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Phoenix International Raceway Celebrates 50th Anniversary Next Year
Phoenix International Raceway has been part of the Valley sports scene since January 1964. Next year, the track will celebrate its 50th anniversary. Track President Bryan Sperber promises it will be a year to remember.
Oct. 3, 2013
City of Phoenix Receives Few Public Comments At Meetings On Food Tax
For as much rancor as Phoenix’s temporary food tax has generated, public hearings on the issue have not been well-attended. As of Wednesday afternoon, the city had received 14 public comments over the course of nine meetings.
Oct. 3, 2013
Arizona Board Of Regents Asks For Budget Increase For State Universities
The Arizona Board of Regents is asking for a nearly 15 percent hike in next year’s budget for the state’s three universities and the Board of Regents itself. The regents said the nearly $100 million increase does not make up for the massive cuts made by the legislature during the recession, but that budget may not make it through intact.
Oct. 3, 2013
Shutdown Would Boot Visitors From Grand Canyon
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.
Oct. 3, 2013
Brewer: Both Sides To Blame For Shutdown
As the shutdown of the federal government enters its second day, Gov. Jan Brewer says she and her staff are keeping the pressure on Washington to break the logjam. The governor says both sides are to blame and that there are several places where the shutdown is impacting Arizona.
Oct. 3, 2013
Farm Bill Expires Leaving Growers Uncertain About Future Crop Insurance Rates
Arizona farmers are upset with Congress for not approving an extension to the Farm Bill before the government shutdown. Some farmers are now worried about getting government loans for next year’s crops.
Oct. 3, 2013
Chinese Auctioneers Visit Phoenix For Training
China has often been accused of stealing information and technology from other countries, but now some Chinese entrepreneurs are blatantly “borrowing” from the United States. An Arizona firm is helping them learn more about the American auction industry.
Oct. 3, 2013
Some Services For Arizonans Not Available During Shutdown
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.
Oct. 3, 2013
Court Of Appeals Approves Public Education Funding Vouchers
Another court has given the green light for Arizona lawmakers to issue what amount to public education funding vouchers to parents to educate their kids at any private or parochial school they want. Parents of students with special needs and those in schools with a ‘D’ or lower rating, get what are called empowerment scholarships, amounting to 90 percent of state aid.
Oct. 3, 2013
Tempe City Council Approves Funding for Manufacturing for Tempe Town Lake Dam
The largest steel dam in the country is going to be built at Tempe Town Lake. That is the word from the city of Tempe. The city council voted to approve funding for the manufacturing of the steel dam Thursday night.
Sept. 26, 2013
Arizona Legislature Wants To Halt Maps Drawn By Independent Redistricting Commission
The state Legislature wants to take back control of drawing Arizona’s congressional district maps. In 2000, voters passed Prop 106, which took redistricting away from the Legislature and gave it to the Independent Redistricting Commission.
Sept. 26, 2013
Analyzing Arizonas Political Future
Mesa Mayor Scott Smith has never been shy about communicating with state and federal government officials about issues facing municipalities and possible solutions to problems that arise from those issues.
Sept. 26, 2013
Airline Employees See Big Gains In Merger
Tempe-based US Airways has upped its spending on lobbyists this year as it tries to merge with American Airlines. There's a big job to do. Several hundred employees of American Airlines and Tempe-based US Airways asked members of Congress to support their merger bid.
Sept. 26, 2013
Preparing For The Future Of Arizona Transportation
Does the Valley have enough transportation options? Is there enough funding to implement effective changes? The Maricopa Association of Governments or MAG has put together its Draft 2035 Regional Transportation Plan to prepare for the future, and the public had the chance to make comments and ask questions Thursday night.
Sept. 26, 2013
Arizona Game And Fish Holds Public Meetings On New Federal Mexican Gray Wolf Management Plan
The Arizona Game and Fish Department is doing what the federal government will not. The state agency is holding public meetings on the federal plan for the future of the endangered Mexican Gray Wolf. Advocates say more Mexican gray wolves must be released into the wild to ensure the long-term survival of the endangered species.
Sept. 26, 2013
Lessening The Impact of The Southwests Drought On The Colorado River
The Southwest’s lengthy drought has led to serious discussions recently about how much water will be available from the Colorado River, an extremely significant source, considering seven states including Arizona use it.
Sept. 26, 2013

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