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12 years after Yuma's La Mesa Street killings, a jury will decide if there is enough evidence to convict the man accused

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 04:24:28 -0400

The man now on trial for killing a six people in 2005 looks nothing like witnesses' initial description of the killer. But some crucial physical evidence — and the absence of an alibi — may weigh against Preston Strong.


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Tempe streetcar construction starts soon

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:06:45 -0400

The initial work involves utility relocations to make way for the track that's expected to open in 2020


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Prescott taxi driver held in passenger assault

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 20:21:32 -0400

Taxi driver near Prescott was arrested Sunday by Yavapai County Sheriffs on suspicion of sexually assaulting a passenger


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Phoenix toddler whose family died after head-on car crash leaves hospital

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 20:33:07 -0400

Two-year-old A'skari Lewis is in the care of his mother's aunt after losing his parents and sister in a head-on crash last week.


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More parking and valet may be coming to Gilbert's trendy downtown Heritage District

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:03:45 -0400

The Gilbert council is weighing another parking garage for its Heritage District, though some oppose the taxpayer cost.


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Judge declares mistrial in Bundy Ranch case

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:54:58 -0400

A federal judge declared a mistrial Monday against four men accused of taking up arms against federal agents during the Bundy Ranch standoff in 2014.


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Teen shot by police during fugitive takedown has died

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:14:14 -0400

The 17-year-old girl was riding in a car with a man who tried to flee by ramming police cars. Police shot him dead.


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Saying goodbye: Oldest Bashas' in Phoenix to close this week

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:35:48 -0400

A neighborhood institution since 1956, the Bashas' on Seventh Avenue and Osborne Road will close its doors for the last time this week.


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Tempe teacher arrested for suspicion of sexual contact with 13-year-old student

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:00:54 -0400

A Tempe middle-school teacher was arrested on suspicion of having sexual encounters with an elementary student, Tempe police said. 


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Expansion breathes new life into Banner Behavioral's Scottsdale hospital

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:58:18 -0400

The construction project on the southwest corner of Miller and Earll Roads in Scottsdale looks like a stylish hotel. Grey masonry walls, layered like an Arizona canyon, are intersected by vertical windows stretching two stories high.


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Can't afford the rent, can't afford to move: The new housing crisis

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:16:02 -0400

A decade after the Great Recession, Arizonan Katrina Taylor has hard choices and little help.


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Man held in attempted robbery outside Peoria school

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:17:13 -0400

Peoria police arrested a man on suspicion of attempting to rob a woman outside an elementary school Monday morning. 


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Report: Tempe teacher used video chat, Facebook to groom 13-year-old student

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:09:36 -0400

A Tempe middle-school teacher used several forms of online communication to pursue a sexual relationship with her 13-year-old male student, court documents state.


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Those distracted drivers you see? They're not just texting

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:58:34 -0400

State Farm has been surveying cellphone-using drivers for the past eight years. See how well you know the laws.


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Arizona inmate dead after suspected 'act of self-harm'

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:07:00 -0400

Jesse J. Arvizo, 27, was serving 4½ years in prison for a robbery conviction.


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2017 Pat's Run: Thousands race in Tempe to honor Tillman

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 21:21:37 -0400

Over the past 13 years, Pat's Run has become more than just an event for athletes. It's a family affair. 


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March for Science draws thousands in Phoenix

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 23:45:26 -0400

Saturday's Phoenix March for Science was not just about science and politics.


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Winds prompt wildfire concerns, Sawmill Fire ignites in southern Arizona

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:11:55 -0400

Northern Arizona was under a red-flag warning over the weekend brought on by high winds, according to the National Weather Service. 


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Gilbert boy, 7, donates flowing locks to cancer victims

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 19:17:43 -0400

Ray Decker, 7, has been growing his hair since kindergarten so he could donate it to Wigs for Kids.


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Social-media mob targets ASU professor after class protest

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 18:36:23 -0400

Angeles Maldonado, an ASU instructor, has seen her life upended after allowing her students to stage a protest instead of taking a final exam.


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Southern Arizona wildfire spreads to 7,500 acres

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 21:20:31 -0400

The Sawmill Fire is currently under unified command with the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management and the US Forest Service. The Southeast Zone Type 3 Incident Management Team will assume command of the fire at 0700 tomorrow.


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Baby boy abandoned at death, buried with strangers

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:49:10 -0400

Micah Asher Noah Choate died in Phoenix soon after being born, but his body was not claimed by anyone. Volunteers, including members of the Maricopa County female chain gang, came to his burial so he would not be alone. Tom Tingle/azcentral.com


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Silent protest in support of public education at the state Capitol

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:03:54 -0400

Beth Lewis talks about the silent protest of the voucher vote in the Arizona House of Representatives gallery on April 24, 2017, at the Arizona state Capitol in Phoenix. Mark Henle/azcentral.com


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AZ Memo: Phoenix heat; Yuma murder trial; Obama makes appearance

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:49:34 -0400

Phoenix flirted with 100 degree temperatures Sunday, but didn't break the triple-digit barrier, even as some outlying areas broke 100.


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Phoenix flirts with 100, but no triple digits just yet

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 22:44:11 -0400

Phoenix flirted with 100 degree temperatures Sunday, but didn't break the triple-digit barrier, even as some outlying areas broke 100.


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Crash kills woman in west Phoenix

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 20:47:32 -0400

A 63-year-old woman was killed Sunday when the vehicle she was riding in was struck in a T-bone crash in west Phoenix, officials said.


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House fire displaces Wittman family, spreads to second home

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:13:24 -0400

According to officials, winds conditions carried the flames to an abandoned home next door. 


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WATCH: NAU shooting trial of Steven Jones

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 20:26:45 -0400

Former NAU student Steven Jones is on trial for shooting four students, one fatally, during an altercation that spilled onto campus in October 2015.


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March for Science

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 18:09:11 -0400
















Running wild: A USA TODAY Network investigation

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 04:01:07 -0400

Tens of thousands of mustangs still roam the American West. As their numbers grow, and homes for them dwindle, the real burden is not on the horses, but on the people.


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Landen Lavarnia shooting: What we know, what we don't

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:17:40 -0400

The fatal shooting of a 9-year-old boy in Phoenix, which resulted in murder charges against his parents, leaves multiple questions.


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The myth of parole in Arizona

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 15:44:36 -0400

In 1995, Danny Valdez got caught up in a drug deal where a man died. Valdez was charged with murder. He took a plea agreement to avoid the death penalty.


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A hidden tribe, a disastrous school and finally, a cry for help

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 00:06:00 -0400

In a remote corner of the Grand Canyon, Havasupai parents are suing the federal government for failing to educate their children.


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Is uranium mining near the Grand Canyon safe? The answer may be in the water

Wed, 8 Mar 2017 13:35:23 -0500

Beneath the Colorado Plateau, valuable uranium is laced amid ancient rock, waiting to be mined. Alongside it seeps the water that feeds the Colorado River and the cities of the Southwest. Life and death, environmentalists warn, are connected underground.


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Feds scrutinize Navajo housing agency; new records suggest remodeling costs $1M per unit

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:41:01 -0400

After a 2016 Republic investigation, Navajo Housing Authority comes under HUD scrutiny as new questions arise on costs to fix, build reservation homes.


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