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Phoenix Fire checks smoke detectors
Almost 200 Phoenix-area homes are a bit safer after fire crews and volunteers went door to door installing smoke detectors this weekend.  The crews also checked homes to make sure smoke detectors were still working properly.
Sept. 20, 2013
Raises proposed for Tucson city employees
The Tucson City Manger is proposing across-the-board wage hikes for city employees. Richard Miranda presented his suggests for next year's budget and it includes a 55-cent an hour raise. The Arizona Daily Star reports, Miranda’s budget is about $45 millon less than Tucson’s current budget.
Sept. 20, 2013
Valley hospitals coming together to create Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network
Scottsdale Healthcare and John C. Lincoln Health Network announced Thursday an affiliation deal is in the works that keeps the two systems separate but allows them to share some resources and increase their market share.
Sept. 20, 2013
Sentence handed down in tax fraud case
A Casa Grande woman has been sentenced to two and a half years in federal prison for tax fraud. In addition to the prison time, a federal judge sentenced 30-year old Shaneika Earline Sims to three years of supervised release.
Sept. 20, 2013
Al Melvin plans to form exploratory committee, may run for governor
Arizona Senator Al Melvin said he is seriously considering a run for governor. The Tucson Republican announced Monday his plan to form an exploratory committee. Melvin says he is motivated to run by what he sees as a lack of real optimism for the future of the state.
Sept. 20, 2013
New poll shows Senator McCains popularity dropping
A new poll from the Phoenix-based Behavior Research Center shows Senator John McCain's job approval ratings in Arizona are at their lowest level in more than two decades.Behavior Research Center President and CEO Jim Haynes interprets the numbers in a conversation with Steve Goldstein.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arias trial expensive for taxpayers, lucrative for media outlets
Maricopa County has released an updated cost for the public defense of Jodi Arias: nearly $1.7 million. The capital murder trial of Jodi Arias has been nothing short of a spectacle marked by tawdry evidence, heated exchanges and a devoted audience, in court and at home.
Sept. 20, 2013
Gray wolves released into Eastern Arizona may increase genetic diversity
The Arizona Game and Fish Department is monitoring two Mexican gray wolf pups it plans to release soon in Eastern Arizona. Spokesman Jim Paxon says the goal is to have as many 'wild-born and wild-raised' wolves as possible to minimize interaction with people or their property.
Sept. 20, 2013
Southern Arizona fire has been contained, serves as reminder of fire danger
Firefighters in southern Arizona were quick to fight a wildfire that has charred 161 acres of the Coronado National Forest, east of Nogales. Spokeswoman Heidi Schewel says they used a lot of resources to limit the growth of the “Juniper” Fire.
Sept. 20, 2013
Flagstaff unmarried young women have the highest birth rate in the nation
The number of unmarried women having children continues to increase. The U.S. Census Bureau released numbers today showing the Flagstaff area has the highest birth rate in the nation for unmarried women in their early twenties.
Sept. 20, 2013
Senator Rubio says immigration reform bill may not be tough enough
Florida Senator Marco Rubio says a new immigration reform bill he helped write needs stronger border security provisions or it will fail in the House and may even have trouble getting through the Senate.
Sept. 20, 2013
The big leap: Aging out of Arizonas foster care system
Every year, hundreds of young adults age out of Arizona’s foster care system.  It is a big transition that comes with very little support, but there is new legislation intended to lighten the load, though it may only help a little.
Sept. 20, 2013
Medical marijuana to be allowed on university campuses, for research
The governor has signed legislation allowing medical marijuana onto university campuses, at least for research. The voter-approved medical marijuana law had stopped the efforts of physician Sue Sisley of the University of Arizona, who is looking at treatment-resistant post-traumatic stress disorder among combat veterans.
Sept. 20, 2013
Nice weather is helping firefighters control a wildfire near Safford
Firefighters are battling a 40 acre wildfire at Rincon Canyon near Safford in southeast Arizona. The so-called Marijilda fire is about 70 percent contained. Coronado National Forest spokeswoman Heidi Schewel said 30 firefighters are working the blaze that has spread in oak trees and brush.
Sept. 20, 2013
North rim of Grand Canyon greets tourists with federal budget cuts
The north rim of the Grand Canyon officially opens to tourists this week.  The canyon’s south rim gets far more visitors, but tourists on the north rim may still notice federal budget cuts this summer.
Sept. 20, 2013
School districts continue to face tight budgets
Arizona's public schools continue trying to climb back from deep cuts to their budgets over the past several years. Their planning for the next fiscal year has not been helped by delayed state budget talks at the Capitol.
Sept. 20, 2013
Bipartisan group in the U.S. House agrees on immigration reform proposal
A bipartisan immigration reform proposal is making its way through the U.S. Senate, and now a House group is on the verge of unveiling its own package.The group of four Democratic and four Republican representatives say it has reached a deal.
Sept. 20, 2013
Maricopa Community College District Governing Board to vote on property tax levy
The governing board of the Maricopa County Community College District will vote Tuesday evening on whether to raise the property tax levy by 2 percent.For property owners, on average, this would mean a tax increase of $2.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tobin wants to know if legislators support Brewers Medicaid plan
Closed-door budget talks are continuing at the state capitol, but House Speaker Andy Tobin says progress is slow. Tobin thinks it's time to find out if members support a Medicaid expansion plan Governor Jan Brewer is demanding be part of the budget.
Sept. 20, 2013
Chandler puts chicken issue on pause
Chandler has put off deciding whether to allow chickens within city limits. The city council decided more time was needed for city staff to do research on the urban chicken question. Chandler chicken lovers will have to wait and see whether the city will permit the birds.
Sept. 20, 2013

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