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When voters approved the clean elections system of public campaign financing in 1998, the majority seemed to be endorsing the concept based more on grassroots support and less on the traditional establishment.
August 21, 2013
The housing crisis hammered the Valley, and thousands of people lost their homes. Foreclosures dominated some neighborhoods, while short sales became a too common part of the vernacular. Now with the real estate market bouncing back, most of us are focused again on how prices compare with a year ago, or when they will return to pre-recession levels, but what about looking for ways to avoid the next housing crisis or at least limiting the damage? Mark Stapp is director of the Master of Real Estate Development program at Arizona State University's WP Carey School of Business.
August 21, 2013
Surfing in the desert is not an easy thing to do. There is a lot of sand but not much water. That is what has made Big Surf in Tempe such a big deal since it opened in 1969, and now Big Surf’s Waikiki Beach Wave Pool has been designated a historic landmark by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
August 21, 2013
Two recent cases in the Valley brought the term “mercy killing” to the forefront. In one, 86-year-old George Sanders shot his wife, Virginia. He said she insisted that he kill her to alleviate her suffering, related to a number of health problems, including multiple sclerosis.
August 21, 2013
The Phoenix City Council plans to replace City Manager David Cavazos who surprised almost everybody a few weeks ago when he announced his resignation. Cavazos is moving on to take the same position in Santa Ana, Calif.
August 21, 2013
A group of lawmakers and business leaders is planning to meet Wednesday to examine whether Arizona should reform its income tax system. Over the last couple years the state legislature has cut business and capital gains taxes and reformed the sales tax collection system.
August 21, 2013
The French Gulch Fire, five miles from Yarnell, has grown to 850 acres, and containment has risen to 15 percent. Now, the area is experiencing light showers and the chance for thunderstorms is increasing.
August 21, 2013
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is issuing an ozone high pollution advisory today for just the third time this year. National Weather Service Meteorologist Austin Jamison says the pollution can be a problem for people with repertory problems and even healthy people who exercise outside.
August 21, 2013
Firefighters in the Mogollon Rim continue to watch the lightning-started Egypt Fire. Coconino National Forest Spokesman Dean Jones says the target burn area for the fire is about 6,000 acres, and that people in the area have nothing to worry about.
August 21, 2013
A new report released Tuesday said a better plan is needed to deal with the U.S. Forest Service’s airtanker shortage. The Government Accountability Office said the Forest Service should work with the Department of the Interior to develop a more coordinated approach, but not everyone is sold on that strategy.
August 21, 2013
Two members of Arizona’s Congressional delegation will be in Superior Tuesday night to discuss the future of the region’s copper industry. Republican Paul Gosar and Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick are pushing legislation to revive the Superior Mine project.
August 20, 2013
Wildlife officials said a Mexican gray wolf has died in the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest. Arizona Game and Fish officials said a field team was trying to fit radio-telemetry collars on some wolves last weekend.
August 20, 2013
Maricopa County will begin helping inmates sign up for health care insurance when they leave the jail system. It is part of the campaign to get 1 million uninsured people in Arizona coverage next year.
August 20, 2013
Maricopa County homeowners will see a bit of a break on their property taxes. The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously yesterday to keep the tax rate the same, despite increasing property values.
August 20, 2013
With the Valley under an excessive heat warning from 10 a.m. Tuesday until 8 p.m. Wednesday, the National Weather Service is predicting more unseasonably hot temperatures. Meteorologist Matthew Hersch says there’s a ridge of high pressure sitting over Arizona, but that relief is in sight.
August 20, 2013
Trying to educate Arizonans about their health care options as Medicaid and health insurance exchanges get underway can be particularly challenging in rural areas, according to Dr. Dan Derksen. Dr.
August 20, 2013
Several fires continue to burn across Arizona. Two of those in the Tonto National Forest were caused by lightning last week. The White and Cain fires have burned more than 1200 acres.  Lightning can be seen over the mountains in the Prescott National Forest on Saturday.
August 20, 2013
About 1 million people in Arizona could get health insurance next year.  The long awaited Affordable Health Care Act will not start providing benefits until January, but you can start signing up for a plan this fall.
August 20, 2013
Radar blimps that patrol the U.S.-Mexico border are now run by the Department of Homeland Security. The Tethered Areostat Radar System, known as TARS, uses giant balloons across Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.
August 19, 2013
Arizona has selected its first-ever poet laureate. The title goes to English professor and Nogales native Alberto Rios. Alberto Rios has taught at Arizona State University for three decades and was just selected as Arizona's first-ever poet laureate.
August 19, 2013

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