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Official: 19 firefighters killed battling blaze near Prescott
The 19 members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew killed Sunday battling the Yarnell Hill Fire is the deadliest tragedy in Arizona history and one of the worst on record in the United States.
Sept. 20, 2013
Water usage on Sunday breaks record by 40 million gallons
Phoenix residents set a new record for water usage last weekend because of the high heat. The water department says 420 million gallons of water were used Sunday, up from last year's record of 382 million gallons.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mexican volcano spewing ash and rock, affecting air travel
A volcano in Mexico has forced several U.S. airlines to cancel dozens of flights, including out of Phoenix. Earlier this week, authorities recorded several tremors at the 18,000 foot Popocatepetl volcano.
Sept. 20, 2013
DACA Recipients Sue Over Inability To Get Driver?s Licenses
The state of Arizona has retained a former immigration official as an expert in a bid to deny driver’s licenses to ‘dreamers’ eligible for the deferred action program. That program allows children who came to the country illegally to stay in the United States and to work here.
Sept. 20, 2013
U.S. 89 Could Take Two Years To Rebuild
Don’t get in any rush to travel U.S. 89 between Flagstaff and Page. The highway rebuilding process is going to take some time.The Arizona Department of Transportation says it could be more than two years before you can travel the now-closed section of highway.
Sept. 20, 2013
Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano Resigning
Janet Napolitano is the latest cabinet member to leave the Obama Administration. Napolitano announced Friday she is stepping down as homeland security director to take a new job as president of the University of California.
Sept. 20, 2013
State To Use Federal Funds For Wireless Food Assistance Card Readers At Farmers Markets
Low-income families who want to eat healthy are now able to use food assistance debit cards at local farmers' markets. The state is using federal funds to install wireless card readers at some outdoor produce stands.
Sept. 20, 2013
Some Charges Dropped In Casa Grande Explosion
A judge has dismissed two federal charges against an Iraqi man accused of detonating an explosive device outside a federal building in Casa Grande, but state and other federal charges are still pending.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Unemployment Up To 8 Percent
Arizona's jobless rate was up two-tenths of a point last month, on some unexpected soft numbers in education. It's not unusual for education to drop off at this time of the year, as non-professional staffers are laid off over the summer.
Sept. 20, 2013
Safford City Council Set To Vote On Water Rate Increase
People who live in Safford and Graham County could see their water rates increase this week. The area is dealing with a 10 year drought that forced the eastern Arizona community to start mandatory water rationing, but the demand still exceeds water supplies.
Sept. 20, 2013
Steve Nash?s Ex-Wife Asks Court For More Child Support Money
The Arizona Court of Appeals has ruled former Suns star Steve Nash may have to pay additional child support to his ex-wife. Arizona law has guidelines for child support. Under them, Nash owed about $2,800 a month to his former wife Alejandra for their three children.
Sept. 20, 2013
Female Detention Officer Recovers From Assault In Winslow Prison
A state corrections officer is continuing her recovery after being beaten by two inmates at the state prison complex in Winslow, a week ago. Department of Corrections spokesman Bill Lamoreaux says the incident took place in the Kaibab unit of the prison.
Sept. 20, 2013
Blackfish Documentary Opens in Arizona On Aug. 9
The documentary film 'Blackfish,' about Tilikum, the now infamous orca responsile for three deaths while in captivity at Sea World, opened in limited release this weekend.  The film looks at the death of a Sea World trainer in 2010 and shows orcas being captured, as babies.
Sept. 20, 2013
Grand Canyon University Announces New Mesa Campus
The City of Mesa has landed its sixth university in the last two years. Grand Canyon University announced Tuesday that its new East Valley campus would be built in Mesa. The new East Valley campus of GCU will be built in Mesa.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix Council Race Has Candidates Aplenty
Early voting starts Thursday for the Phoenix City Council. In some districts, the field could be wide open. In Districts 2 and 6, incumbents are battling one challenger apiece, but with Districts 4 and 8 in central and south Phoenix things are little more complex.
Sept. 20, 2013
Did You Know: Arizona Is Home To Dozens Of Cicadas Species
Cicadas were all over the news this summer when people on the East Coast were simultaneously horrified and delighted by a flood of insects emerging from the ground. Those bugs had been hiding for 17 years just waiting for a chance to mate, but Did You Know Arizona is home to a completely different kind of cicada? Cicadas up close at the Arizona State University Hasbrouck Insect Collection.
Sept. 20, 2013
Large Youth Population Gives Maryvale Village Hope For The Future
Our series "Phoenix Votes" moves to the West Valley and District 4. Over the years, Maryvale has suffered a troubled reputation. Children play foosball at the Golden Gate Community Center. (Photo by Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez-KJZZ) In 2006, police data revealed that murders, drug crimes and prostitution were at a decade-long high.
Sept. 20, 2013
Suns Player Arrested During Traffic Stop After Officer Finds Marijuana In Car
Suns forward Michael Beasley is in trouble with the law, again. He was arrested early yesterday in Scottsdale after a traffic stop. Police spokesman, Officer David Pubins says an officer smelled the odor of marijuana coming from Beasley's vehicle.
Sept. 20, 2013
BLM Stepping Up Warnings At The Wave
Federal land managers are stepping up warnings to reduce the death toll at a hiking destination on the Utah-Arizona border.  It’s an area that caters to experienced hikers. The Wave not only requires hiking skills, but survival and navigation skills as well.
Sept. 20, 2013
Ending Chronic Homelessness For Phoenix Veterans
President Obama came to town this week mainly to talk about housing and the economy, but near the end of his speech, he gave Phoenix a shout-out for its work in another area. “Here in Phoenix, thanks to the hard work of everyone from Mayor Stanton to the local United Way to US Airways, you’re on track to end chronic homelessness for veterans by 2014,” President Obama said.
Sept. 20, 2013

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