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Governor to legislature: please slow down
The Speaker of the Arizona House Andy Tobin says lawmakers are on target for wrapping up their session, but he's willing to put on the brakes to give Governor Jan Brewer a break. “The governor has asked us to please slow down,” Tobin said.
Sept. 20, 2013
New Mexico governor signs legislation to save spaceport
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has signed legislation aimed at saving the state's $1.5 billion spaceport.Martinez said the move will prevent lawsuit abuse and make it easier for the industry to thrive in New Mexico.
Sept. 20, 2013
Sky Train opens to the public Monday
The new Sky Train begins operating Monday at Sky Harbor Airport and will make it easier for travelers to get around. New Sky Train at Sky Harbor Airport. (Photo courtesy of City of Phoenix Department of Aviation)The Sky Train, an automated, free airport transportation system, will run from Terminal 4 to the Metro Light Rail on 44th and Washington streets.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona County Health Departments hit by shortage of drug used to test for Tuberculosis
Some Arizona County Health Departments are dealing with the national shortage of a common drug used to test patients for Tuberculosis.  TB testing with Tubersol, a solution that is shot under the skin, will be temporarily suspended by the Pima and Yuma County Health Departments until supplies are available again.
Sept. 20, 2013
Scottsdale approves pedicab ordinance, requires drivers licenses
The Scottsdale City council approved a measure Tuesday night regulating pedicabs on its city streets. Pedicab operators must now have commercial insurance and a driver’s license to do business in Scottsdale.
Sept. 20, 2013
Air Force training cuts hit Arizona bases unevenly
The Air Force announced this week that it is slashing some 45,000 hours of training flights across the country in an effort to meet Congressionally mandated budget cuts.  Two aircraft maintainers perform a post-mission inspection on an A-10 Thunderbolt II at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, in November.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix Fire checks smoke detectors
Almost 200 Phoenix-area homes are a bit safer after fire crews and volunteers went door to door installing smoke detectors this weekend.  The crews also checked homes to make sure smoke detectors were still working properly.
Sept. 20, 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.
Sept. 20, 2013
Valley hospitals coming together to create Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network
Scottsdale Healthcare and John C. Lincoln Health Network announced Thursday an affiliation deal is in the works that keeps the two systems separate but allows them to share some resources and increase their market share.
Sept. 20, 2013
Sentence handed down in tax fraud case
A Casa Grande woman has been sentenced to two and a half years in federal prison for tax fraud. In addition to the prison time, a federal judge sentenced 30-year old Shaneika Earline Sims to three years of supervised release.
Sept. 20, 2013
Al Melvin plans to form exploratory committee, may run for governor
Arizona Senator Al Melvin said he is seriously considering a run for governor. The Tucson Republican announced Monday his plan to form an exploratory committee. Melvin says he is motivated to run by what he sees as a lack of real optimism for the future of the state.
Sept. 20, 2013
New poll shows Senator McCains popularity dropping
A new poll from the Phoenix-based Behavior Research Center shows Senator John McCain's job approval ratings in Arizona are at their lowest level in more than two decades.Behavior Research Center President and CEO Jim Haynes interprets the numbers in a conversation with Steve Goldstein.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arias trial expensive for taxpayers, lucrative for media outlets
Maricopa County has released an updated cost for the public defense of Jodi Arias: nearly $1.7 million. The capital murder trial of Jodi Arias has been nothing short of a spectacle marked by tawdry evidence, heated exchanges and a devoted audience, in court and at home.
Sept. 20, 2013
Gray wolves released into Eastern Arizona may increase genetic diversity
The Arizona Game and Fish Department is monitoring two Mexican gray wolf pups it plans to release soon in Eastern Arizona. Spokesman Jim Paxon says the goal is to have as many 'wild-born and wild-raised' wolves as possible to minimize interaction with people or their property.
Sept. 20, 2013
Southern Arizona fire has been contained, serves as reminder of fire danger
Firefighters in southern Arizona were quick to fight a wildfire that has charred 161 acres of the Coronado National Forest, east of Nogales. Spokeswoman Heidi Schewel says they used a lot of resources to limit the growth of the “Juniper” Fire.
Sept. 20, 2013
Flagstaff unmarried young women have the highest birth rate in the nation
The number of unmarried women having children continues to increase. The U.S. Census Bureau released numbers today showing the Flagstaff area has the highest birth rate in the nation for unmarried women in their early twenties.
Sept. 20, 2013
Senator Rubio says immigration reform bill may not be tough enough
Florida Senator Marco Rubio says a new immigration reform bill he helped write needs stronger border security provisions or it will fail in the House and may even have trouble getting through the Senate.
Sept. 20, 2013
The big leap: Aging out of Arizonas foster care system
Every year, hundreds of young adults age out of Arizona’s foster care system.  It is a big transition that comes with very little support, but there is new legislation intended to lighten the load, though it may only help a little.
Sept. 20, 2013
Governor Brewer remembers Department of Public Safety Officer killed Monday
 Governor Jan Brewer is remembering a Department of Public Safety officer, killed Monday night in the line of duty. Tim Huffman, a 14-year veteran of the force was killed in a chain reaction crash, while tending to a vehicle rollover accident on Interstate 8, east of Yuma.
Sept. 20, 2013
Bill requiring landlords to disclose foreclosures advances
Arizona landlords may soon have to tell tenants when their property enters foreclosure. The state Senate gave approval Thursday to a bill requiring the notifications. The bill amends the Arizona Residential Landlord and Tenant Act to mandate the owner provide written notification to tenants within five business days of receiving a notice of foreclosure.
Sept. 20, 2013

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