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Storms affect Pima County roads

Monsoon storms have flooded some Pima County roads, closing 4 and leading authorities to advise caution when driving on others. Here's the list from the county Department of Transportation:... Read more»

Apache, lawmakers seek access to federal funds to finish dam

The federal government needs to “honor its commitment” to Arizona’s White Mountain Apache and let the tribe use funds from a federal water-rights settlement funds to continue work on the Miner Flat Dam, lawmakers said Wednesday.... Read more»

Ducey: Honor Granite Mtn Hotshots on anniversary of Yarnell Fire

Ordering flags at half staff on Thursday, Gov. Doug Ducey said, "Three years ago today, Arizona lost 19 brave Granite Mountain Hotshots to the most devastating wildfire in Arizona history. Our hearts are with their families, fellow firefighters and the community of Yarnell on this solemn anniversary."... Read more»

VW owners eligible for up to $10k from emissions settlement

Arizonans who own "clean diesel" Volkswagen or Audi cars may now be eligible to receive $5,100 to $10,000 in compensation from a settlement over the company's deliberate cheating on emissions standards. About 10,000 Arizona cars could be covered by the program.... Read more»

Less is more: Dems run fewer Corp Comm candidates for better odds

This fall, Arizona voters will choose three utility regulators to sit on the Arizona Corporation Commission, and while one might expect that each of the main parties would run a full slate of candidates, Democrats are only running two. That makes the state’s underdog party counterintuitively more competitive to win at least one seat.... Read more»

Family of 4 rescued from swept-away SUV

An adult couple, their teenage son and his 80-year-old grandmother were rescued Sunday by Tucson firefighters who spotted their SUV flooded with water up to its hood.... Read more»1

Storm floods Tucson Blvd, 10k without power

As one of the first significant monsoon storms of the year hit Tucson, about 10k customers were without electricity Sunday night, and Tucson Boulevard was closed for about 10 blocks south of Grant Road. A lightning-caused fire damaged a home near 22nd and Wilmot. ... Read more»

Arizona's economic growth slowed in 2015, as copper mining took a hit

Arizona’s economy grew in 2015, but at a much slower rate than it did in 2014 — the state’s gross domestic product grew 0.9 percent to reach $294.2 billion in 2015, but that was half the 1.8 percent rate of growth the state experienced in 2014. Arizona’s growth was also well below the national rate of 2.4 percent last year.... Read more»

More children dying of heat after being left in cars

With the hottest months yet to come, 13 young children already have died in unattended cars this year in the U.S., prompting safety groups to warn parents against leaving children in vehicles for even a few minutes. Cars heat up quickly, reaching deadly temperatures in a mere 10 minutes even when the outside level is in the low 80s and a window is slightly open.... Read more»

Missing 15-year-old hiker near Bisbee found safe

A 15-year-old boy, who went missing during a hike in the Mule Mountains near Bisbee Wednesday morning, was found by officials later that afternoon near Highway 80. ... Read more»

Flagstaff wildfire prevention named among ‘best in class’ for nation

A Flagstaff program that aims to prevent wildfires by thinning the forest surrounding the city was named a national “best in class” Tuesday in a report on use of natural defenses against catastrophes.... Read more»

Missing hiker found dead in Ventana Canyon

Four people have died from heat-related causes following a record-breaking heat wave in the Tucson-area. On Tuesday morning, search and rescue teams found the body of Marcus Turowkski, 33, who disappeared during a hike along the Ventana Canyon trail on Sunday morning. ... Read more»

Cedar Creek community prepares as wildfire burns another 10k acres

Low humidity and high temperatures continued through Tuesday, enabling the Cedar Fire consume another 10,000 acres, southwest of Pinetop-Lakeside in Arizona's white mountains. Officials said they were reviewing how to protect buildings in Cedar Creek, and staging supplies in case the fire succeeded in burning further south. ... Read more»

Forest Service tips for staying safe while hiking in the summer heat

With summer temperatures rising to all-time highs, and humidity staying low, Coronado National Forest is asking visitors to plan their outings accordingly and to use situational awareness.... Read more»

Public meetings to take input on proposed Interstate 11

The Department of Transportation will conduct a public meeting Wednesday evening in Tucson to discuss proposed plans for Interstate 11. The meeting will be the second of three held in Southern Arizona to gather input on a recommended corridor that runs between Nogales and Wickenburg, north of Phoenix.... Read more»1

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