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Recreational shooter Donnie Miller at Table Mesa Recreation Area in a February photo. Arizona’s gun culture and many opportunities for shooting were two factors that helped it win a top ranking for gun owners.

For the third straight year, Arizona was ranked best state in the nation for gun owners by Guns and Ammo magazine, which praised the state’s self-defense and carry laws, its shooting sports and strong gun culture. Read more»

The final Clean Power Plan released by the Environmental Protection Agency aims to cut carbon emissions nationwide. In Arizona, where the Four Corners Power Plant is located, the goal will be to cut carbon from 1,552 pounds per megawatt hour in 2012 to 1,031 pounds by 2030.

Arizona environmental groups cheered the final version of the Clean Power Plan unveiled Monday, a first-ever national standard that aims to cut power plant emissions by a third by 2030. But Arizona utilities and state officials both were more cautious, saying they need to study the plan that has been more than a year in the making. Read more» 1

For the second year in a row, Arizona ranked 46th among states for the overall well-being of children in the state.

Despite making progress in most areas, Arizona remained mired at 46th among states for overall child well-being in the 2015 KidsCount report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Read more»

Secretary of State John Kerry reacts Tuesday in Vienna, Austria, after the close of negotiations on a multi-national deal aimed at reining in Iranian nuclear capabilities. Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

It took more than 20 months of negotiations to reach agreement on an Iranian nuclear deal, but it took mere hours for Arizona lawmakers to respond to the plan, with support falling along party lines. Read more»

Letters from Gov. Doug Ducey and Secretary of State Michele Reagan that let Attorney General Mark Brnovich know he was in charge – and the tweet inviting ideas on what to do as acting governor.

As governor, Attorney General Mark Brnovich would declare every day Grateful Dead Day and take down SkyNet, the self-aware computer network that menaces mankind in the “Terminator” movies. Those were some of the fanciful exchanges when he found himself acting governor this week, in the absence of Gov. Ducey and Secretary of State Reagan. Read more» 2

A federal appeals court on Tuesday reinstated the conviction of a Gila River tribal member under the Indian Major Crimes Act, redefining its rule for determining who is and is not Indian in the process. Read more»

Arizona and Kansas were trying to force the federal government to change its voter registration form, which only requires applicants check a box attesting to their citizenship.

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from officials in Arizona and Kansas who wanted federal election officials to require proof of citizenship for people registering to vote. Read more»

Prescott resident Kayla Mueller was 26 when she was kidnapped in Syria by ISIS militants in August 2013. She died in February while being held by the militant group.

The White House announced a new policy this week on how it deals with foreign hostage-takers and “in particular its interaction and communication with families whose loved ones have been taken hostage.” Obama’s order comes four months after former Prescott resident Kayla Mueller died while being held by ISIS militants. Read more»

Matt R. Salmon, an advocate for gay rights since coming out at age 20, said he and dad, Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Mesa, disagree on same-sex marriage. But on other issues they share 'a lot of the same views … that we bond over.'

Matt Salmon celebrated the Supreme Court’s ruling Friday that said same-sex marriage is a constitutionally protected right. Matt R. Salmon, that is, the gay son of Rep. Matt Salmon, a conservative Republican from Mesa who, unlike his son, opposes same-sex marriage. Read more»

A number of national gay-rights groups turned out at the Supreme Court for its same-sex marriage decision, which coincidentally came on the same day gay-rights rulings from past terms of the court.

As the Supreme Court ruled states cannot deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples, activists in Arizona were sharply split. "Big picture, this isn’t the final word on marriage," said a spokesman for the right-wing Center for Arizona Policy, while a member of the College Democrats said "the fight for equality doesn’t end here at all, this isn’t the moment we get complacent." Read more» 1

Rep. Raul Grijalva backed by other Democrats who think the White House’s plans for a Pacific free-trade agreement will harm U.S. workers and the economy.

Arizona Republicans sided with President Barack Obama and the state’s Democrats opposed him Thursday, as the House voted to revive stalled negotiations toward a 12-nation free-trade pact with Asian and Pacific Rim countries. Read more»

Arizona followed the rest of the House, with most Democrats supporting the plan to pull troops out of Syria and Iraq, and most Republicans opposing.  The measure failed.

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema was the sole Arizona Democrat to break party ranks Wednesday as the House rejected a Democratic proposal calling for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria and Iraq. Read more»

A phone app from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration warns workers and others who will be outside as summer heats up of risks of heat-related illness, and provides preventive steps.

OSHA officials have a message for workers and others who expect to be outside working and playing as summer heats up: Shade, water and rest for safety. And if that’s too much to remember, the agency has an app for that. Read more»

Hundreds showed up for an interfaith “Love is Stronger than Hate” event at the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix just days after an anti-Muslim rally was held outside the mosque.

Critics are still calling for an investigation of the Phoenix mosque, but officials there say they have been getting "thousands of messages of support." Read more»

When U.S. Sen. John McCain announced his intention this week to run for election to a sixth term in 2016, he said he was ready for a fight from any challengers who might want to take him on. He may well get one. Political analysts say McCain will almost surely face an expensive campaign with challengers likely from both the left and the right. Read more» 2

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