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Arizona environmental officials say they don’t expect the Gold King Mine spill to have any negative impacts to the state’s watershed. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, they say Lake Powell will likely disperse the waste made up of several heavy metals.

The most recent report from the U.S. Census Bureau puts Arizona near the bottom of the list for K-through-12 public-education spending. That comes as most states are increasing the amount dedicated to schools. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


A recent study ranked Arizona as the strictest state in the nation for drunk-driving enforcement. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it has the longest minimum jail sentence for first-time offenders.


Democratic Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick has announced she’s running for U.S. Senate in 2016. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, she’s taking aim at the seat held by Republican John McCain for nearly three decades.


The co-pilot who authorities believe intentionally crashed an airplane into the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board, likely first honed his flying skills for months in Arizona.

Lufthansa Group, which owns Germanwings airline, said Thursday that 27-year-old Andreas Lubitz trained in Bremen, Germany and Phoenix starting in 2008.

A Facebook page bearing his name lists Phoenix Goodyear Airport among his interests.

The airport houses Airline Training Center Arizona, a Lufthansa-owned training facility.

Arizona State Retirement System

A potential data breach may affect thousands of state retirees. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, two unencrypted CDs containing sensitive information were sent through the mail and never reached their destination.

Several Arizona Cities Still Hard Hit by Recession

Jul 31, 2014

A new study shows several of the state’s cities are among the worst in recovering from the recession. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.


Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne is giving more than 400-thousand dollars to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, to pay for patrols in Colorado City. He says that’s needed because the town’s police department is effectively controlled by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. From Phoenix, Mark Brodie reports.

In Phoenix, State Lawmakers are working on legislation requiring Amazon-dot-com to collect sales taxes on Arizona purchases.

The effort is partially an attempt to reap revenue from all those internet sales.

It’s also an attempt to keep Arizonans from bypassing what one report called the second highest sales tax rate in the country.

According to the DC-based Tax Foundation, the average Arizonan pays 9.12% in sales taxes.

Of course, an average means some people pay more, some pay less, depending on where you live.

Shelley Smithson

Snow hung on pine branches as Flagstaff’s Marine Color Guard honored Arizona’s centennial this morning at the Pioneer Museum.

Locals visited the museum throughout the day where a new Centennial exhibit is on display.

The exhibit is a preview of a larger exhibit planned for the spring.

It will showcase each decade of Flagstaff’s history.

Sixty eight-year-old color guard member Johnny Anaya was born and raised in Flagstaff.

He says his favorite memories are of the Flagstaff All-Indian Powwow, which occurred every Fourth of July between 1929 and 1980.