A New Way Drone Hobbyists Are Endangering First Responders

Amateurs flying unmanned aerial vehicles have previously grounded firefighting aircraft. Now, their devices are actually sparking wildfires.

West Virginia Ripple Effect Could Roll Into Another State

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Youngstown, Ohio residents target fracking; raising wait-staff wages in Washington, D.C.; Vermont F-35 fighter jet fight; and a Manchester arts commissioner caught on video gouging a city hall wall.

Why 2018 Is an Important Anniversary Year for Arizonans

Many of the Grand Canyon State’s residents are only living there now thanks to this action by Lyndon Johnson 50 years ago.

A Police Killing Without a Hint of Racism

Daniel Shaver begged officers not to shoot him. What role will his death play in the push for law-enforcement reforms?

'Proof of Citizenship' Voting Laws May Surge Under Trump

Requiring proof of citizenship makes election systems so complex that eligible voters are disenfranchised, according to a recent lawsuit in Arizona.

Phoenix Clarifies Where It Stands on U.S. Immigration Policy

The city has revised protocols for school resource and traffic officers and publicized those reforms to alleviate immigrant residents’ fears they’re being profiled.

Will Arizona's Off-Label Drug Law Spur Changes Elsewhere?

Arizona became the first state to allow drugmakers to promote off-label uses of their drugs. Will other states follow, and does it matter?

The Time to Prepare for a Police Shooting Is Before It Happens

In a guest article, the Maricopa County, Arizona, attorney asks: Does your community have a protocol for how to proceed after the deadly use of force by law enforcement?

What to Expect When You’re a Mayor Expecting Trump

“I did not feel that it was the right time to do this. It’s too close after Charlottesville,” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, who urged the president to delay Tuesday evening’s planned rally.

The Tables Have Been Turned on Sheriff Joe Arpaio

A federal judge has found the former Maricopa County, Arizona, lawman guilty of contempt of court.

Climate Adaptation Raises a 'Question of Equity’ for Flagstaff's Mayor

Whether it’s sea level rise or a flood control project in her hometown, Mayor Coral Evans sees climate resilience and environmental sustainability as linked with social issues.

The Poetry of Small-Town Mythologies in Arizona

Show Low and Winslow gained fame from an 1870s card game and a line in a hit Eagles song 100 years later.

An Arizona Town ‘That Would Like to Secede and Carry On Its Own Lifestyle’

Jerome embodies spirit of Wild West even as its buildings slide downhill toward Verde Valley.

Western States Negotiate Drought Contingency Plan Despite Wet Winter

A visit to Arizona’s Avra Valley highlights advanced hydrological, technological and conservation solutions to the Tucson area’s water concerns.

Phoenix’s Mayor Is Ready to Battle for the City’s Values and Economy

At SXSW, Greg Stanton is a happy warrior against state and federal interference.

If You Build Broadband Infrastructure, Data Centers Will Come

That’s what Mesa, Arizona, has found as it’s installed an elaborate network of conduits and fiber during routine street improvement projects.

Ariz. Gov. Urges Caution on Obamacare Repeal; Ky. Legislature OKs Abortion, Anti-Union Bills

Also in our State and Local Weekend News Digest: State government layoffs loom in Iowa and Maine; Cuomo’s new cybersecurity response proposal in New York; and not much fuss on the last street plowed in Bismarck, North Dakota.