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US Forest to add large firefighting planes
Forest officials are expanding their fleet of tankers to help fight wildfires. The U.S. Forest Service announced Monday it will add seven planes that can fly faster and drop more fire retardant than its current fleet.
Sept. 20, 2013
New state law requires taxi drivers take a drug test pre-employment
A new state law is designed to help keep taxi drivers who are high on drugs from getting behind the wheel. Current law requires companies that hire drivers or lease out vehicles do a criminal background check, first.
Sept. 20, 2013
Survey shows Phoenix PD chief unpopular
Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia has been on the job for almost a year, but according to a survey from two police unions he is unpopular.  Only 4 percent of responding officers said they liked the way Garcia was doing his job.
Sept. 20, 2013
McCain pushes a la carte cable bill
With a Senate committee scheduled to continue work on immigration legislation that Arizona’s John McCain helped spearhead, the state’s senior Senator will be pushing another pet project Tuesday morning.
Sept. 20, 2013
Flake introduces legislation as IRS scandal grows
Senator Jeff Flake proposed new legislation Tuesday in response to revelations the Internal Revenue Service applied stricter standards to conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status during the last election cycle.
Sept. 20, 2013
Saturdays Powerball could be the largest jackpot ever
More than half a billion dollars, that is what the next Powerball jackpot is predicted to be Saturday night. There is a chance it could end up as the largest Powerball jackpot ever. A little over a year ago the price of a Powerball ticket doubled from $1 to $2.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix Police Officer, Fire Fighter killed on duty
The city of Phoenix lost a pair of public safety officers this weekend. Twenty-nine-year-old police officer Daryl Raetz was hit and killed early Sunday morning by a hit and run driver as he processed a DUI scene.
Sept. 20, 2013
Fire restrictions go into place today in Arizona
Many agencies across Arizona are putting fire restrictions in place today. Federal agencies, cities and counties are implementing a ban today on fires outside of developed areas. The Stage One restrictions also limit smoking to inside vehicles or buildings.
Sept. 20, 2013
California Condors die after eating lead bullets
A conservation group says lead poisoning killed several endangered birds last winter. The Peregrine Fund says eight California Condors died last winter in Arizona and Utah. Four of them died from lead poisoning.
Sept. 20, 2013
Judge: Maricopa County Sheriffs Office profiles Latinos
A federal judge has issued an injunction against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his department. The court order blocks Arpaio's agency from conducting immigration sweeps and using race as factor in traffic stops.
Sept. 20, 2013
Allegations of sexual and ethical misconduct at Arizona National Guard aired during public forum
A group of Democratic state lawmakers heard testimony Tuesday about allegations of sexual and ethical misconduct at the Arizona National Guard.  The public forum follows a series of recent investigations into bad behavior over the past eight years.
Sept. 20, 2013
Congressman Grijalva supports most of the Senates immigration plan
Arizona's 3rd District Representative, Democrat Raul Grijalva, said he is in favor of the Senate's immigration reform plan, especially when compared to what is being considered in the House, which Grijalva said is too punitive.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix city officials tour new urban housing downtown
Phoenix families spend nearly two thirds of their income on transportation and housing. Now, a new housing trend is looking to shake that up. Urban Living 2 is scheduled to complete construction in spring 2014.
Sept. 20, 2013
Bennett testifies in support of U.S. House bill
Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett said he supports a bill in the U.S. House that aims to make sure people are not registered to vote in more than one state. He testified before a House committee Tuesday.
Sept. 20, 2013
Pima County might get Formula 1 track
Formula One racing could be coming to Pima County. The Arizona Daily Star reports, the County Board of Supervisors told economic development staff to research leasing 400 acres in Tucson for a track.
Sept. 20, 2013
Number of free summer meals for kids on the rise, report says
More Arizona kids are getting free summer meals to help their families stretch food dollars, according to a new report from the Food Research and Action Center. It says more than 462,000 kids got free or reduced-price lunches in Arizona schools, but only about 60,000 get the free summer meals.
Sept. 20, 2013
Special session brings lawmakers back, undermines GOP leadership
Governor Jan Brewer's decision to call lawmakers into a special session to finish the state budget and approve Medicaid expansion has deepened the divide within the Republican party. It has also brightened the line that separates supporters and opponents of the expansion.
Sept. 20, 2013
Secret life of the cat: The science of tracking our pets
They share our homes, sleep on our beds and occasionally bring unwanted gifts. Yet, despite our domestic cats playing a big role in our lives, we know surprisingly little about what they get up to. A research project by BBC2's Horizon and the Royal Veterinary College set out to find out more.
Sept. 20, 2013
New Mexico town offers glimpse of life without water
The vicious drought gripping the Southwest appears to have a bullseye on New Mexico. Wildfires are burning across the state and water is increasingly scarce. So scare, that early this month one town's well stopped delivering water completely.
Sept. 20, 2013
Franks abortion bill approved by House
Arizona Congressman Trent Franks is pleased his bill banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy has been approved by the U.S. House of Representatives.  Franks says he believes the tide has turned since the Supreme Court's Roe v.
Sept. 20, 2013

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