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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»

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»

Smoky conditions, similar to the haze covering San Francisco, continued in the Midwest and on the East Coast in 2021, as the West Coast fires continued to burn.

Scientists are finding in an ongoing study that despite the haze from far-off blazes, enough indirect sunlight was available to fuel the nation’s burgeoning solar panel industry in 2020 - good news as the U.S. government is seeking to quickly ramp up solar energy production. Read more»

In March 2022, the FTC sued Intuit over deceptive ads for its so-called 'Free' edition.

After both Intuit and H&R Block left the Free File program, the future of the program is unclear, and it’s still difficult to find truly free tax filing options. The IRS created a tool to help you find this year’s Free File options as it looks into creating a public filing system. Read more»

More than two thirds of the Colorado River begins as snow in Colorado, but warm temperatures and dry soil are steadily reducing the amount of snowmelt that makes its way into the river, which supplies water to 40 million people across the Southwest.

The West has been slammed by wet weather this winter: Good news for the Colorado River, where all that moisture hints at a possible springtime boost for the reservoirs that have been crippled by drought - but many more years of heavy snow are needed to make a serious dent. Read more»

The publicly-owned Salt River Project’s Coronado Generating Station -  set to shut down in the next decade - was one of six coal plants’ whose requests to keep dumping toxic ash into unlined or inadequately lined pits were denied. The Apache Generating Station was granted an extension.

The EPA denied the requests of six coal plants - including the Salt River Project’s Coronado Generating Station - to keep dumping toxic ash into unlined or inadequately lined pits, signaling the agency’s commitment to enforce the 2015 federal coal ash rules. Read more»

Data shows that the unusually wet winter has improved drought conditions in Arizona and other places in the Southwest.

Amid an unusually wet winter and after last summer's strong monsoon, Arizona may be better off than other Southwest states as it continues to battle a 23-year drought - but while the snowpack is high, the Southwest’s reservoirs remain lower than average. Read more»

A bill proposed in the Arizona state legislature would provide $30 million in grants for controlled trials to study the drug’s effects on various mental health conditions.

As Arizona veterans struggling with mental health want solutions, a bipartisan bill in the Arizona legislature would put $30 million in grants over three years toward clinical trials using whole-mushroom psilocybin to treat mental health conditions like depression and PTSD. Read more»

Reproductive rights protesters in Tucson in June 2022.

A ruling Thursday from a federal judge that reinstates an abortion ban from 2021 that prohibits doctors from performing abortions due to the fetus’ genetic abnormality has once again complicated the legal landscape for providers in Arizona. Read more»

Arizona recently entered a tier 2A shortage due to the dwindling of the Colorado River, with a 21% reduction in Colorado River allocation going into effect at the start of this year, about 9% of the state’s total water usage.

Arizona is ranked No. 3 among the states for water efficiency and sustainability, but still has a lot of room for improvement, according to an analysis by The Alliance for Water Efficiency that ranks each state on conservation, sustainability and affordability. Read more»

A look at the roadwork projects in the draft RTA plan would suggest Tucson is doing OK in the fight for projects.

Tucson looks like it's coming out OK in a draft RTA Next plan, with 24 of 37 projects slated for the region's urban core. Plus, Pima County dives into initial appearances and Buffalo Soldiers, and more in local government meetings this week. Read more»

SRP and Clenera will begin construction on Arizona’s largest solar plant in 2023 northwest of Flagstaff. SRP has been working to expand solar, including at East Line Solar in Coolidge, shown here, which was initiated by SRP and is owned and operated by a subsidiary of AES.

Salt River Project has partnered with Clēnera, a private renewable energy company, to bring Arizona its largest solar plant on 2,400 acres of private land northwest of Flagstaff by 2024. Read more»

The Desolation Canyon Wilderness Area along the Green River in central Utah.

Environmental groups asked a 10th Circuit panel to order an environmental impact statement for the plan to give Utah 52,000 acre-feet of water from a reservoir annually, arguing the plan was approved without taking into account how drastically drought would deplete the river. Read more»

The Bighorn Fire in June, 2020, visible from townhouses near Ventana Canyon as the fire burns downslope.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will spend nearly $500 million on projects to reduce wildfire risk in 11 areas in Western states, including Arizona, with funding coming from the budget, climate and taxes law that passed last year. Read more»

Law enforcement can obtain people’s data from tech companies such as Google, whose privacy policies say the companies reserve the right to share users’ data with law enforcement.

Some sites selling abortion pills use technology that shares information with third parties like Google - and law enforcement can potentially use this data to prosecute people who end their pregnancies with medication. Read more»

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