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County elections officials are applauding a sweeping change to Arizona election laws. The measure approved by state lawmakers allows county recorders to remove people who do not regularly show up at the polls from permanent early voting lists.
June 16, 2013
By now, doesn’t everyone know about roller derby? It’s famous, maybe as much for its fast skating as its free spirit, but it’s not so well-known for its men. This contact sport is dominated by women.
June 16, 2013
On the last day of the legislative session, Gov. Jan Brewer finally got one of her top priorities – expanding Arizona’s Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act. But, to get it, the governor had to call a special session and take part in some public disputes with members of her party.
June 15, 2013
A voter rights group said it will file a lawsuit challenging a campaign finance reform measure lawmakers approved in the final hours of the session.Under the new law, local candidates will see their contribution limit from private donors go up from $500 to $5,000, and statewide candidates would also get up to $5,000 compared to their current limit of $1,000.
June 15, 2013
The vicious drought gripping the Southwest appears to have a bullseye on New Mexico. Wildfires are burning across the state and water is increasingly scarce. So scare, that early this month one town's well stopped delivering water completely.
June 14, 2013
According to a new study, the federal government lost about $62 million dollars on recent coal lease sales.
June 14, 2013
If you’re looking for a last-minute Father's Day gift, the state wants you to know you likely won’t get cheated at the register.The Arizona Department of Weights and Measures did 28 unannounced inspections at retailers statewide, looking at the items people often buy for their dads, like ties, cologne and watches.
June 14, 2013
A professor visiting Arizona from Spain has died while hiking in the desert.  Tamra Ingersoll of the Pinal County Sheriff's Office said the victim was with two other colleagues who were in the state for a convention when they went on a hike in the Table Top Mountains late Wednesday morning.
June 14, 2013
The Arizona Game and Fish Department said there could be problems with nuisance bears in southern Arizona once again this year.  Spokesman Mark Hart said they have had their first sighting of a bear in the Sierra Vista area, a place where bears became a problem last year.
June 14, 2013
 Even though tomorrow is the “official” start of Arizona's summer monsoon season, a few thunderstorms have already popped up near the New Mexico border. Chris Outler of the National Weather Service in Flagstaff said the rains were spotty but could be a preview of things to come.
June 14, 2013
The push for sales tax sales reform in Arizona is now just a governor's signature away. The state legislature passed a bipartisan bill aimed at taking the chaos out of business tax collections, by boiling multiple filings down to just one form.
June 14, 2013
 The voter-approved Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, allows people with a doctor's recommendation to get a state-issued card, to obtain up to 2.5 ounces of pot, every two weeks. Now, Dennis Bohlke is pushing a measure for next year's ballot to make the possession of marijuana legal for all adults.
June 14, 2013
The state legislative session is adjourned, after 151 days.  It happened early Friday, after a coalition of moderate Republicans joined Democrats to approve an expansion of the state's Medicaid program, under the federal Affordable Care Act, but the bridge-making effort angered conservative Republicans like Representative John Kavanagh.
June 14, 2013
Two Arizona Department of Public Safety helicopters were used to help a Cochise County Sheriff's search and rescue team find a family of three who became lost on a horseback ride in the Chiricahua Mountains.
June 14, 2013
They share our homes, sleep on our beds and occasionally bring unwanted gifts. Yet, despite our domestic cats playing a big role in our lives, we know surprisingly little about what they get up to. A research project by BBC2's Horizon and the Royal Veterinary College set out to find out more.
June 14, 2013
The recent fight to save a Phoenix home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright has sparked new interest in protecting Arizona’s historic buildings. The Buckhorn Baths Motel in Mesa. (Photo by Steve Shadley-KJZZ) This week in Mesa, preservationists, architects and city planners have gathered to identify culturally significant landmarks that need their attention.
June 14, 2013
Authorities in northwestern Arizona are investigating dozens of brush fires intentionally set in Kingman in the past few months. Investigators said 63 brush fires have been set in open fields along roadways.
June 13, 2013
The National Football League is tightening stadium security this season, limiting the size and type of bags fans can bring to the game. The NFL said the restrictions are designed to enhance security while speeding up entry into stadiums.
June 13, 2013
Less than 24 hours after the Arizona House approved Gov. Jan Brewer’s plan to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, the Senate has followed suit. That ended the special session the governor called Tuesday to deal with Medicaid and the budget.
June 13, 2013
Members of the U.S. Senate are wrangling to add tougher border security provisions to the comprehensive immigration reform package. The nation’s Homeland Security chief said manpower on the border only goes so far.
June 13, 2013

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