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Border rescues increase as temperatures rise
As temperatures rise on the Arizona desert, Border Patrol agents say they are getting more and more calls about undocumented immigrants, in trouble.  Spokesman Brent Cagen said agents have assisted 177 people in the last 30 days, 52 of them in the past week.
Jun. 13, 2013
In Phoenix real estate, zombies start waking up
When the region’s housing market took a nosedive a few years ago, developers abandoned subdivisions that were only partially built. Estimates by the Sonoran Institute put the number of so-called zombie lots in Central Arizona at a staggering one million.
Jun. 13, 2013
Crowds formed near the intersection of Camelback Road and 22nd Street in Phoenix on Wednesday as a group of Catholic nuns climbed down from a large tour bus for a scheduled visit to the offices of U.S.
Jun. 12, 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.
Jun. 12, 2013
High heat causing increased emergency calls
Phoenix is scorching this week, with temperatures upwards of 110 degrees expected across the metro area today. That’s about 10 degrees warmer than normal. This isn’t just uncomfortable. The weather is causing an uptick in emergency calls – and not just in the city’s urban areas.
Jun. 12, 2013
Special session brings lawmakers back, undermines GOP leadership
Governor Jan Brewer's decision to call lawmakers into a special session to finish the state budget and approve Medicaid expansion has deepened the divide within the Republican party. It has also brightened the line that separates supporters and opponents of the expansion.
Jun. 12, 2013
Tucson
Tucson Unified School District is recalling some teachers and staff members it laid off last month. A total of 72 workers are getting back on the district’s payroll.TUSD let 187 employees go to cope with a $17 million budget shortfall, but cuts in other areas of the district have allowed officials to hire back almost six dozen teachers and other employees.
Jun. 12, 2013
Former Sen. Kyl examines prospects for immigration reform
Recently retired Sen. Jon Kyl, who was one of the leaders in the push for immigration reform in 2007, says the bipartisan "Gang of Eight" is in a much better position to pass reform this year.Kyl said climate for reform is much friendlier.
Jun. 12, 2013
Hot town--summer in the Valley
Summer won't officially arrive for another week, but the Valley is already facing excessive heat warnings.Meteorologist and Channel 12 storm chaser Matthew Pace said we will have our typically hot summer days, and he is predicting an average monsoon season of blowing dust and thunderstorms.
Jun. 12, 2013
Reforming Arizona
There is a short list of qualifications to be a justice of the peace in Arizona. You must be a registered voter in the state. You must reside in the justice court precinct. You must understand the English language.
Jun. 12, 2013
Why did the governor call a special session?
Arizona lawmakers will be at the capitol today after being called to a special session late Tuesday by Governor Jan Brewer. They'll be working on Medicaid expansion and the state budget. I talked with Jim Small of the Arizona Capitol Times this morning, and asked him why the governor would call a special session when lawmakers were expected to deal with the issues during their regular session later in the week.
Jun. 12, 2013
Monsoon season, and mosquitos, aren
The high heat is a signal that monsoon season is not far off.  It begins, officially, on Saturday and one aspect of it you may prefer to avoid comes with a buzz.  It'll soon be peak season for mosquitoes and David Mizejewski of the National Wildlife Federation says you'll be targeted through a chemical trail you unwittingly leave in your wake.
Jun. 12, 2013
Wood pellet plant catches fire in Show Low
Firefighters in Show Low had their hands full with a blaze at a wood pellet manufacturing plant Tuesday.  Fire Captain Brent Mix says they brought in air tankers to put slurry on it to prevent the flames from spreading, and to the scrub brush and propane tanks nearby.
Jun. 12, 2013
Border agents deliver baby
Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Luis port of entry had to hit another gear this week when a pregnant woman trying to cross into the United States went into labor.  Spokeswoman Teresa Small says an officer with paramedic training was called to help the 20-year-old U.
Jun. 12, 2013
Phoenix under excessive heat warning
There's an excessive heat warning in effect, from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday.Dan Leins of the National Weather Service says we could see record tying heat in metro Phoenix."Right in the urban corridor [and] right in downtown Phoenix, that's typically the hottest locations.
Jun. 12, 2013
Former Rep. Renzi found guilty of corruption
A federal jury convicted former U.S. Representative Rick Renzi on Tuesday of corruption charges. Renzi was charged with 32 felony counts of wire fraud, conspiracy and extortion. Renzi, a Republican, represented Arizona's 1st Congressional District from 2003 until 2009.
Jun. 12, 2013
Herb Paine: Political Priorities and Medicaid Expansion
Our politics is stuck in a crossfire of proverbs that have increasingly little to do with solving the real problems of real people. •    A penny saved is a penny earned! •    You must spend money to make money! •    Be the change that you wish to see in the world! •    Don’t tread on me! Each adage reflects a world view that has weaved its way into the mind sets of our policy makers and polarized them but done little to create practical solutions that are advancing Arizona.
Jun. 12, 2013
Governor Brewer calls lawmakers into special session
Members of the Arizona House of Representatives expected to be off work until Thursday—until Governor Jan Brewer decided to call them into special session last night.The legislature had adjourned for the day, but the Governor called a special session on the state budget and a proposal to expand Medicaid coverage to three hundred thousand additional low income residents in Arizona.
Jun. 11, 2013

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