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Horne to meet with city attorneys regarding civil unions
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne is calling city attorneys to a closed-door meeting later this month to explain what he thinks their communities can and can not offer domestic partners. The AG plans to sketch out what he says are the limits of city authority, saying that while he pretty much has his mind made up on the subject, he is willing to listen.
Apr. 18, 2013
Flake waiting out election challenge from Mark Kelly
Arizona Senator Jeff Flake says he's taking a 'wait and see' approach to the threat from Gabrielle Giffords' husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, to challenge him in the next election.  Flake, who was elected to a six-year term last November, joined the filibuster which prevented a vote on the measure to expand background checks on gun sales.
Apr. 18, 2013
Arizona gun control supporters
Arizona supporters of gun reform laws are not happy with the U.S. Senate's defeat of expanded background checks and other gun control laws. Arizona House Minority Leader, Representative Chad Campbell says though the issue of extending background checks to gun shows and Internet gun sales, is not dead.
Apr. 18, 2013
Pima Health Dept. contacting 174 in HIV, hepatitis dental scare
Patients of a Marana dental clinic may have been exposed to blood-borne diseases like hepatitis or HIV.The Pima County Health Department is currently contacting 174 dental patients who were seen at the T Dental Clinic in Marana between January and July 2010.
Apr. 18, 2013
Fresh & Easy
In the United Kingdom, Tesco is the number one grocery chain. But in Arizona, California and Nevada – not so much. So when grocery giant Tesco announced Wednesday it was selling all its 200 U.S. stores, it didn’t come out of the blue.
Apr. 18, 2013
Navajo lawmakers put off vote
Navajo Nation lawmakers have put off voting on a lease extension for a coal-fired power plant until later this month.The lawmakers took the action after questioning water use at the Navajo Generating Station in Page, how to control pollution, the federal government's role in the plant and the formation of a negotiating team.
Apr. 17, 2013
Brewer vetoes militia bill
Governor Jan Brewer has vetoed a bill that would have removed the age limit of 45 for serving in the state militia. The militia is a provision in the state constitution, but as Brewer noted in her veto letter, it has never been established or funded.
Apr. 17, 2013
Dip in Arizona national parks visits attributed to Europe
A new study said Arizona’s national parks are seeing fewer visits. The National Park Service said that is because European tourists are staying home.The National Park Service report indicated that Grand Canyon and the Lake Mead National Recreation Area near Las Vegas saw a slight uptick in tourist visits last year.
Apr. 17, 2013
Clint Bolick reacts to proposed immigration reform
The so-called Gang of Eight bipartisan senators have released their proposed immigration reform legislation. Clint Bolick, co-author of "Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution" with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, said the proposal sounds fair and effective in making modifications to how legal and undocumented immigration is handled.
Apr. 17, 2013
Governor Brewer
Chuck Coughlin, advisor to Governor Jan Brewer, discussed why Medicaid expansion in Arizona makes sense economically and morally.Coughlin also talked about Brewer's governing style and why the world of politics often gets dirty.
Apr. 17, 2013
Pima Community College placed on probation by national accreditation board
 Pima Community College in Tucson has been placed on probation by a national accreditation board. PCC has been ordered to correct problems concerning personnel and financial issues. PCC was notified of its probationary status by the Higher Learning Commission this week.
Apr. 17, 2013
Despite evacuation, letters sent to Flake
The Postal Inspection Service says tests of suspicious mail sent to the Phoenix office of U.S. Senator Jeff Flake have found nothing dangerous or harmful. Authorities evacuated part of the building this morning after staff for the Republican senator came across mail that was stained with an oily substance.
Apr. 17, 2013
Raises proposed for Tucson city employees
The Tucson City Manger is proposing across-the-board wage hikes for city employees. Richard Miranda presented his suggests for next year's budget and it includes a 55-cent an hour raise. The Arizona Daily Star reports, Miranda’s budget is about $45 millon less than Tucson’s current budget.
Apr. 17, 2013
Sequester amounts to longer lines at Grand Canyon Park entrances this summer
Officials say visitors will see long lines at Grand Canyon National Park entrances this summer because of federal budget cuts.  Last month,  all national parks were ordered to cut their budgets by 5 percent this year under the federal sequestration program.
Apr. 16, 2013
Arizona Senate approves two gun bills
The Arizona Senate approved a pair of gun-related bills Tuesday. One of the bills would ban Arizona police departments from destroying guns in their possession and require those agencies to sell them under most circumstances.
Apr. 16, 2013
American Airlines grounds flights, reveals new merger details
As American Airlines grappled with a failed computer system, more information came to light about the company’s proposed merger with US Airways. If bankrupt American joins with Tempe-based US Airways, the company will become the largest carrier in the U.
Apr. 16, 2013
Game and Fish opens some areas closed for bald eagle breeding
The Arizona Game and Fish Department lifted restrictions on four areas closed off to allow bald eagles to breed yesterday. The Arizona Game and Fish Department lifted restrictions on four areas closed off to allow bald eagles to breed yesterday.
Apr. 16, 2013
Interstate 40 east of Flagstaff closed due to dust storms
Drivers who would normally use Interstate 40 east of Flagstaff should postpone their travel plans until weather conditions that closed the highway improve. Strong winds continue to impact Northern Arizona as a Spring storm continues to bring strong winds to the state.
Apr. 16, 2013
American Airlines grounded nationwide
American Airlines has experienced major delays today due to a computer glitch. Over Twitter, the airline announced it was grounded nationwide until 2 p.m. Mountain time. The issues have created plenty of trouble at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport.
Apr. 16, 2013
Security increase planned for Pat
Police in Tempe say security will be beefed up for this weekend's Pat's Run following the bombings at the Boston Marathon. Sergeant Michael Pooley says everybody is troubled by what happened and they don't want a repeat at the event named for former ASU and Arizona Cardinals football star Pat Tillman.
Apr. 16, 2013

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