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Border Patrol expects to quadruple spending as more immigrant families arrive in Arizona

As more families enter the country illegally, it costs the U.S. Border Patrol more to take care of them. Agents apprehended 25,000 immigrants traveling as parts of families in southwestern Arizona over the past six months and expect to spend four times as much on food, baby products, and on-site med


Arizona Public Service: State-Regulated Utility or 'Political Machine'?

This story was originally published on April 19. The people running every Arizonan's favorite utility, Arizona Public Service, are actually admirably creative political strategists, if playing dirty is your thing.


Calvin and Hobbs, dogs stranded on mountain, surrendered to animal shelter

MESA, AZ — Calvin and Hobbs, two dogs that were made Arizona-famous in 2018, were recently surrendered to Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC) less than one-year after they were adopted, according to Jose Santiago, a spokesperson for MCACC.


Arizona Snowbowl ski resort planning to stay open into May

FLAGSTAFF, AZ (AP) - The ski season isn't over yet, at least not for the Arizona Snowbowl north of Flagstaff. Resort officials say they're planning to remain open into next month, which would tie the longest season in its history.


16-year-old boy celebrates end of cancer treatment year after diagnosis

PHOENIX — A year after he was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, 16-year-old Kannon Riecks was able to celebrate in the best way possible. Riecks ended his cancer treatment on Thursday at Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa and threw a party with his family, friends and doctors to celebrate.


Mesa foresees huge investment in roads near airport

Mesa knows where it’s going in the Gateway area. It just doesn’t know how to get there. The city is looking deeply into current development trends in hopes of figuring out when to build which roads for its high-flying southeastern corner.


Arizona schools' measles risk is even worse than it appears

For a third year in a row, the share of Arizona parents exempting their children from school-required vaccines has increased, but the situation is even more perilous as schools have allowed unvaccinated students to attend without the required exemption.


AG: Two arrested in Valley wide diesel fuel theft conspiracy

PHOENIX — Two men have been arrested after a year-long investigation into diesel fuel thefts in Phoenix, Glendale, and Mesa. According to court documents, the Arizona Attorney General has filed charges against Bladimir Thomas Rodriguez, 32, and Rene Chavez Valdivia, 30, for using stolen credit card


Coolidge teen facing more charges for extortion

COOLIDGE -- Authorities say they plan to file more criminal charges against an 18-year-old Coolidge man for sexually extorting young girls across the country. The Pinal County Sheriff's Office arrested Kai Rangalia-Nelson back in January after a SWAT team stormed his family's home on Harding Avenue.


Mesa medical marijuana dispensary launches DWI awareness campaign for 4/20

MESA, Ariz. — It's April 20, otherwise known as 4/20, the unofficial National Pot Day holiday among medical marijuana users and many of those users are coming together to celebrate.


Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Breaks Records

March was a record-breaking month for Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. The East Valley airport had its best month ever, with a 26 percent increase in passengers over last March. Nearly 225,000 people traveled through the airport, making it the highest monthly passenger total in the airport's history.


Things You Must Know About Retiring to Arizona

Much like Florida, Arizona's population swells in the winter months -- a 2002 study by the Arizona State University reported a boost of nearly 300,000 retirees who temporarily settled in Arizona for the winter. In Lake Havasu City, for instance, the year-round population of 57,000 nearly doubled to


Arizona Judge Orders Lawmaker and Media Out of Courtroom in Case Where Police Kicked Down Door Because Feverish Child was not Taken to Hospital

An Arizona Judge recently ordered state Representative Kelly Townsend and the local media to leave the courtroom during the trial of the Chandler Arizona family who lost all 3 of their children for failing to take one of them to the hospital regarding a fever. Police broke down their door at 1 a.m.


Jacqueline Ades, accused of sending man 159K messages, speaks from jail

A woman accused of sending a man more than 159,000 text messages and breaking into his Paradise Valley home wants her case to go to trial, believing a jury will find her innocent while also ordering her and the man she's accused of stalking to wed.


10 Best Breakfast Spots in Greater Phoenix

Editor's note: This story was originally published on February 15, 2016. It was updated on March 7, 2019. The most important meal of the day can't be squandered on just any old restaurant. No, around Phoenixland, we take our breakfast very seriously. That means we hunted down the best places in the


Gilbert boy, 8, thrives with online school

Nicholas Pulczinski showed off his model of a human body for a science project that he crafted out of clay, straws and leftover pleather upholstery he used for its skin. The Gilbert boy flipped over the body that he named “Bob” to reveal handmade organs, including the heart, liver, gallbladder and e


MALC takes on big schools:

BULLHEAD CITY — The Lady Patriots impressed their head softball coach Shanda Weiler after going 2-2 against much bigger schools at the Chandler Prep Softball Classic on March 22.


Conservatives rally on Town’s front lawn

Jacek Spendel founded Project Arizona three years ago to push liberty in countries where there are none. He does that by bringing six students each year to Arizona from the Eastern Bloc or Socialist countries to study ideas of liberty and how to implement them when they return home.


Faculty Vote No Confidence in Maricopa's Chancellor

Faculty groups at nine of the 10 colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District last week voted no confidence in the leadership of Maria Harper-Marinick, the large two-year college system's chancellor, according to a report in The Arizona Republic.


MCSO: 25-year-old pedestrian struck, killed in Avondale

AVONDALE, AZ — A 25-year-old is dead after being struck by a car in Avondale early Saturday morning. Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene near 107th Avenue and Buckeye Road around 5:36 a.m.