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Former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords spoke at a university graduation in New York Saturday. The former U.S. Representative says the future of today's college graduates "shines bright." Giffords spoke for 80 seconds at Bard’s College’s commencement and urged graduates to “be bold, be courageous, be your best.
May 26, 2013
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.
May 26, 2013
Three years ago, Arizona voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 100, a temporary one cent sales tax increase. One of the leading voices in opposition to the measure was Tom Jenney, Arizona Director of Americans for Prosperity.
May 25, 2013
A federal judge has issued an injunction against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his department. The court order blocks Arpaio's agency from conducting immigration sweeps and using race as factor in traffic stops.
May 24, 2013
Fewer Arizonans will be traveling this holiday weekend than last year. But, of those who do, more will get there by car. And, as KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports, that could be good news for the state’s economy.
May 24, 2013
Arizona is one of several states selling beer aged with baseball bats this Memorial Day Weekend, to help military families. The Phoenix Ale Brewery is among nine craft beer makers across the country selling beer aged with unfinished Louisville Slugger maple baseball bats.
May 24, 2013
The Navajo Nation’s case against Urban Outfitters is on hold while the parties work toward a settlement. The Nation sued Urban Outfitters in March of last year, saying the clothing company violated trademarks of the Navajo name.
May 24, 2013
Apache County Supervisors have passed an ordinance that prohibits state and federal government from releasing Mexican Gray Wolves in the county.  But the measure is drawing criticism from environmentalists who want to protect the threatened wolf species.
May 24, 2013
Coconino County sheriff's deputies have arrested a 25-year-old transient for tossing a cigarette that ignited a fire along I-40, near Flagstaff on Thursday.  James Duncan was taken into custody, in connection with the one-acre blaze, which was quickly dealt with by firefighters, according to Sheriff's Office spokesman Gerry Blair.
May 24, 2013
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.
May 24, 2013
Firefighters are getting the upper hand on a human-caused wildfire that has been burning in the Coronado National Forest, east of Nogales.  Spokeswoman Michelle Fiddler says the Soldier Basin Fire is now 70 percent contained after charring nearly 11,000 acres of grass and brush.
May 24, 2013
If you're headed into the forests this holiday weekend, you may want to listen up. The Game and Fish Department is telling people to be "bear aware," with spokesman Mark Hart warning food and food odors can attract unwanted guests to your campsite.
May 24, 2013
Memorial Day is traditionally seen as the start of summer – and of higher gas prices for the season. But not this year. Arizona is experiencing its lowest gas prices for the holiday weekend in three years.
May 24, 2013
Chandler has put off deciding whether to allow chickens within city limits. The city council decided more time was needed for city staff to do research on the urban chicken question. Chandler chicken lovers will have to wait and see whether the city will permit the birds.
May 24, 2013
Arizona State University is launching a free summer program offering mentorship and business training for inventors and entrepreneurs. ASU will provide a meeting space in downtown Tempe for those in the program to connect and collaborate.
May 24, 2013
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.
May 23, 2013
A conservation group says lead poisoning killed several endangered birds last winter. The Peregrine Fund says eight California Condors died last winter in Arizona and Utah. Four of them died from lead poisoning.
May 23, 2013
The Hopi Tribe of Northern Arizona says a national bank seriously mishandled its investments. The tribe claims it has lost millions. The tribe filed its claims against Wachovia earlier this month with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.
May 23, 2013
The historic Clark Telescope at Flagstaff’s Lowell Observatory is set to undergo a $300,000 makeover. A fundraiser for the project successfully wrapped up this week.The telescope has been a familiar site on Flagstaff’s Mars Hill for the past 117 years.
May 23, 2013
The funeral for Phoenix Firefighter Bradley Harper is scheduled for Friday. The memorial service will be at Christ's Church of the Valley. Harper will be laid to rest at the Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery.
May 23, 2013

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