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Suspect in Navajo girl's 2016 murder to change plea | AZ Central Suspect in Navajo girl's 2016 murder to change plea
The man accused of kidnapping, killing 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike of the Navajo Nation is changing his plea in court. He previously pleaded not guilty.         
AZ Central | June 28, 2017
14-year-old shot in the mouth in Phoenix while playing with gun | AZ Central 14-year-old shot in the mouth in Phoenix while playing with gun
The teen was playing with the gun near 91st Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road Wednesday morning, officials said.         
AZ Central | June 28, 2017
Goodwin Fire spurs Prescott National Forest to close campgrounds, cancel reservations | AZ Central Goodwin Fire spurs Prescott National Forest to close campgrounds, cancel reservations
The Prescott National Forest has closed several campgrounds ahead of Fourth of July weekend due to the Goodwin Fire.         
AZ Central | June 28, 2017
Denny Foulk, Yavapai County Emergency Manager discuss state of emergency at Goodwin Fire | AZ Central Denny Foulk, Yavapai County Emergency Manager discuss state of emergency at Goodwin Fire
Denny Foulk, Yavapai County Emergency Manager discusses state of emergency at Goodwin Fire effecting the community of Mayer, Poland Junction and Blue Hills, burning 14 miles south of Prescott. By Rob Schumacher/azcentral.com         
AZ Central | June 28, 2017
Truck, construction equipment fall off Camelback Mountain cliff in Phoenix | AZ Central Truck, construction equipment fall off Camelback Mountain cliff in Phoenix
Heavy equipment falls off Camelback Mountain cliff.         
AZ Central | June 28, 2017
Didn’t like the original, don’t want to see the sequel  | Arizona Capitol Times Didn’t like the original, don’t want to see the sequel 
Arizona has already seen the effects of the types of Medicaid cuts that could occur under the Better Care Reconciliation Act, the US Senate Republicans’ Obamacare repeal bill, and former Gov. Jan Brewer doesn’t want to see the state return to those days. To read more on this item plus all the stories in the ...
Arizona Capitol Times | June 28, 2017
Jurors consider death penalty after Phoenix double-murder conviction | AZ Central Jurors consider death penalty after Phoenix double-murder conviction
Alan Champagne is facing the death penalty after he was convicted in the Phoenix double murder of Philmon Tapaha and Brandi Hoffner.         
AZ Central | June 28, 2017
Phoenix to Pay $1.5 Million to Family of Rumain Brisbon, Unarmed Black Man Shot by Police | Phoenix New Times Phoenix to Pay $1.5 Million to Family of Rumain Brisbon, Unarmed Black Man Shot by Police
Brisbon was fatally shot in the back after an officer mistook a vial of pills for a gun.
Phoenix New Times | June 28, 2017
Buckeye airport official 1 of 2 people killed in Gila Bend Mountains plane crash | AZ Central Buckeye airport official 1 of 2 people killed in Gila Bend Mountains plane crash
Buckeye city Airport Coordinator John McMahon and another person were killed when their plane crashed in the Gila Bend Mountains.         
AZ Central | June 28, 2017
Goodwin Fire: Residents use social media to ask for prayers, donations | AZ Central Goodwin Fire: Residents use social media to ask for prayers, donations
Residents are taking to Twitter to send positive thoughts and prayers.         
AZ Central | June 28, 2017
Goodwin Fire: Footage recorded by residents | AZ Central Goodwin Fire: Footage recorded by residents
People near the Goodwin Fire captured amazing videos of the blaze.         
AZ Central | June 28, 2017
ABOR to mull ‘dreamers’ tuition, legal questions abound | Arizona Capitol Times ABOR to mull ‘dreamers’ tuition, legal questions abound
Arizona regents meet Thursday to decide what how much more dreamers attending the state's three universities will have to pay in tuition this fall.
Arizona Capitol Times | June 28, 2017
Arizona declares state of emergency for Goodwin Fire | AZ Central Arizona declares state of emergency for Goodwin Fire
Gov. Doug Ducey said he wanted to assure Yavapai County residents that the state's attention and resources were focused on containing the blaze.         
AZ Central | June 28, 2017
Goodwin Fire: Mayer, a town of independent people willing to help | AZ Central Goodwin Fire: Mayer, a town of independent people willing to help
Mayer, one of several communities threatened by the Goodwin Fire in northern Arizona, is a collection of independent people willing to help neighbors.         
AZ Central | June 28, 2017
Goodwin Fire, June 28, 2017 morning press briefing | AZ Central Goodwin Fire, June 28, 2017 morning press briefing
John Pierson, Southwest Incident Commander, holds a press briefing about the Goodwin Fire, which has burned over 20,000 acres near Prescott, forced evacuations in Mayer, Arizona, and crossed State Route 69, on June 28, 2017.         
