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Mesa Mayor on innovation and improving Arizonas economy
Mesa Mayor Scott Smith said Arizona needs to prepare to deepen its fiscal strength when the economy fully recovers. He said the state has relied too much on growth to take it out of economic struggles.
Sept. 20, 2013
Penalty phase in Jodi Arias trial ends in deadlock
A mistrial has been declared in the penalty phase of the Jodi Arias trial. The now-dismissed jury says it was hopelessly deadlocked on the issue of whether Arias should spend the rest of her life in prison, or be put to death.
Sept. 20, 2013
Lawmakers say no to entry fee along Canadian-U.S. border
Lawmakers from northern states are saying “no” to a proposed study of a fee to enter the United States by land. They say it will hurt cities along the U.S. - Canadian border. Last month the Department of Homeland Security requested permission to study an entry fee at the nation's land border crossings.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arpaio opponents protest as recall deadline nears
Thursday, 5 p.m.– that is the deadline to collect the 335,000 signatures needed to recall the self-proclaimed “toughest sheriff in America.” The push to oust Arpaio from office got a boost Friday when a federal judge ruled his office had racially profiled Latinos.
Sept. 20, 2013
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
Gay marriage supporters launch signature campaign
Gay marriage supporters launched a campaign Monday to change the state constitution’s definition of marriage. Equal Marriage Arizona is trying to collect more than 400,000 signatures to get a constitutional amendment on the ballot for next year.
Sept. 20, 2013
Serial Shooter found dead in cell
 A man convicted of killing six people in Phoenix's "Serial Shooter" attacks has died in prison. Authorities say 40-year-old Dale Hausner was found unresponsive in his cell Wednesday afternoon. He was pronounced dead at a hospital about an hour later.
Sept. 20, 2013
StoryCorps Phoenix: Patricia Trausch and Patty Trausch
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
Urban legend busted: heat does not prevent planes from flying
Tomorrow marks the 23rd anniversary of the hottest day in Phoenix history. The high hit 122 on that day in 1990, and that caused a problem for air travelers. Sky Harbor spokeswoman Deborah Ostricher said it was not the heat that prevented the planes from taking off, despite what has turned into an urban legend.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Supreme Court rules on drug possession
The Arizona Supreme Court has ruled that it is possible for a person who buys and handles drugs but never actually takes them away to possess the drugs. The case arose from a reverse-sting operation.
Sept. 20, 2013
Jet crash may have been caused by a collision with a bird
Luke Air Force Base officials are admitting they now have an idea why an F-16 fighter jet crashed near the base late Wednesday. Brigadier General Mike Rothstein commands the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke, and says the jet may have hit a bird.
Sept. 20, 2013
Study: consumers need protections from unjustified health insurance rate increases
A new report says Arizona's Department of Insurance needs more authority to protect consumers from unreasonable and unjustified health insurance rate increases. The Arizona PIRG Education Fund gives the department credit for doing what it can given its limited powers.
Sept. 20, 2013
Former wildland firefighter reflects on the jobs importance and dangers
Dr. Michael Desmond, Harvard University Sociology Professor and former wildland firefighter in Northern Arizona, considers the vital role firefighters play in protecting the land. He also reflects on the inherent danger in the job and his sadness at the loss of 19 lives in the Yarnell Hill Fire.
Sept. 20, 2013
US House to debate immigration reform bill
The United States House of Representatives will begin taking up immigration reform legislation in the days ahead. Some say the measure approved in the Senate is dead on arrival in the lower chamber, but Congressman Trent Franks (R-Ariz.
Sept. 20, 2013

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