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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.
June 06, 2013
A new study shows the nation’s high school graduation rate continues to improve. Arizona, California and New Mexico are among 46 states reporting better numbers, but despite the boost, the Southwest still lags behind the national average.
June 06, 2013
State Representative John Kavanagh has conceded he cannot drum up enough support among legislative colleagues for his bid to ask voters to rescind Arizona's 2010 Medical Marijuana Act. The problem, he said, is political.
June 06, 2013
Formula One racing could be coming to Pima County. The Arizona Daily Star reports, the County Board of Supervisors told economic development staff to research leasing 400 acres in Tucson for a track.
June 06, 2013
Early next year, production companies will stop making movies available on film. That means theaters have to purchase new equipment to show digital movies, and that is not cheap. The Saguaro Theater is know for its neon cactus on top of the building that lights up at night.
June 06, 2013
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu has lost his bid to get his employees a raise. The Board of Supervisors  on Wednesday passed a scaled-back $374 million budget that denied the sheriff’s request.Another year of tight revenues because of reduced state funding and lower property values meant that Pinal County Supervisors had to cut spending by $7 million in the new budget that starts July 1.
June 05, 2013
An Arizona bill mandating transgender people use bathrooms designated for their birth sex is dead — for now. Congressman John Kavanagh says the proposed measure could be later revived. The Republican representative decided to drop the so-called bathroom bill saying there are concerns in his caucus about some of his proposal’s definitions.
June 05, 2013
A national panel of wildlife experts says the federal government is mishandling the mustang and burro population in the Western United States. The panel also reports the bureau of Land management is undercounting the population, suggesting the problem is worse than reported in the past.
June 05, 2013
The Valley's rapid growth likely wouldn't have been possible without water from the Colorado River via the Central Arizona Project. But the Southwest's ongoing drought has some concerned about whether Arizona will have enough water for the future.
June 05, 2013
This week marks 50 years since Arizona won the U.S. Supreme Court case, Arizona v. California, that helped federal legislation in creating the Central Arizona Project.Historian Jack August, author of "Dividing Western Waters," discussed the case and the effect it had on dramatically increasing Arizona's population.
June 05, 2013
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.
June 05, 2013
Former Arizona Attorney General Gary Nelson passed away last month. He argued the state's side in the U.S. Supreme Court's Miranda v. Arizona.
June 05, 2013
Is the United States relying too much on importing fossil fuels at the expense of national security? Retired Army Captain Brett Hunt and retired National Guard Lieutenant Colonel Joe Knott talked about ongoing efforts at the U.
June 05, 2013
The U.S. Forest Service has moved a large water tanker to the Valley to prepare for wildfire season.  A DC-10 that is usually based north of San Bernardino, Calif. is now at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.
June 05, 2013
The Arizona House passed an expansion of a small school voucher program that could greatly increase the number of children allowed to use public funds to attend a private school. The program was established by the Legislature in 2011.
June 05, 2013
Republican House Speaker Andy Tobin is taking up the $8.8 billion state budget passed by the Arizona Senate, but says his effort to reach a deal with the governor on Medicaid have failed. Tobin assigned the package of 10 Senate budget bills to the Appropriations Committee yesterday.
June 05, 2013
A U.S. Bankruptcy Judge has cleared the way for American Airlines’ creditors to vote on a merger with Tempe-based U.S. Airways.Judge Sean Lane has approved American Airlines’ parent AMR Corporation’s description of its restructuring plan, including the merger with U.
June 04, 2013
 Violent crimes have been falling nationally year after year, but preliminary data released by the FBI show that trend reversed in 2012. Crime increases were most apparent in the Western United States.
June 04, 2013
Arizona Sen. John McCain said Tuesday he cannot fully endorse women joining the military until the problem of sexual assault among its personnel is solved. Arizona Sen. John McCain shared a story of a woman asking his opinion on her daughter joining the military at the Senate Armed Services hearing.
June 04, 2013
Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett said he supports a bill in the U.S. House that aims to make sure people are not registered to vote in more than one state. He testified before a House committee Tuesday.
June 04, 2013

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