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Agreement signed to protect Payson water source from wildfires

Federal, private and local agencies signed an agreement Wednesday that will help protect a crucial water source for Payson from the effects of wildfires.... Read more»

Martin Luther King, Jr.

MLK: 'I have a dream'

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together. (with video)... Read more»

Spending on Arizona primary topped $43.5M

Driven by the race for GOP nomination for governor, politicians and independent committees spent a “staggering” sum on the primary, according to the most-recent campaign filings. That number is likely to go up, and millions more are likely to be spent before the Nov. 4 general.... Read more»

4th Ave underpass to again partly close for weekend

Calling last weekend’s move to close the southbound lane of the 4th Avenue underpass a success in easing gridlock, city officials will repeat the move this week. Traffic will be blocked from heading south through the underpass into Downtown on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.... Read more»2

Texas gov claims terror threat on border

Here‘s a look at four major claims of Middle East terrorism stirring on America’s southern frontier. In some of those cases, at least, officials actually attempted to provide evidence, with varying success.... Read more»

Texas border: Guard's arrival brings reassurance, concerns

The arrival of the Texas National Guard at the border has been met with praise by some who say the state is taking the lead in securing the border while the federal government falls flat in its mission. But others say the deployment is overkill that only serves to hamper the local economy.... Read more»

McSally wins, Ducey takes GOP gov nod, Huppenthal & Horne ousted

CD2 candidate Martha McSally won the GOP primary Tuesday, while in the Republican gubernatorial primary, Doug Ducey was easily leading the crowded field. Incumbent schools chief John Huppenthal was losing at 42 percent, as was incumbent Attorney General Tom Horne with 46 percent.... Read more»5

Stiffer penalties for buyers key to curbing sex trafficking

When it comes to sex trafficking, the traffickers traditionally receive the harshest legal punishments. But states can do more to curb the practice by shifting that responsibility onto the men who purchase sex with young women, an advocacy group contends.... Read more»

Border Patrol cuts overtime pay for agents

Belt-tightening made necessary by federal spending cuts, as well as pointed questions about the use of hours by federal agents with the Department of Homeland Security have resulted in cuts to the overtime hours of agents working as supervisors or in administrative duties, even as reform legislation languishes in Congress.... Read more»

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Ferguson apples

R.I.P. Michael Brown.... Read more»

War reporting in the time of the Islamic State

Correspondent James Foley’s execution by the Islamic State forces sober reflection on the perils of front-line coverage.... Read more»

States fill federal vacuum on immigrants

During another year of congressional inaction on immigration, states pushed for more changes at the state level, including opening up access to education for unauthorized immigrants.... Read more»1

The best reporting on California's drought

This year may be the driest in California in half a millennium. These reports explore how the drought is affecting agriculture, business and living conditions in the nation’s most populous state.... Read more»

Gun Wars

Gun deaths: Twice as many suicides as homicides

Americans are twice as likely to die from turning guns on themselves as they are to be murdered with one.... Read more»

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GOP gov candidates: Bored by the border

It’s time for the Republican Party primary, which means it’s time for candidates to talk about the issues that matter to voters.... Read more»1

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