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The federal government is just hours away from potentially shutting down, and that means national parks could be closing too. Visitors to the Grand Canyon could be affected if the federal government shutdown occurs.
September 30, 2013
By Aaron GlantzThe Center for Investigative ReportingBefore dawn, a government van picked up paratrooper Jeffrey Waggoner for the five-hour drive to a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in southern Oregon.
September 30, 2013
Maricopa County launched a new project that will change the cookie-cutter look of restaurants. It is aimed at getting new restaurants into unusual and old commercial spaces. Maricopa County will grant six month trial permits to new restaurants opening in buildings not designed for eateries.
September 30, 2013
An infestation of bed bugs forced the closure of parts of the Main Library at the University of Arizona for a time late last week. The first dead bug was noticed by a library employee, in the downstairs computer lab area last Wednesday, according to UA Facilities Management.
September 30, 2013
Arizona’s tourism industry stands to lose millions of dollars a day if national parks close as part of a possible federal government shutdown. Cronkite News says visitors to Arizona’s national parks spend an average of $2.
September 30, 2013
A new report on climate change says here in Arizona, it’s already happening. Julie Cole is a Geoscientist at the University of Arizona. “We’re warming as fast as anywhere in the lower 48; faster than most of the lower 48 states,” Cole said.
September 30, 2013
Despite the steady improvement in the Valley’s real estate market, the commercial real estate market has a long way to go. Mark Stapp, of ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business, says it’s not for a lack of investors.
September 30, 2013
A website is now available to help Arizonans navigate the new federally-subsidized health insurance marketplace. Tara Plese says coveraz.org is getting a lot of response and she suggests not trying to sign up on the first day, tomorrow, because of the number of people expected to use the system.
September 30, 2013
Despite the monsoon rains this summer, Arizona still faces a water supply crisis. Last month, a group of Hispanic teens rafted the Colorado River to better understand its challenges and importance to their heritage and their future.
September 30, 2013
Fire crews are battling a brush fire in the West Valley. Rural Metro Fire’s Colin Williams says firefighters are stamping out the blaze by cutting down salt cedar trees in the area. “Salt cedar has a high oil content so it burns very hot and very smoky,” Williams said.
September 30, 2013
GLOBE, Ariz. — Carloads of moviegoers rolled into the Apache Drive In – just as they have been for generations. The theater opened in 1954, and in this location 20 years later. But the crowd didn’t come for some recent Hollywood release.
September 30, 2013
The weekend is over, and that means some freeway closures are also gone. That includes the construction work over the Loop 101 in the East Valley. The Department of Transportation is closer to completing the Galveston Street Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge over the 101 Price Freeway.
September 30, 2013
SAT scores came out Thursday, and the results were pretty bleak. The College Board, which sponsors the SAT, said that about 60 percent of college-bound high school kids who have taken the test this year are not ready for the next level of studies.
September 27, 2013
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne will have competition for the GOP nomination in next year’s Republican primary. Former Arizona Gaming Director Mark Brnovich has filed paperwork to run against Horne, less than a week after stepping down from his post.
September 27, 2013
Arizona’s recovery has moved from mediocre to okay. That is the word from economists Friday who spoke about the world, national and state economies at the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Annual Economic Outlook Breakfast.
September 27, 2013
China has often been accused of stealing information and technology from other countries, but now some Chinese entrepreneurs are blatantly “borrowing” from the United States. An Arizona firm is helping them learn more about the American auction industry.
September 27, 2013
Women who give birth at home are looking for a different kind of labor than a hospital typically provides, namely one that is drug-free. But in an emergency, medication can sometimes be a lifesaver, for them and their babies.
September 27, 2013
The Arizona Board of Regents is asking for a nearly 15 percent hike in next year’s budget for the state’s three universities and the Board of Regents itself. The regents said the nearly $100 million increase does not make up for the massive cuts made by the legislature during the recession, but that budget may not make it through intact.
September 27, 2013
An online search for electronic cigarette stores shows nearly 20 in the Phoenix area. Two of the many models of electronic cigarettes Vape Escapes sell. (Photo by Alexandra Olgin-KJZZ) Electronic cigarette businesses have been popping up all over the Valley.
September 27, 2013
If you have ever been to the fall convocation at Gammage Auditorium in Tempe, you have been a witness to something unique. Not the event so much as the massive pipe organ that makes the ceremony come alive.
September 27, 2013

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