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

Officials from the Arizona Department of Water Resources and CAP say decades of planning have prepared the state for a water shortage expected to be declared on the Colorado River. They say a shortage wouldn't immediately affect cities or industries. Read more»

Gov. Doug Ducey speaks at a signing ceremony for legislation that will allow Arizonans to get medical tests without having to get a doctor's order. At right is Rep. Heather Carter, R-Cave Creek, the bill's author.

Arizona patients will be able to get any laboratory test without a doctor's approval under legislation signed Monday by Gov. Doug Ducey. The governor said the change will reduce barriers and red tape. The bill's author hopes Arizona will lead the nation in preventative care. Read more» 2

Bisbee has banned single-use plastic bags and added a fee for paper bags, and Tempe and Flagstaff are considering following suit. But a bill before the state Legislature would bar cities, towns and counties from doing so. Read more» 5