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Senate OKs texting spam ban
Arizonans with cell phones take note, unsolicited text messages may soon be a thing of the past. Today the Senate followed the House in passing a ban on marketers sending unsolicited texts to phones.
Sept. 20, 2013
Section of Piestewa Freeway closed this weekend
State Route 51 Northbound will be closed between Bell and Union Hills from 11 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Sunday. ADOT spokesman Doug Nintzel said crews will be installing a Freeway Management System.“That includes overhead message boards, but also crews are installing the ramp meters along the on-ramps along that stretch of State Route 51 and then also freeway cameras are going in,” Nintzel said.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix hoping to bring Mexican sculptors work to town
The work of a world-renowned Mexican sculptor may be coming to Phoenix as outdoor art installations. While city officials were in Mexico City on a trade mission this past week, they discussed the possibility with the artist himself.
Sept. 20, 2013
Despite evacuation, letters sent to Flakes office not harmful
The Postal Inspection Service says tests of suspicious mail sent to the Phoenix office of U.S. Senator Jeff Flake have found nothing dangerous or harmful. Authorities evacuated part of the building this morning after staff for the Republican senator came across mail that was stained with an oily substance.
Sept. 20, 2013
State Senator may face charges
A State Senator may face charges for entering his teenage grandson's classroom without permission...and confronting the teacher.Yuma police have asked city prosecutors to file four misdemeanor charges against state Senator Don Shooter.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tohono Oodham Nation chairman dies
The former chairman of the Tohono O'odham Nation has died. The death of Augustine B. Lopez Sr. was announced Friday by his southern Arizona Tribe. Neither Lopez’s age nor cause of death was released, but a short bio was made public by tribal officials.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tobin: Medicaid expansion holding back state budget approval
Governor Jan Brewer's proposal to expand Medicaid in Arizona by using federal funds is a major bone of contention for lawmakers attempting to negotiate a new state budget. Speaker of the House Andy Tobin said it is not paralyzing talks on the spending plan but it is a big hurdle.
Sept. 20, 2013
Maricopa County considers converting HOV lanes to toll lanes
The Maricopa Association of Governments has unanimously approved further studying of converting some High Occupancy Vehicle lanes into toll lanes.Steve Goldstein talks with MAG Senior Engineer Bob Hazlett about the options and their viability.
Sept. 20, 2013
Legislature approves more money for redistricting commission
State lawmakers have approved sending more money to the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission and giving the panel more flexibility in how it spends the cash it already has. The House and Senate on Thursday each approved the bill with bipartisan support.
Sept. 20, 2013
Proposed budget may cut all funding to Children?s Advocacy Centers in Arizona
Representatives of Children's Advocacy Centers in Arizona and across the country are urging members of Congress not to accept the cuts that are proposed in the administration's 2014 budget. They would drop federal funding for CAC's and related programs from $18 million to zero.
Sept. 20, 2013
Dual enrollment boosts college success for high school students
High schools students enrolled in college courses are more likely to obtain a college degree. A new study shows students living in poverty benefit most from such programs. NADINE ARROYO RODRIGUEZ: The study from a University of Iowa researcher used student data from a 1988 to 2000.
Sept. 20, 2013
Music therapy certification bill vetoed
Governor Brewer vetoed a bill Tuesday that would have created a new state certification for music therapists. The governor said the bill did not go far enough to  protect patients. Under Senate Bill 1437 the state health department would certify music therapists.
Sept. 20, 2013
State says its better prepared for wildfires
State officials say they have more resources ready this year to deal with wildfires. The state has several new trucks, and Governor Jan Brewer says she's confident firefighters are prepared. But state Forester Scott Hunt says it could be a busy a fire season.
Sept. 20, 2013
California court rules on medical marijuana dispensaries
The California Supreme Court has ruled that cities and counties in that state can ban medical marijuana dispensaries.In a unanimous opinion, the court determined that California’s medical marijuana laws—the nation’s first—don’t prevent local governments from using their land-use powers to zone dispensaries out of existence.
Sept. 20, 2013
Military exercises to be conducted over Phoenix skies Thursday
The U.S. military will be conducting drills in the skies over the Valley Thursday morning. Military aircraft will perform air interceptions of mock hostile aircraft over Phoenix tomorrow.The Western Air Defense Sector exercises are set for between 10 a.
Sept. 20, 2013
Vatican denounces Mexican death saint
On a tour of Mexico aimed at speaking to non-Catholics, Vatican culture minister Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi denounced the folk saint Santa Muerte as blasphemous. The remarks Wednesday are not the first time she has been targeted.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix City Council considering improvements for municipal golf courses
Phoenix wants to improve the financial scorecard for the municipal golf courses it owns and operates. Five of the courses lost a combined $2 million in the last fiscal year, and the city council will consider a plan Wednesday to have outside vendors run some of the operations.
Sept. 20, 2013

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