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Arizona still a power in solar industry, despite gains by other states

Arizona currently ranks second in total installed solar capacity after California, the nation’s undisputed leader. More than 100 solar facilities are operating or under construction here, and could have a large effect on our economy, with the potential to attract a skilled workforce.... Read more»0

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Trump would face steep climb undoing possible Grand Canyon Nat'l Monument

President Obama could cement his environmental legacy by taking executive action to designate nearly 4 million acres of Western land as national monuments before leaving office next month.... Read more»0

Some Arizona Democrats balk as Pelosi re-elected minority leader

House Democrats re-elected Nancy Pelosi their leader Wednesday with support from more than two-thirds of the caucus, but from just half of the Arizona Democrats in the state's congressional delegation. Reps. Raul Grijalva and Tom O'Halleran voted for the longtime leader, while Ruben Gallego and Kyrsten Sinema called for change.... Read more»0

Arizona homelessness down 30% since 2010, nat'l report says

The number of homeless people fell nearly 30 percent in Arizona in the last six years, outpacing the decrease nationwide in the same period, according to report Thursday from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.... Read more»0

Study: Number of Az polling places cut sharply since 2012

When Arizona voters go to the polls Tuesday, it will be at 212 fewer polling places than in 2012, with 13 of the state’s 15 counties cutting sites in that time, a new report shows.... Read more»0

As climate heats up, state confident in water conservation efforts

Parts of Arizona could experience as many as 140 days of temperatures above 100 degrees per year within 20 years, according to a climate change model from the EPA. Despite that, state agencies say they are confident that the state has been careful in its water use, and communities and water utilities have developed responses to changing climates for years.... Read more»0

Enviros challenge states to use VW funds to boost electric vehicle use

Environmental advocates are challenging Arizona and states across the Southwest to use funds from a potential Volkswagen lawsuit settlement to invest in electric-vehicle charging stations and to electrify public transit.... Read more»0

VW settlement of emissions case could mean millions for Arizona

The state of Arizona could get up to $53 million for clean-air programs as part of a $14.7 billion settlement of a U.S. government lawsuit that charged Volkswagen rigged its “clean diesel” vehicles to cheat on emissions tests.... Read more»0

After being hit hard by recession, Latinos see sharp income, employment rise

Hispanic Americans enjoyed the fastest growth in household incomes and the largest decline in the poverty rate of any major racial or ethnic group in 2015, the White House said Wednesday.... Read more»0

Court upholds state’s rules for political parties to get on the ballot

A federal appeals court Friday upheld the state’s process for recognizing political parties, rejecting claims by the Arizona Green Party that the petition deadline for new parties posed an unconstitutional burden. ... Read more»0

Workers cite harassment, retaliation in 'toxic' national parks

National Park Service employees continue to suffer from a “toxic” work culture that has allowed for rampant sexual misconduct and a culture of retaliation, park workers told a House committee Thursday.... Read more»0

Latinos support Grand Canyon-area monument on DC trip

Latino groups were in Washington Thursday with a message for President Barack Obama: designate 1.7 million acres around the Grand Canyon as a national monument.... Read more»0

Some Navajo locals join lawmakers opposing Bears Ears national monument

Navajo Nation locals joined Utah lawmakers Wednesday to express opposition to any attempt to designate land around the Bears Ears site in southeastern Utah as a national monument.... Read more»0

Electric car owners in Az hope to jolt interest in vehicles

When Phoenix-area gearheads line up Saturday night at Scottsdale Pavilions to show off their cars as they have for more than 20 years, Brian Perkins will be there to help showcase 19 cars. But what he is displaying are different than the classic hotrods and souped-up racers that typically show up. They’re all electric.... Read more»0

For Congress, a lot to do, little time and looming elections

A week into a shortened session before it leaves again for an election-year October recess, Congress made no progress on any of the 12 spending bills for the budget that ends Sept. 30 and remains stalled over emergency funding to fight the Zika virus. Instead, lawmakers on both sides of the aisles are playing politics while the clock is ticking.... Read more»0

EPA announces plans for next phase of Navajo uranium cleanup

Federal officials took the first step last week toward a planned $1 billion cleanup of abandoned uranium mines in and around the Navajo Nation, seeking bids to assess the problem and begin planning the project.... Read more»0

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