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Victims of gun violence protest outside Senator Jeff Flake
Victims of gun violence gathered Thursday outside Senator Jeff Flake’s Phoenix office. They pleaded with the senator to explain his recent vote against background checks for gun sales. Family and victims of Tucson and Aurora shootings ask Jeff Flake to talk with them on the background check vote.
May. 2, 2013
Campaign finance case against Horne could be dismissed Thursday
A Maricopa County Superior Court judge is expected to issue a ruling today on a request from Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne and an aideto throw out a campaign finance case against him.  Horne's attorney Michael Kimerer argued in court Wednesday that Secretary of State Ken Bennett erred in forwarding the complaint to Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, and that the $840 limit on how much Horne could take from a single source is unconstitutionally low.
May. 2, 2013
Williams drug ring bust results in 26 arrests
A task force has arrested 26 people in connection with a drug distribution ring based in Williams. The Department of Public Safety says its Gang and Immigration Intelligence Team made the arrests after a seven-month investigation into illegal drug sales by street gangs.
May. 2, 2013
Arizona consumers feeling more confident about economy
Arizona consumers are apparently feeling more confident about the economy.  New figures from the Behavior Research Center show 29 percent think current business conditions are good. That's the best number in years, with the percentage who think jobs are hard to get now at just 43 percent.
May. 2, 2013
Young bear found in Mesa taken back to forest
A young bear found roaming near an East Mesa neighborhood Tuesday night has been moved.  Tom Cadden of the Arizona Game and Fish Department says the bear likely roamed into the residential area after being chased off by older and larger male bears.
May. 2, 2013
Tucson Unified School District unveils plan to comply with federal desegregation order
The Tucson Unified School District has rolled out a nearly $85 million plan to desegregate its schools. The district must spend the money under an order by the U.S. Justice Department to racially diversify its staff and classrooms.
May. 2, 2013
Arizona
One of Arizona's fastest growing industries is not something economists and tourism officials like to talk about, even though it generates millions of dollars each year.  The girls live in cottages that are especially decorated with light cheerful decor.
May. 2, 2013
Senator Jeff Flake is not surprised poll names him unpopular
Senator Jeff Flake said he is not surprised a poll out this week called him one of the most unpopular senators in the United States. A Public Policy Polling survey shows a big drop in support because of Flake’s recent vote against universal background checks for gun purchases.
May. 1, 2013
New federal study critical of Arizona workplace safety inspectors
A new study by the federal General Accounting Office said Arizona’s workplace safety inspectors are underpaid and overworked.  That puts a lot of employees in danger of  job site accidents that could injure or kill them.
May. 1, 2013
Mexicans named the largest Hispanic-origin population in U.S.
Nine percent of the people born in Mexico live in the United States. This is one of the findings in a report released Wednesday from the Pew Hispanic Center. 65 percent of those of Mexican-origin living in the U.
May. 1, 2013
Music therapy certification bill vetoed
Governor Brewer vetoed a bill Tuesday that would have created a new state certification for music therapists. The governor said the bill did not go far enough to  protect patients. Under Senate Bill 1437 the state health department would certify music therapists.
May. 1, 2013
Arizona among top ten bike-friendly states
Arizona has cracked the top ten bicycle-friendly states, according to new rankings from the League of American Bicyclists.Washington State tops the list, for the sixth straight year, followed by Colorado, Oregon and Minnesota.
May. 1, 2013
Flagstaff unmarried young women have the highest birth rate in the nation
The number of unmarried women having children continues to increase. The U.S. Census Bureau released numbers today showing the Flagstaff area has the highest birth rate in the nation for unmarried women in their early twenties.
May. 1, 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.
May. 1, 2013
Humor with the potty mouth at the table
Humorist and former Phoenix resident Laurie Notaro is back with her latest book of essays. This one, "The Potty Mouth at the Table," focuses on tales of rudeness. Author and humorist Laurie Notaro with Steve Goldstein.
May. 1, 2013
Representative Sinema is focused on college affordability
Arizona's 9th Congressional District Representative Kyrsten Sinema is working to get her fellow congressional members to focus on the importance of college affordability. In two months, student loan interest rates will rise unless Congress acts.
May. 1, 2013
Play based on California
The Herberger Theatre Center will host a one-night production of "8" by Dustin Lance Black. The play's focus is the federal trial of California's Proposition 8, which restricted recognized marriage to opposite sex couples.
May. 1, 2013
President Obama
President Barack Obama will make his first trip to Mexico since the election of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. Erik Lee of Arizona State University's North American Center for Transborder Studies says the two presidents will discuss trade and security issues.
May. 1, 2013
Phoenix PD to host gun buyback ahead of new law
The Phoenix Police Department will launch what it is calling the largest gun buyback program in Arizona history this Saturday – and the department is doing it with a looming deadline. On Monday, Governor Jan Brewer signed a law that prevents cities from melting down guns collected during buyback events.
May. 1, 2013
Mark Grace almost done with Tent City time
Former Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman and broadcaster Mark Grace is about a month away from completing his four-month stay in the Tent City Jail. Grace is jailed by night and working as a hitting instructor at Salt River Fields by day, after a DUI conviction in Scottsdale last year.
May. 1, 2013

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