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Crowds gather watch thunderheads building over the North Rim of the Grand Canyon from Mather Point on the South Rim in August 2011.

Arizona’s tourism industry stands to lose millions of dollars per day if national parks close as part of a possible federal government shutdown next week. Read more»

American Red Cross volunteer Marty Martindale gives some encouragement to Yarnell resident Gene Criner, one of scores who lost homes in the wildfire that killed 19 Granite Mountain Hotshot firefighters on June 30.

The Small Business Administration announced Friday it will offer disaster assistance in the form of low-interest loans to help counter the damage of the Yarnell Hill fire that killed 19 firefighters in June. Read more»

A federal appeals court Thursday overturned multiple shooting convictions of a Tohono O’odham man, saying prosecutors had not proved that the man was a member of a federally recognized tribe. Read more»

Arizona’s poverty rate of 18.7 percent in 2012 was higher than the national rate of 15.9 percent in that year, and eighth-highest among states.

Poverty rates remained significantly higher and incomes lower in Arizona than in the rest of the nation last year, according to data released Thursday by the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Read more»

The Navajo Generating Station near Page burns locally mined coal, providing jobs and power, along with some of the highest carbon dioxide emissions among the nation’s power plants, a new report says.

The Navajo Generating Station, Four Corners Power Plant and Springerville Generating Station were 10th-, 15th- and 34th-dirtiest in the nation in the report. But plant officials called that misleading, saying the report does not consider the power generated by those plants. Read more»

The Apache trout is native to Arizona and is the official state fish. Once endangered, it has enjoyed a comeback, state officials say, but some environmentalists say it has been hit hard by the fallout of wildfires.

Longer droughts and more disastrous wildfires are killing freshwater fish in Arizona and other Southwestern states, threatening not just the fish but a sport worth hundreds of millions of dollars a year, a new report says. Read more»

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that David Scott Detrich deserves a new hearing on his challenges to his conviction for the 1989 murder of Elizabeth Souter.

A divided federal appeals court Tuesday ordered a new hearing for Arizona death-row inmate David Scott Detrich in the 1989 kidnapping and stabbing death of a Tucson woman. Detrich’s arguments that his trial attorney was ineffective had previously been rejected by courts as being raised too late. Read more»

A pile of logs, stripped of branches and cut to size, awaits transport near Halls Ranch within Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in eastern Arizona’s White Mountains.

The federal government will deduct more than $860,000 from its timber payment to Arizona this year, some of the more than $15 million the U.S. Forest Service said it will withhold from 22 states. Read more»

A group of visitors from New York gathers at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the 50th anniversary of King’s historic March on Washington, which was being celebrated nearby on the Mall.

The current and former presidents did not mention Arizona by name, but state Democrats and voting-rights advocates said they clearly had the state in mind then they talked about voter suppression as a challenge facing minorities, 50 years after the March on Washington. Read more»

Volunteer Marissa Galindo will visit about 50 homes in an afternoon. The volunteers go to areas with high Latino populations that have low voter turnout.

A recent court ruling could confuse state voters: If they register to vote using a federal form, they don't have to show proof of citizenship, but if they register using a state form, they do. Read more» 3

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