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StoryCorps Phoenix: David and Suzanne Harbster
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
Two husband-and-wife teams arrested for metal theft
Four people are in custody, after a series of metal thefts at one Peoria location. Police spokeswoman Amanda Jacinto says police noticed air conditioning units at a vacant business were increasingly being stripped, and staked out the area, arresting two husband and wife teams.
Sept. 20, 2013
Senate panel approves changes to elections system
Changes could be coming to several areas of election law in Arizona. The elections omnibus bill includes a series of proposals that have already been debated this year. Among them, one that would allow a voter to designate someone to return their early ballot for them, but that would make it a felony for political committees to collect them and turn them in.
Sept. 20, 2013
National forests to implement campfire and smoking restrictions
Campfire and smoking restrictions will go into effect next Wednesday in many national forests around the state.  David Albo of the Tonto National Forest said the recent winds, above-average temperatures and the ongoing drought are all factors in the decision.
Sept. 20, 2013
Desegregation plan, competition from charter schools add to Tucson school districts financial woes
School is out for summer, but Arizona school districts are looking ahead to the fall when they will face another year of lean budgets. A Tucson Unified School District banner at the school district's headquarters.
Sept. 20, 2013
Beatitudes Campuss unique approach to dementia care
The Phoenix-based Beatitudes Campus has a different approach to caring for residents who have advanced dementia. The New Yorker magazine featured its methods in the May 20 issue.The Director of Education and Research for the Beatitudes Campus, Tena Alonzo, explained what inspired her and the campus to focus on the quality of life of its residents.
Sept. 20, 2013
Weekend forest visitors should be bear aware
If you're headed into the forests this holiday weekend, you may want to listen up. The Game and Fish Department is telling people to be "bear aware," with spokesman Mark Hart warning food and food odors can attract unwanted guests to your campsite.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mice droppings and urine could lead to fatal disease
The Arizona Department of Health Services is urging people heading to their summer homes to be careful, during the cleaning process. Epidemiologist Joli Weiss says they need to watch for signs of mice droppings or urine that could lead to deadly hantavirus.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix man faces challenges of retiring abroad
Thousands of Americans are spending their Golden Years in Costa Rica. One Phoenix man risks his entire life savings to retire in paradise.
Sept. 20, 2013
Laveen mulch fire reduces air quality
A large mulch fire is still smoking in Laveen, nearly 24 hours after the blaze broke out. When the fire began yesterday afternoon south of Phoenix, dozens of firefighters responded. No homes or structures are considered in danger, but Ben Davis of the Maricopa County Air Quality Department said local air quality has been affected by a large, dark cloud.
Sept. 20, 2013
Conference to focus on education of American Indian children
Northern Arizona University’s College of Education is hosting a conference starting today that aims to improve the education, and lives of American Indian children.Language activists, and educators from community and K-12 schools, colleges and universities will gather in Flagstaff, for a series of panels and workshops.
Sept. 20, 2013
AZ House passes school voucher expansion
The Arizona House passed an expansion of a small school voucher program that could greatly increase the number of children allowed to use public funds to attend a private school. The program was established by the Legislature in 2011.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix experiencing uncommonly high temperatures
Just seven days into June, and Phoenix is already experiencing temperatures 10 degrees above normal. Highs for Friday are expected to jump to 112 degrees, and most of that warm weather will transfer over to the weekend.
Sept. 20, 2013
Former Rep. Renzi found guilty of corruption
A federal jury convicted former U.S. Representative Rick Renzi on Tuesday of corruption charges. Renzi was charged with 32 felony counts of wire fraud, conspiracy and extortion. Renzi, a Republican, represented Arizona's 1st Congressional District from 2003 until 2009.
Sept. 20, 2013
Firefighters still battling Chino Fire
Firefighters continues to battle a wildfire that has been burning in the Coronando National Forest.Spokesman Gerry Perry said the Chino Fire has charred over 50 acres but is now more than 50 percent contained since being spotted on Tuesday.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona monsoon season could come early
 Even though tomorrow is the “official” start of Arizona's summer monsoon season, a few thunderstorms have already popped up near the New Mexico border. Chris Outler of the National Weather Service in Flagstaff said the rains were spotty but could be a preview of things to come.
Sept. 20, 2013
Gov. Brewer signs Medicaid expansion bill
Governor Jan Brewer said she is glad the political fight over Medicaid expansion is finally over. The governor signed legislation Monday that adds 300,000 low-income people to state Medicaid under the federal Affordable Health Care Act.
Sept. 20, 2013
Saying goodbye to the Sundome
When the Sundome Center for the Performing Arts opened in 1980, the sounds of Lawrence Welk and his big band filled the 7,000-seat theater. The Sundome Center for the Performing Arts will soon be demolished.
Sept. 20, 2013
Wallenda tightrope walk over Arizona canyon benefits Navajo Nation
Nik Wallenda is scheduled to make the big walk across a northern Arizona canyon Sunday at 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time. The Florida daredevil will attempt to cross a portion of the Little Colorado River on a wire tightrope.
Sept. 20, 2013
Northern Mexico fires could cause health problems in Cochise County
Cochise County health officials are warning that  fires in northern Mexico near Cananea could cause health problems. Three fires are burning about 15 miles south of the U.S. Mexico border, but strong winds could blow smoke into portions of Cochise County.
Sept. 20, 2013

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