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The Arizona Senate on Monday gave preliminary approval to a bill that would ban cities and counties from destroying guns turned in at buybacks. That approval came after 18 Democratic attempts to amend the bill – all were unsuccessful.
April 02, 2013
April marks the start of Ozone Season in the Valley, which runs through September -- a longer-than-average season for higher levels of ozone pollution. Ozone is produced when heat and sunlight interact with vehicle emissions and other chemicals in the air, so the long, hot days of summer are prime conditions for producing elevated ozone levels.
April 02, 2013
A man convicted of setting the Tucson Pioneer Hotel fire that killed dozens of people more than 40 years ago is expected to be set free Tuesday. Louis Taylor was 16 years old when he was convicted of setting the fire.
April 02, 2013
 She took her first plunge sometime in the early 1960s. A storm in 2010 ended her career, but now Mesa’s "Diving Lady" is about to return. The "Diving Lady" lit up again Tuesday night in Mesa.
April 02, 2013
Arizona legislators want to refinance a federal loan that kept the state’s unemployment fund afloat during the recession. In 2010, Arizona took out a federal loan to keep its jobless fund solvent.
April 01, 2013
We are pleased to share the voices and conversations of our community from StoryCorps Phoenix. StoryCorp Phoenix is the project that records the stories of everyday people and archives them at the Library of Congress.
April 01, 2013
Some Arizona homeowners mistreated by their mortgage lender in 2009 or 2010 could receive a check starting this week under a federal settlement.  But, people need to be aware of scam artists who are trying to illegally profit from the program.
April 01, 2013
The Arizona Diamondbacks open their season tonight at Chase Field against the St. Louis Cardinals. It will be a much different team that takes the field for Arizona, with two of the three starting outfielders, Chris Young and Justin Upton, having been traded.
April 01, 2013
Arizona's highest court is being asked to decide whether anyone who smokes marijuana, legally or not, can ever drive legally in the state. The case involves a man who was stopped for speeding and whose blood test showed a metabolite of the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, which resulted in a charge of driving under the influence.
April 01, 2013
The Speaker of the Arizona House Andy Tobin says lawmakers are on target for wrapping up their session, but he's willing to put on the brakes to give Governor Jan Brewer a break. “The governor has asked us to please slow down,” Tobin said.
April 01, 2013
A Tucson man who has spent 42 years in prison for the Pioneer Hotel fire that killed 28 people is expected to be released tomorrow as part of an agreement with prosecutors. Louis Taylor was convicted as a teen but has maintained his innocence.
April 01, 2013
After 30 years in business, the lease on Firebird International Raceway in Chandler ran out. Negotiations between the Gila River Indian Community, which owns the venue, and the current operators stalled, so the Valley racing institution is closing down completely this month.
April 01, 2013
For many uninsured families in Phoenix, getting sick raises a question with few good answers. Go to the doctor, and they’ll likely face bills they can’t pay. Wait it out, and they might end up in the emergency room.
April 01, 2013
The popular candy Peeps is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. The fluffy, yellow confection was originally an Easter candy but has become a cultural icon, evolving into different shapes and colors.
March 31, 2013
NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity will be on its own for a little while starting next week. Jim Bell, a professor for Arizona State University's School of Earth and Space Exploration, told us why and what it will be doing in the interim.
March 30, 2013
Southern Arizona forest officials said the wildfire danger is high, and they want people to be careful with campfires over the holiday weekend. Although the warm weather is only beginning to set in, the threat of wildfires is already a concern in southeastern Arizona.
March 30, 2013
Lawmakers on the Navajo Nation have voted to pursue the possible purchase of a coal mine. During a special session of the Navajo Nation Council in Window Rock on Friday, legislators approved a $2.
March 29, 2013
A transgender Arizona man who made headlines for being pregnant as a man has been denied a divorce from his current wife. A Maricopa County Superior Court judge decided their marriage can't be legally recognized or dissolved in Arizona.
March 29, 2013
Firebird International Raceway is preparing for its final event after 30 years in the Southeast Valley. Firebird International Raceway will close its doors Saturday after a grand finale event.(Photo by Al Macias - KJZZ) The motorsports landmark shuts down at the end of March and more than two dozen jobs will be lost immediately afterward, said General Manager Franki Buckman.
March 29, 2013
Today marks the 15th anniversary of the reintroduction of the Mexican gray wolf in the Southwestern U.S., but wildlife advocates say more needs to be done to ensure the wolves’ long-term survival.
March 29, 2013

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