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Federal Aviation Administration restores funding for air traffic towers but Arizona not included
The Federal Aviation Administration said some airport traffic control towers it wanted to close late at night to save money will now be allowed to stay open. But, Wednesday’s announcement does not save some towers at Arizona airports the FAA plans to close this summer.
May. 8, 2013
Jodi Arias found guilty of first-degree murder
The jury has spoken in the Jodi Arias trial. Arias has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of former boyfriend Travis Alexander.The trial that began Jan. 2 ended at 1:50 p.m. after 15 hours of jury deliberation.
May. 8, 2013
ASU reveals second new Sparky design this year
After a revamp of its iconic mascot prompted mass derision, Arizona State University has unveiled another new design for Sparky the Sun Devil. But this time, the university community had a say. The rejected Sparky mascot design (left) and the mascot chosen by fans in an online vote.
May. 8, 2013
Ballet Arizona plants its dancers at the Desert Botanical Gardens
Starting next week, Ballet Arizona will stage of series of performances, Topia, outdoors at the Desert Botanical Gardens.Ballet Arizona's Artistic Director Ib Andersen explained his inspiration for Topia and how the setting affects the dancers and members of the audience.
May. 8, 2013
Measuring the impact of Arizona
In recent months, Governor Jan Brewer has taken part in job expansion announcements in Arizona. Go Daddy's operations in the Valley are growing, and General Motors is bringing a new information technology center to Arizona.
May. 8, 2013
Views on the Jodi Arias from inside and outside the courtroom
The Jodi Arias murder trial in Phoenix has dominated coverage on local television stations and national networks. Arizona Republic critic Bill Goodykoontz offered insights on why the case has attracted so much attention.
May. 8, 2013
Military exercises to be conducted over Phoenix skies Thursday
The U.S. military will be conducting drills in the skies over the Valley Thursday morning. Military aircraft will perform air interceptions of mock hostile aircraft over Phoenix tomorrow.The Western Air Defense Sector exercises are set for between 10 a.
May. 8, 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.
May. 8, 2013
Medical marijuana to be allowed on university campuses, for research
The governor has signed legislation allowing medical marijuana onto university campuses, at least for research. The voter-approved medical marijuana law had stopped the efforts of physician Sue Sisley of the University of Arizona, who is looking at treatment-resistant post-traumatic stress disorder among combat veterans.
May. 8, 2013
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.
May. 8, 2013
New state law requires taxi drivers take a drug test pre-employment
A new state law is designed to help keep taxi drivers who are high on drugs from getting behind the wheel. Current law requires companies that hire drivers or lease out vehicles do a criminal background check, first.
May. 8, 2013
TUSD to layoff more than 150
The Tucson Unified School District will be giving pink slips to more than 150 employees. The district's Governing Board approved the layoffs Tuesday night. End of the year layoffs are common, but as the Arizona Daily Star reports, the number of employees being severed this year is more than in the past two years combined.
May. 8, 2013
Could US-American merger mean a new name for Suns
If US Airways merges with American Airlines, the name of this center could change. (Photo by Julie Levin-KJZZ) In 1992, America West Airlines signed a 30 year, $26 million naming rights deal for the city-owned arena that is home to the Phoenix Suns.
May. 8, 2013
Phoenix Suns hire a new General Manager
Coming off of the second-worst season in team history, the Phoenix Suns have hired a new General Manager.Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby says 33-year-old Ryan McDonough will be the team’s General Manager.
May. 7, 2013
Former state lawmaker selected to promote Obama Health Care Act
A former state lawmaker is going to Washington to serve as a top promoter of the Obama Administration’s Affordable Health Care Act.  Matt Heinz is a doctor who said the real challenge will be overcoming some staunch opposition to the law.
May. 7, 2013
GoDaddy to build tech center, add jobs in Tempe
The tech company GoDaddy unveiled plans to build a 150,000 square-foot building in Tempe on Tuesday. The new building will come with 300 new jobs over the next three years.  Governor Jan Brewer and GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving make footprints on a clay slab that will hang in the new building.
May. 7, 2013
Waste-to-energy plant top open in Glendale
A power plant that converts garbage into renewable energy will soon be operating in Glendale. The project will cost $110 million. City of Glendale officials say the waste-to-energy plant will be built on the Glendale Municipal Landfill near the Glendale airport.
May. 7, 2013
Feds target eight kingpins south of Arizona border
The United States Treasury Department has levied sanctions against eight drug-cartel bosses who operate south of the Arizona border. The action means U.S. citizens who do any kind of business with them can face serious charges.
May. 7, 2013
DPS officer killed near Yuma
A 14-year veteran of the Department of Public Safety was killed Monday night when his patrol car was hit by a tanker truck in southwestern Arizona. The crash took place as three DPS officers were investigating an injury collision in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 8, about 40 miles east of Yuma.
May. 7, 2013
Frozen pizzas recalled for presence of sharp, plastic parts
Here's something you don't hear everyday. Nestle is recalling some pizzas.  The company is recalling all of its frozen pizzas that have spinach on them. David McAtee of the Yavapai County Health Department says that's because clear fragments of foreign material with sharp edges have been found in the pizza.
May. 7, 2013

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