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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
The Musical Instrument Museum in North Phoenix has been open for a little more than three years. Earlier this month, it welcomed a new new President and Director. Carrie Heinonen has returned to the Valley after working at the Art Institute of Chicago.
August 19, 2013
The U.S. Education Secretary will be in Arizona and New Mexico in a few weeks, as part of the department’s annual back-to-school bus tour.Arne Duncan will start his trip in Santa Fe on Sept. 9, before moving on to Albuquerque, Socorro, N.
August 19, 2013
Opening statements are set for today in the capital murder trial of Arizona fugitive John McCluskey. McCluskey is facing 20 counts in the murder of an Oklahoma couple, following his escape from an Arizona prison.
August 19, 2013
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to name a new county assessor Monday.  Former assessor Keith Russell resigned when he was appointed to serve as a Mesa justice of the peace in June.
August 19, 2013
Businesses along Apache Boulevard in Tempe could be getting a facelift. The City of Tempe recently launched a new Storefront Improvement Program. Tempe spokeswoman Nikki Ripley said the city will match a business owner up to $100,000 through federal funds for exterior improvements like windows, lighting and paint jobs.
August 19, 2013
Methamphetamine use is down, and so are the negative advertisements. The focus has shifted from meth to prescription pills, according to Glenn Cummings, the west regional director of Outpatient Services for Terros, a Phoenix behavioral health group.
August 19, 2013
Classes at Arizona State University resume next week, but a push to discourage excess and underage drinking at the school has already begun.“Operation Safe and Sober” is a collaboration between ASU and the Tempe Police Department.
August 17, 2013
Live in the Southwest for any amount of time, and you get used to very dry conditions, but the past dozen years have approached historic levels of drought. That has led the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to reduce the water released from Colorado River system reservoirs.
August 16, 2013
A panel of federal appeals judges have ruled that a multi-million dollar lawsuit against a former Maricopa county attorney and a top aide can proceed. That means the county is on the line for any potential damages.
August 16, 2013

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