Much of south-central and southeastern Arizona was under flash flood watches Tuesday as residents in some areas cleaned up after winds downed trees and lightning struck at least two homes in metro Phoenix. No injuries were reported from those storm-related incidents Monday.
Goodyear is now the third city in Arizona to have raised the legal age to purchase tobacco products and electronic cigarettes from 18 to 21. The unanimously passed ordinance amends the city’s 2002 smoking ban to include vaping materials.
U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva and 33 other members of Congress in a letter asked Principal Inspector General Glenn A. Fine to look into “misuse and politicization of United States military personnel and resources" at the southern border.
A recent study from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative found that Latino actors like Fausto Olmos Renteria had just a tiny chance of getting a major role in a Hollywood blockbuster. As an independent actor, Olmos works in 6-10 productions a year. He recently played a supporting role in a film that’s been selected for the Oaxaca FilmFest in early October.
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.