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Tucson may follow in the steps of Phoenix voters who approved city pension reforms last week. Tucson’s vice-mayor says the city is facing a $15 million budget gap caused by escalating retirement benefits.
March 18, 2013
The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments Monday about part of Arizona’s Proposition 200.  The high court will decide if Arizona overreached when the state required people to provide proof of citizenship when registering to vote using a federal form.
March 18, 2013
The debate over simplifying the state’s sales tax system could shift from the State House to the Senate this week. A bill to make changes to the sales tax is stalled in the house, but there are indications a new version could emerge in a senate committee this week.
March 17, 2013
The Maricopa Unified School District has announced it may close a middle school to deal with $1 million budget shortfall.  The district has nine schools in the rural community south of Phoenix with more than 6,000 students.
March 17, 2013
Many believe the Superstition Mountains are filled with treasures. For more than a century, people — locals and visitors — have ventured into this part of Arizona looking to find one of the oldest legends: a gold mine.
March 17, 2013
Students at Arizona’s three public universities would pay three to five percent more in tuition next year, under requests made by the schools. ASU and UofA are each asking for three percent increases, while NAU is asking for a five percent hike.
March 16, 2013
More than 14 million people rode the Valley’s light rail system last year. Valley Metro says that was more than a 6.5 percent increase over 2011. And, some advocates are hopeful numbers like those will lead to more housing, shops, restaurants and other development along the 20-mile line.
March 16, 2013
From the cast of “Glee” to the “Twilight” franchise, it seems there are more young characters in the media these days than ever.But how do you make these fictional youngsters actually connect with real-world kids? Write Now is a theater festival sponsored by Childsplay in Tempe and Indiana Repertory Theatre in Indianapolis that tries to answer that question.
March 15, 2013
The Arizona Board of Regents expects to consider whether college students in the country illegally are eligible for in-state tuition. Arizona's three public universities. (Image courtesy Arizona Board of Regents) Friday afternoon, the presidents of ASU, NAU, and U of A released their tuition proposals for the upcoming school year.
March 15, 2013
Flu season has long been associated with winter, but a new study suggests transmission of the disease has more to do with humidity than with temperature. The heart of the study is this: Researchers don’t really know why flu is seasonal, said Univesity of Arizona's Andrew Comrie.
March 15, 2013
An alternative route to the wrecked U.S. 89, south of Page, has problems.  The dirt-surfaced Navajo Route 20 runs parallel to the landslide-damaged highway. It is a short-term fix for some commuters, but accidents have been reported.
March 15, 2013
A hazardous waste site in downtown Phoenix has been cleaned-up by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.  It’s the first time the state has completed its own superfund project. The state DEQ removed more than 6,000 tons of shredded metal and auto parts from the 10-acre site at Buckeye Road and Fifth Street near the Chase Field ballpark.
March 14, 2013
The Internal Revenue Service says 660,000 taxpayers will have their refunds delayed by up to six weeks because of a problem with the software they used tofile their tax returns. The delay affects people claiming education tax credits who filed returns between Feb.
March 14, 2013
New Hampshire's House has rejected limits on simulcasting dog races. The House voted Wednesday to kill a bill that targeted Florida, Alabama and Arizona, because, these states don't require reporting when race dogs are injured.
March 14, 2013
The Valley's population is still growing. KJZZ's Al Macias reports growth isn't as fast as it once was, but it's picking up.The latest U.S. Census estimate, released Thursday, says there are about 135,000 more people in the Valley than there were following the 2010 Census.
March 14, 2013
Voters in Marana passed a measure in this week’s election that finally ends a dispute over a wastewater treatment plant.  Marana wastewater treatment facility location map. (Map from marana.
March 14, 2013
A new analysis shows it’s unclear what kind of impact proposed changes to the state’s sales tax system would have on Arizona, and its cities. Those changes include charging contractors sales tax on their materials where they buy them, rather than a percentage of their project, and only allowing the state to conduct audits.
March 13, 2013
A state Senate committee has passed a bill that would change the way workers apply for unemployment. The Arizona Senate’s Committee on Commerce, Energy, and Military approved the measure Wednesday.
March 13, 2013
Governor Jan Brewer continues her efforts to expand Medicaid in Arizona, but many conservatives are critical — saying the Governor is selling out principles in exchange for federal money. Steve Goldstein gets different perspectives on the proposed expansion from Mary K.
March 13, 2013
Funding for non-profits arts organization has been difficult to come by, but Ben Cameron – inaugural Thought Leader in Residence for the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust — argues that arts and culture must react to changing demographics.
March 13, 2013

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