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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
Failed Beauty Shop Inspections Risk Public Health
A new report says lax inspection procedures by the state Cosmetology Board put public health at risk. The Auditor General says a review of 54 beauty shops licensed over a 6-year period found 22 of them had still not been inspected.
Sept. 26, 2013
State’s Forecast Shows Cooler Temperatures Across Arizona
Yesterday was the first day of fall, and the state’s forecast is reflecting that. There is a freeze warning in Flagstaff until 8 a.m. Monday, and the temperature there got down to 32 degrees Monday morning.
Sept. 26, 2013
JPMorgan Chase To Lay Off More Mortgage Workers In Phoenix Area
Arizona’s mortgage industry is suffering more job losses. JPMorgan Chase said it will lay off an additional 500 employees at its refinancing division in the Phoenix area. Chase spokesperson Suzanne Ryan said the company has sent out pink slips to a total of 720 mortgage processors since August.
Sept. 26, 2013
Bill Could Force Logging On Public Forestland
A bill that makes logging a requirement on some public forestland, speeding up the timber sales process and making it more difficult to challenge them is nearing a vote on the House floor. Co-sponsor Paul Gosar of Arizona says the bill will get badly needed income to rural timber counties, but the Congressional Budget Office says the counties would actually get less government money than they do now.
Sept. 26, 2013
NM Senator Recommends Research Lab To Find Best Route For New Transmission Line
A proposed electricity transmission line that would extend from Lincoln County in New Mexico, southeast of Albuquerque, to Pinal County is facing some challenges. The Pentagon says the construction of the SunZia transmission line could interfere with training at the White Sands Missile Range.
Sept. 26, 2013
Metal Theft Law Signed
Arizona lawmakers celebrated a new metal-theft bill that was signed Tuesday at the state capitol. Replacing stolen copper and metal wires has become an expensive problem for homeowners and businesses.
Sept. 26, 2013
Arizona, Nevada transportation officials study Phoenix-Las Vegas interstate
The Arizona Department of Transportation hosted a public meeting Tuesday night about a proposed new interstate. The project aims to improve infrastructure in the region, and potentially across the continent.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mexican artifacts returned
More than 4,000 archaeological artifacts looted from Mexico and seized in the United States have been returned to Mexican authorities.KJZZ’s Steve Goldstein has more.U.S. officials displayed the relics at the Mexican consulate in El Paso before handing them over during a ceremony.
Sept. 20, 2013
Prop 120, if passed, could set state up for federal challenge
A proposition on the Arizona ballot in this election challenges the federal government’s control over state lands. The proposition calls for the state to manage all of its own public resources. It would amend a provision in place since Arizona became a state.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona taxpayers affected by Hurricane Sandy get filing extensions
Arizona taxpayers affected by Hurricane Sandy will have a little more time to file their returns. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie has more. MARK BRODIE: The state Department of Revenue says it’s taking the action in conjunction with tax relief provided by the IRS, and is acting under authority granted by state law to extend due dates and suspend interest and penalties that would accrue during federally declared disasters.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arpaio wins sixth term as Maricopa County Sheriff
It was the toughest re-election battle he’s ever faced, but Sheriff Joe Arpaio won a sixth term as the top lawman in Maricopa County, Arizona. From Phoenix, Nick Blumberg reports.NICK BLUMBERG: Despite his lowest-ever approval ratings and poll numbers, bruising scandals, and a huge volunteer effort to oust him, Joe Arpaio was re-elected as Maricopa County Sheriff.
Sept. 20, 2013

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