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Two Indian nationals activate rescue beacon in desert near Lukeville

Two Indian nationals activated a rescue beacon north of Lukeville, Ariz., on Wednesday evening, and were taken into custody by U.S. Border Patrol agents. ... Read more»

Census: Maricopa County – again – saw country’s biggest population gains

Maricopa County saw the largest population increase of any county in the nation last year, adding 81,244 residents to make eight straight years of gains. Pima and Pinal counties also had substantial increases in the number of residents.... Read more»

Arizona tribes’ role in drought talks marks turning point for inclusion

Arizona's tribes — who have extensive water rights — played a critical role in the negotiations that led to the recent passage of the Drought Contingency Plan for Arizona. ... Read more»1

Analysis

Arizona among top states for passing ‘copycat bills’ written by national partisan & industry groups

Arizona is among the top states for copycat legislation, “model” bills that are crafted on a national level by conservative, liberal and industry special-interest groups and then pushed on the local level from state Capitol to state Capitol.... Read more»

How the IRS gave up fighting political dark money groups

Six years after it was excoriated for allegedly targeting conservative organizations, the agency has largely given up on regulating an entire category of nonprofits. The result: More dark money gushes into the political system.... Read more»

House Ethics panel: Rep. Schweikert may have OKed improper expenses, campaign donations

The House Ethics Committee released details of its probe of Rep. David Schweikert, R-Fountain Hills, that began last year, finding “substantial reason to believe” he may have approved improper office expenditures and campaign contributions.... Read more»

Arizona becomes first state to recognize all out-of-state occupational licenses

Gov. Doug Ducey on Wednesday signed a bill into law that makes Arizona the first state to grant across-the-board recognition of out-of-state occupational licenses. ... Read more»

Yuma mayor declares state of emergency over migrant influx

Yuma Mayor Douglas Nicholls has declared a state of emergency in response to what he described as an overwhelming flow of migrants dropped off by federal officials, and he’s asking for state and federal funds to deal with it.... Read more»

Do less harm: Testing for fentanyl program pioneered in Baltimore is illegal in Arizona

Baltimore and Phoenix are two completely different cities culturally and geographically, but they’re both experiencing the same problem: increased deaths due to opioid overdoses, specifically those involving powerful fentanyl.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Mark Kelly bank-breaking campaign fundraising important but not sufficient

U.S. Sen. Martha McSally's fundraising is going great guns but challenger Mark Kelly's haul is out of this world. Still, he can literally buy himself all the advice needed to kill his candidacy.... Read more»3

Pima County public health director moving to Maricopa County post

Marcy Flanagan, director of the Pima County Health Department since 2017 and a longtime county health staffer, is moving to Maricopa County to head up the Public Health Department.... Read more»

Arizona’s messy tax system hampers small biz battling online retailers

Arizona small business owners are fighting for sales tax equality with online retailers, similar to 39 other states trying to collect taxes on goods that consumers buy online. But experts said Arizona’s tax system complicates the situation.... Read more»

Drop in vaccinations puts Arizona at risk of outbreak, AZDHS warns

The Arizona Department of Health Services issued a report warning that increased exemptions from vaccines are putting the state at risk this year for an outbreak of measles, mumps and other preventable diseases.... Read more»

Long delays at border crossings bring anxiety for biz as Holy Week begins

This week is one of the busiest shopping seasons on the border, but after hundreds of federal agents were diverted from border crossings to help with a surge of migrants, retailers and other businesses are fretting about how hours-long wait times will impact them.... Read more»

Border Patrol finds nearly 400 Central Americans in Arizona desert Tuesday morning

Border Patrol agents patrolling about 14 miles west of Lukeville, Ariz., encountered the largest group of Central American migrants yet, after 360 people crossed into the United States from Mexico. ... Read more»

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