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Dont take the tortoises
If you come across a wild tortoise in the desert, it’s best to leave it there. That might sound like obvious advice, but desert tortoises are continually removed from their habitat. Once a tortoise like this one is removed from the wild, it can never return.
Sept. 20, 2013
Clint Bolick reacts to proposed immigration reform
The so-called Gang of Eight bipartisan senators have released their proposed immigration reform legislation. Clint Bolick, co-author of "Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution" with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, said the proposal sounds fair and effective in making modifications to how legal and undocumented immigration is handled.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona unemployment numbers remain the same
New data from the Arizona Department of Administration show the state's unemployment rate stayed flat at 7.9 percent in March, with more than 16,000 non-farm jobs gained from February. That compares to a drop in the national jobless rate to 7.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mark Brnovich may run against Attorney General Tom Horne
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne may be facing a challenger in the Republican Primary next year. That challenge could come from Mark Brnovich, a former state and federal prosecutor who currently heads the Arizona Gaming Department.
Sept. 20, 2013
Fred DuVal to declare his candidacy for governor
Another person wants to be Arizona’s next governor, but this time it looks like it’s more than a trial balloon. Fred DuVal is expected to formally announce his candidacy Wednesday morning for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.
Sept. 20, 2013
General Colin Powell and Justice Sandra Day OConnor on leadership and improving political discourse
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and General Colin Powell discuss the importance of leadership and how political discourse in the United States must become more civil in order to solve complicated problems.
Sept. 20, 2013
Valley Metro helping small businesses affected by new light rail construction
Valley Metro planners said they are trying to reassure local businesses along the expanding light rail line that construction is moving as fast as possible. They say lessons learned from the light rail’s first phase of construction should help this time around.
Sept. 20, 2013
In light of horse meat outrage, one look at how we choose our food
Last week, a former cattle slaughterhouse in New Mexico moved one step closer to becoming the only plant in the United States that slaughters horses. Valley Meat Company in Roswell was found to be in compliance by USDA inspectors.
Sept. 20, 2013
Truck plummets 200 feet into canyon
Four people in a pick-up truck plunged 200 feet off a cliff near Apache Junction early Tuesday morning. Emergency crews used a rope pulley system to pull an injured woman out of the canyon. (Photo courtesy of Apache Junction Fire District) Emergency crews faced a daunting task extracting one of the victims, a woman in her 20s who suffered severe head and facial injuries.
Sept. 20, 2013
New federal study critical of Arizona workplace safety inspectors
A new study by the federal General Accounting Office said Arizona’s workplace safety inspectors are underpaid and overworked.  That puts a lot of employees in danger of  job site accidents that could injure or kill them.
Sept. 20, 2013
Federal grant money coming to help repair US 89
The Arizona Department of Transportation has been awarded a grant to help repair damage on U.S. 89, south of Page. The U.S. Department of Transportation has approved $35 million in emergency relief for repairs to the roadway, which collapsed in February.
Sept. 20, 2013
Student tests positive for tuberculosis, more students tested
Health officials in Maricopa County are testing some students at Scottsdale's Desert Mountain High School for tuberculosis after one student tested positive for TB. Spokeswoman Jeanene Fowler says they want to determine if anyone who had a class with that student has been infected.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Senate approves changes to pension plan
The Arizona Senate has reversed itself and voted to approve a plan to revamp the retirement system for new elected officials and judges. On Tuesday, the Senate defeated the bill, but during the vote, Senate President Andy Biggs predicted it would pass before the end of the session.
Sept. 20, 2013
SRP rejects amended lease agreement for Navajo Generating Station
There is a dispute brewing over a lease agreement for a coal-fired power plant that provides electricity to millions of people in Arizona, California and Nevada. A co-owner of the plant is at odds with the Navajo tribe over water rights and other issues.
Sept. 20, 2013
As Millennial generation matures into adulthood, driving continues to decline
A new report from the Arizona PIRG Education Fund says the state's driving boom is over. It says total vehicle travel miles peaked in 2007, and PIRG's Serena Unrein says driving is likely to decline further because of demographic changes involving the Millennial generation: those people born between 1983 and 2000.
Sept. 20, 2013
As law schools face declining enrollment, law grads face tough job market
If you think shelling out the big bucks for law school is a fast-track to success (or at least a hefty salary) you may need to think again. Prospective law students in Arizona face a big bill and a rough job search, and law schools nationwide are facing far lower application rates.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizonas unemployment rate stayed the same in April
Arizona's unemployment rate remained at 7.9 percent for the third consecutive month in April.  Department of Administration economist Aruna Murthy said while there were month-to-month job gains, they become less impressive compared to the post-recession years of 2010 to 2012.
Sept. 20, 2013
Reality show debacle spurs questions about tipped employees
Tuesday, a scandal-plagued restaurant in Scottsdale is set to reopen. The case has generated social media buzz, but it has also raised important legal questions about employees who receive tips. NICK BLUMBERG: Amy’s Baking Company shot to infamy after appearing on the FOX reality show “Kitchen Nightmares.
Sept. 20, 2013
Fire restrictions start Wednesday
Fire restrictions go into effect throughout much of the state Wednesday and Thursday. They generally apply to both state and federal land.  Under the Stage One restrictions, campfires are not allowed, except in some developed campgrounds, and smoking is only allowed inside vehicles, or in areas with three feet around them without flammable materials.
Sept. 20, 2013
Fire near Nogales 70 percent contained
Firefighters are getting the upper hand on a human-caused wildfire that has been burning in the Coronado National Forest, east of Nogales.  Spokeswoman Michelle Fiddler says the Soldier Basin Fire is now 70 percent contained after charring nearly 11,000 acres of grass and brush.
Sept. 20, 2013

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