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Bill Could Force Logging On Public Forestland
A bill that makes logging a requirement on some public forestland, speeding up the timber sales process and making it more difficult to challenge them is nearing a vote on the House floor. Co-sponsor Paul Gosar of Arizona says the bill will get badly needed income to rural timber counties, but the Congressional Budget Office says the counties would actually get less government money than they do now.
Sept. 26, 2013
NM Senator Recommends Research Lab To Find Best Route For New Transmission Line
A proposed electricity transmission line that would extend from Lincoln County in New Mexico, southeast of Albuquerque, to Pinal County is facing some challenges. The Pentagon says the construction of the SunZia transmission line could interfere with training at the White Sands Missile Range.
Sept. 26, 2013
Metal Theft Law Signed
Arizona lawmakers celebrated a new metal-theft bill that was signed Tuesday at the state capitol. Replacing stolen copper and metal wires has become an expensive problem for homeowners and businesses.
Sept. 26, 2013
Scam Asks People To Pay Utility Bills Over The Phone
Police in Mesa are investigating a scam they say appears to be spreading across Arizona. Detective Steve Berry explains it involves your electrical service. “They had received phone calls from an individual saying that they were behind on their bill and that if they didn’t go get a cash card of some sort and provide that number and information over the phone, that their utilities would be turned off,” Berry said.
Sept. 26, 2013
Allegiant Again Canceling Flights To Check MD-80s
Allegiant Air said it is still on schedule to finish inspecting the emergency slides in its fleet of MD-80 jets by the end of the month. The inspections have caused delays and cancellations for thousands of passengers.
Sept. 26, 2013
Interactive Website Identifies Arizona Natural Hazards
The Arizona Geological Survey and the state Division of Emergency Management are teaming up to give you a way to identify and deal with natural hazards. It’s an interactive website focusing on four hazards that are common to Arizona: earthquakes, earth fissures, floods and wildfires.
Sept. 26, 2013
Gov. Brewer Appoints New Adjutant General Of Arizona National Guard
Gov. Jan Brewer has selected a new leader of the Arizona National Guard.  He will replace a general who ran the agency for five years. Brewer appointed Col. Michael McGuire as the next adjutant general of the Arizona National Guard.
Sept. 20, 2013
Three Market Workers Arrested For Cheating Food Stamp Program
Three people have been arrested for defrauding the food stamp system out of nearly $600,000.  Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne says the suspects all worked in the same convenience store in Phoenix and would allow a person to buy inexpensive items with food stamps, and then deduct a higher amount from their food stamp cards.
Sept. 20, 2013
More Storms To Come This Week
We have already seen some early morning thunderstorms across the metro area, and we could be in for more stormy weather over the next few days.Meteorologist Chris Kuhlman of the National Weather Service in Phoenix said there is still moisture left from last week's influx of warm, tropical air that could trigger storms just about anywhere.
Sept. 20, 2013
The Continuing Impact Of Frank Lloyd Wright On Architecture
The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture got its formal start in 1932 when Wright had 23 apprentices living at Taliesin in Wisconsin. The school now operates in Spring Green, Wis. and about 20 miles away from us in Scottsdale.
Sept. 20, 2013
Town Hall Attendees Overwhelmingly Against Syria Attacks
A town hall on Thursday with Arizona Sen. John McCain became contentious, as many in attendance made it clear where they stand on a military strike against Syria.“You don’t respect our view,” one attendee said.
Sept. 20, 2013
Scottsdale City Council Considering Changing Public Safety Ordinance After Club Stabbings
The Scottsdale City Council will consider changes to its public safety ordinance later this week. The action comes after two stabbings at downtown clubs earlier this year. Under the proposed ordinance, clubs will have to file new safety plans that include minimum standards for security personnel.
Sept. 20, 2013
Another Effort Launched To Make Recreational Marijuana Legal In Arizona
The recreational use of marijuana will be legalized in Arizona, if a national advocacy group can get voters behind the proposal. The same group that helped Arizona get medical marijuana passed announced a campaign Tuesday to get recreational pot on the 2016 ballot.
Sept. 20, 2013
Goldwater Institute Files Suit Against Medicaid Expansion
Arizona’s Medicaid expansion plan officially went into effect Thursday, but a lawsuit filed this morning hopes to block it. A day after expansion opponents failed to turn in enough signatures to put the law on hold until next November’s election, the Goldwater Institute filed a lawsuit, arguing the plan is unconstitutional.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona House Committee To Decide Next Week On Benefits For Seasonal Firefighters
An Arizona House committee next week will take the first steps toward possible action on changes to the way seasonal firefighters get benefits. It has been a contentious issue since 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew died fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire in June.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Borrows $200 Million To Privately Pay Off Federal Debt
Arizona is borrowing $200 million this week in a bid to save business owners money. The state’s jobless fund is supposed to support itself with a tax on employers, but during the recession it went broke.
Sept. 20, 2013
Campaign Financings Big Effect On Arizona Elections
Money is a big part of political campaigns. It is nearly impossible to win a council or legislative seat without cash, and it is completely impossible to win a statewide or congressional race. Clean Elections was supposed to level the playing field to some extent by providing public financing for candidates and offering matching funds for people who were running against opponents with a higher level of private money, but Clean Elections has been defanged by the US Supreme Court, and a Maricopa County superior court judge declined to issue a temporary injunction blocking higher private contribution limits from going into effect.
Sept. 20, 2013

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