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Texas governor jokes about shooting reporters after signing gun bill

After signing a bill and testing out a few guns at a shooting range Friday, Gov. Greg Abbott held up his bullet-riddled target sheet and joked, "I'm gonna carry this around in case I see any reporters."... Read more»

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10 essential pollution and public health measures in Obama’s climate plan

In a speech on climate change at Georgetown University, President Barack Obama announced a comprehensive “Climate Action Plan” to reduce U.S. pollution responsible for climate change, better coordinate international efforts to solve the problem of climate change, and provide additional protection from the effects of climate change that have already begun.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Shop local first

Interviews with Local First Arizona's Tucson membership coordinator, Deanna Chevas, plus Tucson Weekly Editor Dan Gibson, Tucson Padres GM Mike Feder, Pima Animal Care Center Shelter Manager Justin Gallick, financial advisor Shelly Fishman, and reporter Jeff Demand on the Yarnell fire.... Read more»

Celebrate Independence Day with a new pet

The Pima Animal Care Center and the Humane Society of Southern Arizona are celebrating Independence Day by reducing adoption prices on July 4th and 5th. ... Read more»

Honoring firefighters, Brewer orders state flags at half-staff until July 19

Honoring the 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots killed battling the Yarnell Hill Fire, Gov. Jan Brewer extended Monday an order to fly state flags at half staff until July 19.... Read more»

Have student loans? What the rate hike means for you

Time has run out for Congress to stop interest rates on federally subsidized student loans from doubling. Rates are expected to shoot up from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent now that Congress has failed to act.... Read more»

Medicare fraud outrunning enforcement efforts

Citing massive budget and staff cuts, federal officials are set to scale back or drop a host of investigations into Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse — even though cracking down on government waste and cutting health care costs have been top priorities for the Obama administration.... Read more»

Boy’s death in drone strike tests Obama’s transparency pledge

It’s the first prominent allegation of a civilian death since President Obama pledged in a major speech in May “to facilitate transparency and debate” about the U.S. war on al Qaida-linked militants beyond Afghanistan. He also said “there must be near-certainty that no civilians will be killed or injured” in a strike.... Read more»

Energy Dep't aims to boost cleaner fossil-fuel technology funding

Federal energy officials unveiled a plan Tuesday to offer up to $8 billion of loan guarantees for development of cleaner-burning fossil-fuel technologies.... Read more»

Interior Dep't gives OK for wind-power project in Mohave County

The Department of the Interior on Friday approved a 500-megawatt wind-power farm near Kingman, a project that could cost up to $800 million and bring hundreds of construction jobs to the Mohave County area.... Read more»

Horse slaughterhouses to reopen in U.S.

The U.S. government has given the go-ahead to a slaughterhouse that will produce horse meat for human consumption. The plant, Valley Meat Co. in Roswell, NM, is the first such slaughterhouse in the country in six years.... Read more»

Extended excessive heat brings warnings about heat-related illness, death

As wildfires burned in northern Arizona, health officials were warning Monday about the danger of excessive temperatures that were baking Phoenix and the southern half of the state.... Read more»

Firefighters douse Rincon Market blaze

A fire at Rincon Market took nearly an hour to extinguish Tuesday afternoon, as three fire crews cut holes in the roof and walls to reach the flames.... Read more»1

Monsoon lightning starts fire in Catalinas

Over 600 lightning strikes were recorded across the Coronado National Forest on Sunday, one of which started a wildfire in the Molina Basin drainage of the Santa Catalina Mountains. The 240-acre Prison Fire was 50 percent contained Tuesday.... Read more»

Officials offer aid, condolences for firefighters killed at Yarnell Hill

Condolences and offers of assistance poured in from Washington, Phoenix and elsewhere Monday as the tragedy of the 19 Prescott-area hotshot firefighters killed in the Yarnell wildfire sank in.... Read more»

Downed poles close West Side roads

Road closures continue on the West Side, as crews work to replace power poles downed in Monday's storm. Ironwood Hill will remain closed from just west of Silverbell to Shannon for several days, while the intersection of Anklam and Greasewood will be closed to through traffic until Wednesday. Monday night, firefighters rescued three people after a power line fell on their car.... Read more»

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