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Pima and Maricopa counties must maintain daily updated lists of those who have turned in early ballots if requested by state or county party chairpersons.Rep. Brenda Barton, R-Payson, wants to expand that requirement to all counties, saying it can be difficult to obtain early ballot information in a timely manner from election officials in rural Arizona. Read more» 1

Wine grapes ripen at the Page Springs Cellars and Vineyard in Cornville.

Many wineries beyond Arizona are allowed to distill wine byproducts, known as fruit pomace, into spirits such as brandy, cognac, cider and grappa, an Italian brandy. Now an state lawmaker is trying to let wineries here to get producer's licenses that allow them to follow suit. Read more»

U.S. Rep. Ron Barber, City Council candidate Ben Buehler-Garcia, developer Richard Studwell, Health and Human Services Regional Director Herb Schultz, Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez, Arizona Capitol Times writer Hank Stephenson. Read more»

Albert Laird, SolarCity’s regional vice president, stands in front of 1 million square feet of solar panels his company installed atop a Walmart distribution center in Buckeye. He says solar has become a major industry in Arizona.

Arizona ranked second in the nation in installation of photovoltaic solar panels in the quarter that ended in March, reported The Solar Energy Industries Association earlier this month. Read more» 1