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Though national officials are refuting reports of a global wine shortage, Deb Wahl of Oak Creek Vineyards and Winery in Cornville says she’s increasing production in response to rising demand.

Though national officials are refuting reports of a global wine shortage, Deb Wahl of Oak Creek Vineyards and Winery says increasing demand is pressuring her, and other Verde Valley winemakers, to produce more. “We can’t plant enough, we can’t produce (enough),” said Wahl, Oak Creek’s owner. “Even with my small winery, I’m always under the gun to produce more (and) produce better. That’s a good problem to have, right?” Read more»

Chris Moeser, an attorney representing five Valley television stations, says camera coverage of the retrial of a man charged with the 1991 slayings of nine people in a West Valley Buddhist temple serves the public interest.

A judge Thursday denied a motion by the defense and prosecution to have all media coverage banned from the third trial of a man charged with the 1991 slayings of nine people in a West Valley Buddhist temple. “I’m not going to ban the media,” Judge Joseph Kreamer said. “That’s not going to happen ... This case is of historical significance. It is of public interest. I think that’s very important that they see it and they see what happens.” Read more»

Janet Franklin, an Arizona State University geography professor, conducts research at a site in California.

Two researchers at Arizona State University are aiming to help officials manage trees based on how different types are affected by climate change. Janet Franklin, a geography professor, and Pep Serra-Diaz, a postdoctoral researcher, are using computer models to study how quickly a tree species and its habitat will be exposed to climate change. That information is used to locate areas with specific elevations and latitudes where trees could survive and repopulate. Read more»

Rosemont Copper Co. agreed in principle this week to give the Arizona Game and Fish Department $10 million for programs protecting wildlife habitat around a proposed mine near Tucson. Read more»

Latino leaders have worked to preserve the Santa Rita Center, which under a National Park Service plan submitted to Congress would become a national historic park. Chavez is said to have first uttered the phrase 'si se puede' at the site.

A National Park Service recommendation could bring federal designation to the building near downtown where farm labor leader César Chávez is said to have first uttered “Sí se puede.” Read more»

A Mexican gray wolf at the Sevilleta Wolf Management Facility in New Mexico in 2011.

Following a request from U.S. Sens. Jeff Flake and John McCain, federal officials have added a public hearing in Arizona on proposed changes to the management of endangered Mexican gray wolves. Read more»

A shade structure over the playground at Sunnyslope Elementary School in Phoenix houses some of the 1,416 solar panels the school had installed through an APS incentive program.

As students cavort around Sunnyslope Elementary School’s playground, a shade structure high above the slides and monkey bars helps harness the sun’s power. Read more»

California is on the verge of banning hunters from using lead ammunition statewide. An existing law requires non-lead ammunition in central and southern portions of that state that are part of the California condor’s range.

With California on the verge of becoming the first state to ban lead ammunition in order to protect California condors, advocates say a similar ban in Arizona would be unlikely. Read more»

For the ninth year in a row, the Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report named Phoenix the safest city with more than 1 million residents in terms of car crashes.

Anyone who’s been tailgated, cut off or rear-ended while driving on the streets and freeways here may be surprised to learn that Phoenix drivers rank as the safest around. Tucson and Mesa also ranked as the top cities in their respective population sizes. Read more» 1