May 2013

The City of Chandler will decide Thursday whether or not to allow chickens within city limits. Turns out, urban chickens are already roosting across much of the Phoenix area. You can hear them across the Valley, from Phoenix to Gilbert, Mesa to Scottsdale.
May 22, 2013
New numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau released Wednesday show that cities in the Southwest are the fastest growing in the country. Most of those fast growing cities are in Texas, but two Arizona cities made the list.
May 22, 2013
A human-caused wildfire continues to spread in the Patagonia Mountains near Nogales. Since Friday, it has consumed more than 10,000 acres of mesquite trees, brush and grass.  Officials say it is 55% contained.
May 22, 2013
Fire restrictions go into effect throughout much of the state Wednesday and Thursday. They generally apply to both state and federal land.  Under the Stage One restrictions, campfires are not allowed, except in some developed campgrounds, and smoking is only allowed inside vehicles, or in areas with three feet around them without flammable materials.
May 22, 2013
The State Senate's vote in favor of Medicaid expansion may have political consequences for the five Republicans who joined 13 Democrats to support it. Those GOP members are already being told to expect conservative primary challenges if they run for reelection.
May 22, 2013
Mesa Mayor Scott Smith said Arizona needs to prepare to deepen its fiscal strength when the economy fully recovers. He said the state has relied too much on growth to take it out of economic struggles.
May 22, 2013
The Phoenix-based Beatitudes Campus has a different approach to caring for residents who have advanced dementia. The New Yorker magazine featured its methods in the May 20 issue.The Director of Education and Research for the Beatitudes Campus, Tena Alonzo, explained what inspired her and the campus to focus on the quality of life of its residents.
May 22, 2013
Arizona has been attracting more attention from Wall Street recently. Last month, two companies based in the state had Initial Public Offerings or IPOs. S. Trevis Certo of Arizona State University's W.
May 22, 2013
Closed-door budget talks are continuing at the state capitol, but House Speaker Andy Tobin says progress is slow. Tobin thinks it's time to find out if members support a Medicaid expansion plan Governor Jan Brewer is demanding be part of the budget.
May 22, 2013
Firefighters continue to battle a suspected human-caused wildfire that has charred more than 3,800 acres in the Coronado National Forest, east of Nogales.  Spokeswoman Michelle Fiddler says the Soldier Basin Fire is now 8 percent contained.
May 22, 2013

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