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Two Executions Move Ahead, Despite ACLUs Attempt To Stop Them
Two planned executions will proceed despite the efforts of the American Civil Liberties Union to prove the drug being used in their execution does not meet standards. Pentobarbital is among the three drugs used in an execution.
Oct. 12, 2013
Local Journalist Tries Her Hand At Childrens Books
Journalist Jana Bommersbach was an award-winning investigative reporter for the Phoenix New Times, a regular columnist for Phoenix Magazine and she wrote the authoritative story of one of Arizona’s crime legends in the book "The Trunk Murderess: Winnie Ruth Judd.
Oct. 12, 2013
Parts Of Arizona Hit Hard By Parks Shutdown, But Others Not So Much
The U.S. Interior Department says it will consider requests from states to use their own money to reopen some national parks that have been closed as part of the federal government shutdown.The Grand Canyon has gotten a lot of love since the federal government closed its doors -- and the gates to national parks.
Oct. 12, 2013
U of A To Renovate One Of Arizonas Oldest Public Buildings
The University of Arizona is renovating a landmark that the school calls its "front porch." "Old Main" is one of the Arizona's oldest public buildings. Old Main, the oldest building on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson, was originally built in 1891.
Oct. 12, 2013
Phoenix Taking In Animals From Closed Las Vegas Zoo
Last week, federal officials began removing animals from the Las Vegas zoo after the entire zoo staff quit in protest. The small zoo has had a controversial history and is shutting its doors for good.The US Department of Agriculture stepped in after a complaint was filed over the care of the animals and the conditions at the zoo.
Oct. 12, 2013
Arizona Sees First Flu Patient Of The Season
The first patient of Arizona’s flu season has been diagnosed. State and county health officials have confirmed it was an unvaccinated child with influenza type B who was not hospitalized. It is impossible to know what shape this flu season will take.
Oct. 12, 2013
Popularity Of Puppets Climbs With Peoria Show
Whether it is because of the success of "Avenue Q," Jason Segel’s character in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” or because it is just fun to watch cloth creations say unexpected things, the popularity of puppets appears to be climbing.
Oct. 12, 2013
Treating, Providing Services For Mental Illness Poses Challenge In Low-Income Areas
One of four Americans suffers with some form of mental illness, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Media Relations director Bob Carolla says one of the biggest challenges is that treatment and services are more limited in lower-income areas.
Oct. 12, 2013
Generational Housing Boom Leads To Bigger New Homes
New homes are back in a big way – literally. This summer, a typical new house in Phoenix was more than 20 percent larger than a resale home as builders across the country add more space to accommodate post-recession lifestyles.
Oct. 12, 2013
Arizona Opera Moves Into New Digs
Arizona Opera is throwing open the doors of its new building on Central and McDowell in Phoenix Friday – in advance of its first performance of the season next weekend. General Director Ryan Taylor says this is the first time the company has had all of its operations under one roof, and that there’s a sense of freedom and relief in the new digs.
Oct. 12, 2013
Voters Who Register Without Proving Citizenship To Get Separate Ballot On Election Day
Voters who register without proving their citizenship will get a separate ballot on Election Day, the Secretary of State's Office said Monday. It is a response to a U.S. Supreme Court decision earlier this year.
Oct. 12, 2013
Phoenix City Council Runoff Races Are Tightly Contested
The Phoenix City Council is in the midst of change. Once results are official following Election Day on Nov. 5, there will be two new members of the council. One will come from District 8 in south Phoenix.
Oct. 12, 2013
Report Finds Arizona Medical Board Cut Corners In Licensing Doctors
An agency that found problems with the way the Arizona Medical Board was licensing doctors says the board has begun to clean up its act. The Arizona Ombudsman-Citizen Aide report says the board was more interested in speeding up the licensing process than ensuring a doctor needed a license.
Oct. 12, 2013
Did You Know: Arizona Desert Botanical Garden Is Nationally Recognized
Prickly Pear, Agave, Cholla. These familiar names are cactuses we often see in the desert, and there are hundreds more cactuses of various types in Arizona and across the Western hemisphere. Cactuses in a bed at the Desert Botanical Garden.
Oct. 12, 2013
Inmate, Female Posse Accused Of Running Drugs
An Arizona inmate is accused of running drugs from prison – and using female family members and lovers to do it. Angel Lopez Garcia is an alleged gang leader who faces 159 counts. Police say he directed drug sales, extortion, fraud and murder from his prison cell in Florence.
Oct. 12, 2013
Brewer Agrees To Allocate State Dollars To Cover Funding Shortfalls For TANF Families
Facing a wave of negative publicity and mounting political pressure, Governor Jan Brewer late Monday agreed to put up $650,000 state dollars to cover welfare payments for some needy families. Arizona is one of only 11 states that totally fund the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program with federal money.
Oct. 12, 2013
Yarnell Hill Fires Continuing Impact
The tragic Yarnell Hill Fire has a continuing impact. Last weekend, an official report on the fire was released. In the ensuing days, Prescott’s fire chief agreed to leave his position, and the Yarnell Fire district chief resigned.
Oct. 12, 2013

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