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Fire crews have contained the Halfway Fire burning near Tusayan on the south rim of the Grand Canyon. The Halfway Fire broke out Wednesday, and crews managed to contain the blaze by Thursday afternoon.
June 20, 2013
Tucson’s new ordinance granting civil unions to same-sex couples goes into effect in a few weeks. The Tucson City Council voted to change the city’s existing domestic partnership ordinance so that it includes civil unions.
June 20, 2013
Just days after being applauded for signing a Medicaid expansion that came with the support of a Republican-Democratic legislative coalition, Gov. Jan Brewer was skewered for signing a measure making sweeping changes to the state's election system.
June 20, 2013
A fire burning west of Prescott has charred 6,732 acres, so far.  Firefighters say the blaze, which is 0 percent contained, has forced the evacuation of some 460 homes.  One of those homes is owned by John Sears.
June 20, 2013
When the Sundome Center for the Performing Arts opened in 1980, the sounds of Lawrence Welk and his big band filled the 7,000-seat theater. The Sundome Center for the Performing Arts will soon be demolished.
June 20, 2013
 A man convicted of killing six people in Phoenix's "Serial Shooter" attacks has died in prison. Authorities say 40-year-old Dale Hausner was found unresponsive in his cell Wednesday afternoon. He was pronounced dead at a hospital about an hour later.
June 20, 2013
There are 33.5 million Hispanics in the United States. That is according to a Pew Hispanic Center study released Wednesday. Six Hispanic origin groups have populations greater than 1 million. People of Mexican origin make up 65 percent of the U.
June 19, 2013
State Sen. Rich Crandall, one of the early Republican supporters of Medicaid expansion, looks back at the 2013 session. Crandall plans to leave in the middle of his two-year term to pursue other plans, including State Schools Superintendent in Wyoming, but Crandall said he may come out of retirement to support other GOP legislative moderates.
June 19, 2013
The issue of Medicaid expansion made the 2013 legislative session a contentious one, but Arizona Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Glenn Hamer and Childrens Action Alliance President and CEO Dana Naimark both give the legislature high marks for the expansion, increased funding for Child Protective Services and business-friendly bills.
June 19, 2013
Monday's ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court struck down an Arizona requirement related to prospective voters proving their citizenship. University of California-Irvine law Professor Richard Hasen said that is a victory for the federal government on the issue of voting rights, but he is convinced the overall battle continues.
June 19, 2013
The Arizona Diamondbacks will be spending part of their 2014 Spring Training in Australia. Team President Derrick Hall said the trip will help the organization's international branding.Cactus League President Mark Coronado said the league will still do well even without the popular Diamondbacks for a couple of weeks.
June 19, 2013
Facing the Valley's hot summers head-on, the Scottsdale "Beat the Heat Race" will have runners starting an 11.22 kilometer race at 2:47 p.m. on Saturday.Race creator and public relations executive Jason Rose talked about the reasons for the event, including the positive effect it may have on summer tourism.
June 19, 2013
Arizona Congressman Trent Franks is pleased his bill banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy has been approved by the U.S. House of Representatives.  Franks says he believes the tide has turned since the Supreme Court's Roe v.
June 19, 2013

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