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Health officials warn that vaccination rates are deteriorating across Arizona, risking public health as parents continue to opt out of immunizations. Read more»

Ashley Moser, 21, and Elizabeth, 17, Christopher, 13, and Tylor Vacca, 16, from left, came to support the bill they hope will prevent shooting accidents like the one that killed their father, Charles.

Firearms instructor Charles Vacca was killed on an Arizona shooting range in 2014, when the girl lost control of the submachine gun she was firing and shot him in the head. Tuesday his kids went to Washington to support a bill barring children under age 16 from owning or shooting automatic weapons. Read more»

More than 4,000 wild burros live in western Arizona, which federal officials say is three times the amount the land can support. Now, federal and local officials are talking about ways to rein in the herds.

After face-to-face meetings in Washington this week, officials agreed that “there is a problem” with overpopulation of wild burros in Arizona’s western counties and that something needs to be done. Read more»

An agreement between the state and federal governments will have the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Arizona Game and Fish Department sharing the cost of reopening the Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery.

U.S. Sen. John McCain traveled to Bullhead City to see officials formalize an agreement to reopen the Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery along the Colorado River. He and others say making sure Lake Mohave is stocked with rainbow trout is critical to the area’s economy. Read more»

The Colorado City voting precinct includes both Colorado City and the city of Centennial Park, each comprising about half of the precinct’s voting population.

Hundreds of voters in Colorado City made nearly identical choices when casting ballots in the November 2014 election, continuing a bizarre trend where a block of voters didn’t choose any candidate in some races, but voted almost 100 percent for an individual candidate in others. Read more» 1

Arizona Sens. John McCain, left, and Jeff Flake speak in support of their bill to settle a water dispute between Freeport Minerals and the Hualapai tribe. McCain said they are willing to work with anyone who has concerns over the bill.

Tribal and state lawmakers urged a Senate panel to pass a water-rights deal between the Hualapai and Freeport Minerals Corp., saying time is fast running out. The deal for tribal water rights in the Bill Williams River watershed is backed by the state's congressional delegation. Read more»

Roger Murray, with brother Robert, was sentenced to death for the 1991 murders of two people during the robbery of a gas station in Grasshopper Junction near Kingman.

A federal appeals court Monday upheld convictions and death sentences for two brothers in the 1991 slayings of a pair of store owners in Grasshopper Junction near Kingman. Read more»

The Gierisch mallow, which is found only in Mohave County, Arizona, and Washington County, Utah, has been declared endangered by federal officials, who want to designate 12,000 acres as critical habitat for the desert flower.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declared the Gierisch mallow endangered Tuesday, and proposed more than 12,000 acres in Arizona and Utah as critical habitat for the desert wildflower. Read more»

The wind-power farm proposed near Kingman has been scaled back from earlier versions, marked by purple dotted lines on the map, to protect neighbors and golden eagles in the area.

The Department of the Interior on Friday approved a 500-megawatt wind-power farm near Kingman, a project that could cost up to $800 million and bring hundreds of construction jobs to the Mohave County area. Read more»

A map of the Arizona Strip shows existing and proposed uranium mines near the Grand Canyon.

A federal appeals court Monday upheld the government’s decision to let a uranium mine near Grand Canyon National Park continue to operate under environmental standards now decades old. Read more»

Ruby Jessop with her six children, ages 2-10, who are enjoying wearing 'real clothes' and riding bikes for the first time.

Ruby Jessop recently escaped the polygamist enclave of Colorado City and a marriage forced on her as a teenager. Leaving in the middle of a December night when her husband was gone for 15 minutes, she returned with law enforcement and her older sister to bundle her children out as well. Read more»

Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Mesa, has 30 cosponsors on a bill that would make it harder for the federal goverment to prohibit recreational shooting on federal lands.

Federal officials are eyeing shooting restrictions on more than a million acres of public land, half of which are in Arizona, said Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Mesa, who wants to block the restrictions. Read more»

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