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Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett says having a lieutenant governor ready to assume the governorship would provide more continuity should the governor leave. At present, the secretary of state assumes the governor's office, something that has happened several times in recent memory.

The secretary of state has ascended to the governor’s office four times in recent decades. Twice that’s meant a change of party. The current officeholder, Ken Bennett, proposes renaming the office to lieutenant governor. Read more»

A loophole in the law against incest handcuffs officials wanting to crack down on polygamists who marry relatives under age 18. The law currently defines incest as between adults; the bills would make the incest law apply when victims are minors. Read more»

Musicians Zack De la Rocha and Linda Ronstadt lead march protesting Maricopa Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

More than 1 in 3 people in the Phoenix metro area think Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is doing a "poor job." Read more»

Border Patrol efforts have forced smugglers onto the Tohono O’odham Nation near Sells.

The Tohono O’odham Nation is under siege by smugglers and gangs, according to a story in the New York Times. With tougher border security, more smuggling traffic is being forced through the reservation, and residents are paying the price. Read more»

Gov. Jan Brewer's efforts to offset a budget shortfall could hurt education in several ways, education advocates say. Read more» 2

Stephen Ceasar, a reporter with the New York Times Student Journalism Institute, is changing the image of the typical illegal immigrant crossing into the US. Read more»

I’m a little bit ashamed to admit that I haven’t exactly been following all the hubbub about health-care reform. I’m one of the lucky people that has pretty good medical insurance through my employer. But I also know there are a lot of people who aren’t so lucky. Read more» 5

For the second straight year, state Rep. Jerry Weiers, R-Glendale is shepherding legislation to dock the pay of lawmakers whose unexcused absences cause them to miss floor votes on legislation. Weiers said he’s tired of seeing lawmakers fail to vote on bills when taxpayers are covering their salaries.

Rep. Jerry Weiers is fed up with fellow lawmakers who skip floor votes. His solution: Dock their pay and list their names on the Web. "Nobody can sit in your seat and vote for you," said Weiers, a Glendale Republican. "We are paid to vote no matter how you look at it." Read more»

Snow covered Mt. Lemmon Friday and the road to the top was closed to traffic. Friday night more snow is expected and Saturday morning we may have a snowy covering from the strongest winter storm to blow into Tucson in seventeen years.

After a rare tornado watch, Tucson remains under a flood advisory from the National Weather Service until 11:30 a.m. While Tucson was spared the worst of the storm that hit most of Arizona yesterday, Tucsonans battened down the hatches nonetheless. Read more»

Driving west on Valencia Road toward the casinos, I'm always amused by the many billboards announcing how much farther away they are. Each billboard seems so overtly promissory that all visitors will win and win big. This, of course, has often left me wondering: what do the other sides of the billboards advertise, for the gamblers who are returning to reality from their fleecings? I always forget to look. Read more»

The Cubs might be staying in Arizona after all.

The Chicago Cubs are reportedly staying in Arizona, according to myfoxphoenix.com. Read more»

The Chicago Cubs have trained in Mesa since 1952. But that could soon end.

More and more signs are pointing to the very real possibility that the Chicago Cubs could leave Mesa, their spring training home for 57 years, and head to Naples, Fla. Read more»

The U.S. Capitol

While dealing with the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression, seven Arizona members of the U.S. House of Representatives granted around $300,000 in total staff bonuses in late 2008. All but one member, Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, rewarded staff with extra pay courtesy of taxpayers. Six members confirmed giving bonuses, and payroll data for the staff of outgoing Republican Rep. Rick Renzi showed increases consistent with bonuses. Read more»

Researchers at Black Point Lava Flow two hours north of Flagstaff watch a demonstration of a chariot designed to carry a Lunar Electric Rover and cargo. Arizona’s landscapes and geology helped train astronauts for the first moon missions. With NASA eying a return to the moon, a NASA official says the state’s role as a research leader means Arizona will have an even bigger role this time around.

As NASA plans for the next U.S. footprints on the moon and eventually its first on Mars, Arizona’s evolution into a center of space research means it will have a role even bigger than just a place to study geology. Read more»

Just a few days after the Justice Dep't patted itself on the back for success in halting gunrunning on the border, a new report shows the program isn't using some of its money wisely. Read more»

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