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Napolitano Says Farewell To Homeland Security
Former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano, gave her farewell speech as Homeland Security Secretary today, praising the department's response to critical issues during her tenure. But, she ended her address by giving advice to her successor, saying that security problems will continue, “Many things still need tending and my successor will most certainly have a full plate on his or her hands,” Napolitano said.
Aug. 27, 2013
Deal Gives Wandering Wolves From Mexico Protection Status
Federal officials have agreed not to try to capture and relocate wolves that enter Arizona, from Mexico. The United States Fish and Wildlife Service has been involved in a reintroduction program for the wolves for nearly two decades, but the announcement that Mexico was launching its own reintroduction program, just south of the border, caused complications.
Aug. 27, 2013
Desert Crosses Memorialize Deceased Border Crossers, Work As GPS To Aid In Rescues
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office says it has erected its first cross marking the death of an illegal border crosser, since announcing an effort to put the GPS markers along I-8 just over a week ago.
Aug. 27, 2013
Monday Monsoon Causes Traffic, Power Issues For Valley
Another dust storm and thunderstorm blew through the Phoenix metropolitan area last night, after heavy rain fell on many parts of western Arizona. Winds from the approaching storm system around sundown pushed a hazy brown cloud over most of the Valley.
Aug. 27, 2013
Electricity Users Discuss Prospect Of Deregulation
Deregulating Arizona’s electric market may change how much you pay for electricity. Later this year, the Arizona Corporation Commission will hold hearings on this issue. The Residential Utility Consumer Office heard from business and residential users this morning.
Aug. 27, 2013
Venezuelan Colonel Sentenced In Military Airplane Engine Case
A federal judge in Phoenix has sentenced a Venezuelan Air Force colonel to 19 months in prison for conspiring to export military aircraft engines to his home country. A local businessman was also involved in the scheme.
Aug. 27, 2013
New Phoenix Call Center Prepares To Open As Investigation Unfolds
A health care business called “Connextions” (Connections) is hiring hundreds of employees for a new call center in Phoenix, but Connextions’ parent company is involved in an investigation in New Mexico.
Aug. 27, 2013
Arizonans Earning 19 Percent Less Than National Average
Arizonans have long lagged behind the rest of the country in per capita earnings, and a new report finds it’s worse than ever.  Arizona State University's W.P. Carey School of Business analyzed per capita earnings from 2011, and found that on average Arizona residents made 19 percent less than the national average in direct compensation – that’s wages and salaries.
Aug. 26, 2013
Arizona State University Boosts Downtown Phoenix Development
Arizona State University has drastically changed downtown Phoenix since it opened there in 2006. The school’s growth downtown has also led to a lot of new private development. The Sun Devil Fitness Complex has a rooftop pool.
Aug. 26, 2013
Yarnell Recovery Group Recognized By Yavapai County, State
The Yarnell Hill Fire killed 19 firefighters and destroyed about a quarter of the homes in Yarnell at the end of June, and almost immediately the Yarnell Hill Recovery Group was formed by local residents.
Aug. 26, 2013
Tempe Police
Tempe police said they were even busier the second weekend of their campaign to crack down on underage drinking. Many of those detained were college students. Officers arrested 486 people last weekend.
Aug. 26, 2013
Student Veterans Face Excess Tuition Costs
Iraq war veteran Brian Oller has spent more than $22,000 to pay out-of-state tuition at the University of California, San Diego. The Lubbock, Texas, native said he hopes to get in-state tuition this fall after appealing to the college’s residence deputy.
Aug. 26, 2013
Does Health Care Choice Include Grow-Your-Own Medical Marijuana?
Two medical marijuana patients are hoping a voter-approved attack on the Affordable Care Act gives them the right to grow their own drugs. An Arizona ballot measure put a provision in the state Constitution overriding any law, rule or regulation that requires individuals or employers to participate in any particular health-care system.
Aug. 26, 2013
Yuma Charter High School Continues To Seek Community Support
Most of the Valley’s schools are now in session, but the planned opening of a charter high school in Yuma is on hold. The Yuma Sun said the Arizona Foundation for Social Justice is trying to secure the level of backing it believes is necessary to commit itself to the $8 million loan the group would use to build the school.
Aug. 26, 2013
Willcox Bike Ride Helps Students And State Economy
This Labor Day weekend the Willcox Chamber of Commerce and a local cycling club have organized a 66 mile bike ride to benefit high school students in Willcox. The Willcox Flyer bike ride is just one of the approximately 250 cycling events held in Arizona each year.
Aug. 26, 2013
Phoenix Residents Can Cast Ballot Starting Monday
Tuesday is election day in Phoenix, and voters will decide on four council seats. Voters do not have to wait until Tuesday. On Monday and Tuesday the city will have 18 voting centers open in Districts 2, 4, 6 and 8 where city council seats are up for election.
Aug. 26, 2013
Enrollment Increases At ASU
Enrollment has doubled at Arizona State University’s new satellite campus in Lake Havasu City. The college opened a year ago, but ASU plans to add some majors in hopes of attracting more undergraduates.
Aug. 26, 2013
Examining The History Of The Duel In The Desert
School rivalries come in all shapes and sizes. Here in the Valley, it's Arizona State University and the University of Arizona. Former Arizona Wildcat sports writer and editor Shane Dale wrote about ASU's battles with U of A in his book "Territorial: The History of the Duel in the Desert.
Aug. 23, 2013
Did You Know: Hunt
There is a pyramid in the Valley, and it is the resting place of Arizona’s first governor. It is hidden in plain sight. The first governor of Arizona, George Hunt, is buried in this white pyramid tomb along with several relatives.
Aug. 23, 2013

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