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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
State House members have given their approval to a new state budget, and it includes Medicaid expansion. The $8.8 billion spending plan was approved during a long session in which many Republican lawmakers, like Warren Peterson of Gilbert, protested that with only $8.
June 13, 2013
The National Weather Service has a Red Flag Warning for signifying high fire danger in parts of northern Arizona through Thursday night. Meterologist Dave Vonderhide said visitors to national forests and recreational areas are urged not to start open-flame fires.
June 13, 2013
Arizona continues to put the housing crisis in its rearview mirror. The foreclosure monitoring firm RealtyTrac said there were 3,800 foreclosure filings in the state during May. Vice President Darren Blomquist said that is closer to normal than to the peak of the housing crisis.
June 13, 2013
Firefighters continues to battle a wildfire that has been burning in the Coronando National Forest.Spokesman Gerry Perry said the Chino Fire has charred over 50 acres but is now more than 50 percent contained since being spotted on Tuesday.
June 13, 2013
As temperatures rise on the Arizona desert, Border Patrol agents say they are getting more and more calls about undocumented immigrants, in trouble.  Spokesman Brent Cagen said agents have assisted 177 people in the last 30 days, 52 of them in the past week.
June 13, 2013
When the region’s housing market took a nosedive a few years ago, developers abandoned subdivisions that were only partially built. Estimates by the Sonoran Institute put the number of so-called zombie lots in Central Arizona at a staggering one million.
June 13, 2013
Crowds formed near the intersection of Camelback Road and 22nd Street in Phoenix on Wednesday as a group of Catholic nuns climbed down from a large tour bus for a scheduled visit to the offices of U.S.
June 12, 2013
Arizona Congressman Trent Franks is being attacked for a comment during the latest skirmish over abortion in the U.S. House. A Republican from Arizona’s Eighth District, Franks is sponsoring a bill banning abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy.
June 12, 2013
Phoenix is scorching this week, with temperatures upwards of 110 degrees expected across the metro area today. That’s about 10 degrees warmer than normal. This isn’t just uncomfortable. The weather is causing an uptick in emergency calls – and not just in the city’s urban areas.
June 12, 2013
Governor Jan Brewer's decision to call lawmakers into a special session to finish the state budget and approve Medicaid expansion has deepened the divide within the Republican party. It has also brightened the line that separates supporters and opponents of the expansion.
June 12, 2013

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