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Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies have rescued two domesticated dogs that had been abandoned in the desert, east of Phoenix. Sheriff Joe Arpaio says a woman spotted the dogs while she was on horseback and led deputies to them.
June 11, 2013
More Arizona kids are getting free summer meals to help their families stretch food dollars, according to a new report from the Food Research and Action Center. It says more than 462,000 kids got free or reduced-price lunches in Arizona schools, but only about 60,000 get the free summer meals.
June 11, 2013
A bomb threat forced a Southwest Airlines flight to be diverted to Phoenix on Tuesday afternoon. The FBI and a police bomb squad were among the agencies that responded to the threat.    Sky Harbor International Aiport remained open after a plane was diverted to the aiport due to a bomb threat.
June 10, 2013
The Arizona House has passed legislation that would allow school boards to increase local property taxes.The House voted thirty one to twenty six to advance House Bill 2399. It would allow school districts to set bond limits of up to twenty percent of the tax base, up from the current limit of up to ten percent.
June 10, 2013
A new report from Arizona State University’s business school found the Valley is not likely to see another housing bubble in the near future. During the recent recession, Arizona was among the hardest-hit states in the nation, in large part due to massive investments in real estate.
June 10, 2013
One of the most controversial issues in the state legislature continues to mystify lawmakers. Governor Jan Brewer’s Medicaid expansion bill did not receive enough support from members of her own party to advance in the House for a final vote.
June 10, 2013
Arizona Game and Fish is prepared to kill mountain lions in the Catalina Mountains – if the animals kill bighorn sheep first. The department is trying to protect its reintroduction of bighorns outside Tucson.
June 10, 2013
One man has died and five hikers had to be rescued amid dangerously hot temperatures Saturday.  It all happened in White Rock Canyon, along the Arizona-Nevada border about eight miles from Boulder City.
June 09, 2013
Road construction begins this weekend on a new detour for U.S. 89 in northern Arizona. Navajo Route 20 will redirect drivers around US 89, and paving of the dirt road is expected to finish in August. In February, a landslide ripped apart 500 feet of the road on U.
June 09, 2013
A rare and dangerous illness has claimed the life of a Northern Arizonan.  Coconino County health officials say a woman from the Flagstaff area has died from complications of hantavirus, which is spread by infected urine, droppings, and/or saliva of wild rodents.
June 07, 2013
Next week will bring drama to the waning days of the state’s legislative session. Lawmakers will consider a last-minute abortion measure and whether to expand federal Medicaid benefits. The showdown on both issues will happen Monday.
June 07, 2013
Just seven days into June, and Phoenix is already experiencing temperatures 10 degrees above normal. Highs for Friday are expected to jump to 112 degrees, and most of that warm weather will transfer over to the weekend.
June 07, 2013
The Navy is naming its latest vessel after the city of Yuma. The USNS Yuma will be a Joint High-Speed Vessel. The Navy says Joint High-Speed Vessels are transport vehicles that serve in support of overseas operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, and special operations.
June 07, 2013
The Susan B. Anthony coin never caught on. Neither did the Sacagawea nor the newer Presidential one-dollar coins. But a group of lawmakers say switching entirely to dollar coins now could save at least five billion dollars over the next 30 years.
June 06, 2013
We are pleased to share the voices and conversations of our community from StoryCorps Phoenix. StoryCorps Phoenix is the project that records the stories of everyday people and archives them at the Library of Congress.
June 06, 2013
A new study shows the nation’s high school graduation rate continues to improve. Arizona, California and New Mexico are among 46 states reporting better numbers, but despite the boost, the Southwest still lags behind the national average.
June 06, 2013
State Representative John Kavanagh has conceded he cannot drum up enough support among legislative colleagues for his bid to ask voters to rescind Arizona's 2010 Medical Marijuana Act. The problem, he said, is political.
June 06, 2013
Formula One racing could be coming to Pima County. The Arizona Daily Star reports, the County Board of Supervisors told economic development staff to research leasing 400 acres in Tucson for a track.
June 06, 2013
Early next year, production companies will stop making movies available on film. That means theaters have to purchase new equipment to show digital movies, and that is not cheap. The Saguaro Theater is know for its neon cactus on top of the building that lights up at night.
June 06, 2013
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu has lost his bid to get his employees a raise. The Board of Supervisors  on Wednesday passed a scaled-back $374 million budget that denied the sheriff’s request.Another year of tight revenues because of reduced state funding and lower property values meant that Pinal County Supervisors had to cut spending by $7 million in the new budget that starts July 1.
June 05, 2013

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