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The Phoenix Police Department will host its third and final planned gun buyback this weekend after an anonymous donor gave $100,000 for the effort. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton announced a $100,000 anonymous donation to pay for this weekend's planned gun buyback program alongside Arizonans for Gun Safety President Hildy Saizow and Phoenix Police Commander Mike Kurtenbach.
May 14, 2013
Arizona voters appear likely to get another chance to weigh in on a proposal dealing with state sovereignty. The Arizona House on Tuesday approved a measure that would ask voters to allow the state to restrict its personnel and use of financial resources to purposes that are consistent with the Constitution, by passing an initiative or referendum or a new law, or by some other legal remedy.
May 14, 2013
Arizona welfare recipients may soon see a crackdown on their benefits, at least when it comes to certain industries. The House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill Tuesday that prohibits the use of benefits at liquor, gambling and adult entertainment businesses.
May 14, 2013
New research indicates that Arizona drivers are spending less time on the road. The study found that spikes in gas prices and increased use of mass transit are behind the trend.The report was released by the nonpartisan Arizona Public Interest Research Group.
May 14, 2013
A new report from the Arizona PIRG Education Fund says the state's driving boom is over. It says total vehicle travel miles peaked in 2007, and PIRG's Serena Unrein says driving is likely to decline further because of demographic changes involving the Millennial generation: those people born between 1983 and 2000.
May 14, 2013
Four people are in custody, after a series of metal thefts at one Peoria location. Police spokeswoman Amanda Jacinto says police noticed air conditioning units at a vacant business were increasingly being stripped, and staked out the area, arresting two husband and wife teams.
May 14, 2013
The Senate Judiciary Committee will resume voting on amendments to a comprehensive immigration reform bill on Tuesday. Many of those amendments deal with border security, but a new report sheds light on the data missing from the current debate.
May 14, 2013
Phoenix wants to improve the financial scorecard for the municipal golf courses it owns and operates. Five of the courses lost a combined $2 million in the last fiscal year, and the city council will consider a plan Wednesday to have outside vendors run some of the operations.
May 14, 2013
The north rim of the Grand Canyon officially opens to tourists this week.  The canyon’s south rim gets far more visitors, but tourists on the north rim may still notice federal budget cuts this summer.
May 13, 2013
With a Senate committee scheduled to continue work on immigration legislation that Arizona’s John McCain helped spearhead, the state’s senior Senator will be pushing another pet project Tuesday morning.
May 13, 2013
Construction is coming back to the Southwest, and with it, competition for construction workers. Construction season in Phoenix is starting, and building sites such as these need more and more workers.
May 13, 2013
Arizona Senator John McCain is calling the administration's response to the attack on the American embassy in Benghazi, Libya a cover-up. McCain said the revision of the 'talking points' to be used by Ambassador Susan Rice after the attack was a willful removal of information.
May 13, 2013
A new report said many renters in Arizona are being forced to choose between necessities, like food and paying the rent. The Center for Housing Policy report shows an increasing number of renters are spending more than half their household incomes on housing.
May 13, 2013
The state legislative session has been stalled the last several weeks as talks continue over Medicaid expansion. Governor Jan Brewer has asked lawmakers not to send her any more bills until there is agreement on Medicaid, and while lawmakers remain at the capitol, the cost of keeping them there is about to go down.
May 13, 2013
Help is on the way for drivers — and vendors — displaced by the closure of a section of Highway 89 in northern Arizona. Monday, work crews will begin improving an unpaved road that will serve temporarily as the new 89.
May 13, 2013
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.
May 13, 2013
Some of the loudest critics of Proposition 100, the voter-approved temporary one cent sales tax increase, were small business owners. Lance Muzslay, co-owner of Sole Sports Running Zone. (Photo by Mark Brodie - KJZZ) They worried about, among other things, how the higher tax would affect their sales.
May 11, 2013
A random act of kindness by a local cop has gone viral. The story of Natalie Simonick and her good deed has been shared more than 19,000 times -- and "liked" more than 140,000 times -- on the Phoenix Police Department’s Facebook page.
May 10, 2013
The Arizona Department of Economic Security is launching a pilot program for 1000 people that sets up a one-stop shop for services to ensure consumers get all of the benefits they are eligible for. It is the first step in implementing a new vision in how the social safety net should work.
May 10, 2013
A new poll shows strong support among Latinos for sex education, including birth control. The poll, from Planned Parenthood and the Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health, shows a majority of Latinos say preventing teen pregnancy is a major issue.
May 10, 2013

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