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Nuns on the Bus visit sparks rally
Crowds formed near the intersection of Camelback Road and 22nd Street in Phoenix on Wednesday as a group of Catholic nuns climbed down from a large tour bus for a scheduled visit to the offices of U.S.
Sept. 20, 2013
State legislature adjourns
The state legislative session is adjourned, after 151 days.  It happened early Friday, after a coalition of moderate Republicans joined Democrats to approve an expansion of the state's Medicaid program, under the federal Affordable Care Act, but the bridge-making effort angered conservative Republicans like Representative John Kavanagh.
Sept. 20, 2013
Open flames banned in four Arizona forests starting Wednesday
Four more Arizona forests, the Coconino, Kaibab, Prescott, and Tonto, are taking fire restrictions up a notch this week.  National Forest Service spokeswoman Jacqueline Banks says 'open flame' fires will be banned in those forests beginning Wednesday morning, “It’s really important that people realize just how dry it is across Arizona,” Banks said.
Sept. 20, 2013
Feds win voting rights battle, but the overall outcome remains in question
Monday's ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court struck down an Arizona requirement related to prospective voters proving their citizenship. University of California-Irvine law Professor Richard Hasen said that is a victory for the federal government on the issue of voting rights, but he is convinced the overall battle continues.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona school districts allowed to increase debt loads for construction projects
Arizona school districts are now able to increase their debt load for construction projects under a measure approved by state lawmakers. It gives districts authority to sell more bonds to build schools or remodel classrooms.
Sept. 20, 2013
Chickens that sparked Chandler controversy now missing
A flock of hens that ignited controversy over the city of Chandler’s backyard chicken ban has gone missing. Jellybean, seen above with Banjo the cat, is one of the 12 chickens that went missing late last week from the Papay household.
Sept. 20, 2013
Artlink holds its annual meeting
The Phoenix arts organization, Artlink, will gather its volunteers and community members Wednesday night to discuss upcoming plans for "First Fridays" and "Third Fridays," two of its major efforts. Artlink Interim Co-President Catrina Kahler talked about the annual meeting and the organization's mission.
Sept. 20, 2013
Supreme Court wont hear Arizona domestic partner case
It was a far less dramatic decision than earlier rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act and Prop 8, but the U.S. Supreme Court quietly declined Thursday to hear an appeal from Gov. Jan Brewer in a case with a complicated history.
Sept. 20, 2013
Negotiations continue for Valley Metro operators
Contract talks between the union representing Valley bus drivers and the Valley Metro’s system manager are on hold Monday. The two groups decided to take a day off and meet again on Tuesday. First Transit and the Amalgamated Transit Union will return to the negotiating table at 8 a.
Sept. 20, 2013
Valley public transportation ramps up for July 4
Public transportation in the East Valley is ramped up for the July 4 festivities. The light rail will operate on holiday hours for those celebrating July 4. (Photo courtesy of Valley Metro)  The light rail is operating on a holiday schedule, running every 20 minutes.
Sept. 20, 2013
ADOT finalizes three proposed routes for Phoenix-Tucson commuter rail service
The Arizona Department of Transportation has released a new map that identifies three possible routes for its dream project, a proposed commuter rail service linking Phoenix and Tucson. ADOT plans to narrow it down to a final train route by early next year.
Sept. 20, 2013
Most Arizonans Live In Area Serviced By Medical Marijuana Dispensary
State health officials say about nine of every 10 Arizonans now lives in an area with a medical marijuana dispensary. The state Department of Health Services says 47 dispensaries have been inspected and approved to operate and that so far 35 of those are open and operating.
Sept. 20, 2013
Thoughts On The Expansion Of State Route 260 West
At the end of June, the state transportation board decided that part of Arizona State Route 260 West of Interstate 17 needed to be widened at a cost of more than $65 million. It  will be the biggest rural highway project in the state over the next several years, but Arizona Department of Transportation engineers did not even recommend the work.
Sept. 20, 2013
Walgreens Clinics Set A Precedent In Treating Chronic Conditions
Access to health care has long been a question with many answers -- none of them especially simple. This is the Walgreens where Marianne Rosati works, located at Tatum Boulevard and Cave Creek Road.
Sept. 20, 2013
Monsoon Leaves 4,500 Without Power
A monsoon storm in the East Valley last night damaged some homes and schools in the area and resulted in significant power outages. SRP Spokesman Scott Harelson says the outages from the storm were above average for a typical Arizona monsoon storm.
Sept. 20, 2013
Most Arizonans Live Within 25 Miles Of A Marijuana Dispensary
The merits, legality and logistics of Arizona’s Medical Marijuana Program have spent a lot of time in traditional courtrooms, even after a majority in the court of public opinion approved it at the ballot box in 2010.
Sept. 20, 2013
Healing Continues For Prescott Residents After Yarnell Hill Fire
Flags around Arizona will go back up to full staff at sunset Friday evening. Governor Brewer had ordered them to be at half-staff for 19 days, in memory of the 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew who died fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire.
Sept. 20, 2013
3 Inches Of Rain In Eloy
Residents of Eloy, Ariz. are cleaning up this morning after a heavy thunderstorm dumped a lot of rain on the town in a short period of time Monday afternoon. David Lader of the National Weather Service in Tucson, says the storm hit with very little warning.
Sept. 20, 2013
Grand Canyon Universitys For-Profit Status Causes Problems In Athletic Scheduling
Grand Canyon University decided it wanted to move its athletic program into Division I, which means it would soon be competing on the same stage in sports like basketball with Arizona State University.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arguments Begin On How Police Officers Should Spend Their Time At Work
Friday, attorneys for the Goldwater Institute and the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association were in Maricopa County Superior Court  to argue a case that centers on how some police officers spend their time on the job.
Sept. 20, 2013

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