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Tucson hiker stung to death by killer bees
The body of a Tucson man has been recovered after he was apparently stung to death by bees while hiking in the Santa Rita Mountains, north of Nogales. Lieutenant Raoul Rodriguez of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office said the 55-year-old man was found hanging from his climbing gear on a cliff near Mount Hopkins.
Sep. 20, 2013
Morrison Institute suggests changes to Arizona
Arizona has been a national leader in the number of potentially impactful ballot propositions that voters have needed to approve or reject. The Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University recently released a report that included possible changes to improve the ballot initiative process.
Sep. 20, 2013
Demand for construction work comes back to the region
Construction is coming back to the Southwest, and with it, competition for construction workers. Construction season in Phoenix is starting, and building sites such as these need more and more workers.
Sep. 20, 2013
Lawmakers start to make progress on the state budget
State budget talks, at least publicly, seemed to be stuck in a rut. That changed earlier this week when Senate leaders introduced a series of budget bills.Jim Small of The Arizona Capitol Times explained why Senate President Andy Biggs is allowing the budget bills to move forward and how impactful Governor Jan Brewer's proposed Medicaid expansion has been on the legislative session.
Sep. 20, 2013
ADOT weighs construction options ahead of millions in cuts
The State Transportation Board will soon be choosing from three options for its latest five-year construction program, but each plan means difficult choices. The Arizona Department of Transportation said less federal money and less revenue from gas and vehicle license taxes means it will cut $350 million from its 2014-2018 construction program.
Sep. 20, 2013
Fire fighters battle human-caused fire in Coronado National Forest
A wildfire burning east of the Nogales Airport, has blackened 800 acres. It's about 5 percent contained, according to Coronado National Forest spokeswoman Michelle Fidler, who says the human-caused fire broke out Friday.
Sep. 20, 2013
More Arizonans support women in combat roles
A new poll from Phoenix-based Behavior Research Center shows a change in Arizonan's attitudes about military women serving in ground combat roles.  President Jim Haynes says the latest Rocky Mountain Poll shows 69 percent of respondents favor women serving in those positions.
Sep. 20, 2013
Governor Brewer proves her moratorium, vetoes five bills
Governor Jan Brewer told lawmakers she wouldn't be signing any bills until progress was made on a state budget and Medicaid expansion. Late yesterday, her actions matched her words.Governor Brewer vetoed five bills on Thursday after Senate President Andy Biggs sent them to her desk.
Sep. 20, 2013
Wildfires: containment versus control
With wildfire season upon us, it’s important to understand a key term you’ll hear a lot of -- how much of a fire is “contained.” “When we say ‘contained,’ we still have fire crews out there who will monitor the fire and make sure that we can hold that line, so that’s very different than calling it ‘controlled,’" said Carrie Dennett, fire prevention officer for Arizona State Forestry.
Sep. 20, 2013
Body in Tempe Town Lake indentified
Police have identified a body found floating in Tempe Town Lake. Gerrick Begay was discovered between the railroad bridge and the Mill Avenue Bridge around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday. Begay was 21 years old and a Tempe resident, police said.
Sep. 20, 2013
Measuring the impact of the Prop 100 sales tax increase
The 1 cent sales tax increase approved by voters in 2010 as Proposition 100 expires on Saturday. The vote occurred while Arizona's economy was in the middle of the recession and the state's budget was deep in a deficit.
Sep. 20, 2013
Phoenix Symphony climbs out of debt
The Phoenix Symphony is officially back on its feet. The nonprofit organization faced a $1.5 million budget deficit less than two years ago. CEO Jim Ward attributed an improved business model has helped the symphony erase its debt.
Sep. 20, 2013
Sen. John McCain speaks out about sexual misconduct in the military
Arizona Sen. John McCain said Tuesday he cannot fully endorse women joining the military until the problem of sexual assault among its personnel is solved. Arizona Sen. John McCain shared a story of a woman asking his opinion on her daughter joining the military at the Senate Armed Services hearing.
Sep. 20, 2013
Kavanagh drops bid to take medical marijuana back to voters
State Representative John Kavanagh has conceded he cannot drum up enough support among legislative colleagues for his bid to ask voters to rescind Arizona's 2010 Medical Marijuana Act. The problem, he said, is political.
Sep. 20, 2013
Two dogs abandoned in desert
Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies have rescued two domesticated dogs that had been abandoned in the desert, east of Phoenix. Sheriff Joe Arpaio says a woman spotted the dogs while she was on horseback and led deputies to them.
Sep. 20, 2013
High heat causing increased emergency calls
Phoenix is scorching this week, with temperatures upwards of 110 degrees expected across the metro area today. That’s about 10 degrees warmer than normal. This isn’t just uncomfortable. The weather is causing an uptick in emergency calls – and not just in the city’s urban areas.
Sep. 20, 2013
Good news for last-minute Father
If you’re looking for a last-minute Father's Day gift, the state wants you to know you likely won’t get cheated at the register.The Arizona Department of Weights and Measures did 28 unannounced inspections at retailers statewide, looking at the items people often buy for their dads, like ties, cologne and watches.
Sep. 20, 2013
Gov. Brewer to sign Medicaid expansion bill
Governor Jan Brewer will sign her Medicaid expansion plan into law Monday, during a ceremony at the capitol. A handful of Republican lawmakers joined Democrats last week to approve the plan, as part of the state budget.
Sep. 20, 2013
Beating the heat with an afternoon run in Scottsdale
Facing the Valley's hot summers head-on, the Scottsdale "Beat the Heat Race" will have runners starting an 11.22 kilometer race at 2:47 p.m. on Saturday.Race creator and public relations executive Jason Rose talked about the reasons for the event, including the positive effect it may have on summer tourism.
Sep. 20, 2013
Marijuana found in fake US Fish and Wildlife Service boxes, two arrested
Border Patrol agents in southern Arizona have arrested two Mexican nationals on drug smuggling charges. Spokesman Brent Cagen says they found more than 930 pounds of marijuana in their vehicle, which had a phony U.
Sep. 20, 2013

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