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Maricopa Community Colleges to limit hours of some temporary workers and adjunct instructors
About 1,300 temporary workers and part-time instructors with the Maricopa County Community College District have learned their hours will be strictly limited starting in July. Officials said the cuts will help the district comply with the Obama Administration’s Health Care Reform Act.
Sept. 20, 2013
A legislative session progress report with State Senators Steve Farley and Rich Crandall
State Senators Rich Crandall and Steve Farley discuss why state lawmakers seem far from ending their current legislative session, even as it has reached its 100th day.Senators Crandall and Farley talk about the conflict over Medicaid expansion among lawmakers, Governor Jan Brewer's unique leadership position on the issue and whether it gains legislative approval.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix: $100K for white rooftops
The City of Phoenix has received a $100,000 grant to paint municipal rooftops white. The reflective paint helps reduce energy costs and might put a microscopic dent in the city’s urban heat island. The city will use grant money to paint 70,000 square feet of municipal rooftops white.
Sept. 20, 2013
Voucher deadline approaching for students in low-rated schools
The parents of students in poorly performing public schools are facing a deadline this week to get state help to put their kids in new schools. Lawmakers approved what are called 'empowerment scholarship accounts,' two years ago for students in schools with a D or F rating.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizonas StreetLight USA rehabilitates victims of child sex trafficking
One of Arizona's fastest growing industries is not something economists and tourism officials like to talk about, even though it generates millions of dollars each year.  The girls live in cottages that are especially decorated with light cheerful decor.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mexicans named the largest Hispanic-origin population in U.S.
Nine percent of the people born in Mexico live in the United States. This is one of the findings in a report released Wednesday from the Pew Hispanic Center. 65 percent of those of Mexican-origin living in the U.
Sept. 20, 2013
Gas prices continue to fall across Arizona
The price of gas continues to drop in Arizona. AAA Arizona says the statewide average this morning is $3.44 a gallon, down a nickel in the last week.  Spokeswoman Stephanie Dembowski says prices remain low for several reasons.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tribal gaming revenues down for first time in 10 quarters
A new report shows some slight weakening in tribal gaming revenues. The latest figures show state revenue sharing in the first three months of this year was just under $24.1 million. That's the first year-over-year decline in the numbers in 10 consecutive quarters.
Sept. 20, 2013
Quartzsite: After the crowds
Every winter, hundreds of thousands of snowbirds with RVs descend on the tiny desert town of Quartzsite, Ariz. For a few months, this dusty little place on I-10 morphs into what National Geographic calls “The World’s Largest Parking Lot," but in the summer it almost becomes a ghost town.
Sept. 20, 2013
StoryCorps Phoenix: David and Suzanne Harbster
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
Two husband-and-wife teams arrested for metal theft
Four people are in custody, after a series of metal thefts at one Peoria location. Police spokeswoman Amanda Jacinto says police noticed air conditioning units at a vacant business were increasingly being stripped, and staked out the area, arresting two husband and wife teams.
Sept. 20, 2013
Senate panel approves changes to elections system
Changes could be coming to several areas of election law in Arizona. The elections omnibus bill includes a series of proposals that have already been debated this year. Among them, one that would allow a voter to designate someone to return their early ballot for them, but that would make it a felony for political committees to collect them and turn them in.
Sept. 20, 2013
National forests to implement campfire and smoking restrictions
Campfire and smoking restrictions will go into effect next Wednesday in many national forests around the state.  David Albo of the Tonto National Forest said the recent winds, above-average temperatures and the ongoing drought are all factors in the decision.
Sept. 20, 2013
Desegregation plan, competition from charter schools add to Tucson school districts financial woes
School is out for summer, but Arizona school districts are looking ahead to the fall when they will face another year of lean budgets. A Tucson Unified School District banner at the school district's headquarters.
Sept. 20, 2013
Beatitudes Campuss unique approach to dementia care
The Phoenix-based Beatitudes Campus has a different approach to caring for residents who have advanced dementia. The New Yorker magazine featured its methods in the May 20 issue.The Director of Education and Research for the Beatitudes Campus, Tena Alonzo, explained what inspired her and the campus to focus on the quality of life of its residents.
Sept. 20, 2013
Weekend forest visitors should be bear aware
If you're headed into the forests this holiday weekend, you may want to listen up. The Game and Fish Department is telling people to be "bear aware," with spokesman Mark Hart warning food and food odors can attract unwanted guests to your campsite.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mice droppings and urine could lead to fatal disease
The Arizona Department of Health Services is urging people heading to their summer homes to be careful, during the cleaning process. Epidemiologist Joli Weiss says they need to watch for signs of mice droppings or urine that could lead to deadly hantavirus.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix man faces challenges of retiring abroad
Thousands of Americans are spending their Golden Years in Costa Rica. One Phoenix man risks his entire life savings to retire in paradise.
Sept. 20, 2013
Laveen mulch fire reduces air quality
A large mulch fire is still smoking in Laveen, nearly 24 hours after the blaze broke out. When the fire began yesterday afternoon south of Phoenix, dozens of firefighters responded. No homes or structures are considered in danger, but Ben Davis of the Maricopa County Air Quality Department said local air quality has been affected by a large, dark cloud.
Sept. 20, 2013
Conference to focus on education of American Indian children
Northern Arizona University’s College of Education is hosting a conference starting today that aims to improve the education, and lives of American Indian children.Language activists, and educators from community and K-12 schools, colleges and universities will gather in Flagstaff, for a series of panels and workshops.
Sept. 20, 2013

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