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Bus Driver May Get Slapped With Stupid Motorist Law
A tour bus driver may be charged under Arizona’s “Stupid Motorist Law” after he and 33 passengers were caught in a flooded wash Sunday. The group was headed from the Grand Canyon to Las Vegas when the driver entered the wash.
Sept. 20, 2013
Appellate Panel Decides Man Should Not Have to Arbitrate His Claims Against A Nursing Home
A new ruling from the Arizona Court of Appeals could help some people avoid forced arbitration of disputes. The agreement to use arbitration is many times part of the small type on your cell phone plan or banking statement.
Sept. 20, 2013
Valley Metro Bus Operators Strike Leaves Thousands Of Passengers Stranded
Thousands of people in the southeast valley are looking for ways to get around town Thursday as a bus strike continues.  About 400 bus operators with the Valley Metro system stopped work after midnight Thursday.
Sept. 20, 2013
Speeding Down The Freeway
Paradise Valley’s police department was the first in the country to use cameras to determine whether you were driving too fast and deserved official punishment. You will see photo enforcement vans in a number of Valley communities, but the 101 Freeway in Scottsdale turned its cameras off after a pilot program.
Sept. 20, 2013
Roaming Area May Be Expanded For Endangered Wolves
Mexican gray wolves may be getting more room to roam here in Arizona. The federal government might give the animals 10 times more space than they currently have in the Southwest.These days, endangered Mexican gray wolves are limited to an area on the Arizona/New Mexico border, but the U.
Sept. 20, 2013
Are Latin American Baseball Players More Inclined To Use Banned Substances?
Much to the chagrin of the Major League Baseball Commissioner’s Office and many team front offices, general news headlines devoted to the sport in recent weeks were focused on when suspensions would be announced for players who were connected to the Biogenesis Clinic, linked to banned performance-enhancing drugs.
Sept. 20, 2013
Going Inside A Medical Marijuana Dispensary
Medicinal marijuana has been legal in Arizona since 2010. But legal dispensaries didn’t start popping up until this year. Now, nearly 50 are open in Arizona – and about half are here in the Valley.
Sept. 20, 2013
FCC Votes To Lower Prison Phone Call Costs
The Federal Communications Commission has voted to make long distance phone calls from prison inmates more affordable. It is an issue that prison reform advocates have pressed for a decade. According to a statement released by the FCC, an estimated 2.
Sept. 20, 2013
Stock Prices Tank After Justice Department Decides To Block Airline Merger
The stock prices for American Airlines and US Airways did not take kindly to yesterday’s news that the justice department would try to block the companies’ merger. Tempe-based US Airways watched shares sink 13 percent.
Sept. 20, 2013
Foreclosure Filings In Arizona Down 60 Percent Year-Over-Year
Arizona is no longer among the top ten states with the highest number of foreclosure starts, according to housing data firm RealtyTrac -- for the first time since February 2007. The state saw 3,300 new foreclosure filings in July, a slight increase from the previous month but a 60 percent decrease since last year.
Sept. 20, 2013
Maricopa County Board Of Supervisors To Appoint New County Assessor
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to name a new county assessor Monday.  Former assessor Keith Russell resigned when he was appointed to serve as a Mesa justice of the peace in June.
Sept. 20, 2013
Officials Allow Egypt Fire To Burn Up To 6,000 Acres
Firefighters in the Mogollon Rim continue to watch the lightning-started Egypt Fire. Coconino National Forest Spokesman Dean Jones says the target burn area for the fire is about 6,000 acres, and that people in the area have nothing to worry about.
Sept. 20, 2013
Space Camera Takes Sharpest Photos Of Night Sky
A camera recently developed by astronomers at the University of Arizona and two observatories has already lead to new space discoveries.   The Magellan Telescope's mirrors (Photo courtesy of Laird Close) U of A astronomy professor Laird Close said the camera will allow astronomers to take the sharpest images of the night sky to date, twice as sharp as images from the Hubble Space Telescope.
Sept. 20, 2013
Does Health Care Choice Include Grow-Your-Own Medical Marijuana?
Two medical marijuana patients are hoping a voter-approved attack on the Affordable Care Act gives them the right to grow their own drugs. An Arizona ballot measure put a provision in the state Constitution overriding any law, rule or regulation that requires individuals or employers to participate in any particular health-care system.
Sept. 20, 2013
Man Threatens Grocery Store Employees With Meat Tenderizing Mallet
Police in Prescott Valley have arrested a Cottonwood man for threatening workers in a grocery store with a meat tenderizing mallet. Sergeant Brandon Bonney said 34-year-old Jason Thrift was taken into custody after he could not locate his wife and 18-month-old child.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Veterans Suicide Rate Double That Of Civilians
The rate of suicide among military veterans in Arizona is more than double the civilian rate. Advocates say veterans need more than benefits when returning from war.The average veteran suicide rate in Arizona from 2005 through 2011 is almost 43 deaths per 100,000 people.
Sept. 20, 2013
Three Arrested In Tempe For Unruly Protest Over Syria
In the wake of President Obama's decision to ask Congress to endorse a military strike against Syria, protesters took to the streets of Tempe to voice their opposition. Tempe police Sgt. Mike Pooley said about half the crowd became unruly, and three people were taken into custody.
Sept. 20, 2013
Taxpayers May Bear Burden Of Leaking Storage Tanks
A new report warns Arizona taxpayers could be on the hook for cleaning up leaking underground storage tanks because of shortcomings by a state agency. An Auditor General's report found the Department of Environmental Quality has no way to prove many people with the tanks have the required insurance to cover leaks.
Sept. 20, 2013
NAU President To Retire In 2015
Northern Arizona University president John Haeger is stepping down, but not right away. The NAU leader will continue in his post for another two years. NAU President John Haeger (Courtesy nau.edu) John Haeger notified the Board of Regents on Thursday he would be leaving when his contract is up June 30, 2015.
Sept. 20, 2013
Fundraiser Underway To Buy Colorado River Water For Mexico Wetlands
A first of its kind private fundraiser to buy water rights to the Colorado River launches in Phoenix this weekend. Environmental groups want to purchase enough water to keep the river flowing south of the border during the severe drought.
Sept. 20, 2013

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