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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.
July 12, 2013
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.
July 12, 2013
Janet Napolitano is the latest cabinet member to leave the Obama Administration. Napolitano announced Friday she is stepping down as homeland security director to take a new job as president of the University of California.
July 12, 2013
James Arthur Ray is set to be released Friday from the Arizona State Prison system. Ray was found guilty in 2011 of three counts of negligent homicide  following a sweat lodge ceremony. The charges stemmed from a sweat lodge ceremony hosted by Ray, near Sedona, in October of 2009.
July 12, 2013
Firefighters completely contained the Yarnell Hill Fire this week, but the landscape surrounding the burn area will likely be affected for years to come. That is partially because wildfires and flash floods often go hand in hand.
July 11, 2013
A new report makes the case that some birds are not adapting well to the pace of a changing climate and says the U.S. should be doing more about it. The report from the National Wildlife Federation said many species are struggling with climate change.
July 11, 2013
For years, Chandler has been one of only cities in the area that outlaws urban chickens. Chandler has been chewing on the urban chicken question for more than a year. Resident Joe Papay originally led the charge to allow hens in the city, after he and his family got in hot water over their brood.
July 11, 2013
Community health centers in Arizona were awarded more than $2 million Wednesday by the Obama administration. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius answered questions from the media.
July 10, 2013
Coconino County health authorities said a second resident has been diagnosed with hantavirus, but the woman is recovering. Officials say they are investigating where the woman contracted the virus.Authorities say a Flagstaff woman died last month from complications of the disease.
July 10, 2013
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.
July 10, 2013
Women’s sand volleyball is coming to Arizona State University next spring. The athletic department is still making plans to build courts on campus, but players have already signed up for tryouts. Women's sand volleyball will be a welcome addition to ASU athletics next spring.
July 10, 2013
Wildfire season in Arizona and the West is getting longer, and the potential for catastrophic fires is growing. Journalist Michael Kodas has been in Arizona following the aftermath of the Yarnell Hill Fire.
July 10, 2013
At the end of June, the state transportation board decided that part of Arizona State Route 260 West of Interstate 17 needed to be widened at a cost of more than $65 million. It  will be the biggest rural highway project in the state over the next several years, but Arizona Department of Transportation engineers did not even recommend the work.
July 10, 2013
Late last month, the Obama Administration announced a new senior advisor position, the first-ever liaison to Native American tribes on environmental issues, and the man filling the position will be Arizona state Senator Jack Jackson Jr.
July 10, 2013
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.
July 10, 2013
On Tuesday, a memorial service attended by Vice President Joe Biden, Senator John McCain and other diginitaries paid tribute to the 19 firefighters who were killed by the out of control blaze. Less than two weeks after that tragedy, residents are returning home and trying to get back to what had been normal life.
July 10, 2013
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.
July 10, 2013
Don’t get in any rush to travel U.S. 89 between Flagstaff and Page. The highway rebuilding process is going to take some time.The Arizona Department of Transportation says it could be more than two years before you can travel the now-closed section of highway.
July 10, 2013
Recent rains and higher humidity are allowing forest officials in northern Arizona to relax restrictions in the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests. Spokesman Brady Smith says that'll give people using the forests some leeway.
July 10, 2013
As firefighters wrap up work on the Dean Peak Fire, south of Kingman, homeowners are being urged to keep their eyes on the weather. The 5,000 acre fire has charred the vegetation in some Hualapai Mountain areas, leaving mud and exposed rock behind.
July 10, 2013

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