The last time an Amtrak train served Phoenix, Bill Clinton was in his first term in the White House. Since then, Phoenix is the largest American city without Amtrak rail service — and remains the largest city in the country without a railroad mainline.
In her Phoenix Magazine column, "Raising Phoenix," longtime Valley writer Amy Silverman argues lawmakers are underpaid. And public affairs veteran Kevin DeMenna says the legislature should spend more time in session.
Rising stream temperatures are threatening fish across North America including one of Arizona's native trout species, the Apache trout. Researchers at the University of Arizona looked at which methods could be employed in Arizona streams to best protect Apache Trout from drought and climate change.
New legislation established a 13-member advisory committee to investigate and better track and prevent maternal deaths in Arizona — and a $10.5 million federal grant will help further that effort in a big way.
A tornado warning was issued for parts of the north Valley early Monday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service in Phoenix. The warning, which was in effect until 12:45 p.m, extended to the Cave Creek, Carefree and Camp Creek areas.
Many world leaders are converging on New York this week for the United Nations General Assembly taking place there. Leading up to the gathering, protesters rallied against climate change around the world.
The Arizona Democratic Party this weekend rejected a proposal to open the party’s presidential preference election to independent voters. The concept had support across the political spectrum, including from Democratic Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes and Republican Gov. Doug Ducey.
A flash flood warning was in effect for Maricopa and Gila counties through Monday afternoon, and much of central and southern Arizona was also under a flood watch. The powerful storm dumped more than 2 inches of rain on Apache Junction and Fountain Hills and caused flooding in Mesa.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has accepted a petition to change the classification of the Gila topminnow under the Endangered Species Act. The species of short-lived, surface-feeding fish has been listed as a federally endangered species since 1967.
The U.S. Department of Labor is receiving public input until Tuesday on new rules for the temporary immigrant farm workers program, which the department says will see improvements for businesses but advocates say will reduce pay for workers.
A push by liberals for the Arizona Democratic Party to censure Sen. Kyrsten Sinema will be put off until next year. The party's Progressive Caucus hoped the roughly 800 members of the party's state committee would formally censure the freshman Democrat on Saturday for "failing to uphold" aspects of the party's platform.
Arizona will challenge fines levied against the Arizona Department of Corrections in oral arguments at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday. The Parsons v. Ryan lawsuit was settled in 2014 with inmates and Department of Corrections officials agreeing to a set of conditions that would improve prison health care.