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A catalytic converter sits in the undercarriage of a vehicle. Filled with such precious metals as platinum, palladium and rhodium, converters increasingly are being targeted by thieves.

Drivers may not know what catalytic converters do, but it’s clear that they’re valuable - with thefts of the emissions-control devices skyrocketing across the country - as Arizonans reported 2,046 thefts in 2021, an increase of 1,340% over 2019. Read more»

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and state Sen. Sine Kerr, R-Buckeye, shake hands at a bill signing at the Capitol in Phoenix on July 6, 2022. Senate Bill 1740, sponsored by Kerr, reestablishes the Water Infrastructure Finance Authority of Arizona as a state agency and invests more than $1 billion in water conservation efforts.

Gov. Doug Ducey on Wednesday signed a bill investing more than $1 billion into efforts to augment and preserve water supplies in Arizona as the Southwest remains in the grip of a drought that has lasted more than two decades. Read more»

A group of people at the Arizona Education Association rally outside the Arizona Senate in Phoenix on June 21, 2022.

Members of the Arizona Education Association gathered at the state Capitol to again ask lawmakers to funnel a bigger chunk of the state’s $5 billion budget surplus into public schools and questioned the use of taxpayer money to expand the voucher program. Read more»

Hoxworth Springs, south of Flagstaff, is one of the many springs monitored by ecohydrogeologist Abe Springer and his team of Northern Arizona University graduate students, photographed on June 15, 2022. 'Our research at Hoxworth and similar sites directly helps inform the long-term sustainability of Arizona’s aquifers to supply water,' Springer says.

A team of NAU researchers have collected data from springs throughout the Coconino National Forest and the Grand Canyon National Park for a decade to study effects on Arizona’s ecosystems while contributing to our understanding of climate change. Read more»

Brad Bramlett of the National Fire Prevention Education Team talks on June 8, 2022, about the importance of parking cars on gravel rather than grass. Dry grass can ignite with temperatures of 500 degrees, and the underside of cars can reach 900 degrees.

As warm and windy conditions Tuesday were pushing the Pipeline Fire north of Flagstaff and other wildfires are burning across the state, fire prevention experts shared tips on simple ways to contribute to fire safety. Read more»

A new study from the journal Science found that almost half of bald eagles and golden eagles in Arizona and 37 other states suffered from chronic lead poisoning - caused by consuming lead from bullets and shot through their diet. Read more»

Daniel Mendoza, a la derecha, el director de fotografía de 'Forever Home' y Sean Oliver preparan el equipo en el set de 'Forever Home' el 5 de septiembre de 2021.

La industria cinematográfica de Arizona se mantuvo a sí misma a través de incentivos fiscales hasta 2010, cuando la Legislatura puso fin al programa, y ​​ahora, después de años de abandono, el estado se ha convertido nuevamente en terreno fértil para las producciones independientes. Read more»

Los visitantes del Arizona Renaissance Festival & Artisan Marketplace al sur de Gold Canyon participan en un concurso de lanzamiento de hachas el 21 de febrero de 2022.

El Arizona Renaissance Festival & Artisan Marketplace ha regresado a su hogar justo al sur de Gold Canyon después de una pausa causada por la pandemia de COVID-19. Con él vienen los elementos básicos del festival: juegos divertidos, grandes multitudes y novedades anacrónicas. Read more»

Daniel Mendoza, left, the director of photography on 'Forever Home,' and Sean Oliver watch the camera as Drew Leatham performs on the set of Oliver’s film 'Forever Home' on Oct. 19, 2021.

The Arizona moviemaking industry sustained itself through tax incentives until 2010, when the Legislature ended the program in response to the Great Recession - and now, after years of neglect, the state has one again become fertile ground for independent productions. Read more»

Marian Brock, left, and Vanessa Webb, aka Sprout and Gerty of the Washing Well Wenches, perform at the Arizona Renaissance Festival & Artisan Marketplace south of Gold Canyon on Feb. 21, 2022.

The Arizona Renaissance Festival & Artisan Marketplace has returned to its home just south of Gold Canyon after a hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. With it comes the long-running festival’s staples: fun games, big crowds and anachronistic novelties. Read more»