AZ Central | June 28, 2017
Scenes from the Goodwin Fire in Arizona | AZ Central Scenes from the Goodwin Fire in Arizona
The Goodwin Fire in northern Arizona grew to more than 20,000 acres on Wednesday morning. Here are scenes from the fire you should see.         
AZ Central | June 28, 2017
Goodwin Fire: Here's how you can help people living in the area | AZ Central Goodwin Fire: Here's how you can help people living in the area
Here is a roundup of some of the ways you can help out the people impacted by the Goodwin Fire.         
AZ Central | June 28, 2017
On the Fence: Tohono O'odham Need Better Security but Is Trump's Wall the Answer? | Phoenix New Times On the Fence: Tohono O'odham Need Better Security but Is Trump's Wall the Answer?
Tribal members of the Tohono O'odham Indian Nation in Arizona oppose Trump's planned border wall, but struggles with
Phoenix New Times | June 28, 2017
Time-lapse view of the Goodwin Fire burning near Prescott | AZ Central Time-lapse view of the Goodwin Fire burning near Prescott
The Goodwin Fire has burned more than 20,000 acres and is 1 percent contained as of Wednesday morning. Rob Schumacher/azcentral.com         
AZ Central | June 28, 2017
A spontaneous marriage proposal inside interactive-light exhibit | AZ Central A spontaneous marriage proposal inside interactive-light exhibit
Tracie Agustin and Chris Koehne got engaged while inside a luminous new exhibit at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.         
AZ Central | June 28, 2017
Arizona couple gets engaged inside popular Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art's light installation | AZ Central Arizona couple gets engaged inside popular Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art's light installation
Tracie Agustin and Chris Koehne met while attending Grand Canyon University. They just got engaged while inside the luminous "Ocean of Light" exhibit.         
AZ Central | June 28, 2017
Man shot to death opening front door in Phoenix | AZ Central Man shot to death opening front door in Phoenix
Police are looking for three men in connection with the shooting Tuesday night at an apartment complex near Eighth Street and Bell Road.         
AZ Central | June 28, 2017
Goodwin Fire 'top priority' in Arizona, Gov. Doug Ducey says | AZ Central Goodwin Fire 'top priority' in Arizona, Gov. Doug Ducey says
The governor said he wanted to assure Yavapai County residents that the state's attention and resources were focused on containing the blaze.         
AZ Central | June 28, 2017
Phoenix family discovers relative's body in his home | AZ Central Phoenix family discovers relative's body in his home
A Phoenix man's body was found inside his home near 41st Street and McDowell Road on Tuesday night by concerned family members who hadn't heard from him.         
AZ Central | June 28, 2017
Legal Battle Over In-State Tuition for DACA Students Will Go On; Expectations Low | Phoenix New Times Legal Battle Over In-State Tuition for DACA Students Will Go On; Expectations Low
The Maricopa County Community College District's decision buys some time for students who are already enrolled in school.
Phoenix New Times | June 28, 2017
Suspect and victim identified in Buckeye fatal stabbing | AZ Central Suspect and victim identified in Buckeye fatal stabbing
A woman was fatally stabbed in a Buckeye home on Monday night.         
AZ Central | June 28, 2017
Fire crews battle the Goodwin Fire | AZ Central Fire crews battle the Goodwin Fire
Firefighters battle "volatile and explosive" fuels as they try to contain the Goodwin Fire. Arizona State Forestry         
AZ Central | June 28, 2017
Man left with life-threatening injuries after north Phoenix shooting | AZ Central Man left with life-threatening injuries after north Phoenix shooting
The man was shot near Seventh Street and Bell Road on Tuesday evening, officials said.         
AZ Central | June 28, 2017
Phoenix Takes Step Toward Removing  'Squaw Peak Drive,' Other Offensive Street Names | Phoenix New Times Phoenix Takes Step Toward Removing 'Squaw Peak Drive,' Other Offensive Street Names
The City Council no longer needs to get homeowners' permission before changing a name that's been deemed offensive or derogatory.
Phoenix New Times | June 28, 2017
1 man found not guilty in Phoenix bail bondsmen killing; 2nd defendant's case ends in mistrial | AZ Central 1 man found not guilty in Phoenix bail bondsmen killing; 2nd defendant's case ends in mistrial
Jury declared one defendant not guilty of three counts but guilty of one. No verdict for second defendant.         
AZ Central | June 28, 2017
Goodwin Fire forces evacuation of Mayer | AZ Central Goodwin Fire forces evacuation of Mayer
Mayer was evacuated June 27, 2017, as the Goodwin Fire came dangerously close. Resident Eveline Sandy talks while packing up her truck to leave, not knowing where to go. Tom Tingle/azcentral.com         
AZ Central | June 28, 2017
Jury in Ame Deal case weighs aggravating factors against killer Sammantha Allen | AZ Central Jury in Ame Deal case weighs aggravating factors against killer Sammantha Allen
A Maricopa County jury listened to arguments of whether there are aggravating circumstances in the case of Sammantha Allen killing Ame Deal.         
