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Grand Canyon railway has option to increase trips

FLAGSTAFF - A historic railroad that takes tourists from Williams north to the Grand Canyon can expand operations to three trips a day under a plan approved by the National Park Service. The Grand Canyon Railway now operates at least one, and occasionally two, daily trains to the canyon's popular South Rim.

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Ariz. official doesn’t have stance on texting ban

Arizona's highway safety director says he's not ready to say whether the state should ban texting while driving. Meeting in Georgia, the Governors Highway Safety Association reversed itself and came out for a texting ban. The group cited a Virginia Tech Transportation Institute study that found drivers who are texting increase the risk of a crash or near-crash by 23 times.

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Yuma, Prescott hold mayoral primaries today

Yuma and Prescott will hold mayoral primary elections Tuesday while several cities around Arizona decide on council members. Five candidates are running for mayor of Yuma, including incumbent Larry Nelson, who said he's seeking a third and final term. The other candidates are retired fire chief Elgin Everly, former Yuma City Councilman Alan Krieger, political activist Jack Kretzer and businessman Ken Spencer Jr.

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GAO report faults Border Patrol on checkpoints

A draft government study found the Border Patrol isn't measuring how its checkpoints along the border affect the quality of life in surrounding communities. One of the findings of a Government Accountability Office draft report was that the Border Patrol hasn't documented how many agents it needs to confront smugglers sneaking around a proposed permanent checkpoint on Interstate 19 in southern Arizona.

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