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Game and Fish prepares to defend bighorns with force
Arizona Game and Fish is prepared to kill mountain lions in the Catalina Mountains – if the animals kill bighorn sheep first. The department is trying to protect its reintroduction of bighorns outside Tucson.
Sept. 20, 2013
Wood pellet plant catches fire in Show Low
Firefighters in Show Low had their hands full with a blaze at a wood pellet manufacturing plant Tuesday.  Fire Captain Brent Mix says they brought in air tankers to put slurry on it to prevent the flames from spreading, and to the scrub brush and propane tanks nearby.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona House members approve state budget and Medicaid expansion
State House members have given their approval to a new state budget, and it includes Medicaid expansion. The $8.8 billion spending plan was approved during a long session in which many Republican lawmakers, like Warren Peterson of Gilbert, protested that with only $8.
Sept. 20, 2013
New state budget restores some funding for rural counties
Arizona’s rural counties are pleased they will be getting a larger share of lottery revenues in the new state budget. Lawmakers stopped sharing the money with counties during the height of the recession.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix public relations firm creates new Boeing 787 virtual view
Boeing’s new 787 jets suffered a public relations nightmare earlier this year after the planes' batteries caught fire. A Phoenix company has developed a tool to help Boeing overcome its bad publicity.
Sept. 20, 2013
Doce Fire evacuee shares his experience
A fire burning west of Prescott has charred 6,732 acres, so far.  Firefighters say the blaze, which is 0 percent contained, has forced the evacuation of some 460 homes.  One of those homes is owned by John Sears.
Sept. 20, 2013
Maricopa County Board of Supervisors approving new budget
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors is scheduled approve a $2.2 billion budget Monday for the next fiscal year starting July 1. The budget will include raises for the county’s nearly 13,000 employees, their first in more than five years.
Sept. 20, 2013
Park Central Mall open again after copper thieves steal water pipes
Businesses have reopened at Park Central Mall in Phoenix Tuesday after copper thieves stole dozens of expensive water pipes Monday.  Phoenix police said the crime may be connected to a series of recent metal thefts in the area.
Sept. 20, 2013
Warped Tour heat concerns
Thousands of music fans are expected to show up today in east Mesa for a rock concert known as the Warped Tour. With the temperature predicted to be more than 110 degrees, health and show officials are advising concert-goers to take precautions.
Sept. 20, 2013
Officials discover 160-feet long drug-smuggling tunnel
Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers say they've shut down an incomplete drug-smuggling tunnel under the border at Nogales. Spokeswoman Amber Cargile says the finding came during a routine inspection of the main storm drain system on both sides of the border.
Sept. 20, 2013
Navajos to allow drinking on casino floors
People gambling at the Navajo Nation’s casino in Arizona just got the green light to drink. Nation President Ben Shelly signed the bill expanding alcohol consumption Monday. The move follows the Navajo Nation Council’s Friday vote to allow drinking on casino floors.
Sept. 20, 2013
Scottsdale brush patrol team on the look out
The terrain and vegetation here in the desert may be different from other areas in the state that have been burned by wildfires, but local firefighters face the same threats. From left to right, Captain Dean Gehl and firemen Anthony Cain and Rob Clark of Scottsdale Fire Station 615.
Sept. 20, 2013
Yarnell residents return home after evacuation
Hundreds of people who were forced out of Yarnell are returning home Monday after a wildfire forced them to flee for safety more than a week ago. Vehicles lined up along the highway into Yarnell well before the evacuation order was lifted at 9 a.
Sept. 20, 2013
West Nile Season Starting
As monsoon season starts in the Valley, so does the season for the West Nile Virus. Three cases of the mosquito-borne disease were reported in Maricopa County in June. All three people contracted encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain, the most serious form of West Nile.
Sept. 20, 2013
Chandler To Decide On Urban Chickens Thursday Night
For years, Chandler has been one of only cities in the area that outlaws urban chickens. Chandler has been chewing on the urban chicken question for more than a year. Resident Joe Papay originally led the charge to allow hens in the city, after he and his family got in hot water over their brood.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tucson Unified School District Cultural Studies Program Still Under Hot Water
The long standing controversy over cultural studies at the Tucson Unified School District continues. The district is under a federal court order to come up with a new ethnic studies curriculum after it ended its Mexican American Studies program, but now state authorities have complaints.
Sept. 20, 2013
Maricopa Gets Tough On Jury Duty No-Shows
Don’t ignore your jury summons. That is that mantra behind the county’s new rules, which will force potential jurors who fail to respond to explain why in court. More than half of Maricopa County residents who receive jury summons fail to respond.
Sept. 20, 2013
Storms Shut Rawhide Down
Monday’s monsoon didn’t last long, but its effects are still being felt. South of Phoenix, the Wild West attraction known as Rawhide has closed temporarily to deal with the storm’s damage.Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse always shuts down in August, but the recent microburst moved the schedule up a few weeks.
Sept. 20, 2013
Bad Weather Costs Arizona Billions
Damaging storms are causing some to question how much climate change is costing Arizona. A look at insurance data suggests it could be more than a billion dollars a year and rising. Critics say it's impossible to prove climate change has caused any specific natural disaster, but Laurie Johnson of the Natural Resources Defense Council says a pattern is emerging.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Corrections Using Illegal Drug For Executions
A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday the Food and Drug Administration should never have approved the importation of an anesthetic drug used in executions by lethal injections. Arizona was among three states that brought the case to the appeals court.
Sept. 20, 2013

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