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Yavapai sheriff: Beware fraudulent 'election officials' knocking on doors

People who are falsely claiming to be county election officials are knocking on voters’ doors in Yavapai County and asking for information about their voting history, after the Department of Justice warned that plans to canvass voters in Maricopa County would likely constitute illegal voter intimidation.... Read more»

Get ready for a busy year fighting wildfires, Arizona experts warn

After one of the driest monsoon season on record last year, Arizona already has seen a few fires this year and experts say the state is likely to experience another major year for wildfires.... Read more»

The gender vaccine gap: More women than men are getting COVID shots

More women than men are getting COVID vaccines, even as more men are dying of the disease. KHN examined vaccination dashboards for all 50 states and the District of Columbia in early April and found that each of the 38 that listed gender breakdowns showed more women had received shots than men. Public health experts cited many reasons for the difference, including that women make up three-quarters of the workforce in health care and education, sectors prioritized for initial vaccines. Also, women of all age groups, races and ethnicities generally use health services more than men — which is one reason they live longer.... Read more»

Ducey signs bill recognizing validity of consular ID cards

Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill that would end a ban on state agencies and local governments recognizing the validity of consular identification cards. The proposal earned broad bipartisan support, and Ducey said Senate Bill 1420 “enhances public safety by offering a secure, reliable form of identification to be accepted in Arizona.”... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

No one safe from our Devilish year-end major awards

I'm going to cop to the charge that I'm pandering to my base journalistic instincts and hand out awards for dubious distinction to local leaders and yours truly.... Read more»2

Analysis

The impact of the sequester on communities across America

In just one week our nation faces yet another manufactured fiscal crisis. This time a refusal to compromise by conservative leaders in Congress would lead to massive, damaging across-the-board spending cuts on March 1, potentially dragging the economy back into recession and hurting American families by slashing critical investments in job training, public health, and public safety.... Read more»

Bill would make communities justify photo radar on highways

Cities that have installed or wish to install photo radar systems along state highways would have to provide statistics on speeders and accidents if a lawmaker has her way.... Read more»

Pinal County changing the way it handles 911 hangups

Misdialed or mistaken 911 hang-up calls from cell phones will no longer be followed up by Pinal County sheriff's deputies in a move to save on fuel costs... Read more»

Firefighters tout bill to hire first responders

A plan before Congress to help communities add first responders would improve response times to 911 calls and make Arizonans safer, the leader of a firefighters union said Wednesday.... Read more»