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As lawmakers talk budgets, child advocates call for better funding
Child welfare advocates went to the state capital Tuesday to urge lawmakers to increase funding for child safety services, citing a crisis in Child Protective Services and funding that has failed to keep pace with growing need.
Sept. 20, 2013
Young bear found in Mesa taken back to forest
A young bear found roaming near an East Mesa neighborhood Tuesday night has been moved.  Tom Cadden of the Arizona Game and Fish Department says the bear likely roamed into the residential area after being chased off by older and larger male bears.
Sept. 20, 2013
Economist: Proposition 100 was unavoidable, helpful
Three years ago, Arizona voters approved Proposition 100, which raised the state sales tax by a penny on the dollar for three years. Most of the money has been set aside for education, with the rest going to health and public safety.
Sept. 20, 2013
Feds target eight kingpins south of Arizona border
The United States Treasury Department has levied sanctions against eight drug-cartel bosses who operate south of the Arizona border. The action means U.S. citizens who do any kind of business with them can face serious charges.
Sept. 20, 2013
Ballet Arizona plants its dancers at the Desert Botanical Gardens
Starting next week, Ballet Arizona will stage of series of performances, Topia, outdoors at the Desert Botanical Gardens.Ballet Arizona's Artistic Director Ib Andersen explained his inspiration for Topia and how the setting affects the dancers and members of the audience.
Sept. 20, 2013
DES head reveals new program and new vision for social services
The Arizona Department of Economic Security is launching a pilot program for 1000 people that sets up a one-stop shop for services to ensure consumers get all of the benefits they are eligible for. It is the first step in implementing a new vision in how the social safety net should work.
Sept. 20, 2013
Bill says no to buying booze or adult entertainment with Electronic Benefit Transfer
Arizona welfare recipients may soon see a crackdown on their benefits, at least when it comes to certain industries. The House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill Tuesday that prohibits the use of benefits at liquor, gambling and adult entertainment businesses.
Sept. 20, 2013
Brewer looking for more support on Medicaid expansion
In January, Republican Governor Jan Brewer surprised many by supporting the expansion of Medicaid in Arizona known as AHCCCS. Four months later, she is still drumming up support for the plan, but some legislators and voters are not sold on the idea.
Sept. 20, 2013
Grijalva to Interior Secretary: Do not de-list wolves
An Arizona Congressman is asking the Interior Secretary to cancel a pending rule that would de-classify many U.S. wolves as endangered. The change would apply to all gray wolves in the Lower 48 states, although there would be an exemption for less than 100 Mexican wolves in Arizona and New Mexico.
Sept. 20, 2013
Republican congressmen call for further investigation of scandals
Arizona's Republican congressmen are pointing to what they say is a culture of cover-ups by the Obama administration, including scandals involving the IRS and the Associated Press. Congressman David Schweikert says the incidents come on top of other scandals he claims have never been fully investigated.
Sept. 20, 2013
Soldier Basin wildfire grows to more than 10,000 acres near Nogales
A human-caused wildfire continues to spread in the Patagonia Mountains near Nogales. Since Friday, it has consumed more than 10,000 acres of mesquite trees, brush and grass.  Officials say it is 55% contained.
Sept. 20, 2013
Apache County cites states rights with Mexican Gray Wolf ordinance
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.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mexico creates investigative unit to find missing people
Officials in Mexico say the country has created a special investigative unit to search for missing people.A list created by the administration of former Mexican President Felipe Calderon and made public earlier this year included more than 26,000 people in the country who were missing.
Sept. 20, 2013
Wind stokes mulch fire in South Phoenix
A mulch fire is sending billows of smoke across south Phoenix. Captain Larry Nunez said at 3:00 p.m. Phoenix firefighters were dispatched to an agricultural area near 66th Avenue and Dobbins Road.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Supreme Court rules in blood draw case
The Arizona Supreme Court has reversed a lower court decision, in a case involving the rules about drawing blood from juveniles. Last year, a school monitor in Pima County smelled marijuana on a student, and saw drug paraphernalia in his car.
Sept. 20, 2013
Secretary of State Ken Bennett to testify in D.C.
Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett will be in Washington, D.C. Tuesday morning to testify before a Congressional committee. Bennett will address members of the Committee on House Administration, during a hearing on a bill known as the “Voter Registration Efficiency Act.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix Suns president talks teams future and defending John Hinckley
Phoenix Suns President Lon Babby talked about the franchise's efforts to rebuild following its second-worst season. He also discussed his pre-sports career as a Washington, D.C. attorney who was on the defense team for John Hinckley Jr.
Sept. 20, 2013
Game and Fish prepares to defend bighorns with force
Arizona Game and Fish is prepared to kill mountain lions in the Catalina Mountains – if the animals kill bighorn sheep first. The department is trying to protect its reintroduction of bighorns outside Tucson.
Sept. 20, 2013
Wood pellet plant catches fire in Show Low
Firefighters in Show Low had their hands full with a blaze at a wood pellet manufacturing plant Tuesday.  Fire Captain Brent Mix says they brought in air tankers to put slurry on it to prevent the flames from spreading, and to the scrub brush and propane tanks nearby.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona House members approve state budget and Medicaid expansion
State House members have given their approval to a new state budget, and it includes Medicaid expansion. The $8.8 billion spending plan was approved during a long session in which many Republican lawmakers, like Warren Peterson of Gilbert, protested that with only $8.
Sept. 20, 2013

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