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The big leap: Aging out of Arizonas foster care system
Every year, hundreds of young adults age out of Arizona’s foster care system.  It is a big transition that comes with very little support, but there is new legislation intended to lighten the load, though it may only help a little.
Sept. 20, 2013
Medical marijuana to be allowed on university campuses, for research
The governor has signed legislation allowing medical marijuana onto university campuses, at least for research. The voter-approved medical marijuana law had stopped the efforts of physician Sue Sisley of the University of Arizona, who is looking at treatment-resistant post-traumatic stress disorder among combat veterans.
Sept. 20, 2013
Nice weather is helping firefighters control a wildfire near Safford
Firefighters are battling a 40 acre wildfire at Rincon Canyon near Safford in southeast Arizona. The so-called Marijilda fire is about 70 percent contained. Coronado National Forest spokeswoman Heidi Schewel said 30 firefighters are working the blaze that has spread in oak trees and brush.
Sept. 20, 2013
North rim of Grand Canyon greets tourists with federal budget cuts
The north rim of the Grand Canyon officially opens to tourists this week.  The canyon’s south rim gets far more visitors, but tourists on the north rim may still notice federal budget cuts this summer.
Sept. 20, 2013
School districts continue to face tight budgets
Arizona's public schools continue trying to climb back from deep cuts to their budgets over the past several years. Their planning for the next fiscal year has not been helped by delayed state budget talks at the Capitol.
Sept. 20, 2013
Homebuilding improving in Arizona, slowly
An economic forecast is out for Arizona, and it looks hazy. According to experts at Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business, the state’s economy is getting better, but it is happening slower than expected.
Sept. 20, 2013
Local job fair offers 1,000 jobs
A Valley firm is holding the second of an expected six job fairs to take place this year, later this morning. Ryan Naylor, founder and CEO of LocalWork.com says one-thousand Valley jobs will be available at the Greater Phoenix Job Fair, taking place at the Phoenix Airport Marriott.
Sept. 20, 2013
More than 200 personnel fighting wildfire near Nogales
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.
Sept. 20, 2013
ASU launches grooming program for investors
Arizona State University is launching a free summer program offering mentorship and business training for inventors and entrepreneurs. ASU will provide a meeting space in downtown Tempe for those in the program to connect and collaborate.
Sept. 20, 2013
Infrared, drones among tools used to fight wildfires
As another dry and dangerous summer begins, Arizona’s response to wildfires is likely to include some high-tech elements. In the past, fire teams have used overnight infrared flights to find out how big a wildfire is, and how much of it is contained.
Sept. 20, 2013
ACLU calls for monitoring MCSO after racial profiling decision
Last Friday a federal judge ruled the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office engaged in racial profiling against Latinos. The court ordered the sheriff’s department stop those practices. Attorneys for the plaintiffs indicate they will ask the court to appoint a monitor to make sure the sheriff’s office complies.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix Mercurys popularity is on the rise
The WNBA's Phoenix Mercury has added top draft pick Brittney Griner to the lineup this season. The 6-foot-8-inch Griner is nationally known for her dunking and defense. Griner's presence is expected to help the organization on and off the court.
Sept. 20, 2013
Governor Brewers Medicaid expansion proposal remains stalled in the Arizona House
The Arizona House continues to work behind closed doors to reach an agreement on Governor Jan Brewer’s proposal to expand Medicaid. The measure has passed in the Senate, but a Republican stalemate over the issue has forced the session into overtime.
Sept. 20, 2013
FBI data show increases of crime in the West in 2012
 Violent crimes have been falling nationally year after year, but preliminary data released by the FBI show that trend reversed in 2012. Crime increases were most apparent in the Western United States.
Sept. 20, 2013
Graduation rate increases, but Southwest is below national average
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.
Sept. 20, 2013
ADOT gives driving tips for monsoon season
Arizona's monsoon season gets underway Saturday. State transportation officials are urging drivers to be cautious during the summer storms, by reintroducing their dust storm awareness campaign. The public awareness program reminds motorists of what to do when trapped in a dust storm.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Congressman makes controversial comments about rape
Arizona Congressman Trent Franks is being attacked for a comment during the latest skirmish over abortion in the U.S. House. A Republican from Arizona’s Eighth District, Franks is sponsoring a bill banning abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy.
Sept. 20, 2013
State legislature adjourns
The state legislative session is adjourned, after 151 days.  It happened early Friday, after a coalition of moderate Republicans joined Democrats to approve an expansion of the state's Medicaid program, under the federal Affordable Care Act, but the bridge-making effort angered conservative Republicans like Representative John Kavanagh.
Sept. 20, 2013
Open flames banned in four Arizona forests starting Wednesday
Four more Arizona forests, the Coconino, Kaibab, Prescott, and Tonto, are taking fire restrictions up a notch this week.  National Forest Service spokeswoman Jacqueline Banks says 'open flame' fires will be banned in those forests beginning Wednesday morning, “It’s really important that people realize just how dry it is across Arizona,” Banks said.
Sept. 20, 2013
Feds win voting rights battle, but the overall outcome remains in question
Monday's ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court struck down an Arizona requirement related to prospective voters proving their citizenship. University of California-Irvine law Professor Richard Hasen said that is a victory for the federal government on the issue of voting rights, but he is convinced the overall battle continues.
Sept. 20, 2013

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