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More Arizonans support women in combat roles
A new poll from Phoenix-based Behavior Research Center shows a change in Arizonan's attitudes about military women serving in ground combat roles.  President Jim Haynes says the latest Rocky Mountain Poll shows 69 percent of respondents favor women serving in those positions.
Sept. 20, 2013
Governor Brewer proves her moratorium, vetoes five bills
Governor Jan Brewer told lawmakers she wouldn't be signing any bills until progress was made on a state budget and Medicaid expansion. Late yesterday, her actions matched her words.Governor Brewer vetoed five bills on Thursday after Senate President Andy Biggs sent them to her desk.
Sept. 20, 2013
Wildfires: containment versus control
With wildfire season upon us, it’s important to understand a key term you’ll hear a lot of -- how much of a fire is “contained.” “When we say ‘contained,’ we still have fire crews out there who will monitor the fire and make sure that we can hold that line, so that’s very different than calling it ‘controlled,’" said Carrie Dennett, fire prevention officer for Arizona State Forestry.
Sept. 20, 2013
Body in Tempe Town Lake indentified
Police have identified a body found floating in Tempe Town Lake. Gerrick Begay was discovered between the railroad bridge and the Mill Avenue Bridge around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday. Begay was 21 years old and a Tempe resident, police said.
Sept. 20, 2013
Measuring the impact of the Prop 100 sales tax increase
The 1 cent sales tax increase approved by voters in 2010 as Proposition 100 expires on Saturday. The vote occurred while Arizona's economy was in the middle of the recession and the state's budget was deep in a deficit.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix Symphony climbs out of debt
The Phoenix Symphony is officially back on its feet. The nonprofit organization faced a $1.5 million budget deficit less than two years ago. CEO Jim Ward attributed an improved business model has helped the symphony erase its debt.
Sept. 20, 2013
Sen. John McCain speaks out about sexual misconduct in the military
Arizona Sen. John McCain said Tuesday he cannot fully endorse women joining the military until the problem of sexual assault among its personnel is solved. Arizona Sen. John McCain shared a story of a woman asking his opinion on her daughter joining the military at the Senate Armed Services hearing.
Sept. 20, 2013
Kavanagh drops bid to take medical marijuana back to voters
State Representative John Kavanagh has conceded he cannot drum up enough support among legislative colleagues for his bid to ask voters to rescind Arizona's 2010 Medical Marijuana Act. The problem, he said, is political.
Sept. 20, 2013
Two dogs abandoned in desert
Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies have rescued two domesticated dogs that had been abandoned in the desert, east of Phoenix. Sheriff Joe Arpaio says a woman spotted the dogs while she was on horseback and led deputies to them.
Sept. 20, 2013
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

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