disappoint me about how this has emerged. I understand how a reporter, just like a regular citizen, would get scared when they hear allegations about sex trafficking. I just wish a little more care was taken in evaluating the source that this information came from. I hope this is something they have learned from. ... Read more»

FactCheck: No evidence of 'child sex trafficking camp' in Tucson

There is no evidence to support claims that a recently discovered homeless encampment in Tucson was used as a “child rape camp." Authorities say their investigation revealed no such criminal activity.... Read more»2

Flake, on Senate floor, slams Trump on trade, lack of ‘grown-up leadership’

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake took the Senate floor Thursday to “sound the alarm” on President Trump’s trade policies in a speech that quickly became a discourse on liberty, freedom and America “turning our back” on its responsibility as a world leader.... Read more»

CD2 GOP candidates square off; Arpaio refuses to bow out of Senate race

Two of the four Republicans running in the CD 2 congressional primary answered questions posed by a journalist at a forum on Thursday. Joe Arpaio, the controversial former Maricopa County sheriff, said he wouldn't bow out of the U.S. Senate race when called upon to do so by an audience member.... Read more»1

Experts: Don’t look to monsoon for relief any time soon

What’s a monsoon without rain? Trouble, according to experts. With Arizona in the grip of a years-long drought, conditions are ripe for spawning intense wildfires and haboobs from the high winds and lightning that typically form the early part of annual rainy season, which begins next week.... Read more»2

Guest opinion

Rothschild: Separating kids from families at border 'morally reprehensible'

Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild joined the leaders of L.A., Houston and Albuquerque on Thursday in calling on the Trump administration to halt separating children from parents who are illegal immigrants and migrants seeking asylum. The mayors called the policy "flawed ... cruel" and "morally reprehensible."... Read more»

UA economist forecasts metro Tucson will gain 11k jobs in next 2 years

University of Arizona economist George Hammond predicts metro Tucson will gain 5,550 jobs in 2018 and 6,000 in 2019, which will help attract more residents and especially help the construction, real estate and retail industries.... Read more»2

Trump's new steel, aluminum tariffs worry Arizona firms, raise trade war fears

The Trump administration said it will let new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports take effect, a move that critics warned could spark a “tit-for-tat trade war” with Mexico, Canada and the European Union.... Read more»1

Reports of STDs up 19% in Arizona

Sexually transmitted diseases reported in Arizona from January through April have increased 19 percent over the same period last year, possibly because of increased awareness and improved treatment, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.... Read more»

Reagan, Fontes settle suit over Az’s voter registration process

Arizona election officials agreed Monday to settle a lawsuit that claimed the state’s two-track voter registration process was unduly burdensome and “irrationally” disenfranchised thousands of voters.... Read more»

Free-speech ruling in Trump Twitter case echoes Arizona debate

A lawsuit against an Rep. Paul Gosar aims to bar elected officials from blocking critics on social media, while claims of censorship in Pima County have not been pressed in court.... Read more»

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