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With the national parks shutting down Tuesday, Arizona’s state parks are preparing to pick up the slack. Spokeswoman Ellen Bilbrey said they are getting ready for an influx of people who have had their camping plans upset.
October 01, 2013
Arizonans are driving fewer miles these days, and technology and ride-sharing programs are making it easier to get around without relying on a car.  A report released Tuesday by the Arizona Public Interest Research Group Education Fund said Arizonans have reduced their driving by more than 9 percent per person since 2006.
October 01, 2013
Arizona Game and Fish is offering up to $1,000 in reward money for information leading to an arrest in a javelina poaching incident over the weekend in the mountains west of Tucson. Spokesman Mark Hart said the animal was killed with a bow and arrow.
October 01, 2013
The Arizona Department of Transportation says recent improvements to the design of the servicearizona.com website should make it easier to skip a visit to the MVD for many common transactions. ADOT spokesman Harold Saunders said you will be able to get the answers you need without paying any more.
October 01, 2013
Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested 20 more workers at a Phoenix janitorial business for identity theft. Sheriff Joe Arpaio said deputies conducted the raid at Proserve, the same company it raided in August, arresting four suspects for stealing IDs.
October 01, 2013
The federal government shutdown has furloughed employees, forced some agency websites to go dark, and delayed funding for social services. The standoff is likely to hurt needy Arizonans. Many of Arizona’s 42,000 federal employees are considered essential and will still be showing up to work -- people like members of the military and border agents.
October 01, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time in nearly two decades, the federal government staggered into a partial shutdown Monday at midnight after congressional Republicans stubbornly demanded changes in the nation's health care law as the price for essential federal funding and President Barack Obama and Democrats adamantly refused.
September 30, 2013
The federal government is just hours away from potentially shutting down, and that means national parks could be closing too. Visitors to the Grand Canyon could be affected if the federal government shutdown occurs.
September 30, 2013
By Aaron GlantzThe Center for Investigative ReportingBefore dawn, a government van picked up paratrooper Jeffrey Waggoner for the five-hour drive to a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in southern Oregon.
September 30, 2013
Maricopa County launched a new project that will change the cookie-cutter look of restaurants. It is aimed at getting new restaurants into unusual and old commercial spaces. Maricopa County will grant six month trial permits to new restaurants opening in buildings not designed for eateries.
September 30, 2013
An infestation of bed bugs forced the closure of parts of the Main Library at the University of Arizona for a time late last week. The first dead bug was noticed by a library employee, in the downstairs computer lab area last Wednesday, according to UA Facilities Management.
September 30, 2013
Arizona’s tourism industry stands to lose millions of dollars a day if national parks close as part of a possible federal government shutdown. Cronkite News says visitors to Arizona’s national parks spend an average of $2.
September 30, 2013
A new report on climate change says here in Arizona, it’s already happening. Julie Cole is a Geoscientist at the University of Arizona. “We’re warming as fast as anywhere in the lower 48; faster than most of the lower 48 states,” Cole said.
September 30, 2013
Despite the steady improvement in the Valley’s real estate market, the commercial real estate market has a long way to go. Mark Stapp, of ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business, says it’s not for a lack of investors.
September 30, 2013
A website is now available to help Arizonans navigate the new federally-subsidized health insurance marketplace. Tara Plese says coveraz.org is getting a lot of response and she suggests not trying to sign up on the first day, tomorrow, because of the number of people expected to use the system.
September 30, 2013
Despite the monsoon rains this summer, Arizona still faces a water supply crisis. Last month, a group of Hispanic teens rafted the Colorado River to better understand its challenges and importance to their heritage and their future.
September 30, 2013
Fire crews are battling a brush fire in the West Valley. Rural Metro Fire’s Colin Williams says firefighters are stamping out the blaze by cutting down salt cedar trees in the area. “Salt cedar has a high oil content so it burns very hot and very smoky,” Williams said.
September 30, 2013
GLOBE, Ariz. — Carloads of moviegoers rolled into the Apache Drive In – just as they have been for generations. The theater opened in 1954, and in this location 20 years later. But the crowd didn’t come for some recent Hollywood release.
September 30, 2013
The weekend is over, and that means some freeway closures are also gone. That includes the construction work over the Loop 101 in the East Valley. The Department of Transportation is closer to completing the Galveston Street Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge over the 101 Price Freeway.
September 30, 2013
SAT scores came out Thursday, and the results were pretty bleak. The College Board, which sponsors the SAT, said that about 60 percent of college-bound high school kids who have taken the test this year are not ready for the next level of studies.
September 27, 2013

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