Andy Cross, The Denver Post

A federal appeals court panel is considering whether to order Arizona to count ballots cast by voters in the wrong precinct as requested in a lawsuit by some voters and the state and national Democratic parties.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's lawyers want a federal judge to recuse himself from all future proceedings in a racial-profiling case.

Northern Arizona University

Scientists are concerned that soil in the Southwest is drying out and blowing away from climate change. Flagstaff-based ecologist Matt Bowker believes the key to protecting it lies in the biocrust, or top layer. He calls it "Earth's living skin", and he's growing it in a lab at Northern Arizona University.

Earth Notes: The Tarantula Hawk Wasp

Oct 26, 2016
Dyer Lytle

On Halloween, all you ghosts and goblins will want to beware of the beautiful but deceiving  lady, the tarantula hawk wasp. She’s dressed up in shining blue-black with gossamer orange wings, her antennae elegantly curled.

Arizona Department of Public Safety

The Arizona Department of Transportation says it would be prohibitively costly to improve Interstate 17 in mountainous terrain where serious accidents often block traffic for hours and where potential alternative routes are few and far apart.

State Rep. Cecilia Velasquez faces sentencing Dec. 1 in Maricopa County Superior Court after pleading guilty Tuesday to a misdemeanor charge of unlawful use of food stamps.

The 42-year-old Litchfield Park Democrat was indicted in June by a state grand jury on felony counts of fraud, theft and unlawful use of food stamps, but she later reached a plea agreement with state prosecutors.

The indictment accused Velasquez of fraudulently obtaining $1,726 in food stamp benefits between Nov. 1, 2013 and Jan. 31, 2015.

Pete Brainard

The Northern Arizona Volunteer Medical Corps has just returned from a humanitarian trip to Haiti. They were treating patients with severe injuries sustained nearly 3 weeks ago when Hurricane Matthew hit the small, impoverished country. Haiti's lack of infrastructure and government have created dire conditions for the people, who are still trying to come back from a large-magnitude earthquake 6 years ago. John "Bull" Durham is a Flagstaff orthopedist and founder of NAVMC. He sat down with Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris for an update on conditions in Haiti. 


Officials with the Mexican wolf recovery program say they're finding evidence of success in cross-fostering.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department, Chicago Zoological Society, Endangered Wolf Center and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are working to reintroduce the Mexican wolf to its native habitat in Arizona and New Mexico.

In April, five Mexican wolf pups were born at Brookfield Zoo in Illinois.

Two pups were placed in the den of the Arizona-based Elk Horn Pack of wild wolves with the intention that the pack's adults would raise the two with its own litter.


The latest major donation to the campaign against legal recreational marijuana in Arizona comes from Las Vegas casino owner Sheldon Adelson, who donated $500,000 last week.

Matt Sullivan/Reuters

An assistant U.S. Attorney in Phoenix has been assigned to lead the Justice Department's elections oversight efforts in the state.

U.S. Attorney for Arizona John Leonardo announced Monday that he has appointed Todd Allison to serve as district election officer in the state.

Allison will be responsible for handling complaints of election fraud and voting rights abuses along with officials at the agency's Washington headquarters.


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