Phoenix Fire Department

A longtime Phoenix Fire Department captain is dead after an off-road vehicle accident in northern Arizona.











Associated Press

 Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine is coming to Phoenix to deliver a speech entirely in Spanish.

Democrats are billing the Spanish speech on Thursday as a first for a candidate on the White House ticket.

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Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton has filed paperwork that will enable him to run for Arizona Secretary of State in 2018.

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Attorneys will present arguments before a federal judge in Phoenix on Friday in one of two cases challenging the secrecy surrounding executions in Arizona.

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.