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A requirement that foster parents immunize their own children before being granted licenses would go away under a bill approved Tuesday in the Arizona House.  Chandler Republican Bob Robson says the state is already taking care of the health of foster children.
April 24, 2013
Hiking season is in full swing in the Arizona high country, and professional hiking guide Roger Jenkins says if you plan on going out, you need to plan now to avoid problems.  He advises putting together a permanent hiking kit with 10 essentials that can be used for day hikes or multi-day adventures.
April 24, 2013
Air traffic controllers at Phoenix Sky Harbor have begun their mandated furloughs. The cutbacks are required under sequestration, which is forcing across-the-board budget cuts at federal agencies.  The FAA says 10 percent of air traffic controllers will be off on any given day.
April 24, 2013
A new survey says support for Republican Arizona Senator John McCain has dropped to its lowest level in 21 years. Jim Haynes of Phoenix-based Behavior Research says only 26 percent of state residents in the latest Rocky Mountain Poll, gave the veteran senator a positive approval rating.
April 24, 2013
Senator John McCain wants to clarify his position on how the Boston Marathon bombing suspect should be treated while in custody.  He says he does not think Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should be tried as an enemy combatant, but he thinks it was a mistake to read him his Miranda rights so soon.
April 24, 2013
Five years ago the Preserve at Goldfield Ranch was an empty stretch of desert about six miles east of Fountain Hills. It still is. The county gave the developer five years to work out the details for the thousand-home master planned community.
April 24, 2013
All Tucson public employees will receive a raise. The Tucson City Council approved the 55-cent-an-hour increase this week. The hike is included in Tucson's 2014 budget. The Arizona Daily Star reports, the change will take effect no later than Jan.
April 24, 2013
Another person wants to be Arizona’s next governor, but this time it looks like it’s more than a trial balloon. Fred DuVal is expected to formally announce his candidacy Wednesday morning for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.
April 24, 2013
General Colin Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State, was in Phoenix on Tuesday to talk about leadership and the importance of civil discussion.STEVE GOLDSTEIN: General Powell spoke in Phoenix as part of the O’Connor House Distinguished Speakers Series.
April 23, 2013
About 1,300 temporary workers and part-time instructors with the Maricopa County Community College District have learned their hours will be strictly limited starting in July. Officials said the cuts will help the district comply with the Obama Administration’s Health Care Reform Act.
April 23, 2013
Arizona’s top election official wants out of a suit over an attempt to recall Maricopa County’s top lawman.  Secretary of State Ken Bennett wants a judge to dismiss him from a lawsuit filed by a group that supports Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
April 23, 2013
Governor Jan Brewer's proposal to expand Medicaid in Arizona by using federal funds is a major bone of contention for lawmakers attempting to negotiate a new state budget. Speaker of the House Andy Tobin said it is not paralyzing talks on the spending plan but it is a big hurdle.
April 23, 2013
Arizona Senator Al Melvin said he is seriously considering a run for governor. The Tucson Republican announced Monday his plan to form an exploratory committee. Melvin says he is motivated to run by what he sees as a lack of real optimism for the future of the state.
April 23, 2013
A recent study finds spending some 'down time' in the great outdoors can improve your creativity and problem-solving ability. Professor David Strayer of the University of Utah said people tested after four days immersed in nature with Outward Bound did dramatically better than people who took similar tests before heading into the woods.
April 23, 2013
Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva weighed in on the immigration reform bill, unveiled in the Senate last week, by saying its 'path to citizenship' is too long and the costs of becoming a citizen are too high.
April 23, 2013
Arizona State University and the City of Phoenix will make it official Tuesday. ASU’s baseball team will be moving from its long time home at Packard stadium to Phoenix Municipal stadium. Packard Stadium has been home to the Arizona State baseball team for 40 years.
April 23, 2013
An Arizona House committee has given permission for the introduction of a supplemental appropriations bill for the state's redistricting commission.The Arizona Legislature is planning to consider the supplemental appropriation for the Independent Redistricting Commission, the body that drew up new legislative and congressional districts following the 2010 Census.
April 22, 2013
The Veterans Affairs department announced a new effort Friday to clear a backlog of veterans waiting for decisions on their applications for disability benefits to help those veterans who’ve been waiting the longest to get benefits sooner.
April 22, 2013
The Phoenix Suns are looking for a new general manager. The team has let its GM go after the second-worst season in the club’s history.  Lance Blanks has served as Suns GM since August 2010, coming to the team after stints with the Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs.
April 22, 2013
The voting is now open to the public. ASU is giving the Sparky mascot costume a new look, again – but this time the university wants your input. Starting today, anyone associated with ASU, from students, staff and faculty, to alums, ticket holders and donors can log on to ASU’s website to pick their favorite costume.
April 22, 2013

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