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Pinal County Board denies Babeus request for staff pay raises
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu has lost his bid to get his employees a raise. The Board of Supervisors  on Wednesday passed a scaled-back $374 million budget that denied the sheriff’s request.Another year of tight revenues because of reduced state funding and lower property values meant that Pinal County Supervisors had to cut spending by $7 million in the new budget that starts July 1.
Sept. 20, 2013
Bomb threat diverts plane to Phoenix
A bomb threat forced a Southwest Airlines flight to be diverted to Phoenix on Tuesday afternoon. The FBI and a police bomb squad were among the agencies that responded to the threat.    Sky Harbor International Aiport remained open after a plane was diverted to the aiport due to a bomb threat.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tucsons largest school district hires back 72 laid off employees
Tucson Unified School District is recalling some teachers and staff members it laid off last month. A total of 72 workers are getting back on the district’s payroll.TUSD let 187 employees go to cope with a $17 million budget shortfall, but cuts in other areas of the district have allowed officials to hire back almost six dozen teachers and other employees.
Sept. 20, 2013
Authorities are investigating Kingman fires
Authorities in northwestern Arizona are investigating dozens of brush fires intentionally set in Kingman in the past few months. Investigators said 63 brush fires have been set in open fields along roadways.
Sept. 20, 2013
Taxpayers lose $62 Million on federal coal leases
According to a new study, the federal government lost about $62 million dollars on recent coal lease sales.
Sept. 20, 2013
Franks abortion bill approved by House
Arizona Congressman Trent Franks is pleased his bill banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy has been approved by the U.S. House of Representatives.  Franks says he believes the tide has turned since the Supreme Court's Roe v.
Sept. 20, 2013
Doce Fire containment chances should improve
Crews battling the Doce Fire, west of Prescott, say they have the blaze about 10 percent contained, at nearly 6,400 acres. Incident commander Tony Sciacca said forecasters are predicting a decline in wind speeds near the fire, with an increase in humidity.
Sept. 20, 2013
Black bear found in Sierra Vista
The Arizona Game and Fish Department has captured and relocated a black bear found up a tree in Sierra Vista, Friday. Spokesman Mark Hart says the one-year-old male was darted with a tranquilizer, tagged and taken to a mountain range miles away.
Sept. 20, 2013
Wrong-way wreck on the 51
The Department of Public Safety said a wrong-way driver on State Route 51 was probably impaired as he sped north in the southbound lanes in early-morning traffic. "At least 100 mph plus, weaving in and out of traffic and apparently showing no regard for the safety of anybody else on the road," DPS spokesman Bar Graves said.
Sept. 20, 2013
Officials advise residents near Doce Fire to purchase flood insurance
Residents in the area of the Doce Fire are being urged not to relax, just because the fire has been declared contained. They're being urged to buy flood insurance, to protect them from what may be coming, this summer.
Sept. 20, 2013
Bus service will continue as normal Monday, Tuesday
Bus riders in metro Phoenix will be able to catch their normal buses Monday and Tuesday. Susan Tierney of Valley Metro said while the bus operators and the Amalgamated Transit Union have not settled their contract differences, the buses are running, “They will run as scheduled today and through Tuesday,” Tierney said.
Sept. 20, 2013
Food prices down, but not for long
The Arizona Farm Bureau Federation says a typical market basket of products, cost a little less last quarter. The total was $47.97. That was $1.78 less than in the first quarter, and off more than $3 from a year ago.
Sept. 20, 2013
July Fourth in Prescott: celebrating during a somber time
Every Independence Day, thousands of people crowd into Prescott's Pioneer Park for a huge, city-sponsored blowout. They bring their folding chairs, shade tents and coolers on wheels. But this time they've brought something else, too.
Sept. 20, 2013
High Speeds And Hot Temperatures Lead To Tire Blowouts
Summers in Arizona not only mean an increase in the temperature, but also in the number of tire blowouts. A new study by the Arizona Department of Transportation says tire shreds are the most dangerous road debris in the state.
Sept. 20, 2013
Study Begins For Proposed Union Pacific Railroad Yard Near Picacho Peak
A year-long study has started for a proposed Union Pacific Railroad switch yard near Picacho Peak. The project includes the construction of multiple train tracks and commercial warehouses next to Interstate Ten between Phoenix and Tucson.
Sept. 20, 2013
Loop 303 Closures This Weekend Part Of Larger Plan
West Valley drivers could face some delays this weekend, as the Department of Transportation prepares to open three new southbound lanes on the Loop 303.  Spokesman Doug Nintzel says that will require the closure of parts of the freeway.
Sept. 20, 2013
Why Interstate 17 Accidents Like This Weekend Are Troublesome
It happened again on Interstate 17 this past weekend. An accident snarled southbound traffic Sunday afternoon leaving homebound travelers stuck in a massive jam, and geography makes the problem worse. This time the accident was near Black Canyon City.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Corporation Commission Ruled Against In Renewable Energy Decision
A new court ruling says the Arizona Corporation Commission was wrong when it accepted electricity generated through the incineration of trash as renewable energy. The ruling said the utility regulating panel erred and abused its discretion with the 2012 decision.
Sept. 20, 2013
Eisenhowers Presidential Airplane Found In Storage At Marana Airport
There is a piece of presidential history parked at an Arizona airport. It is one of the first airplanes to fly President Dwight D. Eisenhower around the world in the 1950s.  This is one of three Lockheed Constellation planes President Eisenhower used during the early years of his presidency in the 1950's.
Sept. 20, 2013
Rural/Metro Company Facing Financial Challenges
Scottsdale-based Rural/Metro fire and ambulance company said it recently missed an important payment on a bond. Rural/Metro Corporation said it is working to address the outstanding debt and is developing a new business model.
Sept. 20, 2013

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