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Flake introduces legislation as IRS scandal grows
Senator Jeff Flake proposed new legislation Tuesday in response to revelations the Internal Revenue Service applied stricter standards to conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status during the last election cycle.
Sept. 20, 2013
Saturdays Powerball could be the largest jackpot ever
More than half a billion dollars, that is what the next Powerball jackpot is predicted to be Saturday night. There is a chance it could end up as the largest Powerball jackpot ever. A little over a year ago the price of a Powerball ticket doubled from $1 to $2.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix Police Officer, Fire Fighter killed on duty
The city of Phoenix lost a pair of public safety officers this weekend. Twenty-nine-year-old police officer Daryl Raetz was hit and killed early Sunday morning by a hit and run driver as he processed a DUI scene.
Sept. 20, 2013
Fire restrictions go into place today in Arizona
Many agencies across Arizona are putting fire restrictions in place today. Federal agencies, cities and counties are implementing a ban today on fires outside of developed areas. The Stage One restrictions also limit smoking to inside vehicles or buildings.
Sept. 20, 2013
California Condors die after eating lead bullets
A conservation group says lead poisoning killed several endangered birds last winter. The Peregrine Fund says eight California Condors died last winter in Arizona and Utah. Four of them died from lead poisoning.
Sept. 20, 2013
Judge: Maricopa County Sheriffs Office profiles Latinos
A federal judge has issued an injunction against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his department. The court order blocks Arpaio's agency from conducting immigration sweeps and using race as factor in traffic stops.
Sept. 20, 2013
Allegations of sexual and ethical misconduct at Arizona National Guard aired during public forum
A group of Democratic state lawmakers heard testimony Tuesday about allegations of sexual and ethical misconduct at the Arizona National Guard.  The public forum follows a series of recent investigations into bad behavior over the past eight years.
Sept. 20, 2013
Congressman Grijalva supports most of the Senates immigration plan
Arizona's 3rd District Representative, Democrat Raul Grijalva, said he is in favor of the Senate's immigration reform plan, especially when compared to what is being considered in the House, which Grijalva said is too punitive.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix Symphony climbs out of debt
The Phoenix Symphony is officially back on its feet. The nonprofit organization faced a $1.5 million budget deficit less than two years ago. CEO Jim Ward attributed an improved business model has helped the symphony erase its debt.
Sept. 20, 2013
Sen. John McCain speaks out about sexual misconduct in the military
Arizona Sen. John McCain said Tuesday he cannot fully endorse women joining the military until the problem of sexual assault among its personnel is solved. Arizona Sen. John McCain shared a story of a woman asking his opinion on her daughter joining the military at the Senate Armed Services hearing.
Sept. 20, 2013
Kavanagh drops bid to take medical marijuana back to voters
State Representative John Kavanagh has conceded he cannot drum up enough support among legislative colleagues for his bid to ask voters to rescind Arizona's 2010 Medical Marijuana Act. The problem, he said, is political.
Sept. 20, 2013
Two dogs abandoned in desert
Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies have rescued two domesticated dogs that had been abandoned in the desert, east of Phoenix. Sheriff Joe Arpaio says a woman spotted the dogs while she was on horseback and led deputies to them.
Sept. 20, 2013
High heat causing increased emergency calls
Phoenix is scorching this week, with temperatures upwards of 110 degrees expected across the metro area today. That’s about 10 degrees warmer than normal. This isn’t just uncomfortable. The weather is causing an uptick in emergency calls – and not just in the city’s urban areas.
Sept. 20, 2013
Good news for last-minute Fathers Day shoppers
If you’re looking for a last-minute Father's Day gift, the state wants you to know you likely won’t get cheated at the register.The Arizona Department of Weights and Measures did 28 unannounced inspections at retailers statewide, looking at the items people often buy for their dads, like ties, cologne and watches.
Sept. 20, 2013
Gov. Brewer to sign Medicaid expansion bill
Governor Jan Brewer will sign her Medicaid expansion plan into law Monday, during a ceremony at the capitol. A handful of Republican lawmakers joined Democrats last week to approve the plan, as part of the state budget.
Sept. 20, 2013
Beating the heat with an afternoon run in Scottsdale
Facing the Valley's hot summers head-on, the Scottsdale "Beat the Heat Race" will have runners starting an 11.22 kilometer race at 2:47 p.m. on Saturday.Race creator and public relations executive Jason Rose talked about the reasons for the event, including the positive effect it may have on summer tourism.
Sept. 20, 2013
Marijuana found in fake US Fish and Wildlife Service boxes, two arrested
Border Patrol agents in southern Arizona have arrested two Mexican nationals on drug smuggling charges. Spokesman Brent Cagen says they found more than 930 pounds of marijuana in their vehicle, which had a phony U.
Sept. 20, 2013
Follow-up with a Doce Fire evacuee
Firefighters are starting to get a handle on the Doce Fire, burning west of Prescott. It’s reported to be about 50-percent contained and most of the homeowners who had been evacuated have been allowed to return home.
Sept. 20, 2013
Marijuana discovered in trailer false wall at Interstate 19 checkpoint
Border Patrol agents in southern Arizona have seized a ton of marijuana they found hidden in a truckload of produce. The vehicle was stopped at a checkpoint on Interstate 19, north of Nogales, and spokeswoman Crystal Amarillas said drug-sniffing dogs located 88 bundles of pot hidden in a false wall, inside the trailer.
Sept. 20, 2013
Excessive heat sparks people to take precaution
The sun is going to make people miserable this weekend, and forecasters are expecting temperatures to approach 120 degrees. Heat like this can be deadly. Some people tell us what they are doing to stay safe.
Sept. 20, 2013

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