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Allegiant Airlines Grounds MD-80 Jets For Inspections
Arizona passengers scheduled to fly on Allegiant Airlines could experience flight delays or cancellations through the weekend. Allegiant has grounded most of its jets to inspect emergency exit slides.Allegiant stopped flying all 52 of its MD-80 airplanes after passengers were forced to evacuate a jet at the Las Vegas airport on Monday.
Sept. 26, 2013
Campaign Finance Law Comes With A Surprise
The election law changes that raised Arizona's campaign contribution limits are also providing candidates with an unwanted and apparently unintended surprise.  The surprise is a new requirement that candidates have separate campaign finance committees for the primary and general election elections, according to the Arizona Capitol Times.
Sept. 26, 2013
Budget Request May Enable Child Protective Services To Hire Nearly 400 More Workers
Staff and funding shortages at Arizona’s Child Protective Services have been troublesome for many years. The situation had become so stark that the most recent legislative session got started with an overwhelming vote in favor of emergency funding for CPS, but Clarence Carter, director of the state Department of Economic Security which oversees CPS, has made a significant budget request for the next fiscal year.
Sept. 26, 2013
Did You Know: Papago Park Was A Prisoner Of War Camp
The camp opened nearly 70 years ago and was located just north of where KJZZ Tempe studios are located today. The prisoner of war camp was one of 500 across the country. A newspaper article with pictures of the escaped POW fugitives courtesy of the Arizona Historical Society.
Sept. 26, 2013
Local Leaders Mixed On Bill To Defund Affordable Care Act
Republicans in the United States House of Representatives have expressed their disapproval of the Affordable Health Act by passing a short-term spending plan that would defund it. Leaders of the U.S. Senate have said the measure is dead on arrival there.
Sept. 26, 2013
The Impact Of Bank Layoffs In The Valley
Wells Fargo has let more than 500 employees go. Since August, JPMorgan Chase has dropped more than 750 jobs, most of those in Phoenix and Tempe.  Kristena Hansen of The Phoenix Business Journal has been reporting on the layoffs.
Sept. 26, 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
Health Care Affiliation Closer to Reality
The boards of directors of two Valley health care companies have signed off on a deal to form a system-wide affiliation. Scottsdale Healthcare and John C. Lincoln Health Network earlier this year announced plans to form Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network.
Sept. 20, 2013
Jeep Tours To Resume In Part Of McDowell Sonoran Preserve
Jeep tour operators will now be able to take passengers out in a small part of Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Jeep tours will be resuming in a section of Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve.
Sept. 20, 2013
McCain Wants Resolution For Full Syria Strike
Arizona Sen. John McCain met with President Obama Monday to discuss the possibility of limited strikes on Syria. McCain told NPR’s Steve Inskeep Tuesday that he believes approving the resolution is an absolute necessity.
Sept. 20, 2013
McCain, VA Touting Program To Speed Up Veterans Disability Claims
Arizona’s senior senator is planning a series of events to help veterans get the services they need more quickly.  Arizona Sen. John McCain. (Photo courtesy of Office of Sen. John McCain) According to a Center for Investigative Reporting analysis, the average wait time for Phoenix veterans filing new disability claims with the U.
Sept. 20, 2013
Police Treating Teen?s Death As Homicide
Phoenix police said they are treating the death of an aspiring teenage boxer as a homicide, after his parents found him dead in his home Tuesday. Sergeant Trent Crump said 17-year-old Alexis Urbina-Ochoa was home from school Tuesday morning and last seen alive at 10:30 a.
Sept. 20, 2013
Report: Arizonas Economy Is Showing Signs Of Life
A new report said the state's economy is showing some signs of life.  Retail sales in July were up 9 percent from last year for the best July report in 6 years.  Economist Dennis Hoffman of Arizona State University said what makes the growth amazing is that it is taking place with little impact on Arizona's 8 percent jobless rate, but the year-over-year spending increase at bars, restaurants and hotels was much smaller.
Sept. 20, 2013

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