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A new Arizona petition drive could mean some major changes in pensions for public employees.  Republican Party activist Roy Miller is worried about what happened in Detroit, happening here.  His initiative would prohibit cities, counties and school districts from spending increases that exceed inflation and population growth, unless they've adequately funded their pension systems.
September 10, 2013
It looks like a bid to block the Medicaid expansion at the ballot may fall short. The state currently provides for most people below the poverty level of about $19,500 a year, for a family of three. The plan confirmed by state lawmakers would tax hospitals to expand eligibility to 138-percent of the poverty level.
September 10, 2013
Flooding in north Phoenix kept road crews busy pumping water off parts of Interstate 17 on Monday. Pumps working hard at the Deer Valley Road and Interstate 17 pump house. (Photo courtesy of Arizona Department of Transportation) Arizona Department of Transportation had to remove hundreds of thousands of gallons of water in just a few hours.
September 09, 2013
Sedona City Council will decide whether it is going to take a stand on light pollution. It votes Monday on a resolution to seek approval from the International Dark-Sky Association. The label would both applaud Sedona’s dark skies and set guidelines to keep them that way.
September 09, 2013
In the coming months, hundreds of millions of dollars worth of contracts will be finalized for new surveillance technology along the Southwest border. The federal government is taking a new approach to awarding these contracts in an effort to avoid past mistakes.
September 09, 2013
After months of renovation, two prime hiking trails in Phoenix will open in time for the hiking season. The city closed Echo Canyon at Camelback Mountain in January. The area was in need of modernization and of a new entrance.
September 09, 2013
More than two inches of rain have fallen in some parts of the North Valley, which have lead to power outages, traffic delays and flash-flood warnings. Rain falls at the campus of Grand Canyon University in West Phoenix Monday.
September 09, 2013
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu is taking on the county government for hiring criminals.  Babeu claims the Pinal County Board of Supervisors is hiring friends and family, knowing they are convicted criminals, and giving them access to classified information.
September 09, 2013
Key provisions of an election law signed by Gov. Jan Brewer in June and targeting homeowners associations will be stripped out of the law, under terms of a legal settlement.  All but one of the provisions affecting HOAs will be nullified, after a suit was filed charging the measure violated a constitutional provision that requires bills to address just one subject.
September 09, 2013
Sen. John McCain said President Obama needs to make a strong case for U.S. military action against Syria when he addresses America Tuesday night.  The senator believes there is a U.S. interest in the conflict.
September 09, 2013
A new report said the state's economy is showing some signs of life.  Retail sales in July were up 9 percent from last year for the best July report in 6 years.  Economist Dennis Hoffman of Arizona State University said what makes the growth amazing is that it is taking place with little impact on Arizona's 8 percent jobless rate, but the year-over-year spending increase at bars, restaurants and hotels was much smaller.
September 09, 2013
When the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented, many consumers buying health insurance could take a big hit to their checkbooks, and New Mexico may take the biggest hit of all. That's according to a new study that looks to gauge new insurance premiums state by state.
September 09, 2013
 A jury's decision to convict a self-help author in the deaths of three people following an Arizona sweat lodge ceremony will stand. The state Court of Appeals has granted James Arthur Ray's request to drop his challenge of the case and also dismissed a cross-appeal.
September 09, 2013
The Scottsdale City Council will consider changes to its public safety ordinance later this week. The action comes after two stabbings at downtown clubs earlier this year. Under the proposed ordinance, clubs will have to file new safety plans that include minimum standards for security personnel.
September 09, 2013
Phoenix residents can weigh in on the future of the city’s controversial food tax this week, as officials host a series of public meetings to discuss the best way to phase it out. In 2010, the city slapped a 2 percent tax on food as an emergency measure to raise cash during the recession, but the city council is now looking for ways to cut the tax in half by January 1, 2014.
September 09, 2013
A first of its kind private fundraiser to buy water rights to the Colorado River launches in Phoenix this weekend. Environmental groups want to purchase enough water to keep the river flowing south of the border during the severe drought.
September 07, 2013
A nearly century old New Mexico tradition involves the burning of a 50 foot tall effigy along with the world's gloom.
September 06, 2013
Backers of two ballot referendum petition drives are rapidly approaching deadlines to get them before Arizona voters in 2014. Barry Hess of the Libertarian Party said the Protect Your Right to Vote Committee has collected at least 130,000 signatures in its attempt to block an omnibus election law from taking effect.
September 06, 2013
Throw some dirt on it. That is what a lot of coaches and even some parents would say to young football players who looked like they had suffered a minor injury. Throwing up on the sidelines? Just part of the game.
September 06, 2013
It probably wasn't Woodward and Bernstein or the filmmakers behind "All The President’s Men" who coined the phrase ‘follow the money.' Neither legendary reporter covered the machine of college athletics, which seems to run thanks to the millions and even billions of dollars fed into it by TV networks and sponsors, but until very recently despite convincing, logical op-eds in national newspapers, the concept of truly sharing those funds with student-athletes seemed unlikely.
September 06, 2013

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