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Gallego wins big in runoff to become 2nd woman elected Phoenix mayor

Kate Gallego became the second woman to be elected Phoenix mayor, handily defeating her former City Council colleague Daniel Valenzuela.... Read more»

Phoenix mayoral candidates clash over Suns arena, light rail & homelessness

Kate Gallego and Daniel Valenzuela — both Democrats — disagreed over whether public money should be used for pro sports arenas and if affordable housing alone is enough to address homelessness. Early voting began this week. ... Read more»

Farley, officials call for closure of Phoenix child detention facility

Following an investigation by the Center for Investigative Reporting, officials in Arizona are calling for the closure of a Phoenix office building used by a government contractor to hold immigrant children.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Romero: Arizona local officials fighting for local control, local voices

From Tucson City Councilwoman Regina Romero and other state civic leaders: There's a fight occurring across the nation that threatens the rights of local communities — and Arizona is right in the thick of it.... Read more»

Arizona food deserts: How can leaders and residents address the issue?

Many Arizona communities have long struggled to address "food deserts" — areas that lack immediate access to healthy, affordable food. Local experts say there are a variety of ways to alleviate these hardships. Some solutions include broadening government-assistance programs, growing community gardens and building supermarkets.... Read more»

Grijalva calls for party to return to progressive roots, support Clinton

U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, one of the earliest congressional supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, took the stage at the Democratic National Convention to say he is throwing support behind likely nominee Hillary Clinton. "I’m proud to be part of a movement that’s going to beat Donald Trump, that’s going to help Hillary Clinton," he said.... Read more»1

Phx mayor: Voter OK of transit tax shows 'belief in our future'

The first benefits of a transit tax increase that was winning approval from Phoenix voters will likely be increased service by Valley Metro’s Dial-a-Ride and more attention to potholes, supporters said.... Read more»

House OKs language to halt FAA changes to Sky Harbor flight paths

The U.S. House of Representatives gave preliminary approval Thursday to a proposal that would stop the Federal Aviation Administration from making further changes to flight patterns at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.... Read more»1

Bill would create REAL ID-compliant licenses – if Arizonans pay for them

A state lawmaker wants to allow Arizonans to get licenses that comply with the act – provided they pay for them. ... Read more»7

Report: Phoenix ranks high among solar cities

Phoenix ranks No. 6 among a group of large U.S. cities in an environmental group's accounting of per-capita photovoltaic capacity. For total capacity, Phoenix ranks behind only Los Angeles and San Diego. ... Read more»

Phx leaders propose requiring city contractors to pay women, men equally

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and two councilwomen say they will seek an ordinance requiring city contractors to provide equal pay for male and female employees. Stanton says gender wage discrimination "is simply something we cannot tolerate anymore." ... Read more»

Super Bowl committee, leaders unveil plans for downtown Phoenix

Super Bowl XLIX will be held next year in Glendale, but downtown Phoenix will play a big role as well. At a news conference Tuesday, the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee announced that downtown will host an outdoor fan campus dubbed Super Bowl Central and the NFL’s headquarters and media center.... Read more»