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Lawmakers to again argue against voter mandate
The Arizona Supreme Court says it will give lawmakers another chance to argue they do not have to obey a voter mandate to increase funding for public schools. The 2000 voter-approved law hiked the state sales tax by six-tenths of a cent.
Sept. 20, 2013
Latin American grocer Pros Ranch Markets files for bankruptcy
Pro's Ranch Markets chief financial officer says the Latin American grocer will emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy within nine months. Executives blame the economy and immigration policy for their problems.
Sept. 20, 2013
The intersection of energy and national security
Is the United States relying too much on importing fossil fuels at the expense of national security? Retired Army Captain Brett Hunt and retired National Guard Lieutenant Colonel Joe Knott talked about ongoing efforts at the U.
Sept. 20, 2013
Navajo Route 20 becomes new detour for US 89
Road construction begins this weekend on a new detour for U.S. 89 in northern Arizona. Navajo Route 20 will redirect drivers around US 89, and paving of the dirt road is expected to finish in August. In February, a landslide ripped apart 500 feet of the road on U.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix under excessive heat warning
There's an excessive heat warning in effect, from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday.Dan Leins of the National Weather Service says we could see record tying heat in metro Phoenix."Right in the urban corridor [and] right in downtown Phoenix, that's typically the hottest locations.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona ranked ninth in foreclosure filings last month
Arizona continues to put the housing crisis in its rearview mirror. The foreclosure monitoring firm RealtyTrac said there were 3,800 foreclosure filings in the state during May. Vice President Darren Blomquist said that is closer to normal than to the peak of the housing crisis.
Sept. 20, 2013
Bear concerns in Sierra Vista
The Arizona Game and Fish Department said there could be problems with nuisance bears in southern Arizona once again this year.  Spokesman Mark Hart said they have had their first sighting of a bear in the Sierra Vista area, a place where bears became a problem last year.
Sept. 20, 2013
Local leaders want Arizona to reinstate denied federal voter forms
Voting rights advocates praised the Supreme Court’s decision that struck down an Arizona law requiring proof of citizenship when registering to vote. The high court ruled that the state cannot require additional documents beyond what a federal form calls for.
Sept. 20, 2013
Hispanic population in last 10 years accounts for half of U.S. growth
There are 33.5 million Hispanics in the United States. That is according to a Pew Hispanic Center study released Wednesday. Six Hispanic origin groups have populations greater than 1 million. People of Mexican origin make up 65 percent of the U.
Sept. 20, 2013
Opponents of Medicaid expansion to start collecting signatures to refer to voters
Less than a week after Gov. Jan Brewer signed the Medicaid expansion plan into law, opponents are starting to collect signatures to put it on the ballot.They will start canvasing Saturday afternoon, and if they can collect 86,405 valid signatuers by September 11, the law will be put on hold, pending the November, 2014 election.
Sept. 20, 2013
Goods stolen from train in eastern Arizona recovered in an abandoned U-Haul
Coconino County Sheriff's deputies have recovered a number of items that had been stolen from a Burlington Northern-Santa Fe freight train in eastern Arizona. Lieutenant Jim Coffey said the loot was recovered in an abandoned U-Haul truck at a motel parking lot in Williams.
Sept. 20, 2013
Longtime activist and former state lawmaker reflects on life, career
Alfredo Gutierrez started out as an activist and became one of the most powerful political leaders in Arizona. He has returned to his roots as battles over immigration policy have become more intense.Gutierrez talks about his life, career and immigration reform.
Sept. 20, 2013
StoryCorps Phoenix: Elizabeth Cusma and Oliver Renwick
We are pleased to share the voices and conversations of our community from StoryCorps Phoenix. StoryCorps Phoenix is the project that records the stories of everyday people and archives them at the Library of Congress.
Sept. 20, 2013
Woman dies while hiking Grand Canyon
Rangers at the Grand Canyon are investigating the death of a woman who collapsed while hiking near the canyon floor. Spokeswoman Vanya Pryputniewicz said she was part of a group that had just begun an outing in very hot weather.
Sept. 20, 2013
Measuring the impact of drought on wildfires
Scientists who study the Southwest drought said the extremely dry conditions will likely increase the danger of catastrophic wildfires. University of Arizona Climate Science Professor Gregg Garfin talked about whether the conditions are expected to get worse and how government planning should take that into account.
Sept. 20, 2013
Evacuated residents allowed to return home near Dean Peak wildfire at Kingman
Residents evacuated from more than 300 homes and businesses in communities near Kingman have been allowed to return to their property Sunday. They were forced to flee last week because of the “Dean Peak” wildfire that sparked during a lightning storm in the Hualapai Mountains.
Sept. 20, 2013
Long-Lost Snake Species Found
The northern Mexican garter snake was once thought to be extinct in New Mexico, but all that changed last month when six were found in the state. Matt Eschenbrenner sounded optimistic about the possible numbers of northern Mexican garter snakes in Arizona and New Mexico, and that is his job.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix And Tucson Lead National Economic Growth In Brookings Institute Survey
Phoenix and Tucson rank very high in a new national forecast for economic growth. The Brookings Institute report said Phoenix took first place and Tucson second for job creation among the top 100 cities during the first quarter of 2013.
Sept. 20, 2013
Is Limited Health Care Better Than No Health Care?
We wanted to talk some more about the continued growth of health clinics like the ones at Walgreens and the impact that may have on health care in the U.S. We turned to Gautam Gowrisankaran, a Professor of Economics at the University of Arizona.
Sept. 20, 2013
Forest Stewards Begin Monitoring Arizona Wilderness
The U.S. Forest Service is getting more volunteer help in monitoring more than 1 million acres of wilderness, in Arizona.  Another 30 volunteers were trained over the weekend, for the Arizona Wilderness Coalition’s stewardship program.
Sept. 20, 2013

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