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Closing Arguments Set For Co-Defendant in Buddhist Temple Murder Retrial
Closing arguments begin Monday in the retrial of a man accused of murdering nine people at Buddhist temple more than two decades ago. Johnathan Doody’s defense team rested its case last week without calling any witnesses.
Sept. 26, 2013
EPA Fines BIA For Drinking Water Violations
The Environmental Protection Agency and the Bureau of Indian Affairs have settled a civil action over violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act. The settlement includes a major fine for the BIA.The EPA’s Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld says access to clean, potable drinking water remains a critical issue for many tribal communities.
Sept. 26, 2013
Lawmakers Acted Illegally When Refusing To Adjust Public School Aid, Says Arizona Supreme Court
The Arizona Supreme Court has reaffirmed the right of state voters to make their own laws, and they are telling state lawmakers they acted illegally in refusing to adjust state aid to public schools for inflation.
Sept. 26, 2013
Bennett Almost Ready To Announce Run For Governor
Secretary of State Ken Bennett is making no bones about his intention of running for governor and a newly approved law is allowing him to do it. The measure allows elected officials to be more vocal about their plans without being forced to resign, according to Matt Roberts of the Secretary of State’s Office.
Sept. 26, 2013
DPS Officer Recovering After Being Shot Over The Weekend
A Department of Public Safety Officer survived a highway shooting over the weekend  near Payson. Spokesman Carrick Cook says the officer was shot during a routine traffic stop Saturday night. “Our officer made a traffic stop just south of Payson and the officer approach the car,” Cook said.
Sept. 26, 2013
Study To Examine Most Effective Drug For Valley Fever
Federal health officials have announced a major study of valley fever in the hope of learning the best way to treat the potentially deadly illness. At a symposium on valley fever this week, the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the clinical trial will involve about 1000 patients with the most common form of the illness.
Sept. 26, 2013
Phoenix Chief Financial Officer To Move To Washington, D.C.
The mayor of Washington, D.C. is nominating the chief financial officer for the city of Phoenix to the same post in the District of Columia. In a statement accompanying the announcement, Mayor Vincent Gray called Jeffrey DeWitt a "skilled manager and leader," citing his experience working with the Wall Street credit-rating agencies to maintain and improve a large city’s bond ratings.
Sept. 26, 2013
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
New Common Core Standards Are More Rigorous Than AIMS Standards
Valley teachers and administrators are preparing for the new Common Core standards that are replacing the AIMS test as a graduation requirement. State Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal noted the standards are more rigorous than the AIMS standards and said it will take time to adjust to them.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mohave County Says Gray Wolves Not Welcome
The Mohave County Board is saying ‘no way’ to an expansion of the Mexican Gray Wolf recovery zone.  The board unanimously approved a resolution Monday saying the wolves would not be welcome in the northwest Arizona county unless they have been vaccinated, have a dog license and have been spayed or neutered.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Educators Brace For Cuts In Federal Head Start Funds
Arizona educators who depend on federal Head Start funds for low-income preschool students are bracing for a cash crunch. Some schools are turning kids away and sending layoff notices to teachers as Congress cuts spending.
Sept. 20, 2013
Detention Officer Murdered Outside Of Home
A Maricopa County Sheriff's Detention Officer was killed outside his home early Thursday as he worked on his car. Sheriff Joe Arpaio says 27-year-old Officer Jorge Vargas may or may not have been targeted because of his job.
Sept. 20, 2013
Online Tool Provides Resources, Information For Affordable Care Act
There's now a customized online website to provide specific information about various options under the Affordable Care Act. AARP Arizona's Cynthia Fagyas says in order to use it, you need to answer seven simple questions, like where you live, your gender and your income bracket.
Sept. 20, 2013
County Attorney Disagrees With Prison Reform Proposal
The Maricopa County Attorney is criticizing United States Attorney General Eric Holder’s prison reform proposal. Bill Montgomery says he agrees with flexibility in sentencing, but not outside of legislative channels.
Sept. 20, 2013

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