Democrat Katie Hobbs has declared victory in Arizona's Secretary of State race. She released a statement Friday evening saying, "Tonight we won the race for Arizona’s Secretary of State. I want to thank all of my supporters, volunteers, staff and Arizona voters for entrusting me with this responsibility."
Gov. Doug Ducey has fired state parks director Sue Black. Black had been on leave since the beginning of the month, when the state announced a criminal investigation into whether her agency had bulldozed archeological sites.


ASU Receives About $3M To Combat Urban Heat
Arizona State University has received about $3 million in grant money from the Maricopa County Industrial Development Authority to combat urban heat throughout the Valley.
Sky Harbor Terminal 3 Remodel To Be Done In 2020
Phoenix’s Sky Harbor Airport is in the midst of a complete remodel of Terminal 3. The work is scheduled to finish up in 2020. After the new concourse opens, Terminal Two will no longer serve passengers.
More Than 130 Phoenix Families Finalize Adoptions
More than 130 adoptions were finalized at an event in Phoenix on Saturday at the Durango Juvenile Court Center. National Adoption Day is observed every year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.
  Arizona GOP Launches Audit Of Maricopa County Recorder
Alleging voting "irregularities,'' the Arizona Republican Party is launching what it calls its own an "independent audit'' of practices by Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes -- an audit being aided by a law firm that represents the party.
Mesa Dedicates New Water Plant
A new water plant was dedicated in Mesa Saturday. Built with bond money that was approved by voters in 2014, the $126 million Signal Butte facility will allow southeast Mesa to continue to grow, according to city officials.

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Close to 1,500 inmates have been sent to battle the wildfires in Northern California. They are paid less than minimum wage, and some critics have decried the state program slave labor.
After two recounts, Florida's governor has been declared the winner of the state's contested Senate race over the incumbent Democrat.
A bipartisan coalition of lawmakers in Virginia is working to make the state the 38th and final state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Two-headed snakes don't live very long in the wild, so when one was found in a Northern Virginia yard, the discovery got the attention of scientists and social media alike.
The donation is the largest individual gift ever made to a single university and is designed to allow the school to be need-blind and loan-free.