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Gas Prices Edge Down
Arizona drivers are paying a little less at the gas pump this week, according to AAA.  The cost of a gallon of unleaded gas is off two cents from a week ago, to $3.38. Spokeswoman Stephanie Dembowski credits relative stability in the Middle East and in the Mid-Atlantic states for the modest decrease.
Sept. 26, 2013
Teen Childbirth Rates In Arizona Drop To Historic Lows
New figures from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention show teen birth rates in Arizona and around the country have dropped to historic lows. They’re down nearly 40 percent since 2001 in Arizona, but still among the highest in the United States.
Sept. 26, 2013
Arizona Corrections Health System Broken, Says Former Service Provider
The company that once provided health care services for Arizona’s 33,000 inmates told state officials the corrections health system “is broken and does not provide a constitutional level of care.” That information came from records unsealed by a federal court on Tuesday.
Sept. 26, 2013
Failed Beauty Shop Inspections Risk Public Health
A new report says lax inspection procedures by the state Cosmetology Board put public health at risk. The Auditor General says a review of 54 beauty shops licensed over a 6-year period found 22 of them had still not been inspected.
Sept. 26, 2013
State’s Forecast Shows Cooler Temperatures Across Arizona
Yesterday was the first day of fall, and the state’s forecast is reflecting that. There is a freeze warning in Flagstaff until 8 a.m. Monday, and the temperature there got down to 32 degrees Monday morning.
Sept. 26, 2013
JPMorgan Chase To Lay Off More Mortgage Workers In Phoenix Area
Arizona’s mortgage industry is suffering more job losses. JPMorgan Chase said it will lay off an additional 500 employees at its refinancing division in the Phoenix area. Chase spokesperson Suzanne Ryan said the company has sent out pink slips to a total of 720 mortgage processors since August.
Sept. 26, 2013
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
Hot weather leads to multiple emergency calls in Lake Mead area
One man has died and five hikers had to be rescued amid dangerously hot temperatures Saturday.  It all happened in White Rock Canyon, along the Arizona-Nevada border about eight miles from Boulder City.
Sept. 20, 2013
Why did the governor call a special session?
Arizona lawmakers will be at the capitol today after being called to a special session late Tuesday by Governor Jan Brewer. They'll be working on Medicaid expansion and the state budget. I talked with Jim Small of the Arizona Capitol Times this morning, and asked him why the governor would call a special session when lawmakers were expected to deal with the issues during their regular session later in the week.
Sept. 20, 2013
Legislature sends budget, Medicaid expansion to governor
Less than 24 hours after the Arizona House approved Gov. Jan Brewer’s plan to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, the Senate has followed suit. That ended the special session the governor called Tuesday to deal with Medicaid and the budget.
Sept. 20, 2013
Zero new homes sold in Tempe and Avondale in April
 Not all Valley cities are created equal for new-home sales. The latest real estate report from Arizona State University shows Gilbert and Goodyear leading the way in that sector of the housing recovery, but builders in other cities are still idle.
Sept. 20, 2013
School bus collides with SUV, sparks investigation
Sheriff's deputies in Coconino County are investigating the collision of a school bus and an SUV, east of Flagstaff, Monday. Spokesman Gerry Blair said there are a number of issues to resolve before a decision is made about whether citations will be issued.
Sept. 20, 2013
Criticism of Gov. Brewers Medicaid expansion
Just days after being applauded for signing a Medicaid expansion that came with the support of a Republican-Democratic legislative coalition, Gov. Jan Brewer was skewered for signing a measure making sweeping changes to the state's election system.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arpaio files appeal in racial profiling case
Sheriff Joe Arpaio is fighting back against a judge’s ruling that his agency engaged in racial profiling. The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office has long been accused of targeting Latino drivers.
Sept. 20, 2013

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