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Owner Ron Sega shows an AR-15 assault rifle for sale at Guns Etc. in Chandler. He said sales are up of late in large part because of buyers’ concerns about the potential for new gun laws in President Barack Obama’s second term.

As many as 25 Arizona gun stores contacted by Cronkite News Service reported spikes in ammunition sales, mirroring reports from other states. Sales are up in large part because of buyers' concerns about the potential for new gun laws. Read more»

Howard Geller, executive director of the public policy group Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP), authored a report saying that ramping up energy-efficiency programs would cut Arizona’s electricity use by 21 percent and save households and businesses billions by 2020.

Arizona households and businesses can cut electricity use by 21 percent and save $7.3 billion by 2020 if utilities ramp up energy-efficiency incentives, a public policy group said Tuesday. Read more»

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton tours a new station that will connect Metro light rail with an electric train set to begin transporting people to Sky Harbor International Airport in early 2013.

A new station to connect Metro light rail with a driverless train serving Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport will function in many ways like a terminal, Mayor Greg Stanton said Tuesday. Read more»

Robert Spindler, archivist and curator for the Arizona Collection at ASU Libraries, displays some recordings former Arizona Gov. Howard Pyle made as a radio broadcaster. In time for Veterans Day, ASU has made available online many of the messages home Pyle recorded for Arizonans serving in World War II.

Recordings 34 Arizonans serving during World War II made by Howard Pyle, a war correspondent who later served as governor, echo across the decades after being made available online by ASU. (with video) Read more»

Ernest Garcia stands by the graves of his grandmother and seven cousins at Cementerio Lindo near downtown Phoenix.

Ernest Garcia visits the graves of his grandmother and seven cousins nearly every month at Cementerio Lindo, on a dusty piece of land near downtown, because his mother told him he was in charge taking care of them. Read more»

A California condor, tagged with the number 22, spreads its wings as it flies over the Grand Canyon. More than 140 hunters turned in their bullets before leaving Kaibab National Forest, part in a Arizona Game and Fish Program that asks hunters to turn in their bullets to prevent lead poisoning in California Condors.

To keep endangered California condors from ingesting lead, state officials are asking successful big-game hunters leaving the Kaibab National Forest whether they used lead bullets and, if so, whether they left behind gut piles. Read more»

Dr. Stephen Jackson, Director of the U.S. Department of the Interior Southwest Climate Science Center (right) reviews a 7,000 year old specimen containing organic materials, while Doug Beard, Chief of the USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (left) observes.

The Southwest Climate Science Center is headed by Dr. Stephen Jackson and is one of eight centers around the country that coordinates research by universities and scientific institutions. Through scientific cooperation they hope to better address climate change. Read more»

Albert Laird, SolarCity’s regional vice president, stands in front of 1 million square feet of solar panels his company installed atop a Walmart distribution center in Buckeye. He says solar has become a major industry in Arizona.

Arizona ranked second in the nation in installation of photovoltaic solar panels in the quarter that ended in March, reported The Solar Energy Industries Association earlier this month. Read more» 1

Henry Darwin, director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, answers questions during an interview Tuesday.

Instead of tangling with Arizona over the Clean Air Act, federal regulators should consider Arizona's unique factors, the state's environmental chief says. Read more»

A young bald eagle sits in a man-made nest created by the Arizona Game and Fish Department to lure a breeding pair away from a diseased nest.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department created two artificial eagle nests along the Verde River to replace an old nest in an effort to help baby eagles survive. Although this is not a permanent solution, it has allowed two nestlings to be raised to fledglings this year. Read more»

Concern that too many Latinos aren’t engaging in the political process has two groups trying to bring the political process to them. The Voter Participation Center and Voto Latino announced Thursday that they are mailing more than 100,000 registration applications this week to eligible Arizona citizens. Read more» 1

Madelaine Adelman, co-chair of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network’s Phoenix chapter, said that most teachers want to intervene in situations of gay students being bullied, but they feel restrained by conflicting policies.

Schools can reduce bullying against students based on sexual orientation or identity by adopting policies listing groups that typically are targeted and encouraging teachers and staff members to intervene, two advocates said Friday. Read more» 1