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DPS vehicles getting new colors to go with officers’ new moniker

A prototype of a Highway Patrol vehicle with a potential new color scheme is pictured in front of the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

Arizona’s “smokies” will be sporting a new title and new colors as part of an image change for the Highway Patrol. Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves said the people who patrol the highways will be called troopers instead of officers from now on, and department leaders are picking a new color scheme for the vehicles they drive.

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Clean Elections holds dark money rule, but passage likely (access required)

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The Citizens Clean Elections Commission will wait a month before voting on a rule that would force disclosure from “dark money” groups that spend money to influence Arizona elections. But the commission appears likely to approve the proposal over the objections of Secretary of State’s Office and the business community.

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Less Than Zero: Despite decades of accepted science, California and Arizona are still miscounting their water supplies

Water intake pipes that were once underwater sit above the water line along Lake Mead in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Monday, May 18, 2015, near Boulder City, Nev. Federal water managers are projecting Lake Mead will drop to levels in January 2017 that could force supply cuts to Arizona and Nevada. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Drawing groundwater from near a stream can suck that stream dry. In turn, using all the water in streams and rivers lessens their ability to replenish the aquifers beneath them. Yet California and Arizona -- the two states water experts say are facing the most severe water crises -- continue to count and regulate groundwater and surface water as if they were entirely separate.

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