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High heat causing increased emergency calls
Phoenix is scorching this week, with temperatures upwards of 110 degrees expected across the metro area today. That’s about 10 degrees warmer than normal. This isn’t just uncomfortable. The weather is causing an uptick in emergency calls – and not just in the city’s urban areas.
Sept. 20, 2013
Good news for last-minute Fathers Day shoppers
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.
Sept. 20, 2013
Gov. Brewer to sign Medicaid expansion bill
Governor Jan Brewer will sign her Medicaid expansion plan into law Monday, during a ceremony at the capitol. A handful of Republican lawmakers joined Democrats last week to approve the plan, as part of the state budget.
Sept. 20, 2013
Beating the heat with an afternoon run in Scottsdale
Facing the Valley's hot summers head-on, the Scottsdale "Beat the Heat Race" will have runners starting an 11.22 kilometer race at 2:47 p.m. on Saturday.Race creator and public relations executive Jason Rose talked about the reasons for the event, including the positive effect it may have on summer tourism.
Sept. 20, 2013
Marijuana found in fake US Fish and Wildlife Service boxes, two arrested
Border Patrol agents in southern Arizona have arrested two Mexican nationals on drug smuggling charges. Spokesman Brent Cagen says they found more than 930 pounds of marijuana in their vehicle, which had a phony U.
Sept. 20, 2013
Follow-up with a Doce Fire evacuee
Firefighters are starting to get a handle on the Doce Fire, burning west of Prescott. It’s reported to be about 50-percent contained and most of the homeowners who had been evacuated have been allowed to return home.
Sept. 20, 2013
Marijuana discovered in trailer false wall at Interstate 19 checkpoint
Border Patrol agents in southern Arizona have seized a ton of marijuana they found hidden in a truckload of produce. The vehicle was stopped at a checkpoint on Interstate 19, north of Nogales, and spokeswoman Crystal Amarillas said drug-sniffing dogs located 88 bundles of pot hidden in a false wall, inside the trailer.
Sept. 20, 2013
Excessive heat sparks people to take precaution
The sun is going to make people miserable this weekend, and forecasters are expecting temperatures to approach 120 degrees. Heat like this can be deadly. Some people tell us what they are doing to stay safe.
Sept. 20, 2013
Auto loan document preparation fees barred
If you are considering buying a car, there is some good news Monday. Lenders are now barred from charging document preparation fees as part of those loans. Representative Debbie McCune-Davis said the ban came as a result of a lot of complaints.
Sept. 20, 2013
Contributions to 100 Club of Arizona help families of 19 firefighters killed in Yarnell Hill Fire
People and companies from across the country are donating to the families of the 19 firefighters killed battling the Yarnell Hill Fire. Corporations like Motorola, the Arizona Cardinals and media personality Glen Beck have contributed thousands of dollars to the 100 Club of Arizona, an organization that provides financial and emotional support to the families of first-responders who are killed or injured in the line of duty.
Sept. 20, 2013
Two Mesa flight instructors, pilots help small plane with landing gear failure
Two Mesa helicopter pilots are being credited with helping the pilot of a small plane, after his landing gear failed. Officer Darren Rigsby said he and his partner, both of whom are flight instructors, were in the area when they found out about the mechanical problems with the 1970 Cessna.
Sept. 20, 2013
Case Examines Redistricting In Arizona: In Favor Of Democrats Or Inclusive Of Minorities?
The decision last month by the United States Supreme Court on the Voting Rights Act could impact a bid by Republicans here in Arizona to throw out the map of legislative districts adopted by the Independent Redistricting Commission.
Sept. 20, 2013
Pros and Cons Of Light Rail In Scottsdale
Since starting in 2008, the Valley’s Metro Light Rail has served Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa. The system has been more popular among riders than many had anticipated. An Interstate-10 West extension is on the way, and a central Mesa extension is expected to be operating by mid 2015, but the idea of light rail in Scottsdale has never gained traction.
Sept. 20, 2013
Low Valley Summer Resort Rates Could Mean Recovered Economy
Tourism is slowly rebounding nationwide as the economy starts to recover. The Phoenician Hotel and pool. (Photo courtesy of The Phoenician) In Tucson, the annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism wraps up Friday.
Sept. 20, 2013
Garino: Border Patrol should not add razor-wire to border fence.
The mayor of Nogales, Ariz. is criticizing a proposal to increase border security by topping the border fence with razor-wire. Arturo Garino thinks a better idea would be to shift Border Patrol agents from checkpoints in the interior of the state, to the border.
Sept. 20, 2013
The Business of Health Care And Mergers In Arizona
The business of health care. The implementation of the Affordable Care Act has many providers and physicians wondering about what is to come, and both for-profit and not-for-profit hospitals and health care systems are exploring mergers.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Public Lands Are Plagued With Vandalism
A couple months ago, vandals sprayed nearly 50 tags at Saguaro National Park east of Tucson, including more than a dozen of the iconic cactuses that cover the landscape. An example of vandalism at the BLM site.
Sept. 20, 2013
Fewer Acres Of State and Federal Land Burned In Fires This Year
Fire officials in the state say, despite the loss of lives in the Yarnell Hill wildfire, the number of acres burned this fire season was the smallest in years. Carrie Dennett of the state Forestry Division says about 91,000 acres of state and federal land were charred this year, but that compares to over 200,000, a year ago.
Sept. 20, 2013
Former ASU Professor Explains The Art Of Writing
The craft of writing and maybe even more so the act of finishing the project, whether it is a journal, a short story or a novel, is extremely personal. Ron Carlson is a critically-acclaimed novelist, but he has also been a professor of writing for nearly 30 years, 20 of those at Arizona State University.
Sept. 20, 2013
Sprouts Farmer Markets Decision To Go Public Met With Mixed Reaction
This week, Sprouts Farmers Market announced it is going public. The Phoenix-based grocery chain has grown very quickly, and some industry observers think it is on track for continued success, but not everyone sees the kale and quinoa seller as a healthy investment.
Sept. 20, 2013

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