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Wickenburg historic theater in danger of closing
Early next year, production companies will stop making movies available on film. That means theaters have to purchase new equipment to show digital movies, and that is not cheap. The Saguaro Theater is know for its neon cactus on top of the building that lights up at night.
Sept. 20, 2013
Flagstaff-area woman dies from complications of hantavirus
A rare and dangerous illness has claimed the life of a Northern Arizonan.  Coconino County health officials say a woman from the Flagstaff area has died from complications of hantavirus, which is spread by infected urine, droppings, and/or saliva of wild rodents.
Sept. 20, 2013
Monsoon season, and mosquitos, arent far off
The high heat is a signal that monsoon season is not far off.  It begins, officially, on Saturday and one aspect of it you may prefer to avoid comes with a buzz.  It'll soon be peak season for mosquitoes and David Mizejewski of the National Wildlife Federation says you'll be targeted through a chemical trail you unwittingly leave in your wake.
Sept. 20, 2013
Story Corps Phoenix: Ruth Jurhill and Dale Evans
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.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenixs only mens roller derby team speaks out
By now, doesn’t everyone know about roller derby? It’s famous, maybe as much for its fast skating as its free spirit, but it’s not so well-known for its men. This contact sport is dominated by women.
Sept. 20, 2013
New Navajo Route 20 will provide easier travel around US Highway 89
Workers in northern Arizona have begun paving a road on the Navajo Nation that will provide a temporary route around a section of US Highway 89, south of Page, which has been closed due to a landslide.
Sept. 20, 2013
Prescott Bluegrass Festival still scheduled, despite Doce Fire
The Prescott Bluegrass Festival is still scheduled to begin Saturday. The Doce fire has not cancelled the event. Even though the fire continues to burn, the Chamber of Commerce said there is no smoke downtown, and all roads are still open.
Sept. 20, 2013
Park Central Mall open again after copper thieves steal water pipes
Businesses have reopened at Park Central Mall in Phoenix Tuesday after copper thieves stole dozens of expensive water pipes Monday.  Phoenix police said the crime may be connected to a series of recent metal thefts in the area.
Sept. 20, 2013
Warped Tour heat concerns
Thousands of music fans are expected to show up today in east Mesa for a rock concert known as the Warped Tour. With the temperature predicted to be more than 110 degrees, health and show officials are advising concert-goers to take precautions.
Sept. 20, 2013
Officials discover 160-feet long drug-smuggling tunnel
Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers say they've shut down an incomplete drug-smuggling tunnel under the border at Nogales. Spokeswoman Amber Cargile says the finding came during a routine inspection of the main storm drain system on both sides of the border.
Sept. 20, 2013
Navajos to allow drinking on casino floors
People gambling at the Navajo Nation’s casino in Arizona just got the green light to drink. Nation President Ben Shelly signed the bill expanding alcohol consumption Monday. The move follows the Navajo Nation Council’s Friday vote to allow drinking on casino floors.
Sept. 20, 2013
Scottsdale brush patrol team on the look out
The terrain and vegetation here in the desert may be different from other areas in the state that have been burned by wildfires, but local firefighters face the same threats. From left to right, Captain Dean Gehl and firemen Anthony Cain and Rob Clark of Scottsdale Fire Station 615.
Sept. 20, 2013
Yarnell residents return home after evacuation
Hundreds of people who were forced out of Yarnell are returning home Monday after a wildfire forced them to flee for safety more than a week ago. Vehicles lined up along the highway into Yarnell well before the evacuation order was lifted at 9 a.
Sept. 20, 2013
West Nile Season Starting
As monsoon season starts in the Valley, so does the season for the West Nile Virus. Three cases of the mosquito-borne disease were reported in Maricopa County in June. All three people contracted encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain, the most serious form of West Nile.
Sept. 20, 2013
Chandler To Decide On Urban Chickens Thursday Night
For years, Chandler has been one of only cities in the area that outlaws urban chickens. Chandler has been chewing on the urban chicken question for more than a year. Resident Joe Papay originally led the charge to allow hens in the city, after he and his family got in hot water over their brood.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tucson Unified School District Cultural Studies Program Still Under Hot Water
The long standing controversy over cultural studies at the Tucson Unified School District continues. The district is under a federal court order to come up with a new ethnic studies curriculum after it ended its Mexican American Studies program, but now state authorities have complaints.
Sept. 20, 2013
Maricopa Gets Tough On Jury Duty No-Shows
Don’t ignore your jury summons. That is that mantra behind the county’s new rules, which will force potential jurors who fail to respond to explain why in court. More than half of Maricopa County residents who receive jury summons fail to respond.
Sept. 20, 2013
Storms Shut Rawhide Down
Monday’s monsoon didn’t last long, but its effects are still being felt. South of Phoenix, the Wild West attraction known as Rawhide has closed temporarily to deal with the storm’s damage.Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse always shuts down in August, but the recent microburst moved the schedule up a few weeks.
Sept. 20, 2013
Bad Weather Costs Arizona Billions
Damaging storms are causing some to question how much climate change is costing Arizona. A look at insurance data suggests it could be more than a billion dollars a year and rising. Critics say it's impossible to prove climate change has caused any specific natural disaster, but Laurie Johnson of the Natural Resources Defense Council says a pattern is emerging.
Sept. 20, 2013

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