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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
Former Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman announced he was running for the Republican gubernatorial nomination. Then last month, he was convinced by a number of supporters to run for treasurer instead. Secretary of State Ken Bennett has had an exploratory committee, and almost every Capitol-watcher fully expects him to run for governor, but it seems some people would prefer him as a corporation commission candidate.
October 02, 2013
MLB's regular season just ended, and NHL's year is getting started this week. In Arizona, that has fans optimistic, primarily because the Phoenix Coyotes are actually owned by private investors who really wanted the team, not just the NHL.
October 02, 2013
Nearly 20 people sorted trash to separate recyclables for over two hours Wednesday morning. Arizona State University School of Sustainability and Salt River Project employees sort through SRP's trash Wednesday morning at 27th Avenue Phoenix Transfer Station to pick out recyclable materials.
October 02, 2013
The online marketplace, introduced via the Affordable Care Act, went into effect Tuesday, and millions of Americans took a look as they tried to decide what health care coverage to purchase. What will you find as you start to search? Allen Gjersvig, director of health care innovation for the Arizona Alliance For Community Health Centers, gave some insight.
October 02, 2013
Some of us who have spent most of our lives in Phoenix can be a little sensitive, prickly even, when we are told the city’s history is, well, lacking. When a place grows so rapidly in a short period of a few decades, what does history even mean? Arizona State University professor of Spanish and women and gender studies David William Foster has written about how cultural figures and writers have shaped Phoenix.
October 02, 2013
The current edition of Phoenix Magazine includes a look back to the city’s history when President Richard Nixon helped make it possible for Mayor John Driggs and Phoenix to buy the Rosson House, a legendary mansion built in 1895.
October 02, 2013
A Utah judge will have two dozen candidates to pick from as she names a board to redistribute property in a polygamous Arizona town. The judge is preparing to name five to seven people for a board that will oversee the redistribution of homes and property in Warren Jeffs' polygamous sect on the Utah-Arizona border.
October 02, 2013
Retired United States Air Force combat pilot Martha McSally is again running for Congress. The unsuccessful 2012 Republican nominee in Arizona's 2nd Congressional District announced Tuesday that she will seek her party's nomination in 2014.
October 02, 2013
Volunteers and staff of Arizona AARP are lobbying members of Congress this week to not change the way cost-of-living adjustments are calculated for Social Security recipients. A new report form the AARP Public Policy Institute calculates that every benefit dollar generates two dollars in spending by Arizona individuals and businesses, adding almost $30 billion a year to the state’s economy.
October 02, 2013

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