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Phoenix Council Denies Chinese Cultural Center Preservation Petition
After hours of passionate public comment, the Phoenix City Council rejected a citizen’s petition to ensure the long-term preservation of the former Chinese Cultural Center.
Sep. 13, 2017
Family Sentenced In Real Estate Fraud, Tax Evasion
A Phoenix couple and their children have been sentenced to over two years in prison for real estate fraud and tax evasion involving 30 home mortgages.
Sep. 13, 2017
Tempe Water Rate Changes On The Horizon
The average household (which uses about 10,000 gallons) could see a 3.3 percent increase in their water bill, according to Tempe’s estimates. The city will also consider solid waste and flood irrigation prices.
Sep. 13, 2017
Defense: U.S. Prosecutors In Border Agent Murder Trial Used Fabricated Evidence
In a request to the federal judge filed last Monday, the attorney for Border Patrol agent Lonnie Swartz asked that the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Arizona be sanctioned and removed as the prosecutor in the upcoming second-degree murder trial.
Sep. 13, 2017
 Conservation Efforts Helping Boost Arizona Bald Eagle Population
Arizona’s bald eagle population continues to soar as numbers from this year’s breeding season reached a record of 82. Conservation efforts such as closures around nest sites have helped increase the population as the eagles are able to nest without disturbance.
Sep. 12, 2017
Chandler Closer To Building New Museum
“It gives us a place where we can talk about the issues at hand and the issues that we’ve faced in the past to understand who we are and where we’ve come from and where we want to be as a community,” said Chandler Museum Administrator Jody Crago.
Sep. 12, 2017
Hopi To Vote In Primary Election Sept. 14
Hopis will vote Sept. 14 to narrow the race for tribal chairman and vice chairman.
Sep. 12, 2017
Environmental Rules Waived For Calexico Border Fence Replacement
For the second time this summer, the Trump administration has lifted environmental restrictions so it can replace an existing border fence in California.
Sep. 12, 2017
 More Green Card Applicants Will Be Required To Go Through Interview Process
The Trump administration has added a new hurdle for some immigrants applying for green cards, which is raising concerns that it will significantly slow down that process down. Starting next month, far more green card applicants will be required to go through an in-person interview process under the new policy.
Sep. 12, 2017
 Does It Make Sense For Cities To Offer Tax Incentives To Draw Large Businesses?
With Amazon announcing it’s looking for an HQ2 in addition to its home in Seattle, the battle is on to attract the retail giant. And there’s no doubt in analysts’ minds that tax incentives and other breaks will be offered by cities and states. We talked about that with Nathan Jensen, Professor of Government at the University of Texas-Austin.
Sep. 12, 2017
Using Harvey, Irma As Opportunities To Build More Resilient Cities
Some evacuees of Hurricane Harvey are starting to return home; Florida residents affected by Hurricane Irma are also eager to survey the damage to their houses and neighborhoods.
Sep. 12, 2017
 How Can Community, Police Work Together To Ensure Protests Are Safe?
Tonight, the Phoenix Police Department is holding the third of 13 listening sessions aimed at fostering a dialogue between the community and law enforcement. We wanted to dig into these issues a bit so we spoke with Michael Scott, the director of ASU’s Center for Problem-Oriented Policing, and Rashad Shabazz, an associate professor at ASU’s School of Social Transformation.
Sep. 12, 2017
Tracing The Roots Of The Student Debt Crisis
By one estimate, Americans owe nearly $1.5 trillion in student loan debt; another says the average student owes more than $30,000. This problem has been percolating for a while, but how did we get here?
Sep. 12, 2017
 Warning Issued To Consumers About Buying Flood-Damaged Vehicles
Recovery from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma will be a long, slow process. Houses and other buildings were destroyed or severely damaged, and other kinds of property like cars were waterlogged and end up crushed or junked. Other autos, though, still look pretty good — and with some cosmetic touch-ups, could easily be sold to an unsuspecting customer.
Sep. 12, 2017
Attorneys File Briefs Urging Judge To Not Throw Out Former Sheriff Arpaio
The Justice Department says it now agrees with lawyers for former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who say his criminal conviction should be thrown out after President Trump pardoned him. But a handful of groups and attorneys have filed friend-of-the-court briefs with Judge Susan Bolton, opposing that move.
Sep. 12, 2017
Higher-Ed Reporter Weighs In On Brnovich
Attorney General Mark Brnovich has filed a lawsuit against the Arizona Board of Regents. It’s focused on what Brnovich says is a violation of the state Constitution — that the Regents have raised tuition at the three public universities to an inappropriate level far beyond what the Constitution says should be “as nearly free as possible.”
Sep. 12, 2017
The Takeaway: Hazardous Pollutants Rain Down On Houston
In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, 4.6 million pounds of airborne emissions were released.
Sep. 12, 2017
The Pulse: Tie My Tubes: Choosing Permanent Contraception
When I was 17, I started asking doctors to sterilize me. But they wouldn't. They told me things like, "Well, what if you change your mind later?" or, "You're too young to know this is the right choice for you."
Sep. 12, 2017
The Takeaway: In Florida, The Politics Of Climate Change Crashes Into Reality
Florida is extremely vulnerable to rising sea levels, but many lawmakers in the state are reluctant to address climate change. Will growing environmental risks shift political attitudes?
Sep. 12, 2017
Batch Of Bogus Bucks Found In Kingman
The latest batch of counterfeit U.S. bills bearing Chinese stamps are found at Kingman truck stop.
Sep. 12, 2017

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