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Report: West Phoenix blight improving
City officials report progress combating violent crime, vandalism and prostitution in West Phoenix.That part of town has struggled with those issues for years. In fact, if you look at a police map from this March, pockets of violent crime still glow bright red in West Phoenix, but an annual city report from the region does show some good news, including a 14 percent reduction in violent crime since 2005.
Sept. 20, 2013
Midwives talk change
Arizona midwives searching for middle ground over changes to their profession will attend a public meeting at the Department of Health Services in Phoenix Monday afternoon. This continues what one midwife calls an ongoing conversation over midwifery in the state.
Sept. 20, 2013
Governors Medicaid expansion plan moving forward
Republican House Speaker Andy Tobin is taking up the $8.8 billion state budget passed by the Arizona Senate, but says his effort to reach a deal with the governor on Medicaid have failed. Tobin assigned the package of 10 Senate budget bills to the Appropriations Committee yesterday.
Sept. 20, 2013
Lawmakers champion dollar coins
The Susan B. Anthony coin never caught on. Neither did the Sacagawea nor the newer Presidential one-dollar coins. But a group of lawmakers say switching entirely to dollar coins now could save at least five billion dollars over the next 30 years.
Sept. 20, 2013
Hualapai to build temporary route to Skywalk
The federal government has granted an Arizona tribe the right to build a road to the Grand Canyon Skywalk. It is the latest in an ongoing scuffle over access to the tourist destination. The Hualapai Tribe operates the glass bridge over the canyon.
Sept. 20, 2013
In Phoenix real estate, zombies start waking up
When the region’s housing market took a nosedive a few years ago, developers abandoned subdivisions that were only partially built. Estimates by the Sonoran Institute put the number of so-called zombie lots in Central Arizona at a staggering one million.
Sept. 20, 2013
Next years ballot may include marijuana measure
 The voter-approved Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, allows people with a doctor's recommendation to get a state-issued card, to obtain up to 2.5 ounces of pot, every two weeks. Now, Dennis Bohlke is pushing a measure for next year's ballot to make the possession of marijuana legal for all adults.
Sept. 20, 2013
Lindsey Graham: Congress will pass immigration reform
One of the authors of a bipartisan Senate immigration proposal South Carolina's Lindsey Graham says he believes the measure will be approved. “I think we're going to have a political break through, that congress is going to pass immigration reform,” Graham said.
Sept. 20, 2013
Glenn Hamer and Dana Naimark give state lawmakers high marks
The issue of Medicaid expansion made the 2013 legislative session a contentious one, but Arizona Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Glenn Hamer and Childrens Action Alliance President and CEO Dana Naimark both give the legislature high marks for the expansion, increased funding for Child Protective Services and business-friendly bills.
Sept. 20, 2013
Doce Fire managers conducting burnout operations
Fire managers plan to conduct burnout operations Friday afternoon and will work into the night. Residents in the area will not be evacuated. Burnout operations help to create a buffer between the fire and the community.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tucson Unified School District has a tight deadline to develop ethnic studies curriculum
The Tucson Unified School District is preparing to offer "culturally relevant courses" as required under a federal desegregation order, but ethnic studies supporters do not believe the district can get state approval to meet this fall’s deadline.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Theatre Company deals with deficit and plans for new artistic director
Arizona Theatre Company's Artistic Director David Ira Goldstein will leave the position in December after more than 20 years. Goldstein said he is ready for new career challenges, including the opportunity to direct plays in other cities.
Sept. 20, 2013
Doce Wildfire closer to full containment but still challenges firefighters
Firefighters are expected to work the Doce Wildfire near Prescott through the weekend.  The blaze is now 90 percent contained, and mop up operations are ready to begin. The human-caused wildfire started June 18.
Sept. 20, 2013
Protective fire shields, used in Yarnell Hill Fire, are not always effective
Nineteen firefighters died Sunday in the Yarnell Hill Fire, even though they were using protective fire shields. The devices are a last resort in life-threatening situations. Phillip Maldonado, a squad leader with the Granite Mountain Hotshots, helps crew member learn the finer points of setting up emergency fire shelters in April 2012.
Sept. 20, 2013
How magazine covers influence consumers
The latest edition of The New Yorker magazine has led to a lot of debate about same sex marriage and childhood icons. It features Bert and Ernie of Sesame Street cuddling on the couch watching the Supreme Court on television, a reference to the high court overturning the Defense of Marriage Act.
Sept. 20, 2013
ADOT finalizes three proposed routes for Phoenix-Tucson commuter rail service
The Arizona Department of Transportation has released a new map that identifies three possible routes for its dream project, a proposed commuter rail service linking Phoenix and Tucson. ADOT plans to narrow it down to a final train route by early next year.
Sept. 20, 2013
Most Arizonans Live In Area Serviced By Medical Marijuana Dispensary
State health officials say about nine of every 10 Arizonans now lives in an area with a medical marijuana dispensary. The state Department of Health Services says 47 dispensaries have been inspected and approved to operate and that so far 35 of those are open and operating.
Sept. 20, 2013
Thoughts On The Expansion Of State Route 260 West
At the end of June, the state transportation board decided that part of Arizona State Route 260 West of Interstate 17 needed to be widened at a cost of more than $65 million. It  will be the biggest rural highway project in the state over the next several years, but Arizona Department of Transportation engineers did not even recommend the work.
Sept. 20, 2013
Walgreens Clinics Set A Precedent In Treating Chronic Conditions
Access to health care has long been a question with many answers -- none of them especially simple. This is the Walgreens where Marianne Rosati works, located at Tatum Boulevard and Cave Creek Road.
Sept. 20, 2013
Monsoon Leaves 4,500 Without Power
A monsoon storm in the East Valley last night damaged some homes and schools in the area and resulted in significant power outages. SRP Spokesman Scott Harelson says the outages from the storm were above average for a typical Arizona monsoon storm.
Sept. 20, 2013

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