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AZ officials prepare for active wildfire season

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer says low rainfall, high temperatures and wind will make the coming months ripe for damaging wildfires. The governor said Wednesday this year's below-average snowfall has increased the potential for large blazes in the state's higher elevations.

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Wilcox: Arpaio is ‘next big step’ after Thomas disbarment

Failed corruption investigations launched by America's self-proclaimed toughest sheriff have succeeded in getting one of the lawman's top allies disbarred. And despite Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's efforts to distance himself from cases at the center of a legal ethics panel inquiry that cost a pair of former county prosecutors their careers — the fallout has moved closer.

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AZ House OKs secrecy for environmental reports

Mining companies and other businesses will be allowed to keep environmental studies secret, even if they detail possible pollution problems, under industry-backed legislation that gained final House approval Monday. Under the measure headed to Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, environmental audits generally could not be used as evidence in civil cases.

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