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Report: West Phoenix blight improving
City officials report progress combating violent crime, vandalism and prostitution in West Phoenix.That part of town has struggled with those issues for years. In fact, if you look at a police map from this March, pockets of violent crime still glow bright red in West Phoenix, but an annual city report from the region does show some good news, including a 14 percent reduction in violent crime since 2005.
Sept. 20, 2013
Midwives talk change
Arizona midwives searching for middle ground over changes to their profession will attend a public meeting at the Department of Health Services in Phoenix Monday afternoon. This continues what one midwife calls an ongoing conversation over midwifery in the state.
Sept. 20, 2013
Governors Medicaid expansion plan moving forward
Republican House Speaker Andy Tobin is taking up the $8.8 billion state budget passed by the Arizona Senate, but says his effort to reach a deal with the governor on Medicaid have failed. Tobin assigned the package of 10 Senate budget bills to the Appropriations Committee yesterday.
Sept. 20, 2013
Lawmakers champion dollar coins
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.
Sept. 20, 2013
Hualapai to build temporary route to Skywalk
The federal government has granted an Arizona tribe the right to build a road to the Grand Canyon Skywalk. It is the latest in an ongoing scuffle over access to the tourist destination. The Hualapai Tribe operates the glass bridge over the canyon.
Sept. 20, 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.
Sept. 20, 2013
Sales tax reform is a governors signature away
The push for sales tax sales reform in Arizona is now just a governor's signature away. The state legislature passed a bipartisan bill aimed at taking the chaos out of business tax collections, by boiling multiple filings down to just one form.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona voter registration rule struck down
The United States Supreme Court ruled today on a case from Arizona that could impact elections around the country. The court found Arizona cannot impose its own requirements on federal voter registration forms.
Sept. 20, 2013
Outspoken Sen. Rich Crandall on the 2013 legislative session
State Sen. Rich Crandall, one of the early Republican supporters of Medicaid expansion, looks back at the 2013 session. Crandall plans to leave in the middle of his two-year term to pursue other plans, including State Schools Superintendent in Wyoming, but Crandall said he may come out of retirement to support other GOP legislative moderates.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix Coyotes keep their coach
The Phoenix Coyotes will be keeping their coach, even as their ownership situation remains in flux. Dave Tippett has agreed to a long-term contract extension with the team. The Coyotes have made the playoffs three times in his four seasons as coach.
Sept. 20, 2013
Supreme Courts affirmative action decision will not affect Arizona
The Supreme Court’s decision to return a Texas affirmative action case to a lower court will not impact Arizonan schools. Arizonans will not be impacted. Arizona State University spokesman, Skip Derra said Arizona voters amended the state constitution in 2010 to end the use of affirmative action.
Sept. 20, 2013
Getting prepared for sizzling Valley temperatures
Valley temperatures are expected to climb to 118 degrees by Saturday.  National Weather Service Meteorologist Ken Waters said the very hot highs may give way to our first dose of monsoon-related humidity.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tempe streetcar feedback deadline
If you want a say in where the Tempe Streetcar project will run, Sunday is the deadline for the public to submit input. The proposed rail system will service the city’s downtown area. The public has two routes to choose from that run through central Tempe.
Sept. 20, 2013
Weekend heat sets energy use record
Last weekend’s high temperatures had Valley residents reaching for the thermostat. Because of overnight lows in the high 80s and extreme day-time temperatures, Salt River Project spokesman Jeff Lane said the company reported record-setting energy use.
Sept. 20, 2013
Examining the impact of the U.S. Airways-American Airlines merger on Phoenix
The anticipated merger of American Airlines and Tempe-based U.S. Airways has many in the Valley worried about the effect on the economy, considering the combined airline is going to be headquartered in Dallas, but analyst Holly Hegeman said Phoenix may be used as a hub to the West Coast, a significant benefit to the Valley.
Sept. 20, 2013
StoryCorps Phoenix: Jonscott Williams and Imani Williams-Vaughn
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.
Sept. 20, 2013
Wildfire Author In Arizona After Yarnell Hill Fire
Wildfire season in Arizona and the West is getting longer, and the potential for catastrophic fires is growing. Journalist Michael Kodas has been in Arizona following the aftermath of the Yarnell Hill Fire.
Sept. 20, 2013
Did You Know: Arizona Is Home To Ostriches
It’s a bird, no, it’s a dinosaur. Well actually, it’s an ostrich, that is believed to be both. The Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch at Picacho Peak. (Photo by Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez-KJZZ) Really, an ostrich? North Carolina paleontologists found that the soft tissue inside the thigh bone of a 65 million year-old unearthed T-Rex skeleton looked identical to that of an ostrich.
Sept. 20, 2013
Legal fight continues over drivers licenses for Dreamers
Attorneys for those in the Deferred Action Program are back in court, in an effort to force Arizona to grant their clients driver's licenses. The licenses have been denied by Governor Brewer under a state law that says people have to prove they're authorized to be in the country to get a license.
Sept. 20, 2013

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