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Case Examines Redistricting In Arizona: In Favor Of Democrats Or Inclusive Of Minorities?
The decision last month by the United States Supreme Court on the Voting Rights Act could impact a bid by Republicans here in Arizona to throw out the map of legislative districts adopted by the Independent Redistricting Commission.
Sept. 20, 2013
Pros and Cons Of Light Rail In Scottsdale
Since starting in 2008, the Valley’s Metro Light Rail has served Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa. The system has been more popular among riders than many had anticipated. An Interstate-10 West extension is on the way, and a central Mesa extension is expected to be operating by mid 2015, but the idea of light rail in Scottsdale has never gained traction.
Sept. 20, 2013
Low Valley Summer Resort Rates Could Mean Recovered Economy
Tourism is slowly rebounding nationwide as the economy starts to recover. The Phoenician Hotel and pool. (Photo courtesy of The Phoenician) In Tucson, the annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism wraps up Friday.
Sept. 20, 2013
Garino: Border Patrol should not add razor-wire to border fence.
The mayor of Nogales, Ariz. is criticizing a proposal to increase border security by topping the border fence with razor-wire. Arturo Garino thinks a better idea would be to shift Border Patrol agents from checkpoints in the interior of the state, to the border.
Sept. 20, 2013
The Business of Health Care And Mergers In Arizona
The business of health care. The implementation of the Affordable Care Act has many providers and physicians wondering about what is to come, and both for-profit and not-for-profit hospitals and health care systems are exploring mergers.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Public Lands Are Plagued With Vandalism
A couple months ago, vandals sprayed nearly 50 tags at Saguaro National Park east of Tucson, including more than a dozen of the iconic cactuses that cover the landscape. An example of vandalism at the BLM site.
Sept. 20, 2013
Fewer Acres Of State and Federal Land Burned In Fires This Year
Fire officials in the state say, despite the loss of lives in the Yarnell Hill wildfire, the number of acres burned this fire season was the smallest in years. Carrie Dennett of the state Forestry Division says about 91,000 acres of state and federal land were charred this year, but that compares to over 200,000, a year ago.
Sept. 20, 2013
Former ASU Professor Explains The Art Of Writing
The craft of writing and maybe even more so the act of finishing the project, whether it is a journal, a short story or a novel, is extremely personal. Ron Carlson is a critically-acclaimed novelist, but he has also been a professor of writing for nearly 30 years, 20 of those at Arizona State University.
Sept. 20, 2013
High Schooler Creates Historic Playing Cards
Do you remember what kinds of activities you did in high school? We would be willing to bet they were not anything like what Alexandra Melikian has been doing. An example of some of the historic playing cards Alexandra created.
Sept. 20, 2013
Amazon To Hire Hundreds Of Workers In Phoenix Area
Online retailer Amazon is hiring a few hundred people for its operations in the Phoenix area. It is part of Amazon’s effort to create 5,000 new positions nationwide. Officials with Amazon say the new hires are needed to meet increasing customer demand.
Sept. 20, 2013
Investigation Continues In Bus Driver?s Responsibility For Rescue Efforts
The Mohave County Sheriff's Office says it'll take several more days to decide whether a tour bus driver will be charged for trying to cross a flooded wash, Sunday, near Dolan Springs. Spokeswoman Trish Carter says the driver may be responsible for rescue efforts if it's found he ignored barriers or warning signs to cross the flooded area, but that it'll be up to the county attorney's office in the end.
Sept. 20, 2013
Red Cross Opens Shelter After Supai Village Evacuation
The Red Cross has opened a shelter in Peach Springs to help dozens of Havasupai men, women and children who had to be evacuated from Supai Village at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.  Flooding there knocked out their fresh drinking water and ruptured a sewage leak.
Sept. 20, 2013
Valley School District To Expect 500 New Students
School starts this week for several Valley districts.The Phoenix Union High School District is looking at a spike in enrollment this year with as many as 500 new students. While some students may end up as no-shows once school starts, the influx may signal overcrowding.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona State University Students May Live In Four-Star Hotel
More than 80 students may have to call a four-star hotel their “home” when classes start at Arizona State University’s Downtown Phoenix Campus August 22. For the first time, Taylor Place, the only dorm on campus, is overcrowded.
Sept. 20, 2013
Staff Changes And The Future Of Arizona Theatre Company
A few weeks ago, we talked with the longtime artistic director of Arizona Theatre Company, David Ira Goldstein, about his plans to retire from the company following two decades in charge. It was around that time The Arizona Republic reported the company was $1 million in the red.
Sept. 20, 2013
President Obama Expected To Sign Bill Lowering College Student Loan Rates
President Obama is scheduled to sign a bill Friday that will lower college student loan rates. After months of congressional wrangling and a missed deadline, loan rates doubled on July 1. The Senate and House approved a new bill just before the summer recess.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tucson Reviews Proposal To Fine Store Owners For Abandoned Shopping Carts
The Tucson City Council is fed up with abandoned shopping carts, and it is reviewing a proposal to fine retailers who are repeat offenders.  Store owners would see the fines added to their city water bills each month.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Home Furniture Market Picking Up
The home furnishing industry is starting to pick up again as the nation’s housing market continues to improve. According to Furniture Today, an industry newspaper, sales are expected to increase more than 4 percent this year.
Sept. 20, 2013
Kingman Motel Gets Route 66 Grant
Kingman’s Hill Top Motel is getting a renovation. It was recently awarded Arizona’s only National Park Service Route 66 grant. Hill Top Motel has been around since the 1950s and is now undergoing a renovation.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona State University And Tempe Police Crack Down On Alcohol Violations
Classes at Arizona State University resume next week, but a push to discourage excess and underage drinking at the school has already begun.“Operation Safe and Sober” is a collaboration between ASU and the Tempe Police Department.
Sept. 20, 2013

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