September 2013

There’s a chance the Tucson Padres minor league baseball team could play another season in the city.  The Padres signed an agreement that allows them to stay in Tucson next year if the franchise's new stadium in El Paso isn’t ready to open on time.
September 11, 2013
The British-owned chain of Fresh & Easy grocery stores has been sold to a billionaire from California, and some locations will be closing. Fresh & Easy has several locations across the Valley, including this one on Indian School Road in Phoenix.
September 10, 2013
Gay rights advocates in Arizona are explaining why they did not back an effort to legalize marriage for homosexual couples. A Republican and Libertarian-led group trying to get the issue on the ballot called it quits this week, saying more established gay rights organizations withheld support -- but the proposed initiative may not have had any teeth.
September 10, 2013
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to appoint a new state senator during its Wednesday meeting. The board is replacing former Mesa Republican senator Rich Crandall. He resigned to become Wyoming’s top education official.
September 10, 2013
The recreational use of marijuana will be legalized in Arizona, if a national advocacy group can get voters behind the proposal. The same group that helped Arizona get medical marijuana passed announced a campaign Tuesday to get recreational pot on the 2016 ballot.
September 10, 2013
The Phoenix Herpetological Society is celebrating the first breeding of rare Nile crocodiles. Cronkite News says, the birth of 11 crocodiles is a boost for a species that’s increasingly rare in the wild.
September 10, 2013
Organizers of an initiative campaign for a 2014 ballot measure to legalize gay marriage in Arizona are dropping that effort in favor of waiting until 2016.  The Equal Marriage Campaign says it had support but that key national advocacy groups withheld backing that was needed to make a 2014 ballot measure.
September 10, 2013
A new Arizona petition drive could mean some major changes in pensions for public employees.  Republican Party activist Roy Miller is worried about what happened in Detroit, happening here.  His initiative would prohibit cities, counties and school districts from spending increases that exceed inflation and population growth, unless they've adequately funded their pension systems.
September 10, 2013
It looks like a bid to block the Medicaid expansion at the ballot may fall short. The state currently provides for most people below the poverty level of about $19,500 a year, for a family of three. The plan confirmed by state lawmakers would tax hospitals to expand eligibility to 138-percent of the poverty level.
September 10, 2013
Flooding in north Phoenix kept road crews busy pumping water off parts of Interstate 17 on Monday. Pumps working hard at the Deer Valley Road and Interstate 17 pump house. (Photo courtesy of Arizona Department of Transportation) Arizona Department of Transportation had to remove hundreds of thousands of gallons of water in just a few hours.
September 09, 2013

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