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Protective fire shields, used in Yarnell Hill Fire, are not always effective
Nineteen firefighters died Sunday in the Yarnell Hill Fire, even though they were using protective fire shields. The devices are a last resort in life-threatening situations. Phillip Maldonado, a squad leader with the Granite Mountain Hotshots, helps crew member learn the finer points of setting up emergency fire shelters in April 2012.
Sept. 20, 2013
How magazine covers influence consumers
The latest edition of The New Yorker magazine has led to a lot of debate about same sex marriage and childhood icons. It features Bert and Ernie of Sesame Street cuddling on the couch watching the Supreme Court on television, a reference to the high court overturning the Defense of Marriage Act.
Sept. 20, 2013
ADOT finalizes three proposed routes for Phoenix-Tucson commuter rail service
The Arizona Department of Transportation has released a new map that identifies three possible routes for its dream project, a proposed commuter rail service linking Phoenix and Tucson. ADOT plans to narrow it down to a final train route by early next year.
Sept. 20, 2013
Most Arizonans Live In Area Serviced By Medical Marijuana Dispensary
State health officials say about nine of every 10 Arizonans now lives in an area with a medical marijuana dispensary. The state Department of Health Services says 47 dispensaries have been inspected and approved to operate and that so far 35 of those are open and operating.
Sept. 20, 2013
Thoughts On The Expansion Of State Route 260 West
At the end of June, the state transportation board decided that part of Arizona State Route 260 West of Interstate 17 needed to be widened at a cost of more than $65 million. It  will be the biggest rural highway project in the state over the next several years, but Arizona Department of Transportation engineers did not even recommend the work.
Sept. 20, 2013
Walgreens Clinics Set A Precedent In Treating Chronic Conditions
Access to health care has long been a question with many answers -- none of them especially simple. This is the Walgreens where Marianne Rosati works, located at Tatum Boulevard and Cave Creek Road.
Sept. 20, 2013
Monsoon Leaves 4,500 Without Power
A monsoon storm in the East Valley last night damaged some homes and schools in the area and resulted in significant power outages. SRP Spokesman Scott Harelson says the outages from the storm were above average for a typical Arizona monsoon storm.
Sept. 20, 2013
Most Arizonans Live Within 25 Miles Of A Marijuana Dispensary
The merits, legality and logistics of Arizona’s Medical Marijuana Program have spent a lot of time in traditional courtrooms, even after a majority in the court of public opinion approved it at the ballot box in 2010.
Sept. 20, 2013
Healing Continues For Prescott Residents After Yarnell Hill Fire
Flags around Arizona will go back up to full staff at sunset Friday evening. Governor Brewer had ordered them to be at half-staff for 19 days, in memory of the 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew who died fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire.
Sept. 20, 2013
Man Attached To Jodi Arias Arrested For Threatening 3 People
Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies have arrested a New York man for allegedly stalking and threatening two national television commentators and an Arizona woman. 48-year-old David Simpson was arrested in Bath, NY after Sheriff Joe Arpaio says he became attached to convicted murderer Jodi Arias during her trial, and sent tweets to the victims.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Third Graders May Be Held Back
Arizona students entering third grade this year are the first group of kids that may be held back because of their reading level. More than 18,000 children are at risk of repeating third grade. For the past three years, the Arizona State Board of Education prepared schools across the state to make sure that children can read at an acceptable level at third grade.
Sept. 20, 2013
Economics Professors Take On Sprouts Going Public
This week, Sprouts Farmers Market announced it is going public. Sprouts is one of many, many grocery options in the Valley. Tim James, professor of economics at the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University said the Phoenix market city, not grocery, is in some ways unique.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tribal Members Claim Discrimination Over 202 Expansion
Members of the Gila River Indian community will hand deliver a civil rights complaint to the state transportation department Tuesday. The South Mountain freeway project has been 30 years in the making.
Sept. 20, 2013
DPS Officer, Wife Face Up To 23 Years In Prison
A DPS officer and his wife face multiple years in prison after being convicted by a Santa Cruz County jury on conspiracy, money laundering and theft charges. Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne says Horacio and Carmen Lomelil were found guilty of taking checks from her employer, Nogales-based Sierra Seed, and depositing the money in their personal checking account, over a five year period.
Sept. 20, 2013
First Licensed State Medical Marijuana Dispensaries May Get More Time To Open
Some of the first medical marijuana dispensaries the state licensed will get more time to open their doors.  The Department of Health Services had given dispensaries a year to open saying their authorizations would expire unless they met the deadline, but attorney Paul Conant filed suit to stop that saying some of his clients could not comply, in part because some communities failed to provide the needed zoning.
Sept. 20, 2013
E. Coli Outbreak Connected To Valley Restaurant
An apparent E. coli outbreak has been linked to a Mexican restaurant in Litchfield Park. So far, 11 people have been hospitalized who ate food from Frederico’s Mexican restaurant around July 23. Jeanene Fowler is with Maricopa County Public Health.
Sept. 20, 2013
Roaming Area May Be Expanded For Endangered Wolves
Mexican gray wolves may be getting more room to roam here in Arizona. The federal government might give the animals 10 times more space than they currently have in the Southwest.These days, endangered Mexican gray wolves are limited to an area on the Arizona/New Mexico border, but the U.
Sept. 20, 2013
Are Latin American Baseball Players More Inclined To Use Banned Substances?
Much to the chagrin of the Major League Baseball Commissioner’s Office and many team front offices, general news headlines devoted to the sport in recent weeks were focused on when suspensions would be announced for players who were connected to the Biogenesis Clinic, linked to banned performance-enhancing drugs.
Sept. 20, 2013
Going Inside A Medical Marijuana Dispensary
Medicinal marijuana has been legal in Arizona since 2010. But legal dispensaries didn’t start popping up until this year. Now, nearly 50 are open in Arizona – and about half are here in the Valley.
Sept. 20, 2013

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