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Phoenix under excessive heat warning
There's an excessive heat warning in effect, from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday.Dan Leins of the National Weather Service says we could see record tying heat in metro Phoenix."Right in the urban corridor [and] right in downtown Phoenix, that's typically the hottest locations.
Sep. 20, 2013
Arizona ranked ninth in foreclosure filings last month
Arizona continues to put the housing crisis in its rearview mirror. The foreclosure monitoring firm RealtyTrac said there were 3,800 foreclosure filings in the state during May. Vice President Darren Blomquist said that is closer to normal than to the peak of the housing crisis.
Sep. 20, 2013
Bear concerns in Sierra Vista
The Arizona Game and Fish Department said there could be problems with nuisance bears in southern Arizona once again this year.  Spokesman Mark Hart said they have had their first sighting of a bear in the Sierra Vista area, a place where bears became a problem last year.
Sep. 20, 2013
Local leaders want Arizona to reinstate denied federal voter forms
Voting rights advocates praised the Supreme Court’s decision that struck down an Arizona law requiring proof of citizenship when registering to vote. The high court ruled that the state cannot require additional documents beyond what a federal form calls for.
Sep. 20, 2013
Hispanic population in last 10 years accounts for half of U.S. growth
There are 33.5 million Hispanics in the United States. That is according to a Pew Hispanic Center study released Wednesday. Six Hispanic origin groups have populations greater than 1 million. People of Mexican origin make up 65 percent of the U.
Sep. 20, 2013
Opponents of Medicaid expansion to start collecting signatures to refer to voters
Less than a week after Gov. Jan Brewer signed the Medicaid expansion plan into law, opponents are starting to collect signatures to put it on the ballot.They will start canvasing Saturday afternoon, and if they can collect 86,405 valid signatuers by September 11, the law will be put on hold, pending the November, 2014 election.
Sep. 20, 2013
Goods stolen from train in eastern Arizona recovered in an abandoned U-Haul
Coconino County Sheriff's deputies have recovered a number of items that had been stolen from a Burlington Northern-Santa Fe freight train in eastern Arizona. Lieutenant Jim Coffey said the loot was recovered in an abandoned U-Haul truck at a motel parking lot in Williams.
Sep. 20, 2013
Longtime activist and former state lawmaker reflects on life, career
Alfredo Gutierrez started out as an activist and became one of the most powerful political leaders in Arizona. He has returned to his roots as battles over immigration policy have become more intense.Gutierrez talks about his life, career and immigration reform.
Sep. 20, 2013
StoryCorps Phoenix: Elizabeth Cusma and Oliver Renwick
We are pleased to share the voices and conversations of our community from StoryCorps Phoenix. StoryCorps Phoenix is the project that records the stories of everyday people and archives them at the Library of Congress.
Sep. 20, 2013
Woman dies while hiking Grand Canyon
Rangers at the Grand Canyon are investigating the death of a woman who collapsed while hiking near the canyon floor. Spokeswoman Vanya Pryputniewicz said she was part of a group that had just begun an outing in very hot weather.
Sep. 20, 2013
Measuring the impact of drought on wildfires
Scientists who study the Southwest drought said the extremely dry conditions will likely increase the danger of catastrophic wildfires. University of Arizona Climate Science Professor Gregg Garfin talked about whether the conditions are expected to get worse and how government planning should take that into account.
Sep. 20, 2013
Evacuated residents allowed to return home near "Dean Peak" wildfire at Kingman
Residents evacuated from more than 300 homes and businesses in communities near Kingman have been allowed to return to their property Sunday. They were forced to flee last week because of the “Dean Peak” wildfire that sparked during a lightning storm in the Hualapai Mountains.
Sep. 20, 2013
Long-Lost Snake Species Found
The northern Mexican garter snake was once thought to be extinct in New Mexico, but all that changed last month when six were found in the state. Matt Eschenbrenner sounded optimistic about the possible numbers of northern Mexican garter snakes in Arizona and New Mexico, and that is his job.
Sep. 20, 2013
Phoenix And Tucson Lead National Economic Growth In Brookings Institute Survey
Phoenix and Tucson rank very high in a new national forecast for economic growth. The Brookings Institute report said Phoenix took first place and Tucson second for job creation among the top 100 cities during the first quarter of 2013.
Sep. 20, 2013
Is Limited Health Care Better Than No Health Care?
We wanted to talk some more about the continued growth of health clinics like the ones at Walgreens and the impact that may have on health care in the U.S. We turned to Gautam Gowrisankaran, a Professor of Economics at the University of Arizona.
Sep. 20, 2013
Forest Stewards Begin Monitoring Arizona Wilderness
The U.S. Forest Service is getting more volunteer help in monitoring more than 1 million acres of wilderness, in Arizona.  Another 30 volunteers were trained over the weekend, for the Arizona Wilderness Coalition’s stewardship program.
Sep. 20, 2013
Monsoon Season Means A Smaller Possibility of Wildfires
The arrival of the monsoons is good news for hikers and campers across southern Arizona. Starting Friday, fire restrictions will be lifted in the southeastern part of the state including the Coronado National Forest, Saguaro National Park and many other federal and state lands.
Sep. 20, 2013
Tucson Unified School District To Vote On E-Cigarette Ban
The Tucson Unified School District may revise its anti-tobacco policy to include a ban on electronic cigarettes on school grounds. The district’s governing board is set to vote on the proposal this week.
Sep. 20, 2013
1 Dead, 8 Rescued After Being Abandoned By Human Smuggler
Border patrol agents have rescued eight illegal immigrants who became distressed crossing the southern Arizona desert. Spokesman Brent Cagen says a ninth member of the group died from heat-related issues after they were abandoned by human smugglers.
Sep. 20, 2013
Helicopters Dropping Mulch, Seed At Doce Wildfire Site
Helicopters are flying over the nearly 250 acres scorched by the Doce Wildfire about seven miles northwest Prescott, just like they were last month. But the choppers are not there to make water drops to quell the blaze, they are spreading seed and mulch in an effort to restore the area that was charred.
Sep. 20, 2013

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