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High court: No automatic priority for contractor’s lien under state law

A lien placed by a construction firm doesn’t automatically have priority over other liens recorded after work begins on a development, according to a Arizona Supreme Court ruling. The decision stems from a longstanding court battle over a downtown Phoenix high-rise.

Arizona group pushing push feds to protect monarch butterflies

The Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity and other groups are petitioning the federal government to make the monarch butterfly an endangered species. Calling the need urgent, they cite a population drop of more than 90 percent over the past two decades.

Places to see monarch butterflies in Arizona

Immigration judges urge Congress to fix record-high caseload backlog

Congress needs to double the number of judges and reorganize immigration courts to cope with a record-high 375,000 backlogged cases - including 15,000 in Arizona - two of those judges said. A fix "wouldn't be cheap" but action must be taken if justice is to be served, they said.

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Parade celebrates Arizona Rattlers’ third straight AFL championship

Joined by scores of fans, Gov. Jan Brewer and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton helped the Arizona Rattlers celebrate their third straight Arena Football League championship Wednesday. The team trounced the Cleveland Gators but the widest margin ever in the ArenaBowl.

Spending on just-ended Arizona primary races topped $43.5 million

Driven by the race for GOP nomination for governor, politicians and independent committees spent a "staggering" sum on the primary, according to the most-recent campaign filings. That number is likely to go up, and millions more are likely to be spent before the Nov. 4 general.

Federal, local officials sign agreement to protect forest watershed near Payson

Federal, private and local agencies have signed an agreement that will help protect a crucial northern Arizona water source from the effects of wildfires. The agreement calls for forest-thinning, prescribed fires and other measures near the C.C. Cragin Reservoir near Payson.

City of Phoenix is talking trash with garbage analysis underway

A study has Arizona State University students sifting through piles of residential trash to help Phoenix officials learn how to get people to recycle more. The city aims to have 40 percent of trash diverted from landfills by 2020. At present, that figure stands at 16 percent.

Diamondbacks a hit with kids at Phoenix Children’s Hospital

On their day off Tuesday, David Peralta and Arizona Diamondbacks teammates Chase Anderson, Tuffy Gosewisch and Ender Inciarte hung out with patients in Phoenix Children's Hospital's Child Life Zone, playing video games, foosball and board games.

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