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This advertisement was part of the Arizona Office of Tourism’s latest national campaign promoting Arizona.

When former Scottsdale resident Mark Macias used the New York City subway this past winter, he was transported not only between Grand Central Station and Times Square but back to his hometown. Floor-to-ceiling images transformed the shuttle car into an Old West saloon. On the outside of the car, “Step into Scottsdale” was superimposed over images of craggy, cactus-covered mountains. Read more»

HB 2404 would establish climate zones, labeled 2-5, in which varying Home Energy Rating System index standards for energy efficient building would be set. The lower a building’s HERS score, the more energy efficient it is.

The Home Builders Association of Central Arizona backs legislation establishing a statewide standard for residential energy efficiency building codes, but opponents say it is less stringent than the international codes to which many cities and towns adhere. Read more»

A graphic explaining endangered fish in Arizona.

The author of a bill that would require officials to conduct impact studies and notify residents before using aquatic poisons to control non-native fish says the human health risks associated with these chemicals call for regulations. Read more»

Crevices under the bridge carrying Ina Road across the Santa Cruz River are home to 30,000 bats of three species during warmer months.

In warmer months, 30,000 bats sleep the day away under the bridge carrying Ina Road across the Santa Cruz River northwest of Tucson. As the sun sets, the bats emerge in droves from tiny gaps between the concrete slabs supporting the span, creating an aerial spectacle that draws crowds. Read more»

A bill that would revive Arizona's tax credits for film, TV and commercial production is stalled in the state Legislature. Read more»

The state’s accounting system is on life support, but thanks to funding allocated last year by the governor and the Legislature it’s getting an overhaul that officials say is long overdue. Read more»

Randy Dunton (left) of Hawkins Design Group speaks at a rally Wednesday in front of the Arizona Corporation Commission. Environmentalists and solar industry leaders spoke out against cuts to renewable energy incentives and said they fear even more cuts.

Environmentalists and solar industry leaders rallied Wednesday outside the Arizona Corporation Commission, saying they fear recent cuts to renewable-energy incentives will lead to future reductions that could harm the industry. Read more»

Serena Unrein, public interest advocate for the Arizona Public Interest Research Group, explains the report’s findings on Phoenix.

A public watchdog group on Wednesday gave Phoenix a grade of D for its online disclosure of spending information, ranking it 19th among the 30 largest cities in the U.S. Read more» 3

Ron Carsten, former chief engineer at Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, told lawmakers that Arizona businesses need more job candidates with strong math and critical reasoning skills.

While executives said the standards will boost the number of job candidates with strong math and critical reasoning skills, they also urged lawmakers to provide funding to train teachers on implementation. All schools are required to use the standards by next school year. Read more»

The bill by Rep. Carl Seel, R-Phoenix, has just 12 words: 'This state may not establish or administer a state‑based health care exchange.'

A bill that would prevent Arizona from setting up its own health insurance exchange is a political statement on its face, but the author said he intends to do more than just send a message. (with video) Read more»