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Young Navajo activist takes climate change fight to court, State Capitol

Jaime Lynn Butler isn’t old enough to vote, but that hasn’t stopped the 12-year-old from becoming a plaintiff in a lawsuit against Gov. Jan Brewer and speaking to members of the Arizona Legislature about climate change.... Read more»0

Ready to roll: Free, automated PHX Sky Train debuts April 8

As of Monday, April 8, those traveling between Metro light rail and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport can catch a free, air-conditioned ride aboard PHX Sky Train.... Read more»0

Sequester cuts looming, Park Service touts economic impact

If a study by the National Park Service is to be believed, the 500,000 people who visit Montezuma Castle National Monument’s prehistoric cliff dwellings each year have a big impact on the area economy.... Read more»0

Supporters: New anti-discrimination rule good for Phx economy

America’s sixth-largest city is the capital of a state often associated with conservative politics, such as SB 1070 and a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman. But a decision to add LGBT and disabled residents to its anti-discrimination ordinance suggests that public policy is catching up with social change.... Read more»0

After years of budget cuts, greener outlook for Arizona State Parks

After years of delivering deep cuts, lawmakers this session are discussing ways to give Arizona State Parks some more money and bring back a lottery-funded grant program the agency administered.... Read more»0

Supporters of Casa Grande Ruins monument expansion look to Congress

An ancient Hohokam farming community and burial sites lie beneath 146 acres of farmland just west of Casa Grande Ruins National Monument. Because only about 18 inches of earth are disturbed for farming, the archaeological history isn’t threatened, said Karl Cordova, superintendent at the monument.... Read more»0

Democratic lawmaker’s bills seek equality for LGBT community

Saying members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community deserve equal treatment under Arizona law, a Democratic lawmaker has introduced four bills addressing employment, adoption and marriage. ... Read more»1

EPA gives SRP decade to clear Grand Canyon air

The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing steep reductions in emissions from the Navajo Generating Station, a coal-fired plant near Page. Salt River Project, the plant's operator and a part-owner, says the equipment required for the reductions would cost up to $1.1 billion. ... Read more»0

In battleground states, voters get ominous letters about citizenship

Democrats contend that Republicans are using last-minute efforts as a scheme to keep voters from casting their vote in the election because immigrants tend to favor Democrats. Republicans allege that noncitizens and other ineligible people are voting illegally.... Read more»0