This year’s Slide Fire near Sedona destroyed some 21,000 acres of forest land, leaving them covered in ash. That took away the food source for area bears, which are becoming more and more common in the city.
Phoenix is creating a citizen’s committee meant to help improve public transportation in the city. Mayor Greg Stanton said he wants to triple the amount of light-rail lines in the city, among other goals.
The Maricopa County Elections Department says over the past three weeks about 25,000 more independent voters have asked for an early ballot to vote in this month's primary. That brings the total number of potential independent early voters to nearly 76,000.