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Flake and Texas Senator John Cornyn seek common ground on immigration reform bill
The US Senate is in its second week of debate on the immigration reform bill, and there is a lot of discussion taking place behind the scenes. Arizona Senator Jeff Flake, one of the eight who drew up the bill, has been meeting with Texas Senator John Cornyn, who wants the border security section of the measure strengthened, but Flake does not believe Cornyn is trying to jeopardize passage.
Sept. 20, 2013
Grijalva and legislators urge interior secretary to revamp mustang program
Congressman Raúl Grijalva and 29 congressional members sent a letter to the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Thursday, asking her to reform the Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse and Burro Program.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona ranks second to last in child well-being
Arizona has slipped a spot in the latest Kids Count Data Book rankings on the well-being of children, dropping from 46th to 47th in the nation. Children's Action Alliance president Dana Naimark says she is most concerned about the fact that 67-percent of state kids are not enrolled in pre-school, ranking Arizona second to last.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mexico is critical of U.S. immigration bill
The Mexican government is publicly expressing disappointment with the immigration bill making its way through the U.S. Senate.Mexico says the proposal’s heavy focus on border security is not consistent with the relationship between it and the U.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona sues district over tuition for DREAMers
Arizona is suing the Maricopa County Community College District and trying to block the district from offering in-state tuition to the young immigrants known as “DREAMers.” Attorney General Tom Horne said offering reduced tuition to students who were illegally brought to this country as children violates state law.
Sept. 20, 2013
Firefighters test cooling gloves in Phoenix
For firefighters in Phoenix, keeping cool is constantly a battle – especially on days like Friday when temperatures are expected to be close to 120 degrees. So, the department is always trying new methods.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona ranks in middle of new highway study
A new report puts Arizona’s state highway system in the middle of the pack nationally, when it comes to overall performance and efficiency. The Reason Foundation ranks Arizona 23rd in the country in its latest study.
Sept. 20, 2013
School bond provision in state budget sparks debate
Arizona voters may get to decide whether to repeal a controversial provision of the new state budget involving school bonding.  Right now, the amount school districts can borrow is tied to the value of all property in the district.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix foreclosures normalize
Phoenix’s foreclosure crisis may finally be over. Arizona State University said the Valley’s foreclosure rate has now hit normal historical levels. Foreclosures in the Phoenix area are down 53 percent from last year, and Mike Orr with Arizona State University’s W.
Sept. 20, 2013
Hopi Tribe Sues Over Navajo Tribe?s Refusal Of Access To Allotment Sites
The Navajo and Hopi tribes are back in federal court, this time over access to religious sites. The tribes have fought for more than a century over land in northeastern Arizona, but a settlement in 2006 was supposed to end the battle.
Sept. 20, 2013
The Link Between Fires And Flash Floods
Firefighters completely contained the Yarnell Hill Fire this week, but the landscape surrounding the burn area will likely be affected for years to come. That is partially because wildfires and flash floods often go hand in hand.
Sept. 20, 2013
Pinal County Improves Air Quality
Air quality in Pinal County has improved enough recently to meet federal standards. For four consecutive years, the region has failed to meet regulations for soot and dust particles set by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Sept. 20, 2013
Lawsuit Filed Over HOA Law
A suit filed Tuesday would overturn a new law dealing with homeowner associations, not because of what it says, but how it was enacted. The changes passed the state House of Representatives earlier this year but were stalled in the Senate.
Sept. 20, 2013
Fewer Homes Flipped In First Half Of Year
The opportunity to buy a home at a discount, fix it up and flip it for a profit is on the decline in Arizona. The latest RealtyTrac study of the market shows there were 33 percent fewer single family homes flipped in the state during the first six months of this year, and 35 percent fewer in metro Phoenix.
Sept. 20, 2013
U Of A Med School Welcomes Newest Class
Eighty students symbolically entered the medical profession on Friday with the annual White Coat ceremony for the newest class at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix.  Among them was Katy Coyne who says this rite-of-passage ceremony takes place two weeks into the first year of medical school.
Sept. 20, 2013
Officials Searching For Information On Pregnant Doe Poacher
A pregnant doe was found dead Sunday near the Coolidge Airport, after being shot twice with a small caliber firearm.
Sept. 20, 2013
Stanton Signs Statement Aimed At Efficient And Cost-Effective Water Conservation
Phoenix is one of several cities that are committing to increase water conservation measures.  Mayor Greg Stanton signed a statement on Colorado River Day yesterday, aimed at efficient, cost-effective conservation.
Sept. 20, 2013
Floods In Yavapai County Presented Big Problem Over Weekend
Officials say northern Yavapai County was pelted with four inches of rain in many areas.  Emergency Management Coordinator Denny Foulk says as a result, flooding became a big problem. “Flooding into the Kaibab Estates and Coconino County and into Ashfork itself,” Foulk said.
Sept. 20, 2013
Land In Arizona And New Mexico May Be Given To Endangered Jaguars
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is holding a meeting in Sierra Vista Tuesday to listen to comments from the public on a proposal to set aside more than 1,300 square miles in Arizona and New Mexico for the endangered jaguar, but the Arizona Game and Fish Department does not agree.
Sept. 20, 2013
Fees Could Go Up At Two State Parks
The Arizona State Parks want to know what you think about new fees at two parks, Kartchner Caverns and Red Rock State Park. The system has had its share of financial problems as the state went through the economic downturn, and had its budget cut by several million dollars.
Sept. 20, 2013

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