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Farm Bill Expires Leaving Growers Uncertain About Future Crop Insurance Rates
Arizona farmers are upset with Congress for not approving an extension to the Farm Bill before the government shutdown. Some farmers are now worried about getting government loans for next year’s crops.
Oct. 3, 2013
Chinese Auctioneers Visit Phoenix For Training
China has often been accused of stealing information and technology from other countries, but now some Chinese entrepreneurs are blatantly “borrowing” from the United States. An Arizona firm is helping them learn more about the American auction industry.
Oct. 3, 2013
Some Services For Arizonans Not Available During Shutdown
The federal government shutdown has furloughed employees, forced some agency websites to go dark, and delayed funding for social services. The standoff is likely to hurt needy Arizonans. Many of Arizona’s 42,000 federal employees are considered essential and will still be showing up to work -- people like members of the military and border agents.
Oct. 3, 2013
Court Of Appeals Approves Public Education Funding Vouchers
Another court has given the green light for Arizona lawmakers to issue what amount to public education funding vouchers to parents to educate their kids at any private or parochial school they want. Parents of students with special needs and those in schools with a ‘D’ or lower rating, get what are called empowerment scholarships, amounting to 90 percent of state aid.
Oct. 3, 2013
Economists Say Arizonas Recovery Has Moved From Mediocre To Okay
Arizona’s recovery has moved from mediocre to okay. That is the word from economists Friday who spoke about the world, national and state economies at the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Annual Economic Outlook Breakfast.
Oct. 3, 2013
Raid At Phoenix Janitorial Business Results In 20 Arrests For Identity Theft
Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested 20 more workers at a Phoenix janitorial business for identity theft. Sheriff Joe Arpaio said deputies conducted the raid at Proserve, the same company it raided in August, arresting four suspects for stealing IDs.
Oct. 3, 2013
Arizona’s Military Installation In Partial Shutdown
The budget impasse in Washington has put Arizona’s military installations into a partial shutdown. At Fort Huachuca in Sierra Vista, spokeswoman Tanja Linton says about the vast majority of the 3,600 civilian workers on the base personnel have been furloughed.
Oct. 3, 2013
Loop 101 Bridge Freeway Closures Are Gone
The weekend is over, and that means some freeway closures are also gone. That includes the construction work over the Loop 101 in the East Valley. The Department of Transportation is closer to completing the Galveston Street Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge over the 101 Price Freeway.
Oct. 3, 2013
New Website Design Spares Some Users Trips To MVD
The Arizona Department of Transportation says recent improvements to the design of the servicearizona.com website should make it easier to skip a visit to the MVD for many common transactions. ADOT spokesman Harold Saunders said you will be able to get the answers you need without paying any more.
Oct. 3, 2013
AARP Wants Method For Calculating Cost-Of-Living To Remain The Same
Volunteers and staff of Arizona AARP are lobbying members of Congress this week to not change the way cost-of-living adjustments are calculated for Social Security recipients. A new report form the AARP Public Policy Institute calculates that every benefit dollar generates two dollars in spending by Arizona individuals and businesses, adding almost $30 billion a year to the state’s economy.
Oct. 3, 2013
Arizona Unemployment Rate Up In August
Arizona’s unemployment rate last month rose three-tenths of a percent to 8.3 percent. The state added nearly 40,000 jobs in August, which is about Arizona’s 10-year average, but it is less than the two previous years.
Sept. 26, 2013
House Votes To Keep Government Open If Affordable Care Act Is Defunded
It seems like we have been here before on a never-ending cycle of political posturing over shutting down the government unless the Affordable Care Act is stopped, overturned, kicked to the curb. But that is causing some disagreement among Republicans as many in the House want to tie raising the debt ceiling to defunding the Affordable Care Act, while some in the Senate are saying, 'What’s the point?’ as that Democratically-controlled body and the White House will not let it go through.
Sept. 26, 2013
Investigators Look Into Cause Of Weekend Helicopter Crash
The National Transportation Safety Board is examining the wreckage of a Vietnam-era ‘Huey’ helicopter, that crashed near Mayer over the weekend. The crash killed 25-year-old Brynne Smith of Scottsdale and a second person on board, who is believed to have been the pilot.
Sept. 26, 2013
Arizona Has More Choices, Lower Cost Under Health Law Compared To Other States
Starting Oct.1, Americans can buy health plans set up by President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Arizona residents without insurance will have 106 new plans to choose from when enrollment begins next week, and those who live in metro Phoenix will have even more options.
Sept. 26, 2013
Yuma Desalting Plant Could Boost US Water Supply To Mexico During The Drought
The severe drought that hit the Southwest 14 years ago is expected to continue to bring down water levels on the Colorado River.  Two large storage tanks at the Yuma Desalting Plant stand a few stories above ground.
Sept. 26, 2013
Creating A New Marketing Strategy And Name For The Phoenix Coyotes
The Phoenix Coyotes want you to know that they are “Here to Stay." The slogan is all over the team’s marketing campaign for their upcoming season, which starts in a couple of weeks. While it is true that the team will be staying in Glendale, the same can not be said for its name.
Sept. 26, 2013
Group Kicks Off Effort To Encourage Affordable Care Act Enrollment
The sign-up period for the Affordable Care Act begins next week and the Arizona branch of Organizing for Action is kicking off an effort to encourage enrollment. They say they’re attempting to counter what the group says is the misinformation being spread about Obamacare.
Sept. 26, 2013
Officer Arrested On Suspicion Of Sexually Assaulting A Female Inmate
A rookie Tucson police officer has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a female inmate at the Pima County Jail. Police spokesman Chris Widmer says Benjamin Gaballa, who was terminated after the allegations surfaced last month, was taken into custody on Wednesday.
Sept. 26, 2013

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