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Arizona Mine Inspectors Office Tries To Climb Out Of Deep Financial Hole
Mining has been a staple of Arizona’s economy for the past century.  But recent state and federal budget cuts have put the Arizona Mine Inspector’s Office in a deep hole symbolic of the mine shafts it monitors.
Oct. 12, 2013
Judge Rules Arizonas Panhandling Law Unconstitutional
A federal judge struck down an Arizona law Friday that bans panhandling in public places. The judge says begging on city streets is constitutionally protected free speech.Judge Neil Wake’s ruling abolishes the statute that police and prosecutors have used to remove panhandlers from public places.
Oct. 12, 2013
Shutdown Halts Mortgage Lending
The budget impasse in Washington is starting to impact the housing recovery. ASU real estate expert Michael Orr says it’s shutting down mortgage lending, because lenders are unable to get income documentation from the IRS.
Oct. 12, 2013
Veterans Benefits Could Stop Next Month If Shutdown Continues
Arizona veterans could have their benefits cut off if the government shutdown is not over by Nov. 1. That was the message the Veterans Affairs Secretary delivered Wednesday to a congressional committee.
Oct. 12, 2013
Prescott Chooses Acting Fire Chief
The city of Prescott has named an acting fire chief. He will replace the leader whose departure was announced after the release of a report on the Yarnell Hill Fire. Division Chief Eric Kriwer will take over as interim chief after Dan Fraijo steps down on Nov.
Oct. 12, 2013
Private Donations And State Funds Are Unable To Reopen Grand Canyon
Don’t look for Grand Canyon National Park to reopen during the government shutdown, even if somebody comes up with the cash to operate it.  In 1995, then-Governor Fife Symington negotiated a deal to keep part of the Canyon open with $17,000 a day in donated money.
Oct. 12, 2013
What It Means For ASU Football To Play Notre Dame
Arizona State University’s football team was so successful last week in a win over USC, scoring 62 points in the victory, that the Trojans’ athletic director fired the team’s head coach. Saturday the Sun Devils will be in Dallas.
Oct. 12, 2013
Proposed Routes For Interstate 11 Between Phoenix And Las Vegas To Be Unveiled
Anyone interested in a proposed interstate between Phoenix and Las Vegas can learn more about the project this week.  Public meetings on Interstate 11 will be held in Avondale Tuesday night and later in Kingman and Tucson.
Oct. 12, 2013
Early Winter Storm Will Bring Snow And Low Temperatures To Flagstaff
The storm front kicking up winds and dust here in the Valley is also bringing lower temperatures, and up north the thermometer is really going to drop. Flagstaff residents better have their ice scrapers and snow shovels ready when they get up Thursday morning.
Oct. 12, 2013
The Arizona State Fair Brings The Bacon
The first version of the Arizona State Fair took place in 1884. 129 years later, this year’s fair is all about the bacon. Arizona State Fair’s Kristy Walsh said this year there is an entire food stand devoted to all things bacon.
Oct. 12, 2013
Gas Prices Likely To Continue Dropping Through The End Of The Year
The cost of gas continues to drop in Arizona, with the statewide average down four cents from a week ago, at $3.31. And AAA spokeswoman Michelle Donatti says the declines could be even more dramatic in the next couple months.
Oct. 12, 2013
Study: Tucson Has Some Of Nations Worst Streets
A study by the National Transportation Research Group says Tucson has some of the worst streets in the country.The study says 53 percent of major roads in the Tucson urban area are in poor condition. Those roads cost drivers $723 each year in additional vehicle operating costs.
Oct. 12, 2013
Furloughed National Park Workers Need Food
A food bank in Phoenix has shipped 600 emergency food boxes to the Grand Canyon. The supplies are intended for furloughed employees at the national park. Unloading of supplies at a fire station in Tusayan.
Oct. 12, 2013
Arizona Medical Board Broke The Law, Under Investigation
An investigation by an independent legislative agency found that the board that licenses doctors in Arizona broke state law by not following proper licensing procedures and violated other regulations. The board has reprimanded its executive director and is making changes to the way it reviews license applications, The Arizona Ombudsman’s Office launched the investigation after a complaint from a staffer on the Arizona Medical Board.
Oct. 12, 2013
Sound Art in Unexpected Places
Friday is the fall opening celebration at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Most art stories you hear on the radio, you will be settling for artfully written descriptions of visual pieces, but not this time.
Oct. 12, 2013
Challenge To Law Banning Abortions Based On Race Or Sex Of The Child Thrown Out
A Federal judge Thursday threw out a challenge to a 2011 state law that bans abortion, based on the race or sex of the child. The NAACP and the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum had challenged the law, claiming its premise that Asian women abort girls because they prefer boys, and black women are more likely to be talked into terminating a pregnancy, was based on racial stereotypes.
Oct. 12, 2013

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