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Lingering drought and demand from growing cities have lowered water levels on Lake Mead behind Hoover Dam. The U.S. Interior Department could declare a shortage on the Colorado River as early as 2017.

Residents of the Sun Corridor stretching through Phoenix and Tucson turn on faucets, water lawns and fill swimming pools without any doubt that the state's most precious resource will be there. But are Arizonans ready for the conversations required to keep water flowing? Read more»

The Arizona Canal, cutting through the Salt River-Pima Indian Community east of Scottsdale, helped channel Salt River water to allow farming and development in the Valley. Former Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon said the foresight that created that system a century ago should have Arizona officials forming a partnership with Mexico to secure desalinated seawater.

The former mayor of the nation’s sixth-largest city wants Arizona to form a partnership with Mexico that would build desalination facilities and tap in the ocean’s virtually limitless supply of water. Read more»

A Phoenix residential solar-energy project could be replicated around the country, said Valley business and government representatives in a meeting Wednesday with Energy Secretary Steven Chu. Read more»

Bill Nugent, the owner of the Shanty Cafe, 401 E. 9th St., hangs a banner supporting a Senate run by Gabrielle Giffords, March 3.

Arizona Democrats favor U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords as their nominee to fill the Senate seat being vacated by Jon Kyl. For Republicans, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin is their top choice as a Senate candidate. Read more» 1

The Quintero family realized its dream of owning a home near work, school and church with help the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Neighborhood Stabilization Program. Read more»

A mayors' group approved resolutions Monday that condemns Arizona's new immigration law. Read more»

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The Rev. Al Sharpton will join actor Danny Glover, Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon and Hispanic leaders Wednesday to protest Arizona's new immigration law. Read more» 1

An official with the Mexican government has advised citizens not to travel to Arizona in the wake of the state's tough new immigration law. Aeromexico said it is suspending flights to Phoenix and Tucson due to a “significant” fall in demand. Read more» 1

Students opposed to SB 1070 demonstrated in front of the Arizona state office building downtown.

Gov. Jan Brewer, doing what she called "best for Arizona," signed SB1070 into law, strengthening the state's immigration laws. Pima County Supervisor Richard Elias said the law would "create a new Jim Crow" in Arizona. Read more» 2