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Veteran Luisa Valdez, who lives in Phoenix, said she was sexually assaulted several times while in the Army and was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder as a result.

Luisa Valdez said she was 18 and new to the Army when knocks awoke her and four male service members pushed her back into her barracks room and onto the bed. Each man raped her, she said. Read more» 1

A volunteer from the Arizona Air National Guard helps scrape rust from the last gun barrel from the USS Arizona.

In a west Phoenix industrial area, Master Sgt. Kelly Dugan and a team Arizona Air National Guard volunteers scrape rust from gun barrels that once graced the USS Arizona and USS Missouri. Read more»

The dormant Canyon Mine in the Kaibab National Forest south of the Grand Canyon was dug in the 1980s to remove uranium.

Conservation groups celebrated a federal judge’s ruling that denied a motion to overturn the Obama administration’s ban on uranium mining on 1 million acres of public land near the Grand Canyon. Read more»

An upgrade to about 200 highway traffic cameras in the Valley and Tucson feeds faster images into the Arizona Department of Transportation’s Traffic Operations Center as well as to the az511.gov website.

An upgrade to the 200-plus highway traffic cameras in the Valley and Tucson allows drivers to track real-time traffic conditions and avoid congestion. "The still camera images update every 10 seconds instead of every 5 minutes, so commuters can have up-to-date images of freeway conditions before they head out to the car." Read more»

A report by the Grand Canyon Institute raises concerns about how Gov. Jan Brewer's plan to simplify Arizona’s sales tax system handles construction materials. It says taxing materials where they are purchased rather than used, would cut revenue for growing cities. Read more»

Ronald Young, an employee at Boeing’s plant in Mesa, fashions a pylon used to hold weapons on the AH64D attack helicopter.

Smaller companies with contracts to supply products and services to Arizona’s top-tier aerospace and defense companies face the greatest threat if sequestration cuts take effect, according to a report released Tuesday. Read more»

After serving eight years with the U.S. Army in Germany, Iraq and Afghanistan, Sgt. Carlos Forcadilla decided to pursue a degree in social work at Arizona State University in large part because of the school’s support for veterans.

After serving eight years with the U.S. Army in Germany, Iraq and Afghanistan, Sgt. Carlos Forcadilla returned home seeking a college education but worried about what that experience may hold. After spending a semester at a Colorado community college where he found it difficult to connect with other veterans, he moved to ASU and was pleased with the support available. Read more»

A motorcyclist negotiates a training course at TEAM Arizona in Gilbert.

Saying that increased traffic congestion and a lack of training can be a deadly combination for motorcyclists, state officials are urging riders to get instruction and required licenses before taking to the roads. Read more»

As part of the program 'In Her Shoes' organized by Arizona State University's Diane Halle Center for Family Justice, Carolyn Jones described her descent into the sex trade and how she eventually broke away.

A young girls' story is part of an “In Her Shoes” simulation offered by the Arizona State University Diane Halle Center for Family Justice, where a group of reporters had to make choices faced by individuals who fell victim to sex trafficking. Read more» 1

Solar panels at the Solana Generating Station near Gila Bend.

Nearly 200,000 acres are covered by the U.S. Interior Department announcement, which follows a three-year statewide environmental review. A federal official calls the designation a "go-to map" for those looking to develop large-scale solar and wind energy in Arizona. Read more»

A plane takes off at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Authorities confiscated 54 guns at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport checkpoints in 2012, the third highest total in the nation, according to the Transportation Security Administration. Seizures at Tucson International Airport fell to four, from a 2011 total of 16. Read more»

Reporters interview Gov. Jan Brewer after she and legislative leaders spoke at a panel on goals for the 2013 Legislature.

Gov. Jan Brewer told business leaders Friday that her legislative agenda includes simplifying the “complicated and overly burdensome” process behind the state’s transaction privilege tax. Read more»