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Gov. Jan Brewers approval ratings drop to 31 percent
Governor Brewer's job approval ratings have taken a hit. Behavioral Research Center President and CEO Jim Haynes says the governor remains popular with Republicans and conservatives in the latest poll, but lost ground with other constituencies.
Sept. 20, 2013
Secretary of State asks to be dropped from Arpaio recall lawsuit
Arizona’s top election official wants out of a suit over an attempt to recall Maricopa County’s top lawman. Secretary of State Ken Bennett wants a judge to dismiss him from a lawsuit filed by a group that supports Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Sept. 20, 2013
Maricopa County considers converting HOV lanes to toll lanes
The Maricopa Association of Governments has unanimously approved further studying of converting some High Occupancy Vehicle lanes into toll lanes.Steve Goldstein talks with MAG Senior Engineer Bob Hazlett about the options and their viability.
Sept. 20, 2013
Legislature approves more money for redistricting commission
State lawmakers have approved sending more money to the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission and giving the panel more flexibility in how it spends the cash it already has. The House and Senate on Thursday each approved the bill with bipartisan support.
Sept. 20, 2013
Proposed budget may cut all funding to Children?s Advocacy Centers in Arizona
Representatives of Children's Advocacy Centers in Arizona and across the country are urging members of Congress not to accept the cuts that are proposed in the administration's 2014 budget. They would drop federal funding for CAC's and related programs from $18 million to zero.
Sept. 20, 2013
Dual enrollment boosts college success for high school students
High schools students enrolled in college courses are more likely to obtain a college degree. A new study shows students living in poverty benefit most from such programs. NADINE ARROYO RODRIGUEZ: The study from a University of Iowa researcher used student data from a 1988 to 2000.
Sept. 20, 2013
Music therapy certification bill vetoed
Governor Brewer vetoed a bill Tuesday that would have created a new state certification for music therapists. The governor said the bill did not go far enough to  protect patients. Under Senate Bill 1437 the state health department would certify music therapists.
Sept. 20, 2013
State says its better prepared for wildfires
State officials say they have more resources ready this year to deal with wildfires. The state has several new trucks, and Governor Jan Brewer says she's confident firefighters are prepared. But state Forester Scott Hunt says it could be a busy a fire season.
Sept. 20, 2013
California court rules on medical marijuana dispensaries
The California Supreme Court has ruled that cities and counties in that state can ban medical marijuana dispensaries.In a unanimous opinion, the court determined that California’s medical marijuana laws—the nation’s first—don’t prevent local governments from using their land-use powers to zone dispensaries out of existence.
Sept. 20, 2013
Military exercises to be conducted over Phoenix skies Thursday
The U.S. military will be conducting drills in the skies over the Valley Thursday morning. Military aircraft will perform air interceptions of mock hostile aircraft over Phoenix tomorrow.The Western Air Defense Sector exercises are set for between 10 a.
Sept. 20, 2013
Vatican denounces Mexican death saint
On a tour of Mexico aimed at speaking to non-Catholics, Vatican culture minister Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi denounced the folk saint Santa Muerte as blasphemous. The remarks Wednesday are not the first time she has been targeted.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix City Council considering improvements for municipal golf courses
Phoenix wants to improve the financial scorecard for the municipal golf courses it owns and operates. Five of the courses lost a combined $2 million in the last fiscal year, and the city council will consider a plan Wednesday to have outside vendors run some of the operations.
Sept. 20, 2013
Jon Talton talks about Phoenix v. Seattle and his latest Phoenix-based mystery
Phoenix native Jon Talton was an Arizona Republic columnist for seven years. He has since moved to the Pacific Northwest, where he writes for The Seattle Times and blogs often about Phoenix at RogueColumnist.
Sept. 20, 2013
Wind farm project could be close to approval
A proposed wind energy project northwest of Kingman, Ariz. is one step closer to reality. BP Wind Energy wants to build nearly 300 wind turbines on about 50,000 acres of federal land in Mohave County, mostly controlled by the Bureau of Land Management.
Sept. 20, 2013
Public hearing held in Phoenix for South Mountain freeway extension
Valley residents can voice their opinion on the longest running debate over a proposed freeway plan in Arizona. A public hearing is scheduled for the South Mountain Freeway extension on Tuesday. An environmental study is part of the discussion.
Sept. 20, 2013
Measuring the appeal and impact of Initial Public Offerings
Arizona has been attracting more attention from Wall Street recently. Last month, two companies based in the state had Initial Public Offerings or IPOs. S. Trevis Certo of Arizona State University's W.
Sept. 20, 2013
Low gas prices expected for Memorial Day
Memorial Day is traditionally seen as the start of summer – and of higher gas prices for the season. But not this year. Arizona is experiencing its lowest gas prices for the holiday weekend in three years.
Sept. 20, 2013
Campaign seeks to require labeling of foods containing GMOs
A Tucson activist is launching an initiative campaign this week aimed at requiring the labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients. Jon McLane says he's concerned about the safety of plants that may have been altered to perhaps create their own pesticides.
Sept. 20, 2013
Glendale city officials discuss the future for Phoenix Coyotes
Glendale city officials met Tuesday with National Hockey League representatives as well as with prospective team owners. Thee groups continue to discuss future plans for the Phoenix Coyotes.A Glendale spokeswoman said the city council will not make a decision regarding the ownership of the Coyotes until all information has been collected and all available options have been considered.
Sept. 20, 2013
Report: West Phoenix blight improving
City officials report progress combating violent crime, vandalism and prostitution in West Phoenix.That part of town has struggled with those issues for years. In fact, if you look at a police map from this March, pockets of violent crime still glow bright red in West Phoenix, but an annual city report from the region does show some good news, including a 14 percent reduction in violent crime since 2005.
Sept. 20, 2013

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