September 2013

The Arizona Department of Transportation is the second state agency to become involved with the United States Army in a program aimed at hiring veterans as they leave the military. It’s called the PAYS program.
September 20, 2013
The U.S. House of Representatives has given a green light to a bill that would sharply increase logging in the national forests. Supporters of the measure, like Republican co-sponsor Paul Gosar of Arizona, say it will create jobs in rural communities, especially in the West.
September 20, 2013
The severe drought that hit the Southwest 14 years ago is expected to continue to bring down water levels on the Colorado River.  Two large storage tanks at the Yuma Desalting Plant stand a few stories above ground.
September 20, 2013
What does a 26 million park look like? Huge for starters. Pioneer Community Park has a lot packed into its 83 acres including a large pond, which will be ready for local fishing enthusiasts in January.
September 20, 2013
Police departments around Arizona can hire new officers thanks to a grant from the U.S. Justice Department. It is the first time some cities are able to expand their police departments since the recession.
September 19, 2013
The city of Phoenix has to delay the grand opening for Camelback Mountain Echo Canyon recreation area. A shipment of materials has pushed the completion date back for several weeks.  Contractors for the renovation of Echo Canyon trailhead are waiting for a steel shipment.
September 19, 2013
Arizona’s unemployment rate last month rose three-tenths of a percent to 8.3 percent. The state added nearly 40,000 jobs in August, which is about Arizona’s 10-year average, but it is less than the two previous years.
September 19, 2013
Tempe-based US Airways has upped its spending on lobbyists this year as it tries to merge with American Airlines. There's a big job to do. Several hundred employees of American Airlines and Tempe-based US Airways asked members of Congress to support their merger bid.
September 19, 2013
Banner Alzheimer’s Institute announced it will embark on a new Alzheimer’s research trial with funding from the National Institute of Health. The institute received a $33.2 million award for research on prevention of late onset Alzheimer’s disease.
September 19, 2013
Maricopa County prosecutors acknowledge they did not give a judge a letter that contained information affecting a key witness' availability for the retrial of a former death row inmate. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Rosa Mroz had ordered prosecutors to explain why they did not promptly give her a letter they got from federal prosecutors.
September 18, 2013

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