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Sonora River: One year later

It’s been more than a year since the Buenavista del Cobre copper mine, owned by mining conglomerate Grupo México, spilled 11 million gallons of toxic chemicals into the Bacanuchi and Sonora Rivers. The mine is in Cananea, a city in northern Sonora, which is also the headwaters for Arizona’s San Pedro River. The mine and authorities from the Mexican government claim the water is now clean, but people with illnesses related to heavy metals contamination continue to emerge.

Stories

Part I: Impacts to health, livelihood continue 1 year after toxic mine spill in Mexico

Part II: Massive spill highlights outdated water quality standards, government oversight in Mexico

Videos


Hazardous Materials:

AZCIR and ABC15 spent three months investigating how Arizona regulates hazardous chemical storage facilities and whether the necessary plans are in place to protect residents and businesses from a disaster like the one that killed 15 people in West, Texas in 2013. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board released the initial findings form its investigation into the explosion at West Chemical and Fertilizer company and found sweeping gaps in the regulatory oversight of ammonium nitrate. AZCIR and ABC15 reporters found similar shortfalls in Arizona.

Stories

Poor oversight cited in Texas ammonium nitrate blast mirrored in Arizona

U.S. oversight of ammonium nitrate insufficient, GAO says

2.8 million Arizonans live within vulnerable zones from toxic chemical leaks

Federal report recommends overhaul of U.S. chemical safety oversight


Rejected Ballots:

The Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting collected county-level rejected ballot data from federal elections in 2008, 2010 and 2012, then analyzed the results to provide readers with a clearer understanding of what rejected ballots can say about Arizona’s election system. AZCIR found that tens of thousands of ballots cast in Arizona’s 2012 election were rejected by elections officials, indicating continued communication and voter education problems in the state. Nearly 46,000 of the more than 2.3 million ballots cast in Arizona’s 2012 election – or about 2 percent – were rejected.

Stories

Rejected ballots document continued problems in Arizona’s elections

Inside our analysis of Arizona’s rejected ballots

Improved election data would mean a better informed electorate

Data Visualization

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County Rejected total 2008 Rejected total 2012 Net change Percent ballots 2008 Percent ballots 2012 Net change Percent of provisional ballots 2008 Percent of provisional ballots 2012 Net change Percent of absentee/early ballots 2008 Percent of absentee/early ballots 2012 Net change
Apache 824 869 45 3.31 3.31 0 60 39 -21 2.73 2.75 0.02
Cochise 731 375 -356 1.48 0.76 -0.72 29 14 -15 1.28 0.2 -1.08
Coconino 1387 1506 119 2.53 2.88 0.35 25 23 -2 0.38 0.73 0.35
Gila 384 282 -102 1.69 1.29 -0.4 30 20 -10 0.25 0.11 -0.14
Graham 270 54 -216 2.22 0.45 -1.77 25 8 -17 2.66 0.06 -2.6
Greenlee 38 10 -28 1.28 0.33 -0.95 36 7 -29 0.21 0.05 -0.16
La Paz 153 75 -78 2.7 1.29 -1.41 28 9 -19 3.82 1.24 -2.58
Maricopa 33504 31413 -2091 2.43 2.26 -0.17 30 19 -11 0.52 0.88 0.36
Mohave 1068 620 -448 1.55 0.87 -0.68 29 14 -15 0.16 0.18 0.02
Navajo 1098 974 -124 3.02 2.58 -0.44 41 35 -6 2.35 0.82 -1.53
Pima 6478 5740 -738 1.63 1.49 -0.14 25 15 -10 0.18 0.63 0.45
Pinal 2750 1296 -1454 2.59 1.18 -1.41 39 16 -23 1.83 0.1 -1.73
Santa Cruz 275 203 -72 2.03 1.44 -0.59 23 18 -5 2.68 0.48 -2.2
Yavapai 1441 984 -457 1.43 0.97 -0.46 31 13 -18 0.44 0.63 0.19
Yuma 1074 1101 27 2.43 2.59 0.16 24 8 -16 1.42 2.92 1.5

Mapping the Vote:

The Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting collaborated with the Arizona Capitol Times on analyzing more than 2.3 million votes cast from the Nov. 6 General Election. The analysis included precinct-level election breakdowns of votes cast and was combined with demographic data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The result was nearly a dozen stories about competitive races across Arizona that was combined with interactive maps to allow readers to explore the results.

Stories

Mapping the Vote Overview

Colorado City shows bizarre voting trend

Sales tax hike was squashed by enthusiastic opposition among GOP

CD1 results reflect Kirkpatrick’s appeal, Paton’s weakness among Romney voters

Barber held seat by winning competitive precincts, making up ground in GOP areas

Analysis reveals Sinema’s secrets to success in CD9

Failed top-two primary measure had most support among independent voters

Vote analysis shows why Flake-Carmona race was so close

Art of the single shot: How less can mean more when voters get to choose two

Analysis shows Lewis fell short in appealing to Hispanics

Maps

 

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CD-1

CD-2 CD-9

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2012 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION DATA BY PRECINCT

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