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Arizona Senator John McCain makes a surprise visit to rebel forces in Syria
Arizona Senator John McCain spent his Memorial Day meeting with rebel leaders in Syria Monday. Sen. John McCain traveled to Syria Monday, according to reports. (Photo courtesy of the Office of Sen. McCain)  According to reports from CNN and Politico, McCain met with the Free Syrian Army’s Supreme Military Council Leader General Salem Idris.
Sept. 20, 2013
Retiring in Costa Rica: the dream and the reality
As would-be expats search for beauty, adventure, and cheap living in their golden years, they need to know about the harsh realities that lie ahead should they retire to a place like Costa Rica.
Sept. 20, 2013
Proposition 100 sales tax expires Friday
Arizona’s temporary sales tax increase expires Friday. Voters in 2010 approved Proposition 100, which upped the state sales tax by a penny on the dollar for three years.  The tax has impacted Arizona and its economy.
Sept. 20, 2013
Interior Secretary Jewell announces renewable energy projects
A new large-scale renewable energy project is coming to Arizona. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced Monday details of the Quartzsite Solar Project, and two other solar plants in Nevada. When built, Jewell said they are expected to generate enough electricity to power nearly 200,000 homes.
Sept. 20, 2013
Remembering former Arizona Attorney General Gary Nelson
Former Arizona Attorney General Gary Nelson passed away last month. He argued the state's side in the U.S. Supreme Court's Miranda v. Arizona.
Sept. 20, 2013
Legislative showdown begins Monday
Next week will bring drama to the waning days of the state’s legislative session. Lawmakers will consider a last-minute abortion measure and whether to expand federal Medicaid benefits. The showdown on both issues will happen Monday.
Sept. 20, 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.
Sept. 20, 2013
Red Flag Warning issued for northern Arizona
The National Weather Service has a Red Flag Warning for signifying high fire danger in parts of northern Arizona through Thursday night. Meterologist Dave Vonderhide said visitors to national forests and recreational areas are urged not to start open-flame fires.
Sept. 20, 2013
Visiting professor dies hiking in Pinal County
A professor visiting Arizona from Spain has died while hiking in the desert.  Tamra Ingersoll of the Pinal County Sheriff's Office said the victim was with two other colleagues who were in the state for a convention when they went on a hike in the Table Top Mountains late Wednesday morning.
Sept. 20, 2013
Gay marriage supporters launch signature campaign
Gay marriage supporters launched a campaign Monday to change the state constitution’s definition of marriage. Equal Marriage Arizona is trying to collect more than 400,000 signatures to get a constitutional amendment on the ballot for next year.
Sept. 20, 2013
"Serial Shooter" found dead in cell
 A man convicted of killing six people in Phoenix's "Serial Shooter" attacks has died in prison. Authorities say 40-year-old Dale Hausner was found unresponsive in his cell Wednesday afternoon. He was pronounced dead at a hospital about an hour later.
Sept. 20, 2013
StoryCorps Phoenix: Patricia Trausch and Patty Trausch
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
Urban legend busted: heat does not prevent planes from flying
Tomorrow marks the 23rd anniversary of the hottest day in Phoenix history. The high hit 122 on that day in 1990, and that caused a problem for air travelers. Sky Harbor spokeswoman Deborah Ostricher said it was not the heat that prevented the planes from taking off, despite what has turned into an urban legend.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Supreme Court rules on drug possession
The Arizona Supreme Court has ruled that it is possible for a person who buys and handles drugs but never actually takes them away to possess the drugs. The case arose from a reverse-sting operation.
Sept. 20, 2013
Jet crash may have been caused by a collision with a bird
Luke Air Force Base officials are admitting they now have an idea why an F-16 fighter jet crashed near the base late Wednesday. Brigadier General Mike Rothstein commands the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke, and says the jet may have hit a bird.
Sept. 20, 2013
Study: consumers need protections from unjustified health insurance rate increases
A new report says Arizona's Department of Insurance needs more authority to protect consumers from unreasonable and unjustified health insurance rate increases. The Arizona PIRG Education Fund gives the department credit for doing what it can given its limited powers.
Sept. 20, 2013
Former wildland firefighter reflects on the job
Dr. Michael Desmond, Harvard University Sociology Professor and former wildland firefighter in Northern Arizona, considers the vital role firefighters play in protecting the land. He also reflects on the inherent danger in the job and his sadness at the loss of 19 lives in the Yarnell Hill Fire.
Sept. 20, 2013
US House to debate immigration reform bill
The United States House of Representatives will begin taking up immigration reform legislation in the days ahead. Some say the measure approved in the Senate is dead on arrival in the lower chamber, but Congressman Trent Franks (R-Ariz.
Sept. 20, 2013
Kearny Fire 5 Percent Contained
The wildfire that caused the evacuation of residents from the town of Kearny Monday night is still not under control. The town of Kearny is 70 miles southeast of Florence.  Officials battling the wildfire in Kearny say the fire is now 5 percent contained.
Sept. 20, 2013
Second Coconino County Resident Infected With Hantavirus
Coconino County health authorities said a second resident has been diagnosed with hantavirus, but the woman is recovering. Officials say they are investigating where the woman contracted the virus.Authorities say a Flagstaff woman died last month from complications of the disease.
Sept. 20, 2013

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