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Challenge to gay anti-discrimination law heading to Arizona high court

Arizona’s highest court is set to decide whether a Phoenix law aimed at prohibiting businesses from discriminating against LGBTQ people violates the state’s Constitution. The ruling will likely affect other cities with similar laws such as Tucson and Flagstaff.... Read more»

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Arizona lacks vehicle idling regulations, encourages voluntary action

There's no law against it but Arizona communities are trying to reduce locally the 30-million-ton problem of idle vehicles producing ozone. ... Read more»

Kroger to phase out plastic bags at all its grocery stores by 2025

Kroger, owner of Fry’s Foods in Arizona, will phase out plastic bags by 2025, becoming the latest company to respond to the backlash against single-use plastics.... Read more»1

A year after U.S. left Paris climate pact, mayors still cling to fight

When the U.S. pulled out of the Paris Accords last summer, five Arizona cities — including Tucson and Bisbee — joined hundreds around the country that vowed to live up to the Paris climate standards even if the U.S. wouldn’t.... Read more»

Arizona taxpayers could pay more as pension costs continue to rise

Pension costs for Arizona police officers and firefighters are rising to the point they are overburdening taxpayers, according to a legislative committee that is seeking reforms.... Read more»

Az artist moves earth for 40 years at Flagstaff volcanic crater

Artist James Turrell has spent almost 40 years moving 1.3 million cubic yards of earth and creating an 854-foot tunnel in the Roden Crater. When finally finished, it will have 21 viewing spaces and six tunnels that will channel light into the crater.... 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»

Report: Obama’s new nat'l monuments bring $156M to Western states

WASHINGTON – National monuments designated by President Barack Obama are adding $156 million to their local economies a year, according to a study of the 10 most recently named monuments spanning Western states.... Read more»

Flagstaff’s Snowbowl fires up first new ski lift in 30 years

This year’s El Nino means ski resorts like Arizona Snowbowl will open a couple of days earlier than usual. The Flagstaff ski resort will will open its first new chairlift in decades on the resort’s opening day Friday, helping end long line that dampen the spirits of skiers and snowboarders on the mountain.... Read more»

One dead, three wounded in NAU campus shooting

An 18-year-old student opened fire with a handgun on the campus of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff early on Friday, killing one person and wounding three others, before police took him into custody in the latest in a series of U.S. school shootings, authorities said.... Read more»

VA fights veteran homelessness beyond Tucson, Phx areas

Recognizing that homelessness among veterans is a problem in rural areas as well as cities, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs recently awarded a $2 million grant to the Veterans Resource Center, which has offices in Prescott, Flagstaff and Bullhead City. ... Read more»

Appeals court upholds conviction in Flagstaff police officer’s murder

The court rejected Eric Michael Clark's argument that lawyers did not push his claims of mental incompetence aggressively enough. Clark, who thought aliens had invaded Flagstaff at the time of the 2000 shooting, needed years of treatment before he was able to stand trial. ... Read more»

Boom in Pandora moths a bust for pines of far northern Arizona

Researchers at NAU are studying a population boom among Pandora moths, an insect that in its caterpillar stage dines on pine needles. It's the most Pandora moths seen in 20 years. ... Read more»

Tucson scientist touts 2015 visit to ‘dwarf planet’ Pluto

Tucson scientist David Grinspoon joined a panel Monday talking about NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto – but the scientists were most animated when talking about the feud over the status of the recently classified “dwarf planet.”... Read more»

2.8 million Arizonans live within zones vulnerable to toxic leaks

More than 2.8 million Arizona residents — or 44 percent of the state’s population — live within areas that are most vulnerable to a catastrophic accidental release of gaseous, and sometimes explosive hazardous chemicals. The toxic agents, which the EPA deems extremely hazardous, are stored in more than 100 facilities and, when released, can cause temporary blindness, searing pain, suffocation, and even death.... Read more»

Census: Coconino led nation in births to single moms

Almost three in four babies born in Coconino County in 2011 were born to unmarried women, the highest rate in the nation, if Census Bureau estimates are correct. Experts question that number, but most agree that births to single moms is an issue for the state.... Read more»

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