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A captive Mexican gray wolf at the Sevilleta Wolf Management Facility in New Mexico in 2011. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has declined to identified the wolves, found in Arizona and New Mexico, as separate from the larger gray wolf population.

For the second time in as many weeks, a Tucson-based conservation group has sued the federal government over endangered status of the Mexican gray wolf. The Center for Biological Diversity challenged the government's refusal to list the animals as a wolf subspecies. Read more»

State Sen.-elect Steve Farley, D-Tucson, said he plans to reintroduce his bill that would ban texting behind the wheel. Rare when he first introduced the bill in the Arizona House, Farley said most states now have such laws and Arizona needs to catch up.

State Sen.-elect Steve Farley, D-Tucson, said he will reintroduce legislation next year to ban texting while driving, despite repeated rejections in the House, noting that the rest of the country has finally caught up with his idea. While the Tucson City Council passed such a ban in February 2012, moves to halt the practice statewide have run into dead ends. Read more»

Gov. Jan Brewer, shown in an file photo from April, said the decision against having the state run its health insurance exchange program was one of the hardest in her career. The move means the federal government will run the state’s exchange.

Gov. Jan Brewer announced Wednesday that Arizona will not create a state-based health exchange but will leave that job to the federal government, as detailed in the Affordable Care Act. Read more»

In November 2011 Arizona said Amazon owed the state $53 million in uncollected sales taxes from March 1, 2006, through Dec. 31, 2010, according to the company’s most recent quarterly earnings report.

Cyber Monday might have meant savings to consumers, but it could very well mean lost money for the state of Arizona. A new report says Arizona will see approximately $708 million in sales taxes go uncollected on online and catalog purchases from businesses located outside the state. Read more» 1

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, right, joins Hector Olavarria Tapia, Mexico's undersecretary of communications, signing an agreement Tuesday to fight the theft and cross-border trafficking of cellular devices.

U.S. and Mexican government officials signed an agreement Tuesday aimed at fighting theft and cross-border trafficking of cellular devices by making stolen cell phones and tablets unusable. Read more»

Arturo Vargas, executive director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, at the Washington release of a report projecting a sharp jump in Latinos voting this year, nationally and in Arizona.

The number of Latinos going to the polls in Arizona for this presidential election could jump as much as 23 percent from their turnout in 2008, according to a new report. Read more» 1

The Prescott metro area ranks seventh-highest in the nation for the percentage of people who worked out of their homes in 2010, at 7.6 percent. Read more»

Farmers made their opinions known during a rally this month in support of the farm bill. The expiration of the old bill will not immediately affect them, but will hurt long-term planning, they say.

Congress left town without acting on the farm bill, which expires Sept. 30. Its expiration won't immediately affect farmers and food-stamp recipients who benefit from the massive, multi-year bill - but that doesn't mean those groups are happy about the inaction. Read more»

See an interactive map to see the median earnings in the past 12 months by sex for each congressional district in Arizona.

Women earned more than men in just 12 of the nation’s 435 congressional districts in 2011, and one of those districts was Arizona's CD4. Tucson-area CD8 posted the state's largest wage gap, with men earning nearly $12,500 more than women. Read more» 1

Migrant workers from Mexico pick, core and pack lettuce in a Yuma farm field in this 2011 photo. Immigration policy has devastated the skilled labor force Arizona farms have relied on over the past 20 years.

With harvest season for many crops approaching, Arizona farms need workers to help bring the crops in. But immigration policy has made it harder to find the skilled labor force farms have relied on for 20 years. Read more»

A new report claims as many as 500,000 healthcare jobs – more than 9.800 in Arizona – could be lost next year if looming Medicare budget cuts are allowed to take effect. Click on the interactive map to see losses by state, with the hardest-hit in red, followed by yellow, green, blue and purple.

Arizona could lose more than 9,800 health-care and other jobs next year if a 2 percent cut in Medicare takes effect Jan. 2 as part of the $1.2 trillion federal budget “sequestration,” a new report claims. Read more»

The Farm Bill Now coalition passed out signs and pins to hundreds of people who showed up for the rally. The green half-dollar size pins read ‘Farm Bill Now!’, which the crowd also chanted several times during the rally.

Farmers from Arizona traveled to Washington to rally at the Capitol to act on a stalled farm bill before it expires on Sept. 30. But some lawmakers, like Rep. David Schweikert, R-Scottsdale, are arguing for programs like food stamps to be stripped out of the bill before a vote. Read more»

A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that two Phoenix police officers used reasonable force when they used a Taser 22 times on Ronald Marquez, a man they caught trying to perform an exorcism on his 3-year-old granddaughter. Read more»

Arizona Sen. John McCain delivered a speech on foreign policy at the Republican National Convention before endorsing Mitt Romney, saying, 'His election represents our best hopes for our country and the world.'

When he last stepped on a Republican National Convention stage, the GOP was John McCain’s party. He set foot on the convention stage again Wednesday, but this time stood in the shadow of current nominee Mitt Romney. Read more»

As delegates, members of the media and guests entered the Tampa Times Forum for the official start of the Republican National Convention, Arizona’s delegate seats – seen in the upper left of this picture – remained empty. State party officials decided not to hand out credentials for the event because of weather concerns.

The hurricane didn’t show up for the official opening of the Republican National Convention on Monday. Neither did the Arizona delegation. Read more»