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Attorney General agrees to help Bisbee draft a new civil union measure
The city of Bisbee has agreed to rewrite its civil union ordinance for gay couples a second time. The announcement came Monday after Bisbee officials met with Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne. Horne threatened to sue Bisbee after it passed the measure a few weeks ago.
Sept. 20, 2013
Representative Sinema is focused on college affordability
Arizona's 9th Congressional District Representative Kyrsten Sinema is working to get her fellow congressional members to focus on the importance of college affordability. In two months, student loan interest rates will rise unless Congress acts.
Sept. 20, 2013
Sumo marathoner strikes again
This Saturday, a man who weighs 407 pounds will run the Shiprock Marathon in New Mexico. Sumo wrestler and marathoner Kelly Gneiting doesn't do subtle. Here's the cover of his book, "Fat Passion." (Photo courtesy of Dustin Snipes) And that’s not wishful thinking.
Sept. 20, 2013
Sumo champ completes third marathon
The 400-pound marathoner has done it again. Kelly Gneiting completed his third marathon on Saturday. (Photo by Stina Sieg - KJZZ) Kelly Gneiting, a heavyweight sumo wrestling champion, ran the Shiprock Marathon on Saturday.
Sept. 20, 2013
TUSD to layoff more than 150
The Tucson Unified School District will be giving pink slips to more than 150 employees. The district's Governing Board approved the layoffs Tuesday night. End of the year layoffs are common, but as the Arizona Daily Star reports, the number of employees being severed this year is more than in the past two years combined.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona housing foreclosure rates continue to drop
The number of foreclosures being started in Arizona continues to drop, according to the monitoring firm RealtyTrac. Vice President Darren Blomquist says about 3,900 Arizona properties got foreclosure notices during April.
Sept. 20, 2013
McCain says response to attack in Benghazi was cover-up
Arizona Senator John McCain is calling the administration's response to the attack on the American embassy in Benghazi, Libya a cover-up. McCain said the revision of the 'talking points' to be used by Ambassador Susan Rice after the attack was a willful removal of information.
Sept. 20, 2013
Poll shows Arizona voters now support same-sex marriage
A new poll from Phoenix-based Behavior Research indicates that if asked about same-sex marriage, Arizona voters would now approve it.The poll found 55 percent of the 700 adult heads of household questioned in favor, 35 percent were opposed.
Sept. 20, 2013
Rural schools also challenged by education budget cutbacks
As Arizona lawmakers work on the state budget, school districts are trying to plan their budgets for next school year. For rural districts, that challenge is magnified. Pat Koury, Hyder Elementary School District Superintendent (Photo by Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez - KJZZ) Off of Interstate 8, about an hour east of Yuma, is the Hyder Elementary School District.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tucson Unified School District closes 11 schools to cope with huge budget shortfall
Many Arizona public school students start their summer vacation this week, but it is a bittersweet time for school districts facing massive budget shortfalls and a lot of uncertainty about the level of state funding they will receive next school year.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona abortion law struck down
A federal appeals court has struck down an Arizona law that criminalized performing abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The case could wind up at the U.S. Supreme Court. The 2012 law bans most abortions at or after 20 weeks, with only a narrow exception for emergencies.
Sept. 20, 2013
Hopis file suit against Wachovia
The Hopi Tribe of Northern Arizona says a national bank seriously mishandled its investments. The tribe claims it has lost millions. The tribe filed its claims against Wachovia earlier this month with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.
Sept. 20, 2013
Judge: Maricopa County Sheriff
A federal judge has issued an injunction against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his department. The court order blocks Arpaio's agency from conducting immigration sweeps and using race as factor in traffic stops.
Sept. 20, 2013
Allegations of sexual and ethical misconduct at Arizona National Guard aired during public forum
A group of Democratic state lawmakers heard testimony Tuesday about allegations of sexual and ethical misconduct at the Arizona National Guard.  The public forum follows a series of recent investigations into bad behavior over the past eight years.
Sept. 20, 2013
Congressman Grijalva supports most of the Senate
Arizona's 3rd District Representative, Democrat Raul Grijalva, said he is in favor of the Senate's immigration reform plan, especially when compared to what is being considered in the House, which Grijalva said is too punitive.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix city officials tour new urban housing downtown
Phoenix families spend nearly two thirds of their income on transportation and housing. Now, a new housing trend is looking to shake that up. Urban Living 2 is scheduled to complete construction in spring 2014.
Sept. 20, 2013
Bennett testifies in support of U.S. House bill
Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett said he supports a bill in the U.S. House that aims to make sure people are not registered to vote in more than one state. He testified before a House committee Tuesday.
Sept. 20, 2013
Pima County might get Formula 1 track
Formula One racing could be coming to Pima County. The Arizona Daily Star reports, the County Board of Supervisors told economic development staff to research leasing 400 acres in Tucson for a track.
Sept. 20, 2013
Number of free summer meals for kids on the rise, report says
More Arizona kids are getting free summer meals to help their families stretch food dollars, according to a new report from the Food Research and Action Center. It says more than 462,000 kids got free or reduced-price lunches in Arizona schools, but only about 60,000 get the free summer meals.
Sept. 20, 2013
Special session brings lawmakers back, undermines GOP leadership
Governor Jan Brewer's decision to call lawmakers into a special session to finish the state budget and approve Medicaid expansion has deepened the divide within the Republican party. It has also brightened the line that separates supporters and opponents of the expansion.
Sept. 20, 2013

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