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Thanksgiving drivers who took a trip to see their families or friends last week paid much lower gas prices than they did the week before.
Experts point to Arizona's largely rural landscape as one of the reasons it trails other states, and the nation in computer ownership and Internet access, saying it's expensive to extend broadband to rural areas.
WASHINGTON – Arizona homes trailed the nation in both their access to high-speed Internet and their computer ownership, according to a recent report from the Census Bureau.
Arizona State heads to Tucson to battle Arizona in one of the most important Territorial Cup games ever, and perhaps a sign of things to come.
PHOENIX (AP) — Some of Arizona's most successful microbreweries are brewing for a legislative battle to hang onto their business.
JACOB LAKE, Ariz. (AP) — Motorists have a few more days to visit the Grand Canyon's North Rim before the road leading there closes for the season.
The Arizona Department of Transportation says State Route 67 between Jacob Lake and the North Rim will close Monday and reopen in mid-May.
Most services at the North Rim already are closed for the year, including the visitor center and the lodge. A gift shop and self-service gas station are open until Monday.
Winter camping sites can be reached through inner canyon trails from the South Rim or by cross-country skiing and snowshoeing from Jacob Lake.
Backcountry permits are required, and park officials say visitors planning a trip to the North Rim during winter must be self-reliant and know that emergency responses might be limited or delayed.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The 133 ballots at the heart of a federal lawsuit in southern Arizona over election results in the hotly contested 2nd Congressional District will not be counted after all.
U.S. District Judge Cindy Jorgenson denied a request Thursday by U.S. Rep. Ron Barber and three voters to halt the official election results certification until the ballots of 133 lawful voters are counted. The official statewide election canvass is scheduled for Monday morning.
In her decision, Jorgenson said the court was not unsympathetic to voters whose ballots may have been improperly rejected. But Barber's campaign failed to prove that the discounted votes would undermine the integrity of the Nov. 4 election, Jorgenson wrote. She said the campaign's allegation that not issuing a restraining order would lead to "irreparable harm" was speculative.
"Even if all 133 votes are counted, it is undisputed that Martha McSally wins the election because she leads by a margin of 161 votes at this time," Jorgenson wrote.
Barber's campaign expressed disappointment Thursday.
"While we are disappointed in the court's decision, we remain committed to ensuring that Southern Arizonans are able to trust the integrity of this election, and we thank the voters who not only took the time to vote in this election, but who came forward to ask that their voices be heard," Barber campaign manager Kyle Quinn-Quesada said in a statement.
Quinn-Quesada did not say if the campaign planned to appeal but that they were looking forward to the recount.
The 133 ballots had been disqualified for a variety of reasons, but Barber attorney Kevin Hamilton argued that voters had done everything they were supposed to do to cast them. In many cases, he said, poll workers gave incorrect information about voting locations.
The race for the Tucson-area district between Barber, the incumbent, and Martha McSally, his Republican opponent for the second time in two years, came down to 161 votes in McSally's favor.
McSally has claimed victory and attended freshman orientation in Washington. Barber has challenged election results vigorously, first asking the boards of supervisors for Pima and Cochise counties to hold off on approving election results, a necessary step before they're approved at a state level. Both boards declined to do so.
McSally attorney Eric Spencer said it was unfair to voters who correctly cast their ballot to delay certification.
Secretary of State Ken Bennett, a defendant in the suit, said granting the restraining order could set precedent in other counties where ballots were disqualified. In Maricopa County, that would be up to 700 ballots, he said.
Jorgenson agreed with that sentiment, saying the hardship to the secretary of state and voters in the 2nd Congressional District outweighed the hardship to Barber's campaign.
PHOENIX (AP) — Spa treatments don't stop with people. You won't see any aromatherapy candles around, but animals get massages, too, and it's become a regular service that many pet owners value as more than just glorified petting.
A lot of us are going to be doing a lot of holiday shopping in the next month. That’s why it’s even more important to keep a close eye on your receipts, and make sure the scanner is accurate.
Seven-year-old Krish Vyas of Tempe giggles and claps his hands after he strums a guitar. He marches, dances and roars to a song about dinosaurs. He beats drums in time to familiar songs, such as “This Old Man” or “Down by the Bay.”
I can hear the music playing in my head now and I’m singing along: “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”
ZooLights, one of the most popular attractions of the holidays in the Valley, opened for its 23rd year on Nov. 24.
Hamilton football coach Steve Belles isn’t expecting a lot of support for his Huskies in Friday's Division I state final against archrival Chandler.
The recovery of home prices in Arizona appears to have all but stalled.
Collegiate sports have a different feel about them than professional sports. Loyalties to alma maters run deep. Now Arizona State fans will have another NCAA team to cheer on.
The Arizona Highway Patrol Association wants to ensure all families make it to and from their holiday destinations safely.
PHOENIX (AP) — A Scottsdale woman is accused of several DUI charges for allegedly driving the wrong way on Interstate 17 in north Phoenix.
Authorities say 44-year-old Carmelina Long was arrested late Monday after her vehicle was stopped by the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
She was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault, endangerment, criminal damage, DUI and extreme DUI for having a blood-alcohol level well above the state's legal limit of .08 percent.
Long's bond was set at $5,000 after her initial court appearance Tuesday.
She doesn't have an attorney yet and the court is appointing a public defender to represent her with a Dec. 3 status conference scheduled.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — It could be months before Arizona officials seek execution warrants for death-row inmates after a judge granted a joint request by the state and defense attorneys.
A judge on Monday put on hold a lawsuit challenging the secrecy of execution protocols in Arizona pending the investigation of the nearly two-hour execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood.
The agreement stipulates that the Arizona Department of Corrections will not seek any death warrants for death-row inmates until the lawsuit is resolved. Officials had already suspended executions pending the Wood investigation.
The mutual agreement also states that Arizona officials will consider changing execution protocols and make any possible changes public.
The July 23 execution of Wood, who was convicted of murdering his estranged girlfriend and her father, called into question the efficacy of the drugs used after it took nearly two hours for Wood to die. He gasped repeatedly before taking his final breath.
Wood's attorney, Dale Baich, says the execution was botched, which state officials adamantly deny. The agency has said it is not commenting on pending litigation.
The lawsuit was filed in June on behalf of Wood and other death-row inmates. It claims the inmates have a First Amendment right to know about specific execution protocols such as the types of drugs used in lethal injections and the companies that supply them.
The First Amendment Coalition of Arizona later joined the lawsuit, saying the information should be released to the public.
The secrecy that surrounds executions has been a source of contention since officials in states that have the death penalty stopped making public details such as the drug manufacturers and drug combinations in 2010. European drug companies had stopped supplying lethal injection drugs, and states said they were protecting the privacy of local suppliers.
A group of media organizations including The Associated Press has filed a separate lawsuit contending that the information is of public interest.
Wood was given 15 doses of the sedative midazolam and a painkiller before he died.
Finding evidence of false statements by sheriff's investigators, the state Court of Appeals on Tuesday gave the owner of a chain of Phoenix area restaurants a chance to undermine — and possibly escape — charges he knowingly hired undocumented workers.
They can't gather their first signature for more than seven months, but foes of Republican Diane Douglas, newly elected the state school superintendent, now have the legal ability to start soliciting funds for the effort.
With the change of weather and kids recently celebrating Halloween, many kids are looking forward to the fall break, Thanksgiving and Christmas and many adults are making plans for a New Year’s celebration.
PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities say an Arizona legislator has been arrested and accused of driving while intoxicated.
A Gilbert middle school student is raising funds to represent her community as an ambassador in three countries next summer.