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You probably know a lot about the summer of 1927 without even knowing it. Some of the 20th Century’s most noteworthy people did their most noteworthy things that year: Charles Lindbergh made his Atlantic flight; Babe Ruth made his assault on the home run record; and the first true "talking picture" was filmed, among other things.
October 04, 2013
As the temperatures cool down a little we head to another of the Valley’s hot corners — spots that have something going on. Today's tour guide is Kimber Lanning, Executive Director of Local First Arizona.
October 04, 2013
An iconic Southern Arizona landmark is celebrating a big anniversary this year — and it’s opening for the season Friday. I’ll spare you a really dreadful John Wayne impression and just say Old Tucson turns 75 years old.
October 04, 2013
New homes are back in a big way – literally. This summer, a typical new house in Phoenix was more than 20 percent larger than a resale home as builders across the country add more space to accommodate post-recession lifestyles.
October 04, 2013
Prickly Pear, Agave, Cholla. These familiar names are cactuses we often see in the desert, and there are hundreds more cactuses of various types in Arizona and across the Western hemisphere. Cactuses in a bed at the Desert Botanical Garden.
October 04, 2013
Too little water and too many trees is a combination leading to mega-fires. Arizona's forest experts gathered to discuss solutions to the state's forest and watershed problems. The two-day Finding Solutions Conference, hosted by Salt River Project in Scottsdale focused on investment strategies to fund forest preservation.
October 04, 2013
A Yavapai County Superior Court jury has convicted a Prescott stockbroker of first-degree murder in the bludgeoning death of his ex-wife. The jury also found Steven DeMocker guilty of six other charges related to the 2008 death of Carolyn Kennedy.
October 04, 2013
Border Patrol Statistics show that illegal immigration along the Southwest border has shifted to the east in recent years. The number of people caught crossing the border illegally in Texas rose from 125,000 in fiscal 2009 to more than 225,000 this past fiscal year.
October 04, 2013
There may be fewer of those charity drop boxes you see in commercial parking lots around Phoenix. A new fee on the boxes goes into effect Jan. 1. Until the city council approved the new permitting fee this week there was no regulation on who could place those large collection boxes or where.
October 04, 2013
While other Arizona lakes with federal connections are closing, one big one, close to home remains open. Lake Pleasant Park Supervisor David Jordan says the lake is open and expects a large influx of visitors who are unable to enjoy other parks.
October 04, 2013
A Federal judge Thursday threw out a challenge to a 2011 state law that bans abortion, based on the race or sex of the child. The NAACP and the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum had challenged the law, claiming its premise that Asian women abort girls because they prefer boys, and black women are more likely to be talked into terminating a pregnancy, was based on racial stereotypes.
October 04, 2013
The cost of gas continues to drop in Arizona, with the statewide average down four cents from a week ago, at $3.31. And AAA spokeswoman Michelle Donatti says the declines could be even more dramatic in the next couple months.
October 04, 2013
Don’t look for Grand Canyon National Park to reopen during the government shutdown, even if somebody comes up with the cash to operate it.  In 1995, then-Governor Fife Symington negotiated a deal to keep part of the Canyon open with $17,000 a day in donated money.
October 04, 2013
Mining has been a staple of Arizona’s economy for the past century.  But recent state and federal budget cuts have put the Arizona Mine Inspector’s Office in a deep hole symbolic of the mine shafts it monitors.
October 04, 2013
The University of Arizona is renovating a landmark that the school calls its "front porch." "Old Main" is one of the Arizona's oldest public buildings. Old Main, the oldest building on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson, was originally built in 1891.
October 03, 2013
For as much rancor as Phoenix’s temporary food tax has generated, public hearings on the issue have not been well-attended. As of Wednesday afternoon, the city had received 14 public comments over the course of nine meetings.
October 03, 2013
Arizona farmers are upset with Congress for not approving an extension to the Farm Bill before the government shutdown. Some farmers are now worried about getting government loans for next year’s crops.
October 02, 2013
Gov. Jan Brewer and the director of Arizona’s Medicaid program have asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the state’s plan to expand its health care program for the poor. The Goldwater Institute filed a lawsuit last month on behalf of some state lawmakers and others.
October 02, 2013
The continued federal government shutdown is starting to affect some of Arizona's state agencies. According to the current state budget, the Arizona Department of Transportation is set to get about $178 million from the U.
October 02, 2013
A court-appointed monitor will oversee the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office to make sure the department ends discriminatory practices. MCSO was accused of racial profiling as part of a civil suit. This is the result of a six year legal battle over a racial discrimination case against the sheriff’s department.
October 02, 2013

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