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The Arizona Farm Bureau Federation says a typical market basket of products, cost a little less last quarter. The total was $47.97. That was $1.78 less than in the first quarter, and off more than $3 from a year ago.
July 03, 2013
Phoenix residents set a new record for water usage last weekend because of the high heat. The water department says 420 million gallons of water were used Sunday, up from last year's record of 382 million gallons.
July 03, 2013
When Suzie Hatch comes home from work, she is greeted by powerful, predictable barks. Kindred the Basset Hound survived Valley fever a few years back -- but only after his owner, Suzie Hatch, lost a previous dog to the illness.
July 03, 2013
Weather experts working with fire crews in Yarnell say current forecast shows wind gusts are at about 15 to 20 miles per hour. But they say wind direction and speed could change quickly. It can go as high as 80 miles per hour.
July 02, 2013
If you were thinking the monsoon arrived a bit early in the year, you are right. Weather experts said temperatures in the last two weeks seem to signal the approach of the season. Meteorologists say high temperatures, dry lighting storms and the muggy humidity are not uncommon when monsoon approaches.
July 02, 2013
Advocates Wednesday will launch an effort to sign up more kids for a program that offers health insurance to children whose families cannot afford private insurance but make too much money to qualify for Medicaid.
July 02, 2013
Extreme drought has hit the Navajo Nation. Nation President Ben Shelly signed a declaration of emergency Monday. Shelly is directing all executive branch agencies of the Nation to develop plans for responding to the drought and educating the public about the effects.
July 02, 2013
People gambling at the Navajo Nation’s casino in Arizona just got the green light to drink. Nation President Ben Shelly signed the bill expanding alcohol consumption Monday. The move follows the Navajo Nation Council’s Friday vote to allow drinking on casino floors.
July 02, 2013
A new report says Arizona's Department of Insurance needs more authority to protect consumers from unreasonable and unjustified health insurance rate increases. The Arizona PIRG Education Fund gives the department credit for doing what it can given its limited powers.
July 02, 2013
Rangers at the Grand Canyon are investigating the death of a woman who collapsed while hiking near the canyon floor. Spokeswoman Vanya Pryputniewicz said she was part of a group that had just begun an outing in very hot weather.
July 02, 2013
The Attorney General of Texas and his counterparts in 18 other states have joined a U.S. Department of Justice review of the proposed merger between American Airlines and Tempe-based U.S. Airways.It's not unusual for states to join a federal merger review.
July 01, 2013
Last weekend’s high temperatures had Valley residents reaching for the thermostat. Because of overnight lows in the high 80s and extreme day-time temperatures, Salt River Project spokesman Jeff Lane said the company reported record-setting energy use.
July 01, 2013
Nineteen firefighters died Sunday in the Yarnell Hill Fire, even though they were using protective fire shields. The devices are a last resort in life-threatening situations. Phillip Maldonado, a squad leader with the Granite Mountain Hotshots, helps crew member learn the finer points of setting up emergency fire shelters in April 2012.
July 01, 2013
Contract talks between the union representing Valley bus drivers and the Valley Metro’s system manager are on hold Monday. The two groups decided to take a day off and meet again on Tuesday. First Transit and the Amalgamated Transit Union will return to the negotiating table at 8 a.
July 01, 2013
Arizona's four Republican congressmen have postponed a field hearing they were going to hold Monday in Prescott on what they call IRS abuse and EPA overreach. Instead, Rep. Paul Gosar will host a memorial service for the victims of the Yarnell fire.
July 01, 2013
If you are considering buying a car, there is some good news Monday. Lenders are now barred from charging document preparation fees as part of those loans. Representative Debbie McCune-Davis said the ban came as a result of a lot of complaints.
July 01, 2013
Bus riders in metro Phoenix will be able to catch their normal buses Monday and Tuesday. Susan Tierney of Valley Metro said while the bus operators and the Amalgamated Transit Union have not settled their contract differences, the buses are running, “They will run as scheduled today and through Tuesday,” Tierney said.
July 01, 2013
We are pleased to share the voices and conversations of our community from StoryCorps Phoenix. StoryCorps Phoenix is the project that records the stories of everyday people and archives them at the Library of Congress.
July 01, 2013
Starting July 1, interest rates for most new government student loans are going up. That is because last week, Congress failed to act to keep rates at their current levels. The change puts hundreds of thousands of Arizona college students in a financial bind.
July 01, 2013
If you want a say in where the Tempe Streetcar project will run, Sunday is the deadline for the public to submit input. The proposed rail system will service the city’s downtown area. The public has two routes to choose from that run through central Tempe.
July 01, 2013

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