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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
Arizona Cardinals new management prepares for the National Football League draft
The Arizona Cardinals head into Thursday's National Football League draft with new Head Coach Bruce Arians and first-time General Manager Steve Keim.Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com tells Steve Goldstein how the organization has changed and how the draft can help the team improve.
Sept. 20, 2013
Governor Brewer and Republican lawmakers continue to spar over Medicaid expansion proposal
Republicans at the state capitol are continuing their fight against Governor Brewer’s proposal to expand Medicaid coverage under the Obama Administration’s health care law. They staged a small rally at the state capitol Thursday.
Sept. 20, 2013
New technology extends visiting options for prisoners and their families
Some new technology is allowing the Pinal County Sheriff's Office to offer inmates visits with their family around the world. For a small fee, the inmates can use the Internet to see and talk to family members, according to Sheriff's Office IT spokesman Matt Dimuzio.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix home prices up 23 percent from last year
U.S. home prices increased in February, by the largest margin in nearly seven years.              The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller home price index climbed 9.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona among top ten bike-friendly states
Arizona has cracked the top ten bicycle-friendly states, according to new rankings from the League of American Bicyclists.Washington State tops the list, for the sixth straight year, followed by Colorado, Oregon and Minnesota.
Sept. 20, 2013
Governor signs foster home non-vaccination bill
Placing foster children in homes where other children are not immunized just got easier. Governor Jan Brewer has signed a bill saying the Department of Economic Security cannot force foster parents to immunize their own children in order to be licensed.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arrest made in decades-old murder
After more than 35 years, police have arrested a man suspected of killing a woman in Tucson. Tucson police have charged 66-year-old Bruce McCullough with first-degree murder. He is accused in the March 1976 death of 20-year-old Donna Smith.
Sept. 20, 2013
Governor Brewer remembers Department of Public Safety Officer killed Monday
 Governor Jan Brewer is remembering a Department of Public Safety officer, killed Monday night in the line of duty. Tim Huffman, a 14-year veteran of the force was killed in a chain reaction crash, while tending to a vehicle rollover accident on Interstate 8, east of Yuma.
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
Jon Talton talks about Phoenix v. Seattle and his latest Phoenix-based mystery
Phoenix native Jon Talton was an Arizona Republic columnist for seven years. He has since moved to the Pacific Northwest, where he writes for The Seattle Times and blogs often about Phoenix at RogueColumnist.
Sept. 20, 2013
Wind farm project could be close to approval
A proposed wind energy project northwest of Kingman, Ariz. is one step closer to reality. BP Wind Energy wants to build nearly 300 wind turbines on about 50,000 acres of federal land in Mohave County, mostly controlled by the Bureau of Land Management.
Sept. 20, 2013
Public hearing held in Phoenix for South Mountain freeway extension
Valley residents can voice their opinion on the longest running debate over a proposed freeway plan in Arizona. A public hearing is scheduled for the South Mountain Freeway extension on Tuesday. An environmental study is part of the discussion.
Sept. 20, 2013
Measuring the appeal and impact of Initial Public Offerings
Arizona has been attracting more attention from Wall Street recently. Last month, two companies based in the state had Initial Public Offerings or IPOs. S. Trevis Certo of Arizona State University's W.
Sept. 20, 2013
Low gas prices expected for Memorial Day
Memorial Day is traditionally seen as the start of summer – and of higher gas prices for the season. But not this year. Arizona is experiencing its lowest gas prices for the holiday weekend in three years.
Sept. 20, 2013
Campaign seeks to require labeling of foods containing GMOs
A Tucson activist is launching an initiative campaign this week aimed at requiring the labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients. Jon McLane says he's concerned about the safety of plants that may have been altered to perhaps create their own pesticides.
Sept. 20, 2013
Glendale city officials discuss the future for Phoenix Coyotes
Glendale city officials met Tuesday with National Hockey League representatives as well as with prospective team owners. Thee groups continue to discuss future plans for the Phoenix Coyotes.A Glendale spokeswoman said the city council will not make a decision regarding the ownership of the Coyotes until all information has been collected and all available options have been considered.
Sept. 20, 2013
Report: West Phoenix blight improving
City officials report progress combating violent crime, vandalism and prostitution in West Phoenix.That part of town has struggled with those issues for years. In fact, if you look at a police map from this March, pockets of violent crime still glow bright red in West Phoenix, but an annual city report from the region does show some good news, including a 14 percent reduction in violent crime since 2005.
Sept. 20, 2013

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