Coconino County sheriff's deputies have arrested a 25-year-old transient for tossing a cigarette that ignited a fire along I-40, near Flagstaff on Thursday. James Duncan was taken into custody, in connection with the one-acre blaze, which was quickly dealt with by firefighters, according to Sheriff's Office spokesman Gerry Blair.
Arizona Senator John McCain spent his
Memorial Day meeting with rebel leaders in Syria Monday. Sen. John McCain traveled to Syria Monday, according to reports. (Photo courtesy of the Office of Sen. McCain)
According to reports from CNN and
Politico, McCain met with the Free Syrian Army’s Supreme Military Council
Leader General Salem Idris.
Arizona’s temporary sales tax increase expires Friday. Voters
in 2010 approved Proposition 100, which upped the state sales tax by a penny on
the dollar for three years. The tax has
impacted Arizona and its economy.
A new large-scale renewable energy project is coming to
Arizona. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced Monday details of the
Quartzsite Solar Project, and two other solar plants in Nevada. When built, Jewell
said they are expected to generate enough electricity to power nearly 200,000 homes.
Next week will bring drama to the waning days of the state’s legislative session. Lawmakers will consider a last-minute abortion measure and whether to expand federal Medicaid benefits. The showdown on both issues will happen Monday.
Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Luis port of entry had to hit another gear this week when a pregnant woman trying to cross into the United States went into labor. Spokeswoman Teresa Small says an officer with paramedic training was called to help the 20-year-old U.
The National Weather Service has a Red Flag Warning for signifying high fire danger in parts of northern Arizona through Thursday night. Meterologist Dave Vonderhide said visitors to national forests and recreational areas are urged not to start open-flame fires.
A professor visiting Arizona from Spain has died while hiking in the desert. Tamra Ingersoll of the Pinal County Sheriff's Office said the victim was with two other colleagues who were in the state for a convention when they went on a hike in the Table Top Mountains late Wednesday morning.
supporters launched a campaign Monday to change the state constitution’s
definition of marriage. Equal Marriage Arizona is trying to collect more than 400,000
signatures to get a constitutional amendment on the ballot for next year.
A man convicted of killing six people in Phoenix's "Serial Shooter" attacks has died in prison. Authorities say 40-year-old Dale Hausner was found unresponsive in his cell Wednesday afternoon. He was pronounced dead at a hospital about an hour later.
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marks the 23rd anniversary of the hottest day in Phoenix history. The high hit 122 on that day
in 1990, and that caused a problem for air travelers. Sky Harbor
spokeswoman Deborah Ostricher said it was not the heat that prevented the planes from taking off, despite what has
turned into an urban legend.
Air Force Base officials are admitting they now have an idea why an F-16 fighter jet crashed near the base late
Wednesday. Brigadier General Mike Rothstein commands the 56th Fighter Wing at
Luke, and says the jet may have hit a bird.
A new report says Arizona's Department of Insurance needs more authority to protect consumers
from unreasonable and unjustified
health insurance rate increases. The
Arizona PIRG Education Fund gives the department credit for doing what it can
given its limited powers.
Dr. Michael Desmond, Harvard University Sociology Professor and former wildland firefighter in Northern Arizona, considers the vital role firefighters play in protecting the land. He also reflects on the inherent danger in the job and his sadness at the loss of 19 lives in the Yarnell Hill Fire.
The United States House of Representatives will begin taking up
immigration reform legislation in the days ahead. Some say the measure approved
in the Senate is dead on arrival in
the lower chamber, but Congressman Trent Franks (R-Ariz.
The wildfire that caused the evacuation of residents
from the town of Kearny
Monday night is still not under control. The town of Kearny
is 70 miles southeast of Florence. Officials battling the wildfire in Kearny say the fire is now 5 percent contained.