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New study: time spent in nature can boost creative thinking
A recent study finds spending some 'down time' in the great outdoors can improve your creativity and problem-solving ability. Professor David Strayer of the University of Utah said people tested after four days immersed in nature with Outward Bound did dramatically better than people who took similar tests before heading into the woods.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona continues its slow economic recovery
Arizona's economic recovery continues to be slow, but Dennis Hoffman of Arizona State University's W.P. Carey School of Business says there are a number of positive signs.Hoffman says increasing consumer confidence should improve the state's condition.
Sept. 20, 2013
Restroom to be installed near Slide Rock
State officials have awarded a grant to build a restroom in a popular area north of Sedona that has been shut down in the past because of water quality problems.  The Oak Creek Watershed Council has been awarded $253,000 by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality to build a restroom near Slide Rock.
Sept. 20, 2013
Legislature to work three-day weeks, starting this week
The state capitol will be quiet Monday today, as lawmakers take the day off – they’re expected to work Tuesdays through Thursdays for a little while.That reflects the fact that there’s not a lot left to do this session.
Sept. 20, 2013
High health care costs put strain on seniors
The Great Recession of 2008 took a toll on older Americans. A report from the AARP Public Policy Institute says the typical senior has seen a lower income and higher expenses. State AARP director David Mitchell says one place that's showing up is in the cost of health care, where seniors are spending an average of $3,100 a year.
Sept. 20, 2013
Senator Jeff Flake on supporting immigration reform, voting against background checks
Senator Jeff Flake has been criticized by many on the left for his vote against expanded background checks for gun sales. He's also been hit hard by conservatives for being part of the Gang of Eight's efforts on comprehensive immigration reform.
Sept. 20, 2013
Coupon counterfeiter will go to prison
A Phoenix woman bas been sentenced to two years in prison and may  pay up to $5 million in restitution for her part in a fake coupon ring. In March, 41-year-old Robin Ramirez pleaded guilty to counterfeiting.
Sept. 20, 2013
Authorities arrest a man suspected of starting 10 fires in woods near Flagstaff
The Arizona U.S. Attorney’s office said a man suspected of starting a series of wildfires in northern Arizona over the weekend has been arrested.  All of the fires were located near Marshall Lake south of Flagstaff.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tucson hiker stung to death by killer bees
The body of a Tucson man has been recovered after he was apparently stung to death by bees while hiking in the Santa Rita Mountains, north of Nogales. Lieutenant Raoul Rodriguez of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office said the 55-year-old man was found hanging from his climbing gear on a cliff near Mount Hopkins.
Sept. 20, 2013
Morrison Institute suggests changes to Arizonas initiative process
Arizona has been a national leader in the number of potentially impactful ballot propositions that voters have needed to approve or reject. The Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University recently released a report that included possible changes to improve the ballot initiative process.
Sept. 20, 2013
Demand for construction work comes back to the region
Construction is coming back to the Southwest, and with it, competition for construction workers. Construction season in Phoenix is starting, and building sites such as these need more and more workers.
Sept. 20, 2013
Lawmakers start to make progress on the state budget
State budget talks, at least publicly, seemed to be stuck in a rut. That changed earlier this week when Senate leaders introduced a series of budget bills.Jim Small of The Arizona Capitol Times explained why Senate President Andy Biggs is allowing the budget bills to move forward and how impactful Governor Jan Brewer's proposed Medicaid expansion has been on the legislative session.
Sept. 20, 2013
ADOT weighs construction options ahead of millions in cuts
The State Transportation Board will soon be choosing from three options for its latest five-year construction program, but each plan means difficult choices. The Arizona Department of Transportation said less federal money and less revenue from gas and vehicle license taxes means it will cut $350 million from its 2014-2018 construction program.
Sept. 20, 2013
Fire fighters battle human-caused fire in Coronado National Forest
A wildfire burning east of the Nogales Airport, has blackened 800 acres. It's about 5 percent contained, according to Coronado National Forest spokeswoman Michelle Fidler, who says the human-caused fire broke out Friday.
Sept. 20, 2013
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

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