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Trump plan to boost Western water by easing rules worries advocates

Vandana Ravikumar and Corey Hawk Friday, Oct. 19, 2018 Trump plan to boost Western water by easing rules worries advocates WASHINGTON – The White House on Friday released a plan that it said would improve water reliability and availability in the West by streamlining regulatory processes and conducting expedited reviews on water projects. Details on the plan were scarce Friday, but environmental groups were immediately skeptical, with one advocate saying she is “sure it’s a bad idea,” despite the president’s claims that the plan will not harm the environment. “Whatever he’s proposing to roll back protections is the wrong direction,” said Sandy Bahr, director of the Sierra Club’s Grand Canyon chapter. “It’s wrong for our health, our communities, our economy – this idea that having poor water quality and not protecting our rivers and streams would somehow be good for the economy is ludicrous.” But President Donald Trump, who signed the proposal during a stop in Scottsdale on Friday, called it “vital to improve access to water in the American West,” where millions rely on federal water projects for crops, drinking water and power. “What’s happened there is disgraceful,” Trump said, according to a White House pool report. “For decades, burdensome federal regulations have made it extremely difficult and expensive to build and maintain federal water projects.” Under the memorandum “promoting the reliable supply and delivery of water in...

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NOAA: Arizona outlook promises warmer, wetter winter – but not too wet

Alexis Egeland Friday, Oct. 19, 2018 NOAA: Arizona outlook promises warmer, wetter winter – but not too wet WASHINGTON – Arizona will see a wetter and warmer winter than usual, with a weak El Nino system bringing steady, mild rains to the state, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said. NOAA’s winter forecast, released Thursday, is just what state farmers are hoping for – rain, but not the recent torrential storms that made October the wettest month ever recorded at Sky Harbor International Airport. “Ranchers are loving the rain and even the crop farmers, but we’re kind of saying, ‘OK, slow down, Mother Nature,’ because we’re worried about the cotton crop,” said Julie Murphree, outreach director for the Arizona Farm Bureau. State Climatologist Nancy Selover said the coming winter rains, coupled with October’s downpours, should help make a dent in Arizona’s long-running drought. That was echoed by NOAA, which said drought conditions are expected to improve in Arizona and New Mexico this winter, among other regions. Where the October tropical storms that blew up the coast of Mexico were “like flipping a switch,” Selover said this year’s El Nino is expected to be relatively weak for most of the country. But weaker storms are good for southern-tier states. The stronger storms typically hit California and Colorado harder, she said, while the weaker storms give a good amount of precipitation...

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The O.C.: It’s goodbye, Mike McCoy, hello, Byron Leftwich as Cardinals make changes

Isaac Colindres Friday, Oct. 19, 2018 The O.C.: It’s goodbye, Mike McCoy, hello, Byron Leftwich as Cardinals make changes TEMPE — The turnovers kept coming for the Cardinals on the field Thursday night. After an embarrassing 45-10 loss to the Denver Broncos, the team decided to execute one more, and this one was related to their coaching staff. The team announced Friday it had fired offensive coordinator Mike McCoy. “It’s my job as a head coach to figure out exactly what needs to be done, and I felt we needed a change,” coach Steve Wilks said. “We weren’t productive enough, let’s just say that. And that may be an understatement.” The lopsided game featured five turnovers was accompanied by a soundtrack of frequent boos, prompting the team to share a tweet afterward of puppies on a swing with the words, “There was a game tonight. Instead of a final score graphic, here’s a GIF of puppies to cheer you up.” There was a game tonight. Instead of a final score graphic, here’s a GIF of puppies to cheer you up. pic.twitter.com/i0IXegS8iI — Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) October 19, 2018 That angered some fans more. Many called for the firing of McCoy. Others called for Wilks to share a carpool out of town with McCoy. Then, as if to illustrate just how far the Cardinals had fallen, a sprinkle of Cleveland...

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Stakes are high as playoffs arrive for Phoenix Rising

Ricardo Ávila Friday, Oct. 19, 2018 Stakes are high as playoffs arrive for Phoenix Rising SCOTTSDALE – The implications of Phoenix Rising FC’s first playoff game are far-reaching. Not only is advancement in the postseason at stake, but the club hopes to make a strong case for becoming one of Major League Soccer’s expansion franchises. The Rising face Portland Timbers 2 at 7:30 tonight at the Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex in the United Soccer League’s 16-team single elimination tournament. The Rising ended their regular season with a 1-0 loss to the Timbers. “Focusing pretty intently all week,” Rising defender Joe Farrell said. “The level has definitely raised. Everyone’s kind of buzzing to get into this first game and really get a chance to bite back at Portland for the last weekend.” The game is about more than just a ticket to the conference semifinals. The club’s MLS aspirations could be jeopardized. The Rising hope to land one of two MLS expansion spots, Nos. 27 or 28. The club is hosting MLS executives, who will be attending the match tonight, although Rising general manager Bobby Dulle said the MLS visit is “just a visit.” The league fields 23 teams, but has confirmed three more spots, for FC Cincinnati in 2019, and for Inter Miami CF and Nashville SC in 2020. Detroit and Sacramento were the other two finalists in the...

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Trump arrives in Mesa to cheering crowds, praises Senate hopeful McSally

Cronkite Staff Friday, Oct. 19, 2018 Trump arrives in Mesa to cheering crowds, praises Senate hopeful McSally   Related stories City prepares, reacts to Trump’s rally in downtown Phoenix Trump will visit Arizona for the first time since contentious 2017 rally ACLU lawsuit: Phoenix police wrongfully used tear gas, pepper bullets Story updated 7:06 p.m. MESA – President Donald Trump greeted a cheering crowd at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport about 6:45 p.m. Friday after crisscrossing metro Phoenix to show his support of U.S. Senate candidate Martha McSally. Trump said McSally will “protect your jobs, defend your borders and continue making America great again.” And he reminded the crowd that early voting already has begun in Arizona. “If anybody would like to leave and go out to vote, I don’t mind at all,” Trump said. McSally faces Democrat Kyrsten Sinema in the race for U.S. Senate. Trump had referred to McSally as “brilliant” earlier in the day, while calling Sinema a “very, very strange opponent.” Trump went from a fundraiser in Scottsdale to a tour of Luke Air Force Base in Glendale before heading to the “Make America Great” rally. At the public event, McSally took the stage and told the president: “I just want to let you know, we are not crazy here. Unlike what my opponent says, we are not the meth lab of democracy.” Thousands of people had...

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