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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
Sheriff?s office to loan life jackets to boaters, funded by Native Air
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office is getting a donation this week, in recognition of National Safe Boating Week. The life jackets are being contributed by Native Air, an Air Ambulance company. Sheriff's Office spokesman Chris Hegstrom says life jackets are major life savers.
Sept. 20, 2013
Memorial Day DUI arrests go up
More people statewide were charged with drunk driving over the Memorial Day weekend compared to last year, and the Governor’'s Office of Highway Safety is concerned. Director Alberto Gutier said he would like to see the number of traffic stops go up and the number of DUI arrests go down, but just the opposite happened this Memorial Day.
Sept. 20, 2013
American Airlines posts $105 million net loss in April
American Airlines parent company, AMR Corp. reported a net loss of $105 million for April. The company’s top executives said it is a favorable sign for the future. The figures are an improvement over last April’s $142 million loss.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizonans have new tool to compare hospital cost, performance
The state health department wants to make it easier to compare health care at hospitals around Arizona.  AZ Hospital Compare is an online tool that’s set to go live Monday. The website is managed by the Arizona Department of Health Services and uses federal and state information.
Sept. 20, 2013
Firefighting plane moves to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport
The U.S. Forest Service has moved a large water tanker to the Valley to prepare for wildfire season.  A DC-10 that is usually based north of San Bernardino, Calif. is now at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix experiencing uncommonly high temperatures
Just seven days into June, and Phoenix is already experiencing temperatures 10 degrees above normal. Highs for Friday are expected to jump to 112 degrees, and most of that warm weather will transfer over to the weekend.
Sept. 20, 2013
Former Rep. Renzi found guilty of corruption
A federal jury convicted former U.S. Representative Rick Renzi on Tuesday of corruption charges. Renzi was charged with 32 felony counts of wire fraud, conspiracy and extortion. Renzi, a Republican, represented Arizona's 1st Congressional District from 2003 until 2009.
Sept. 20, 2013
Firefighters still battling Chino Fire
Firefighters continues to battle a wildfire that has been burning in the Coronando National Forest.Spokesman Gerry Perry said the Chino Fire has charred over 50 acres but is now more than 50 percent contained since being spotted on Tuesday.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona monsoon season could come early
 Even though tomorrow is the “official” start of Arizona's summer monsoon season, a few thunderstorms have already popped up near the New Mexico border. Chris Outler of the National Weather Service in Flagstaff said the rains were spotty but could be a preview of things to come.
Sept. 20, 2013

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