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A voter drops a ballot at the Maricopa County ballot drop box outside the county juvenile court, where several intimidation incidents were reported.

House municipal oversight and elections committee Republicans unanimously pushed through four bills Wednesday evening that they say will improve the integrity of Arizona’s elections, while Democrats accused Republicans of pushing false claims of election fraud.. Read more»

The 2015 Finger Rock Fire, seen burning in the Catalinas from Downtown Tucson, nearly 10 miles away. Tucson High School, the University of Arizona and Banner-University Medical Center are seen in the foreground.

A new study shows a 246% increase in the number of homes and structures destroyed by wildfires in the contiguous Western U.S. between the past two decades, revealing increasing vulnerability to wildfire disasters. Read more»

Every Feb. 2, it's time for the obligatory Groundhog Day story. Let's just not think about doing 2020 all over again. Or 2021. Or even 2022. Read more»

Sophomores Torrance Begay and Priscila Varela were key factors in Pima's 15-2 to start the third quarter as the No. 12 Aztecs Women's Basketball team defeated Scottsdale Community College 75-66 for their seventh straight win. The Aztecs are 18-4 overall and 11-3 in ACCAC conference play.

The Pima Community College women’s basketball team (18-4, 11-3 in ACCAC) displayed how it can overcome adversity on the court in a matchup on Wednesday at Scottsdale Community College (13-7, 8-6). Read more»

Sophomore Traivar Jackson scored a game-high 28 points to go along with seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks but the No. 14 ranked Aztecs Men's Basketball team fell to No. 13 Scottsdale Community College 90-80 on Wednesday. The Aztecs are now 18-4 overall and 10-4 in ACCAC conference play.

The Pima Community College men’s basketball team (18-4, 10-4 in ACCAC) couldn’t capitalize on shots down the stretch on Wednesday at Scottsdale Community College (18-4, 10-4). Read more»

The Aztecs Men's Golf team tied for second place at the Chandler-Gilbert Invitational to open the 2023 season. Sophomore Daniel Henely (Cienega HS) tied for first place with an overall score of 134 (68-66). (Left to Right): Assistant Coach Landyn Lewis, Tommy Rosenvall, Herman Holst, RJ Wright, Jay Shero, Daniel Henely, Max Krueger and Head Coach Marcus Smith.

The Pima Community College men’s golf team opened the 2023 season on Monday and Tuesday as part of the Chandler-Gilbert Invitational held at the Las Colinas Golf Club in Queen Creek. Read more»

Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs has previously denounced laws that target the trans community, and her chief of staff, Allie Bones, summarily dismissed Kavanagh’s anti-trans bill restricting preferred pronoun use in schools as dead on arrival.

A new proposal introduced by a GOP lawmaker with a history of anti-trans legislation seeks to mandate that public schools provide an alternate option to people who are “unwilling or unable” to use the multi-occupancy restroom or locker room that matches their biological sex. Read more»

In addition to the politicians that Southwest Gas solicited for support, several business groups connected to the utility filed letters echoing the utility’s talking points.

The Arizona Corporation Commission approved a natural gas rate hike on Jan. 10, in part because of misrepresentations of the intent of consumer advocates involved in the process that public records show Southwest Gas helped organize. Read more»

State Farm Stadium is getting dressed up for Super Bowl LVII, which will feature a meeting between the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles. The popular matchup is expected to send ticket prices soaring.

After 26 weeks of training camp, preseason, regular season and playoff games, the stage has finally been set for the fourth Arizona Super Bowl in NFL history, with State Farm Stadium in Glendale hosting the first matchup of No. 1 seeds from each conference since 2017. Read more»

Forcing schools to slash 17% of their annual budgets at the end of the academic year amounts to cutting as much as 70% of planned expenses.

With less than a month to go before schools are forced to cut $1.4 billion from their budgets, Arizona lawmakers took the first step towards addressing the problem on Tuesday — although some made sure to say they had reservations about doing so. Read more»

A design for American Battery Factory's planned headquarters and 'gigafactory' in Tucson.

The city of Tucson will reimburse $4 million in tax revenue to American Battery Factory and $300,000 to Sion Power if both companies create dozens of manufacturing jobs with the new factories they'll building during the next five years. Read more»

Former Arizona Cardinals star Larry Fitzgerald joined former New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees for a game of pickleball as Major League Pickleball opened the 2023 season last weekend at Legacy Sports Complex in Mesa, Arizona.

As pickleball has taken the country by storm and its surging popularity has attracted the attention - and investments - of some of the biggest stars in sports, Major League Pickleball officially kicked off its 2023 season this past weekend at the Legacy Sports Complex in Mesa. Read more»

Divers assess the Wahweap boat launch ramp at Lake Powell in July 2021. when falling low lake levels pulled the water’s edge back from the end of the ramp. State and federal officials are scrambling to come up with plans to protect the river and its reservoirs, gripped in a historic drought.

Federal officials said they will consider a plan by Arizona and five other Colorado River basin states on how to further cut water consumption, even though the biggest user in the basin – California – has not signed off on it. Read more»

Bill Russell with President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and Sylvia Mendez at the White House before receiving the 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom.

As dozens of GOP-controlled state legislatures across the U.S. have either considered or enacted laws restricting how race is taught in public schools, numerous stories have been published over the years exploring the rich terrain of Black history. Read more»

Critical race theory is a graduate-level field of academic study about the ways that racism is embedded in various aspects of society — but it has turned into a catchall term for various race-related teachings, including instruction on white privilege and anti-racism.

For the third time in as many years, Arizona lawmakers are trying to pass legislation that would ban so-called “critical race theory” in public schools, though the measure stands virtually no chance of becoming law with Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs in the executive office. Read more»

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