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Arizona voters head to the polls Tue, March 22 to take part in the state’s presidential preference election. Only those registered as a Republican or Democrat, or with the Green Party are eligible to vote. Independents, Libertarians and other unaffiliated voters cannot vote in the presidential preference election.

The winner of the Republican contest will receive all 58 of Arizona’s GOP delegates; and 75 out of 85 delegates will be proportionally allotted among the Democratic candidates.

Gov. Doug Ducey has signed legislation cutting state shared revenue from municipalities and counties that pass regulations like plastic bag bans that conflict with state law.

The Republican governor's action on Thursday came despite a plea for him to veto the bill from the organization representing all 91 Arizona cities and towns.

The letter the Arizona Cities and Towns sent to Ducey Thursday says Senate Bill 1487 minimizes the important role of local elected officials and calls it heavy-handed and intrusive.

USFWS Pacific Southwest Region

A new research project at Northern Arizona University will find out if coyotes, as well as dogs, are spreading ticks infected with Rocky Mountain spotted fever.


This year marks the centennial celebration of the National Park Service. President Woodrow Wilson signed the act creating the agency with the intention ‘…to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein…’. There are now 59 National Parks across the country and two longtime friends, Darius Nabors and Trevor Kemp, are visiting all 59 in 59 weeks. It’s their own personal salute to the Park Service’s 100th anniversary. One of their recent visits was to Grand Canyon National Park. They spoke with Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan about their trip.   

NAU/Jackie Thomas

Scientists are trying to project what mule deer on the Kaibab Plateau might need in order to survive a changing climate. The herd lives on a forested "sky island" - an elevated area surrounded by different low-land environments. If the future holds warmer, drier conditions, how would food sources and hiding places change for the deer? That's what Spatial Ecologist Jackie Thomas is trying to find out.

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Bernie Sanders is continuing his presidential campaign swing through Arizona with a stop in Flagstaff.

The Vermont senator, who is coming off a wave of primary losses to Hillary Clinton, is scheduled to hold a town hall meeting Thursday evening in the state's high country at the Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort.

His appearance comes two days after Sanders held a rally in Phoenix.

The Democratic candidate did not mention his defeats to Clinton in other states.

National Park Service

Officials at Grand Canyon National Park expect 2016 to be another record setting year for attendance. Arizona Public Radio's Justin Regan reports. 

Jim Louvau

Bernie Sanders is avoiding mention of his losses as he kicks off his Arizona presidential campaign.

The Vermont senator spoke for an hour Tuesday night at the Phoenix convention center. He did not mention his defeats by Hillary Clinton earlier in the day in primaries in Florida, North Carolina and Ohio.

Instead he reminded Arizonans that they are the next major state to vote in the Democratic contest for president. He urged the crowd to come out to vote in a week, March 22.

Arizona's Republican primary also is that day.


A new initiative at Northern Arizona University recruits the help of the public to map the spread of tick-borne diseases.

Westerners used to use all kinds of markers to identify the locations of mining claims, such as wooden posts and large stone cairns. The modern way is easy: sink an un-capped PVC pipe into the ground. It’s easy and effective. But there’s a dark side to these innocuous plastic tubes.