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Arizona AG Kris Mayes launched an anti-trust investigation into the proposed $25 billion merger between grocery giants Albertsons and Kroger — owners of stores such as Safeway and Fry's.

Huge grocery chains and ubiquitous dollar stores are limiting some rural and urban communities’ access to healthy food at the same time they bankrupt the farmers who produce it. Read more»

The Sandra Day O'Connor Federal Courthouse in Phoenix.

Arizona claimed qualified immunity as a child sex abuse victim argued for partial summary judgment in a negligence suit against the state over its placement of foster children in the care of former civilian army leader David Frodsham and leaving him there despite numerous complaints. Read more»

True the Vote leaders Gregg Phillips and Catherine Engelbrecht testify at a May 31, 2022, informal hearing in the Arizona Senate discussing alleged evidence of election fraud in Arizona.

Conservative activists Catherine Engelbrecht and Gregg Phillips used the conspiracy-peddling nonprofit True the Vote to enrich themselves, with the group making loans to founder Engelbrecht and issuing contracts to director Phillips that may have violated state and federal law. Read more»

Discussion of eating disorders still focuses on women, who are most likely to suffer from eating disorders like bulimia and anorexia, but experts say research, diagnosis and treatment lags for men, LGBTQ individuals and Latina and Black women.

Eating disorders are on the rise in the U.S.,and while attention still centers on women, who are most likely to suffer from eating disorders like bulimia and anorexia, research, diagnosis and treatment lags for men, LGBTQ individuals and Latina and Black women. Read more»

CART captions offer an accurate transcript of any speech during public meetings. The city of Tucson has begun using the system.

Hearing-impaired residents will now have better access to the Tucson City Council, as a new on-screen captioning system will provide more accurate real-time transcriptions of what elected leaders and others say during meetings. Read more»

Tucson City Manager Mike Ortega's fiscal year 2023-24 budget is long on climate funding.

Tucson City Manager Mike Ortega makes it plain that the city's budget does not short-change climate relief. All told it reaches up to $80.5 million. Plus, more in local government meetings this week. Read more»

Mexican gray wolf

A 9th Circuit panel heard arguments over whether the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must once again rewrite its recovery plan for the endangered Mexican wolf, as conservationists argued the new plan didn’t include site-specific management data and is too similar to the old one. Read more»

Gov. Katie Hobbs has now vetoed 106 bills in 2023.

Arizona Gov. Hobbs has racked up more than 100 vetoes, rejecting Republican-backed bills that criminalized homelessness, banned ranked-choice voting, and a bill that created penalties for filming sexually explicit acts on school property - but also threatened educators with prison. Read more»

Rep. Jake Hoffman, R-Queen Creek, speaks at a Jan. 9, 2023, press conference.

Republican Arizona Sen. Jake Hoffman is urging the Arizona governor to sign a bill that would end the “practice of filming pornography in K-12 schools,” something that is currently not allowed or encouraged at public schools in the state. Read more»

The desk on the Arizona Senate floor for Sen. Janae Shamp, R-Surprise, displays the 'An Appeal to Heaven' flag, which has been adopted by Christian nationalists and other extremists in recent years. Shamp says she displays the flag because of its historical ties to the American Revolution and is unaware of its use by far-right extremist groups.

Arizona Republican state Sen. Janae Shamp proudly displays a flag tied to Christian nationalism and other extremist movements on her desk at the Arizona Senate, and says she embraced the symbol for its historical meaning and doesn’t care that “fringe groups” have adopted it. Read more»

U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s relations with abortion rights groups have soured over her defense of the filibuster and what they perceive as declining communication and engagement.

Abortion is set to be a major issue in 2024’s most competitive Senate races, but abortion rights groups could stay on the sidelines in Arizona after a party switch by Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, whose seat is up next year. Read more»

Maricopa County Elections Director Rey Valenzuela, who oversees early voting, stands in front of a Lexmark printer the county uses to print ballots at polling places as he gives a tour of the county’s election warehouse.

After relying on retail-grade printers to print hundreds of thousands of ballots on the spot and then experiencing a countywide Election Day breakdown, Maricopa County is planning on spending millions to buy much larger, high-performance printers for each of its 2024 polling places. Read more»

Water flows through the Rilito beneath the Campbell Avenue bridge following monsoon storms in July 2021.

While Arizona wrestles with the future of its water, state Attorney General Kris Mayes filed a lawsuit against dozens of companies — including manufacturing giant 3M and the defense contractor Raytheon — for producing products containing PFAS or forever chemicals, causing "widespread" groundwater pollution. Read more»

'We aim to remind Gannett where the value in its company lies — its journalists,' Republic reporter Richard Ruelas wrote.

For two days, unionized reporters at the Arizona Republic and 24 other newsrooms and across the country will walk off the job in order to send a message to parent company Gannett about unfair working conditions. Read more»

ASU President Michael Crow, left, and Fred DuVal, chair elect of the Arizona Board of Regents, confer after the regents meeting where Crow announced a new medical school on Thursday, June 1, 2023.

Arizona State University announced ambitious plans to open a medical school focused on medical engineering and technology as part of a new “ASU Health” initiative that addresses the state’s long-term health needs. Read more»

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