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State Sen. Steve Farley, D-Tucson, said he’s ready to try again to enact a law against texting while driving.

Despite failing repeatedly since 2007, a state lawmaker said he is going to try again to have Arizona join 41 other states that have outlawed all texting while driving. “Why shouldn’t we have a law?” said Sen. Steve Farley, D-Tucson. “This majority enacts hundreds of laws every single year. Why not one that actually can save lives?” Read more»

With a new law requiring scrap metal dealers to register and share information with the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the next step is training dealers and police to make the system work, an industry leader said Wednesday. Read more»

Demonstrators record those leading chants calling for immigration reform during an Oct. 14 protest in Phoenix.

The goal of a protest organized by the Arizona DREAM Act Coalition: halting buses carrying deportees away from the facility. Because of a federal government holiday on this day, there were none, but Jose Patino, whose parents brought him from Mexico to the U.S. illegally 18 years ago, said the message still needs to be heard. Read more»

As part of the Curiosity rover mission, Jack Farmer, an Arizona State University professor of geological sciences, is tasked with looking for carbon compounds and other building blocks suggesting that life once existed on Mars.

When the Curiosity Rover collects soil from the surface of Mars, data from the samples will come to an Arizona State University laboratory to be compared with the composition of soil on Earth. Read more»

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., shown during a recent appearance in Washington, wants the Arizona Department of Transportation to review whether signage directing motorists to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs facilities is adequate.

Citing concerns raised by veterans, Sen. Jeff Flake is urging the Arizona Department of Transportation to assess whether roadway signage pointing to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs facilities is adequate. Read more»

Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio, who voted against the ‘emergency’ sales tax in 2010, said it affects poorer people disproportionately because they spend a larger share of their income on food.

The nation’s sixth-largest city is ready to begin phasing out an “emergency” sales tax on food that was added in 2010 to address a massive budget deficit. Read more»

Attendees form a line representing the severity of certain mental or physical conditions at a Mental Health First Aid training session in Tucson.

A $250,000 appropriation to continue a state program that teaches how to spot signs of mental illness and connect individuals with help will allow even more Arizonans to participate, a Tucson lawmaker said. Read more»