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A Trans World Airlines Lockheed Super Constellation, the type of plane involved in the 1956 collision above the Grand Canyon.

On the morning of June 30, 1956, a Trans World Airlines L-1049 Super Constellation and a United Airlines DC-7 collided 21,000 feet over the Grand Canyon. All 128 people aboard the planes died. It was the deadliest civilian plane crash to date, and its fallout resulted in modern air traffic control and the establishment of the Federal Aviation Administration. Read more»

Celeste Kelly, a Tucson animal massager, works with Bend N’ Snap, or Bend, a 12-year-old jumping horse that sustained an injury a few years ago.

Celeste Kelly has been making a living as a horse massager for more than a decade and is certified by three private schools as an equine massager, but 18 months ago the Arizona State Veterinary Medical Examining Board sent her a cease-and-desist letter for diagnosing and treating an animal without a veterinary license. Read more»

An irrigation ditch carries water at A Tumbling-T Ranches in Goodyear.

With agriculture accounting for about two-thirds of the water used in Arizona, a state program encourages farmers to adopt water-saving practices and technologies. Through the Best Management Practices program, farmers receive incentives if they follow suggestions from the Arizona Department of Water Resources. Read more»

Serena Unrein, public interest advocate for the Arizona Public Interest Research Group, discusses a report giving the state a B in spending transparency. Joining her (from left) are Rep. Darin Mitchell, R-Litchfield Park, and Scot Mussi, executive director of the Arizona Free Enterprise Club.

Arizona has improved its transparency on government spending but has a lot of work to do when it comes to providing information on tax credits for businesses, an advocacy group says. Arizona ranked 19th among states in the report by the Arizona Public Interest Research Group. Read more»

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is raising concerns about a 2012 state law requiring protection for workers facing potential falls of at least 15 feet. OSHA standards call for harnesses, nets or guardrails for those facing potential falls of at least 6 feet.

Federal officials say they could wind up assuming control of workplace safety in Arizona's residential construction industry because a 2012 state law doesn't do enough to protect workers. Their concern: a provision requiring protection when potential falls are at least 15 feet. Read more»

A sign seeks signatures on a petition to have a referendum in November on legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in Arizona.

Activists with Safer Arizona, a grassroots marijuana advocacy group, are trying to collect enough signatures to put a legalization initiative on the November ballot. Read more»

Rep. Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix, the House minority leader, addresses a news conference at which he and other Democrats criticized the influence of the conservative advocacy group Center for Arizona Policy.

The advocacy group behind legislation such as SB 1062 and attempts to restrict abortions has too much power over the Legislature, Democratic leaders said Tuesday. Read more»

In another step toward their merger, American Airlines is joining US Airways in Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport’s Terminal 4. Read more»

Glenn Hamer, president and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, holds up a copy of Arizona’s plan for implementing the Common Core State standards at a news conference Thursday. Explaining their opposition to GOP bills that would roll back or forbid the standards in Arizona, Hamer and other business leaders said the standards will help the state create a competitive workforce.

Several GOP bills to roll back or forbid Arizona’s switch to the Common Core State Standards would harm efforts to create a more competitive workforce, business leaders said Thursday, saying "We believe that it would be wrong to deny Arizona students the education they need to succeed in the 21st century." Read more»

Sen. Chester Crandell, R- Heber, authored legislation that would require school district bond overrides to be held only in even-numbered years.

A state lawmaker wants to require school district bond overrides to be held only in even-numbered years, saying that would provide the largest possible turnout. Read more»

Four years after Arizonans narrowly approved medical marijuana, a new poll suggests that a slim majority favors full legalization.

Nearly four years after Arizonans narrowly approved medical marijuana, a poll suggests that a slight majority favors legalizing the drug. Fifty-one percent of those responding to the Behavior Research Center's Rocky Mountain Poll said the sale of marijuana should be legal. Read more» 4

Saying harsh penalties for marijuana use do more harm than good, a state lawmaker wants to remove felony charges for possession without the intent to sell. I don’t believe they should go away to prison and face hefty fines and possibly have their civil rights taken away,” said Rep. Mark A. Cardenas, D-Phoenix. Read more»

Arizona’s public pension systems for state employees, public safety personnel and corrections officers are on a path toward financial stability, according to a study by a bipartisan think tank. Despite having funding to meet 71.6 percent of pension obligations — a gap of $14.5 billion — reforms enacted in 2011 have curtailed the growth of future liabilities, according to the Grand Canyon Institute. Read more»

Phoenix City Councilman Michael Nowakowski addresses a news conference at which state lawmakers and city leaders outlined plans for a trade office in Mexico City.

State lawmakers say a partnership with Phoenix to create a trade, tourism and investment center in Mexico City could boost Arizona’s economy by billions of dollars. Read more» 1