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The Obama administration says it may allow states to use their own money to re-open some national parks that have been closed because of the government shutdown. Governor Jan Brewer is one of a handful of governors who have been asking for that.
October 10, 2013
Hopping on a train is not only about getting from one place to another. It’s about the passengers and artifacts along the way that define the city you’re in and give you a sense of place and pulse.
October 10, 2013
Arizona election officials have completed an initial step in determining whether a referendum submitted by opponents of a recently approved election law will be on the ballot next year.Opponents of the law, which would trim the state’s permanent voting list and limit who can return mail-in ballots for a voter, have filed what they say are more than 146,000 petition signatures in an effort to force a statewide vote.
October 10, 2013
The storm front kicking up winds and dust here in the Valley is also bringing lower temperatures, and up north the thermometer is really going to drop. Flagstaff residents better have their ice scrapers and snow shovels ready when they get up Thursday morning.
October 10, 2013
An investigation by an independent legislative agency found that the board that licenses doctors in Arizona broke state law by not following proper licensing procedures and violated other regulations. The board has reprimanded its executive director and is making changes to the way it reviews license applications, The Arizona Ombudsman’s Office launched the investigation after a complaint from a staffer on the Arizona Medical Board.
October 10, 2013
Arizona veterans could have their benefits cut off if the government shutdown is not over by Nov. 1. That was the message the Veterans Affairs Secretary delivered Wednesday to a congressional committee.
October 09, 2013
Part of the intensity of the Phoenix City Council’s District 8 race has been related to the assertion by some that the council seat should be held by an African-American. Former Councilman Calvin Goode has said that when the district system in Phoenix was instituted, "It was determined that District 7 would be for Latinos and District 8 would be for African-Americans.
October 09, 2013
The tragic Yarnell Hill Fire has a continuing impact. Last weekend, an official report on the fire was released. In the ensuing days, Prescott’s fire chief agreed to leave his position, and the Yarnell Fire district chief resigned.
October 09, 2013
The Phoenix City Council is in the midst of change. Once results are official following Election Day on Nov. 5, there will be two new members of the council. One will come from District 8 in south Phoenix.
October 09, 2013
Whether it is because of the success of "Avenue Q," Jason Segel’s character in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” or because it is just fun to watch cloth creations say unexpected things, the popularity of puppets appears to be climbing.
October 09, 2013
Journalist Jana Bommersbach was an award-winning investigative reporter for the Phoenix New Times, a regular columnist for Phoenix Magazine and she wrote the authoritative story of one of Arizona’s crime legends in the book "The Trunk Murderess: Winnie Ruth Judd.
October 09, 2013
On Wednesday, Arizona carried out the first of two executions scheduled for this month. Edward Schad, the oldest person on its death row was put to death this morning.The 71-year-old Schad was given a lethal dose of pentobarbital at the state prison in Florence, and was pronounced dead at 10:12 a.
October 09, 2013
If you’re planning to go camping this weekend, you might have a difficult time finding a place to do so. Now, due to a lack of federal government funding, the U.S. Forest Service has closed all campgrounds and recreation areas in the Coconino National Forest.
October 09, 2013
A Phoenix man has been arrested for selling counterfeit high-end brand name items at swap meets and other places. Phoenix police Detective James Holmes says 40-year-old Rafael Castro and a woman identified as a person of interest were taken into custody after 921 knockoff items were seized following a five-month-long investigation.
October 09, 2013
It should be windy and much cooler over the next couple days as a Pacific storm system moves through Arizona. Darrel Onton of the National Weather Service in Flagstaff says winds will be increasing as the storm approaches.
October 09, 2013
Governor Jan Brewer says federal officials are continuing to refuse her request to re-open the Grand Canyon with state funds. She says she is continuing to speak with officials in Washington in an effort to re-open the park.
October 09, 2013
The cost of food is on the rise, and chicken is leading the way. The Arizona Farm Bureau Federation says the cost of a typical market-basket of items is up 6 percent from last quarter. Marketing manager Peggy Jo Goodfellow says their shoppers found the average price of a pound of boneless chicken breasts was up $4.
October 09, 2013
A new report shows most of the country’s death penalty sentences come from just 2-percent of the nation’s counties, including Maricopa County. The Death Penalty Information Center report says Maricopa County is the fourth highest in the country in death row inmates and 10th highest in executions over the last 45 years.
October 09, 2013
In-state undergrads at Arizona State University can breathe a sigh of relief. President Michael Crow said he will not ask them to pay more next year. The university president said he will not ask the Board of Regents to hike tuition for Arizona undergraduate students in the 2014-2015 school year.
October 08, 2013
A food bank in Phoenix has shipped 600 emergency food boxes to the Grand Canyon. The supplies are intended for furloughed employees at the national park. Unloading of supplies at a fire station in Tusayan.
October 08, 2013

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