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Good news for last-minute Father
If you’re looking for a last-minute Father's Day gift, the state wants you to know you likely won’t get cheated at the register.The Arizona Department of Weights and Measures did 28 unannounced inspections at retailers statewide, looking at the items people often buy for their dads, like ties, cologne and watches.
Jun. 14, 2013
Visiting professor dies hiking in Pinal County
A professor visiting Arizona from Spain has died while hiking in the desert.  Tamra Ingersoll of the Pinal County Sheriff's Office said the victim was with two other colleagues who were in the state for a convention when they went on a hike in the Table Top Mountains late Wednesday morning.
Jun. 14, 2013
Bear concerns in Sierra Vista
The Arizona Game and Fish Department said there could be problems with nuisance bears in southern Arizona once again this year.  Spokesman Mark Hart said they have had their first sighting of a bear in the Sierra Vista area, a place where bears became a problem last year.
Jun. 14, 2013
Arizona monsoon season could come early
 Even though tomorrow is the “official” start of Arizona's summer monsoon season, a few thunderstorms have already popped up near the New Mexico border. Chris Outler of the National Weather Service in Flagstaff said the rains were spotty but could be a preview of things to come.
Jun. 14, 2013
Sales tax reform is a governor
The push for sales tax sales reform in Arizona is now just a governor's signature away. The state legislature passed a bipartisan bill aimed at taking the chaos out of business tax collections, by boiling multiple filings down to just one form.
Jun. 14, 2013
Next year
 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.
Jun. 14, 2013
State legislature adjourns
The state legislative session is adjourned, after 151 days.  It happened early Friday, after a coalition of moderate Republicans joined Democrats to approve an expansion of the state's Medicaid program, under the federal Affordable Care Act, but the bridge-making effort angered conservative Republicans like Representative John Kavanagh.
Jun. 14, 2013
DPS rescues hikers
Two Arizona Department of Public Safety helicopters were used to help a Cochise County Sheriff's search and rescue team find a family of three who became lost on a horseback ride in the Chiricahua Mountains.
Jun. 14, 2013
Secret life of the cat: The science of tracking our pets
They share our homes, sleep on our beds and occasionally bring unwanted gifts. Yet, despite our domestic cats playing a big role in our lives, we know surprisingly little about what they get up to. A research project by BBC2's Horizon and the Royal Veterinary College set out to find out more.
Jun. 14, 2013
Arizona preservationists update strategy to protect historic landmarks
The recent fight to save a Phoenix home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright has sparked new interest in protecting Arizona’s historic buildings. The Buckhorn Baths Motel in Mesa. (Photo by Steve Shadley-KJZZ) This week in Mesa, preservationists, architects and city planners have gathered to identify culturally significant landmarks that need their attention.
Jun. 14, 2013
Authorities are investigating Kingman fires
Authorities in northwestern Arizona are investigating dozens of brush fires intentionally set in Kingman in the past few months. Investigators said 63 brush fires have been set in open fields along roadways.
Jun. 13, 2013
NFL implementing new bag restrictions for games
The National Football League is tightening stadium security this season, limiting the size and type of bags fans can bring to the game. The NFL said the restrictions are designed to enhance security while speeding up entry into stadiums.
Jun. 13, 2013
Legislature sends budget, Medicaid expansion to governor
Less than 24 hours after the Arizona House approved Gov. Jan Brewer’s plan to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, the Senate has followed suit. That ended the special session the governor called Tuesday to deal with Medicaid and the budget.
Jun. 13, 2013
Napolitano says border security alone won
Members of the U.S. Senate are wrangling to add tougher border security provisions to the comprehensive immigration reform package. The nation’s Homeland Security chief said manpower on the border only goes so far.
Jun. 13, 2013
Arizona House members approve state budget and Medicaid expansion
State House members have given their approval to a new state budget, and it includes Medicaid expansion. The $8.8 billion spending plan was approved during a long session in which many Republican lawmakers, like Warren Peterson of Gilbert, protested that with only $8.
Jun. 13, 2013
Red Flag Warning issued for northern Arizona
The National Weather Service has a Red Flag Warning for signifying high fire danger in parts of northern Arizona through Thursday night. Meterologist Dave Vonderhide said visitors to national forests and recreational areas are urged not to start open-flame fires.
Jun. 13, 2013
Arizona ranked ninth in foreclosure filings last month
Arizona continues to put the housing crisis in its rearview mirror. The foreclosure monitoring firm RealtyTrac said there were 3,800 foreclosure filings in the state during May. Vice President Darren Blomquist said that is closer to normal than to the peak of the housing crisis.
Jun. 13, 2013
Firefighters still battling Chino Fire
Firefighters continues to battle a wildfire that has been burning in the Coronando National Forest.Spokesman Gerry Perry said the Chino Fire has charred over 50 acres but is now more than 50 percent contained since being spotted on Tuesday.
Jun. 13, 2013
Border rescues increase as temperatures rise
As temperatures rise on the Arizona desert, Border Patrol agents say they are getting more and more calls about undocumented immigrants, in trouble.  Spokesman Brent Cagen said agents have assisted 177 people in the last 30 days, 52 of them in the past week.
Jun. 13, 2013

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