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Sedona is applying to be designated a Dark Sky community. The City Council voted on Tuesday 5-2 in favor of applying to the International Dark-Sky Association for the official designation. The label would recognize the community efforts to preserve the dark skies and set guidelines to maintain the status.
September 11, 2013
There’s a chance the Tucson Padres minor league baseball team could play another season in the city.  The Padres signed an agreement that allows them to stay in Tucson next year if the franchise's new stadium in El Paso isn’t ready to open on time.
September 11, 2013
The British-owned chain of Fresh & Easy grocery stores has been sold to a billionaire from California, and some locations will be closing. Fresh & Easy has several locations across the Valley, including this one on Indian School Road in Phoenix.
September 10, 2013
Gay rights advocates in Arizona are explaining why they did not back an effort to legalize marriage for homosexual couples. A Republican and Libertarian-led group trying to get the issue on the ballot called it quits this week, saying more established gay rights organizations withheld support -- but the proposed initiative may not have had any teeth.
September 10, 2013
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to appoint a new state senator during its Wednesday meeting. The board is replacing former Mesa Republican senator Rich Crandall. He resigned to become Wyoming’s top education official.
September 10, 2013
The recreational use of marijuana will be legalized in Arizona, if a national advocacy group can get voters behind the proposal. The same group that helped Arizona get medical marijuana passed announced a campaign Tuesday to get recreational pot on the 2016 ballot.
September 10, 2013
The Phoenix Herpetological Society is celebrating the first breeding of rare Nile crocodiles. Cronkite News says, the birth of 11 crocodiles is a boost for a species that’s increasingly rare in the wild.
September 10, 2013
Organizers of an initiative campaign for a 2014 ballot measure to legalize gay marriage in Arizona are dropping that effort in favor of waiting until 2016.  The Equal Marriage Campaign says it had support but that key national advocacy groups withheld backing that was needed to make a 2014 ballot measure.
September 10, 2013
A new Arizona petition drive could mean some major changes in pensions for public employees.  Republican Party activist Roy Miller is worried about what happened in Detroit, happening here.  His initiative would prohibit cities, counties and school districts from spending increases that exceed inflation and population growth, unless they've adequately funded their pension systems.
September 10, 2013
It looks like a bid to block the Medicaid expansion at the ballot may fall short. The state currently provides for most people below the poverty level of about $19,500 a year, for a family of three. The plan confirmed by state lawmakers would tax hospitals to expand eligibility to 138-percent of the poverty level.
September 10, 2013
Flooding in north Phoenix kept road crews busy pumping water off parts of Interstate 17 on Monday. Pumps working hard at the Deer Valley Road and Interstate 17 pump house. (Photo courtesy of Arizona Department of Transportation) Arizona Department of Transportation had to remove hundreds of thousands of gallons of water in just a few hours.
September 09, 2013
Sedona City Council will decide whether it is going to take a stand on light pollution. It votes Monday on a resolution to seek approval from the International Dark-Sky Association. The label would both applaud Sedona’s dark skies and set guidelines to keep them that way.
September 09, 2013
In the coming months, hundreds of millions of dollars worth of contracts will be finalized for new surveillance technology along the Southwest border. The federal government is taking a new approach to awarding these contracts in an effort to avoid past mistakes.
September 09, 2013
After months of renovation, two prime hiking trails in Phoenix will open in time for the hiking season. The city closed Echo Canyon at Camelback Mountain in January. The area was in need of modernization and of a new entrance.
September 09, 2013
More than two inches of rain have fallen in some parts of the North Valley, which have lead to power outages, traffic delays and flash-flood warnings. Rain falls at the campus of Grand Canyon University in West Phoenix Monday.
September 09, 2013
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu is taking on the county government for hiring criminals.  Babeu claims the Pinal County Board of Supervisors is hiring friends and family, knowing they are convicted criminals, and giving them access to classified information.
September 09, 2013
Key provisions of an election law signed by Gov. Jan Brewer in June and targeting homeowners associations will be stripped out of the law, under terms of a legal settlement.  All but one of the provisions affecting HOAs will be nullified, after a suit was filed charging the measure violated a constitutional provision that requires bills to address just one subject.
September 09, 2013
Sen. John McCain said President Obama needs to make a strong case for U.S. military action against Syria when he addresses America Tuesday night.  The senator believes there is a U.S. interest in the conflict.
September 09, 2013
A new report said the state's economy is showing some signs of life.  Retail sales in July were up 9 percent from last year for the best July report in 6 years.  Economist Dennis Hoffman of Arizona State University said what makes the growth amazing is that it is taking place with little impact on Arizona's 8 percent jobless rate, but the year-over-year spending increase at bars, restaurants and hotels was much smaller.
September 09, 2013
When the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented, many consumers buying health insurance could take a big hit to their checkbooks, and New Mexico may take the biggest hit of all. That's according to a new study that looks to gauge new insurance premiums state by state.
September 09, 2013

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