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Flake and Texas Senator John Cornyn seek common ground on immigration reform bill
The US Senate is in its second week of debate on the immigration reform bill, and there is a lot of discussion taking place behind the scenes. Arizona Senator Jeff Flake, one of the eight who drew up the bill, has been meeting with Texas Senator John Cornyn, who wants the border security section of the measure strengthened, but Flake does not believe Cornyn is trying to jeopardize passage.
Jun. 18, 2013
School bus collides with SUV, sparks investigation
Sheriff's deputies in Coconino County are investigating the collision of a school bus and an SUV, east of Flagstaff, Monday. Spokesman Gerry Blair said there are a number of issues to resolve before a decision is made about whether citations will be issued.
Jun. 18, 2013
New Navajo Route 20 will provide easier travel around US Highway 89
Workers in northern Arizona have begun paving a road on the Navajo Nation that will provide a temporary route around a section of US Highway 89, south of Page, which has been closed due to a landslide.
Jun. 18, 2013
Phoenix public relations firm creates new Boeing 787 virtual view
Boeing’s new 787 jets suffered a public relations nightmare earlier this year after the planes' batteries caught fire. A Phoenix company has developed a tool to help Boeing overcome its bad publicity.
Jun. 17, 2013
Gay marriage supporters launch signature campaign
Gay marriage supporters launched a campaign Monday to change the state constitution’s definition of marriage. Equal Marriage Arizona is trying to collect more than 400,000 signatures to get a constitutional amendment on the ballot for next year.
Jun. 17, 2013
Local leaders want Arizona to reinstate denied federal voter forms
Voting rights advocates praised the Supreme Court’s decision that struck down an Arizona law requiring proof of citizenship when registering to vote. The high court ruled that the state cannot require additional documents beyond what a federal form calls for.
Jun. 17, 2013
Gov. Brewer signs Medicaid expansion bill
Governor Jan Brewer said she is glad the political fight over Medicaid expansion is finally over. The governor signed legislation Monday that adds 300,000 low-income people to state Medicaid under the federal Affordable Health Care Act.
Jun. 17, 2013
Arizona voter registration rule struck down
The United States Supreme Court ruled today on a case from Arizona that could impact elections around the country. The court found Arizona cannot impose its own requirements on federal voter registration forms.
Jun. 17, 2013
Lindsey Graham: Congress will pass immigration reform
One of the authors of a bipartisan Senate immigration proposal South Carolina's Lindsey Graham says he believes the measure will be approved. “I think we're going to have a political break through, that congress is going to pass immigration reform,” Graham said.
Jun. 17, 2013
Open flames banned in four Arizona forests starting Wednesday
Four more Arizona forests, the Coconino, Kaibab, Prescott, and Tonto, are taking fire restrictions up a notch this week.  National Forest Service spokeswoman Jacqueline Banks says 'open flame' fires will be banned in those forests beginning Wednesday morning, “It’s really important that people realize just how dry it is across Arizona,” Banks said.
Jun. 17, 2013
Poll: 65 percent of Arizona residents favor immigration reform
A new poll shows there is strong support from across the political spectrum in Arizona, for the so-called 'Gang of Eight' immigration reform plan, in the US Senate. The poll from the conservative-leaning Harper Polling, shows 65 percent of state residents of all political parties, favor the measure, which includes a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants already in the US.
Jun. 17, 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.
Jun. 17, 2013
New state budget restores some funding for rural counties
Arizona’s rural counties are pleased they will be getting a larger share of lottery revenues in the new state budget. Lawmakers stopped sharing the money with counties during the height of the recession.
Jun. 17, 2013
Story Corps Phoenix: Ruth Jurhill and Dale Evans
We are pleased to share the voices and conversations of our community from StoryCorps Phoenix. StoryCorps Phoenix is the project that records the stories of everyday people and archives them at the Library of Congress.
Jun. 17, 2013
Zero new homes sold in Tempe and Avondale in April
 Not all Valley cities are created equal for new-home sales. The latest real estate report from Arizona State University shows Gilbert and Goodyear leading the way in that sector of the housing recovery, but builders in other cities are still idle.
Jun. 17, 2013
Counties to get larger share of lottery revenues in new state budget
County elections officials are applauding a sweeping change to Arizona election laws. The measure approved by state lawmakers allows county recorders to remove people who do not regularly show up at the polls from permanent early voting lists.
Jun. 16, 2013
Phoenix
By now, doesn’t everyone know about roller derby? It’s famous, maybe as much for its fast skating as its free spirit, but it’s not so well-known for its men. This contact sport is dominated by women.
Jun. 16, 2013
Medicaid expansion supporter looks back, ahead after approval
On the last day of the legislative session, Gov. Jan Brewer finally got one of her top priorities – expanding Arizona’s Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act. But, to get it, the governor had to call a special session and take part in some public disputes with members of her party.
Jun. 15, 2013
Voter group threatens to sue over new state
A voter rights group said it will file a lawsuit challenging a campaign finance reform measure lawmakers approved in the final hours of the session.Under the new law, local candidates will see their contribution limit from private donors go up from $500 to $5,000, and statewide candidates would also get up to $5,000 compared to their current limit of $1,000.
Jun. 15, 2013
New Mexico town offers glimpse of life without water
The vicious drought gripping the Southwest appears to have a bullseye on New Mexico. Wildfires are burning across the state and water is increasingly scarce. So scare, that early this month one town's well stopped delivering water completely.
Jun. 14, 2013

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