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Flake waiting out election challenge from Mark Kelly
Arizona Senator Jeff Flake says he's taking a 'wait and see' approach to the threat from Gabrielle Giffords' husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, to challenge him in the next election.  Flake, who was elected to a six-year term last November, joined the filibuster which prevented a vote on the measure to expand background checks on gun sales.
Sept. 20, 2013
The VAs newest effort to close veterans disability claims backlog
The Veterans Affairs department announced a new effort Friday to clear a backlog of veterans waiting for decisions on their applications for disability benefits to help those veterans who’ve been waiting the longest to get benefits sooner.
Sept. 20, 2013
Pack now for hiking adventures in Arizona
Hiking season is in full swing in the Arizona high country, and professional hiking guide Roger Jenkins says if you plan on going out, you need to plan now to avoid problems.  He advises putting together a permanent hiking kit with 10 essentials that can be used for day hikes or multi-day adventures.
Sept. 20, 2013
Bill would allow medical marijuana research at state universities
Arizona lawmakers voted Wednesday to pave the way for research at state universities that could eventually allow doctors to recommend marijuana to treat more conditions.  The state's medical marijuana law allows it for glaucoma and AIDS and other chronic or debilitating conditions that lead to severe and chronic pain.
Sept. 20, 2013
New mural adds color to midtown Phoenix
No one used to notice the large, grey parking structure at the corner of First Avenue and Thomas Road. But those days are over. The new mural, spray painted against a parking structure, now towers over Thomas Road, near Central Avenue.
Sept. 20, 2013
Navajo Nation continues exploring whether to purchase a coal mine
The Navajo Nation is moving closer to taking over a coal mine on the reservation.Tribal lawmakers have voted to form a limited liability company that would run the Navajo Mine near Farmington, New Mexico.
Sept. 20, 2013
Play based on Californias Proposition 8 comes to Phoenix
The Herberger Theatre Center will host a one-night production of "8" by Dustin Lance Black. The play's focus is the federal trial of California's Proposition 8, which restricted recognized marriage to opposite sex couples.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Supreme Court reduces former prosecutors suspension
The Arizona Supreme Court has reduced the suspension of a former Maricopa County prosecutor by a day. But, that one day makes a difference.The justices Thursday cut Rachel Alexander’s suspension from six months and a day down to six months.
Sept. 20, 2013
Efforts by Forest Service officials result in less fire damage
While spectacular wildfires devastate sections of forest land in Arizona every year, Forest Service officials say many wildfires are small, and stay that way because of the inter-agency fire team. Bill Van Brugen of the Forest Service in Albuquerque says proactive efforts are paying off.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix Suns hire a new General Manager
Coming off of the second-worst season in team history, the Phoenix Suns have hired a new General Manager.Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby says 33-year-old Ryan McDonough will be the team’s General Manager.
Sept. 20, 2013
Bee swarm attacks on the rise, but deaths still rare
The body of a hiker who was missing for three days was discovered in Santa Cruz County late Monday covered in bee stings. Attacks by swarms of bees are up this year. Africanized honey bees. (Photo courtesy of USDA.
Sept. 20, 2013
Report: renters are paying more than half of income on housing
A new report said many renters in Arizona are being forced to choose between necessities, like food and paying the rent. The Center for Housing Policy report shows an increasing number of renters are spending more than half their household incomes on housing.
Sept. 20, 2013
State safety official doesnt want to lower DUI threshold
The director of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety is discounting the National Transportation Safety Board's recommendation that states lower the blood-alcohol content for drunk drivers from the current 0.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizonans smoking less at home, in cars, than national average
Arizona does better than the national average in terms of residents who report smoke-free homes and vehicles. The numbers come from a new report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Sept. 20, 2013
Effort launched to reduce vehicle traffic in Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon
Anyone who visits Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon has probably experienced heavy traffic and a lack of parking in the area, but some government agencies are researching mass transit alternatives for the area.
Sept. 20, 2013
Redistricting commissioner resigns, citing toxic atmosphere
A Democratic member of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission has stepped down. In a letter to Governor Jan Brewer, Jose Herrera said commission meetings have a toxic atmosphere, and said he had to defend himself despite a thorough and transparent record of the IRC’s work.
Sept. 20, 2013
Lowell Observatorys Clark Telescope to be refurbished in Flagstaff this fall
The historic Clark Telescope at Flagstaff’s Lowell Observatory is set to undergo a $300,000 makeover. A fundraiser for the project successfully wrapped up this week.The telescope has been a familiar site on Flagstaff’s Mars Hill for the past 117 years.
Sept. 20, 2013
Craft breweries selling beer aged with Louisville Sluggers
Arizona is one of several states selling beer aged with baseball bats this Memorial Day Weekend, to help military families. The Phoenix Ale Brewery is among nine craft beer makers across the country selling beer aged with unfinished Louisville Slugger maple baseball bats.
Sept. 20, 2013
New business development for Tempe Town Lake
A major office project near downtown Tempe was announced Friday. The complex is part of a public-private venture and a Fortune 500 corporation will lease the space. NADINE ARROYO RODRIGUEZ: City of Tempe and Arizona State University officials announced the construction of a $600 million office complex adjacent to the Tempe Town Lake.
Sept. 20, 2013

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