AZ Central | June 28, 2017
Goodwin Fire helicopter attack | AZ Central Goodwin Fire helicopter attack
Helicopters drop flame retardant in Mayer as the Goodwin Fire approaches and the town is evacuated. Tom Tingle/azcentral.com         
AZ Central | June 28, 2017
Arpaio attorney clashes with former lawyer over court's immigration order | AZ Central Arpaio attorney clashes with former lawyer over court's immigration order
Arpaio is accused of illegally detaining at least 171 individuals between December 2011 and May 2013.         
AZ Central | June 28, 2017
Phoenix OKs plan to change racially charged street names without homeowner approval | AZ Central Phoenix OKs plan to change racially charged street names without homeowner approval
Phoenix can now rename streets with "offensive or derogatory" titles even if the majority of affected property owners oppose the change.         
AZ Central | June 28, 2017
Goodwin Fire forces evacuations | AZ Central Goodwin Fire forces evacuations
As the Goodwin Fire continues to grow, more and more residents are being forced to evacuate.         
AZ Central | June 27, 2017
Goodwin Fire | AZ Central Goodwin Fire
Azcentral.com reader Jennifer Johnson recorded this video of the Goodwin Fire as she was leaving Prescott Valley on June 27, 2017.         
AZ Central | June 27, 2017
Goodwin Fire: Residents take to social media as fire forces evacuations | AZ Central Goodwin Fire: Residents take to social media as fire forces evacuations
Officials on Tuesday ordered the town of Mayer evacuated because of a fast-moving Arizona wildfire that has burned nearly 4,500 acres.         
AZ Central | June 27, 2017
Watch fire crews drop retardant on the Goodwin Fire | AZ Central Watch fire crews drop retardant on the Goodwin Fire
The Goodwin Fire is burning 14 miles south of Prescott and south of the community of Mayer.         
AZ Central | June 27, 2017
After months of waiting, mother of man killed by Phoenix police demands report on shooting | AZ Central After months of waiting, mother of man killed by Phoenix police demands report on shooting
Francisco Valdez was shot and killed by Phoenix police on March 23. His mother has been asking for a police report the past three months to no avail.         
AZ Central | June 27, 2017
Anti-Drug Warrior Debbie Moak Leaving Ducey's Office of Youth, Faith and Family | Phoenix New Times Anti-Drug Warrior Debbie Moak Leaving Ducey's Office of Youth, Faith and Family
Debbie Moak, the anti-drug warrior who helped defeat Arizona's marijuana legalization measure last year, is stepping down as director of the Arizona Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family.
Phoenix New Times | June 27, 2017
Goodwin Fire forces evacuations in part of Mayer; SR 69 closed | AZ Central Goodwin Fire forces evacuations in part of Mayer; SR 69 closed
Officials on Tuesday ordered more mandatory evacuations for several areas near the Goodwin Fire, burning 14 miles south of Prescott.         
AZ Central | June 27, 2017
Goodwin Fire near Prescott | AZ Central Goodwin Fire near Prescott
Fire crews drop retardant on the Goodwin Fire, which is burning 14 miles south of Prescott and south of the community of Mayer. Scott Craven/azcentral.com         
AZ Central | June 27, 2017
Feds scrutinize Navajo housing agency; new records suggest remodeling costs $1M per unit | AZ Central Feds scrutinize Navajo housing agency; new records suggest remodeling costs $1M per unit
After a 2016 Republic investigation, Navajo Housing Authority comes under HUD scrutiny as new questions arise on costs to fix, build reservation homes.        
AZ Central | June 27, 2017
Is uranium mining near the Grand Canyon safe? The answer may be in the water | AZ Central Is uranium mining near the Grand Canyon safe? The answer may be in the water
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.        
AZ Central | June 27, 2017
A hidden tribe, a disastrous school and finally, a cry for help | AZ Central A hidden tribe, a disastrous school and finally, a cry for help
In a remote corner of the Grand Canyon, Havasupai parents are suing the federal government for failing to educate their children.        
AZ Central | June 27, 2017
Running wild: A USA TODAY Network investigation | AZ Central Running wild: A USA TODAY Network investigation
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.        
AZ Central | June 27, 2017
Landen Lavarnia shooting: What we know, what we don't | AZ Central Landen Lavarnia shooting: What we know, what we don't
The fatal shooting of a 9-year-old boy in Phoenix, which resulted in murder charges against his parents, leaves multiple questions.        
AZ Central | June 27, 2017
The myth of parole in Arizona | AZ Central The myth of parole in Arizona
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.        
AZ Central | June 27, 2017
Arizona firefighters have grip on financial power in local elections – but should they? | AZ Central Arizona firefighters have grip on financial power in local elections – but should they?
Firefighter unions across the state donated hundreds and thousands of dollars to candidates they often had never met.        
AZ Central | June 27, 2017