Apr 10, 2015

Raul Castro, Arizona’s first Hispanic governor, dies at 98

Raul Hector Castro, Arizona's only Hispanic governor and an American ambassador to three countries, died Friday. He was 98. Family spokesman James Garcia said Castro died in his sleep in San Diego, where he was in hospice care.

In this June 30, 2013 file photo, a wildfire burns homes in Yarnell, Ariz. The wildfire that began with a lightning strike and caused little immediate concern because of its remote location and small size quickly blazed into an inferno, leading officials to rapidly order more resources in the hours before flames killed 19 members of an elite Hotshot crew, according to a report released Monday, July 15, 2013. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Kadlubowski, File)
Mar 26, 2014

AG’s office wants to indemnify AZ against wildfire damage, deaths

State lawmakers took the first steps Tuesday to immunize the Land Department from mistakes and negligence that result in forest fires -- even if that means destroyed homes and dead firefighters.

Nov 13, 2013

Report: 739 Arizonans sign up for ‘Obamacare’ coverage

According to the federal government, fewer than 750 Arizonans have signed up for health insurance under the federal marketplace created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

Oct 25, 2012

Few Arizona politicians digging deep for presidential candidates

For those whose role can involve fundraising and who would seem to have more than a passing interest in the outcome of the presidential campaign, few of Arizona’s state and federal elected leaders had made personal campaign contributions to Mitt Romney or Barack Obama through Sept. 30.

Experts say Brewer can’t seek third term
Oct 25, 2012

Arizona governor makes changes to her senior staff

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has made changes to her senior staff, appointing a new deputy chief of staff and state Department of Administration director.

Cost of Arizona child-welfare glitch is uncertain
Oct 25, 2012

Cost of Arizona child-welfare glitch is uncertain

It's been a month since Arizona officials disclosed a massive computer error affecting thousands of Child Protective Services cases. Yet attorneys and state child-welfare officials still haven't determined the full extent of the problem, how best to manage it or how much it will cost taxpayers.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, a leader of the effort to defeat Proposition 121, said a primary system in California similar to that proposed for Arizona has resulted in fewer independent candidates on that state’s general election ballot. (Cronkite News Service Photo by Lindsey Smith)
Oct 25, 2012

Supporters: Prop 121 would level playing field for independents

Brent Fine took time off work and spent three months gathering 1,768 signatures in order to run as an independent candidate for state House in a Phoenix-area district.

Todd Enyart, left, a nine-year Army veteran, attended a Hire our Heroes job fair in Glendale with his father, Scott, a Vietnam War veteran. While unemployment among post-9/11 veterans his higher than the overall population, Todd Enyart said his military experience gives him an advantage in the job market. (Cronkite News Service Photo by Fara Illich)
Oct 25, 2012

Community support and legislation fight unemployment among post-9/11 vets

As a post-9/11 veteran, Enyart is part of a group that had a 9.7 percent unemployment rate as of September, well above the overall unemployment rate of 7.8 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Goldwater library and archives to be built in Mesa
Oct 25, 2012

Goldwater library and archives to be built in Mesa

A library and archives honoring the legacy of late Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater will be housed in downtown Mesa.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer sits down for an interview with a television reporter following the 30th annual Border Governors Conference in Albuquerque, N.M., on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012. Governors from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border meet for two days to discuss everything from economic development and health care to border violence. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)
Oct 25, 2012

Brewer PAC spends on 2 more congressional races

The political action committee of Republican Gov. Jan Brewer is paying for mailers for or against candidates in two more Arizona congressional races.

Brewer panel to 'transform' government to meet
Oct 25, 2012

Brewer panel to ‘transform’ government meeting

A committee appointed by Gov. Jan Brewer to oversee efforts to improve state government's workings meets Thursday for the first time.

Oct 24, 2012

Interest group contributions give late boost to Prop 204 campaigns

Education unions and a group representing contractors have given hundreds of thousands of dollars this month to a campaign supporting Proposition 204, while a contribution from a group representing automobile dealers is helping fuel the opposing campaign, records show.