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Arizona Senate rejects changes to recall elections
The Arizona Senate has rejected a proposal to expand recall elections to include both primaries and general elections. The Senate had given the bill its preliminary approval on Tuesday. At that time, members also added a provision to include the incumbent’s name on both the primary and general election ballots, even if that incumbent lost in the primary.
Sept. 20, 2013
Star Wars goes Navajo
“Help me, Obi Wan Kenobi …” Chances are, you’ve heard those iconic words before. But you’ve never heard them in Dine, the official language of the Navajo. At least not yet. Manuelito Wheeler is the director of the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock.
Sept. 20, 2013
Raul Grijalva criticizes ?path to citizenship? as too long
Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva weighed in on the immigration reform bill, unveiled in the Senate last week, by saying its 'path to citizenship' is too long and the costs of becoming a citizen are too high.
Sept. 20, 2013
McCain says Congress wont give Napolitano flexibility on border fence funds
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says she would like to have flexibility on the proposal to designate $1.5 billion for a border fence, under the immigration reform law.  But, KJZZ’s Dennis Lambert reports Arizona’s U.
Sept. 20, 2013
Scrap metal monitoring bill passes the House
The Arizona House has given its final OK to a bill creating tougher monitoring of scrap metal transactions. The measure, from Representative Tom Forese enhances anti-theft laws to require all scrap dealers to register with the Department of Public Safety.
Sept. 20, 2013
Andrew Thomas files for governors race
Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas says he wants to be Arizona's next governor to combat crime and border violence. He filed the paperwork for his gubernatorial bid Friday afternoon.  Andrew Thomas filed paperwork to run for Arizona Governor on Friday afternoon.
Sept. 20, 2013
Bobcat attack worries experts of possible rabies case
A Show Low woman is recovering after being attacked by a bobcat near her home Sunday. Bruce Sitko of Arizona Game and Fish says the woman was bitten and scratched, but that the big concern is that the animal who was killed by a sheriff's deputy may have been rabid.
Sept. 20, 2013
Humor with the potty mouth at the table
Humorist and former Phoenix resident Laurie Notaro is back with her latest book of essays. This one, "The Potty Mouth at the Table," focuses on tales of rudeness. Author and humorist Laurie Notaro with Steve Goldstein.
Sept. 20, 2013
Judge blocks campaign finance violation charges against AG
Campaign finance charges against Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne have hit a roadblock. A judge has ruled the case was mishandled. Horne is accused of illegally working with an independent expenditure committee during his 2010 election campaign.
Sept. 20, 2013
US Forest to add large firefighting planes
Forest officials are expanding their fleet of tankers to help fight wildfires. The U.S. Forest Service announced Monday it will add seven planes that can fly faster and drop more fire retardant than its current fleet.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tucson hiker stung to death by killer bees
The body of a Tucson man has been recovered after he was apparently stung to death by bees while hiking in the Santa Rita Mountains, north of Nogales. Lieutenant Raoul Rodriguez of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office said the 55-year-old man was found hanging from his climbing gear on a cliff near Mount Hopkins.
Sept. 20, 2013
Morrison Institute suggests changes to Arizonas initiative process
Arizona has been a national leader in the number of potentially impactful ballot propositions that voters have needed to approve or reject. The Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University recently released a report that included possible changes to improve the ballot initiative process.
Sept. 20, 2013
Demand for construction work comes back to the region
Construction is coming back to the Southwest, and with it, competition for construction workers. Construction season in Phoenix is starting, and building sites such as these need more and more workers.
Sept. 20, 2013
Lawmakers start to make progress on the state budget
State budget talks, at least publicly, seemed to be stuck in a rut. That changed earlier this week when Senate leaders introduced a series of budget bills.Jim Small of The Arizona Capitol Times explained why Senate President Andy Biggs is allowing the budget bills to move forward and how impactful Governor Jan Brewer's proposed Medicaid expansion has been on the legislative session.
Sept. 20, 2013
ADOT weighs construction options ahead of millions in cuts
The State Transportation Board will soon be choosing from three options for its latest five-year construction program, but each plan means difficult choices. The Arizona Department of Transportation said less federal money and less revenue from gas and vehicle license taxes means it will cut $350 million from its 2014-2018 construction program.
Sept. 20, 2013
Fire fighters battle human-caused fire in Coronado National Forest
A wildfire burning east of the Nogales Airport, has blackened 800 acres. It's about 5 percent contained, according to Coronado National Forest spokeswoman Michelle Fidler, who says the human-caused fire broke out Friday.
Sept. 20, 2013
More Arizonans support women in combat roles
A new poll from Phoenix-based Behavior Research Center shows a change in Arizonan's attitudes about military women serving in ground combat roles.  President Jim Haynes says the latest Rocky Mountain Poll shows 69 percent of respondents favor women serving in those positions.
Sept. 20, 2013
Governor Brewer proves her moratorium, vetoes five bills
Governor Jan Brewer told lawmakers she wouldn't be signing any bills until progress was made on a state budget and Medicaid expansion. Late yesterday, her actions matched her words.Governor Brewer vetoed five bills on Thursday after Senate President Andy Biggs sent them to her desk.
Sept. 20, 2013
Wildfires: containment versus control
With wildfire season upon us, it’s important to understand a key term you’ll hear a lot of -- how much of a fire is “contained.” “When we say ‘contained,’ we still have fire crews out there who will monitor the fire and make sure that we can hold that line, so that’s very different than calling it ‘controlled,’" said Carrie Dennett, fire prevention officer for Arizona State Forestry.
Sept. 20, 2013
Body in Tempe Town Lake indentified
Police have identified a body found floating in Tempe Town Lake. Gerrick Begay was discovered between the railroad bridge and the Mill Avenue Bridge around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday. Begay was 21 years old and a Tempe resident, police said.
Sept. 20, 2013

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