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Four Arizona Airport Traffic Control Towers on FAA Closure List
Four community airports in Arizona plan to challenge an FAA order to close their air traffic control towers.  The airports are targeted in the federal budget-cutting program known as “Sequestration.
Sept. 20, 2013
Advocates pleased with Governor Brewers $2 million budget proposal for State Parks
Governor Jan Brewer’s budget proposal includes $2 million dollars in restored funding for Arizona State Parks, but some advocates hope lawmakers don’t use the money for other programs. Arizona’s  31 state parks have suffered cuts totaling more than $80 million dollars in recent years and currently the state provides no money for the parks from the general fund.
Sept. 20, 2013
Catholic Cardinals select new pope
VATICAN CITY (Associated Press) — Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina was elected pope Wednesday, becoming the first pontiff from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium. He chose the name Francis, associating himself with the humble 13th-century Italian preacher who lived a life of poverty.
Sept. 20, 2013
UA: Flu peaks related to humidity extremes
Flu season has long been associated with winter, but a new study suggests transmission of the disease has more to do with humidity than with temperature. The heart of the study is this: Researchers don’t really know why flu is seasonal, said Univesity of Arizona's Andrew Comrie.
Sept. 20, 2013
Recession-stalled concrete shell finds new life as senior housing
Looking at the health of commercial real estate in the Valley, the picture’s a bit mixed. Depending on where you’re standing and what you’re trying to build, financing new development can be tough.
Sept. 20, 2013
When will Scottsdales Desert Discovery Center be built?
Scottsdale's plans for the Desert Discovery Center calls for the project to have informative and artistic exhibits on the Sonoran Desert. There are many supporters, but funding and location continue to be challenges.
Sept. 20, 2013
FAA to close towers at four Arizona airports
Four Arizona airports are on the FAA’s list for tower closures, due to the sequester cuts.Phoenix Goodyear, Glendale Muni, Laughlin-Bullhead International and Ryan Field in Tucson all made the list – overall, 149 towers nationwide will close, starting on April 7.
Sept. 20, 2013
First graders get in the pool for Water Safety Day
Summer swimming season is around the corner and nearly 1,200 area first graders were at South Mountain Community College on Tuesday to learn how to make it a safer one. Arizona had the second-highest rate of children drowning in the country.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mexican gray wolf celebrates 15 years in the Southwest
Today marks the 15th anniversary of the reintroduction of the Mexican gray wolf in the Southwestern U.S., but wildlife advocates say more needs to be done to ensure the wolves’ long-term survival.
Sept. 20, 2013
Man convicted of setting Pioneer Hotel fire expected to be freed
A man convicted of setting the Tucson Pioneer Hotel fire that killed dozens of people more than 40 years ago is expected to be set free Tuesday. Louis Taylor was 16 years old when he was convicted of setting the fire.
Sept. 20, 2013
Bisbee has become Arizona?s first town to recognize civil unions
Bisbee has become Arizona’s first town to recognize civil unions, after the city council last night approved an ordinance, on a 5-2  vote. The Arizona attorney general has said he will sue to try and block it.
Sept. 20, 2013
Secretary Napolitano tours U.S.-Mexico border
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says federal budget cuts may not hit border security as hard as she previously thought.  Napolitano met with law enforcement and business leaders in Houston Thursday.
Sept. 20, 2013
House approves bill to authorize gold, silver as legal tender
A Senate-passed bill that authorizes the use of gold and silver coins as legal tender has won the approval of the Arizona House. Flagstaff Republican Bob Thorpe says gold and silver coins would not be assigned a monetary value.
Sept. 20, 2013
Prosecutors deal with threats from gangs
The recent murders of prosecutors in Texas have put prosecutors across the nation on alert.Scott Decker, Director of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University, provided background on who is involved in targeting prosecutors and what the public needs to be most aware of.
Sept. 20, 2013
Peoria police work with contractors on construction site theft
The Peoria Police Department met with area contractors this week to talk about ways to help them avoid becoming victims of theft. The department's Amanda Jacinto talked about those efforts.
Sept. 20, 2013
Veterans Day parade organizers say parade will go on
It has been unclear whether there would be a Veterans Day parade this year after local Veterans Affairs officials said the VA has pulled its support from this year’s parade. But organizers are now saying say they are confident the parade will go on.
Sept. 20, 2013
Dip in Arizona national parks visits attributed to Europes sour economy
A new study said Arizona’s national parks are seeing fewer visits. The National Park Service said that is because European tourists are staying home.The National Park Service report indicated that Grand Canyon and the Lake Mead National Recreation Area near Las Vegas saw a slight uptick in tourist visits last year.
Sept. 20, 2013
Immigrant rights advocates hopeful about new bill
Arizona immigrant rights advocates say there is a lot to like about the Gang of Eight immigration reform proposal, but also several areas for concern.  Tucson immigration attorney Mo Goldman calls the measure a breath of fresh air after years of frustration.
Sept. 20, 2013
Boat explodes on Apache Lake
At least one child was hurt when the engine of a boat exploded over the weekend on Apache Lake. Joaquin Enriquez of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office says fortunately there were no serious injuries.
Sept. 20, 2013
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell calls for more civil conversation
General Colin Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State, was in Phoenix on Tuesday to talk about leadership and the importance of civil discussion.STEVE GOLDSTEIN: General Powell spoke in Phoenix as part of the O’Connor House Distinguished Speakers Series.
Sept. 20, 2013

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