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A recent report on the Mexican public’s attitudes toward the U.S. showed they improved markedly between 2004 and 2014.

Make America great again? Mexicans think it is already. A survey that said the number of Mexicans who reported they trusted and admired the United States grew sharply over a 10-year period, rising to 44 percent in 2014. Read more»

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated the Arizona Students’ Association lawsuit against the Arizona Board of Regents, which accused the regents of cutting off funding to the student group in retaliation for its political activities.

A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that the Arizona Students’ Association can pursue a claim that the Arizona Board of Regents cut off its funding in retaliation for the student group’s aggressive support of a school-funding initiative. Read more»

A female Aedes aegypti mosquito while she was in the process of acquiring a blood meal from her human host, who in this instance, was actually the biomedical photographer, James Gathany, at the Centers for Disease Control.

Phoenix is one of the best regions in the nation when it comes to the surveillance of mosquitos that can carry the Zika virus, one of the hard science approaches that could help check the spread of the disease, an Arizona epidemiologist said Wednesday. Read more»

The Wallow Fire burned a half-million acres in 2011.

Arizona is expected to have a normal wildfire season this summer after several years in which the state saw relatively little fire activity, state and federal officials said. A normal wildfire season for Arizona still means thousands of fires across the state — an average of 2,846 per year. Read more»

Crews removing invasive tamarisks along the Gila River near Safford use chain saws and an excavator and then apply herbicide to keep the trees from growing back.

Word that a beetle introduced elsewhere to kill off tamarisks is heading toward Graham County isn't entirely good news, even though the invasive trees are a big problem Read more»

Gov. Doug Ducey, pictured here at a Special Devices Inc. expansion groundbreaking in Mesa on March 16, says he's proud of the budget he signed last week that includes $99 million in cuts to universities.

The head of the Arizona Board of Regents has threatened to sue over cuts to state universities, but Gov. Doug Ducey says he's proud of the budget. Ducey says he wants to work with university leaders and regents on the future. Read more»

State Rep. J.D. Mesnard, R-Chandler, authored legislation to that would create the office of lieutenant governor in Arizona. He said Arizona’s frequent turnover in the governor’s office makes it important to have a lieutenant governor ready to take over.

A state lawmaker wants to create the office of lieutenant governor to add more continuity if the governor's office becomes vacant. Rep. J.D. Mesnard, R-Chandler, says frequent turnover in the governor's office is behind his legislation seeking the change. Read more»

Sen. Don Shooter, R-Yuma, shown in a 2012 photo, wants to allow governments in Arizona to deny public records requests deemed to be overly burdensome. He says a handful of individuals in many communities file requests that amount to harassment.

Saying local governments are wasting resources responding to public records requests filed by a handful of individuals intent on harassment, a state lawmaker wants to give agencies the power to deny such requests. Read more» 2

Sen. Steve Smith, R-Maricopa, authored a bill to allow departments to keep police officers’ names secret for 90 days after a deadly force incident.

Despite objections from open-government and civil rights activists, a state Senate committee advanced a bill Wednesday that would allow law enforcement agencies to withhold for 90 days the names of officers involved in deadly force incidents. Read more» 1

State Sen. Sylvia Allen, R-Snowflake, shown in a 2011 photo, says her service on the five-member Navajo County Board of Supervisors left her thinking that Arizona’s open meeting law is too restrictive. She authored a bill to allow members of elected boards to meet out of the public eye unless they are preparing to take action.

A lawmaker said Arizona’s open meeting law stifles informal discussions and wants to allow elected boards to talk out of the public eye. The current law requires all meetings that include a quorum of a government body to take place in public. Critics said the proposal would defeat the purpose of transparency laws. Read more» 2

State Rep. J.D. Mesnard, R-Chandler, wants Arizona to reduce the amount of income tax it collects to offset its gains from a proposed federal law to give states the ability to demand sales tax from out-of-state online retailers.

If federal law gives states the authority to require online retailers to collect state sales taxes, Arizona should reduce the amount of income tax it collects to offset its gains, a state lawmaker says. Read more» 2

State Sen. Kelli Ward, R-Lake Havasu City, co-sponsored a bill that would allow candidates for public office to request that their home addresses remain secret. She said the change would keep candidates safer. (Cronkite News Photo by )

Three bills introduced during this legislative session aim to make what currently is public information private. Read more» 1

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