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Challenge To Law Banning Abortions Based On Race Or Sex Of The Child Thrown Out
A Federal judge Thursday threw out a challenge to a 2011 state law that bans abortion, based on the race or sex of the child. The NAACP and the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum had challenged the law, claiming its premise that Asian women abort girls because they prefer boys, and black women are more likely to be talked into terminating a pregnancy, was based on racial stereotypes.
Oct. 12, 2013
Only 61 Percent Of Recycling Centers Are Paying Customers Properly
Some Arizona recycling centers may not be giving you your money’s worth. The Department of Weights and Measures says only 61 percent of the scales they checked during a recent audit were accurate.
Oct. 12, 2013
ASU In-State Undergraduate Students Will Not Pay More Next Year
In-state undergrads at Arizona State University can breathe a sigh of relief. President Michael Crow said he will not ask them to pay more next year. The university president said he will not ask the Board of Regents to hike tuition for Arizona undergraduate students in the 2014-2015 school year.
Oct. 12, 2013
Election Law Referendum One Step Closer To Ballot
Arizona election officials have completed an initial step in determining whether a referendum submitted by opponents of a recently approved election law will be on the ballot next year.Opponents of the law, which would trim the state’s permanent voting list and limit who can return mail-in ballots for a voter, have filed what they say are more than 146,000 petition signatures in an effort to force a statewide vote.
Oct. 12, 2013
Proposed Dual Voting System Gets Mixed Reviews
In recent terms, Arizona’s been making itself quite at home at the U.S. Supreme Court. In June, a 7-2 majority ruled that Arizona cannot demand proof of citizenship from people who register to vote using a federal form, even though Arizona has a state form that requires just that, and the high court upheld the requirements of that form which voters approved in 2004.
Oct. 12, 2013
Despite Shutdown, Lake Pleasant Stays Open
While other Arizona lakes with federal connections are closing, one big one, close to home remains open. Lake Pleasant Park Supervisor David Jordan says the lake is open and expects a large influx of visitors who are unable to enjoy other parks.
Oct. 12, 2013
The Affordable Care Act Will Help Women With Breast Cancer
The Affordable Care Act could have a significant impact on reducing breast cancer across the country. Matt Schafer of the American Cancer Society says more women will be able to access affordable health care because insurers will not be able to reject those with pre-existing conditions, like breast cancer.
Oct. 12, 2013
Maricopa Among Counties Responsible For Most Of Country’s Death Penalty Sentences
A new report shows most of the country’s death penalty sentences come from just 2-percent of the nation’s counties, including Maricopa County. The Death Penalty Information Center report says Maricopa County is the fourth highest in the country in death row inmates and 10th highest in executions over the last 45 years.
Oct. 12, 2013
Herb Paine: Light Rail Adventure
Hopping on a train is not only about getting from one place to another. It’s about the passengers and artifacts along the way that define the city you’re in and give you a sense of place and pulse.
Oct. 12, 2013
Paolo Soleris Influence Is Shown In New Documentary
To Arizonans, Paolo Soleri is best known for Arcosanti in Cordes Junction about 70 miles north of Phoenix, and perhaps the sound of Soleri bells. Soleri envisioned Arcosanti as a place that would combine architecture and ecology.
Oct. 12, 2013
Phoenix Parking Lots May See Fewer Charity Boxes
There may be fewer of those charity drop boxes you see in commercial parking lots around Phoenix. A new fee on the boxes goes into effect Jan. 1. Until the city council approved the new permitting fee this week there was no regulation on who could place those large collection boxes or where.
Oct. 12, 2013
ASU Report Shows Housing Market Has Improved Quickly
A new report from ASU shows the Valley housing market is continuing to improve, with supply finally starting to increase to meet demand. Mike Orr of the W.P. Carey School of business says he’s surprised the area housing market has improved to this point as quickly as it has.
Oct. 12, 2013
Food Prices Up, Chicken Shows Greatest Cost Increase
The cost of food is on the rise, and chicken is leading the way. The Arizona Farm Bureau Federation says the cost of a typical market-basket of items is up 6 percent from last quarter. Marketing manager Peggy Jo Goodfellow says their shoppers found the average price of a pound of boneless chicken breasts was up $4.
Oct. 12, 2013
Feds Could Allow Arizona To Re-Open Grand Canyon
The Obama administration says it may allow states to use their own money to re-open some national parks that have been closed because of the government shutdown. Governor Jan Brewer is one of a handful of governors who have been asking for that.
Oct. 12, 2013
Arizona Ranks In The Bottom Five In The US For Child Well-Being
To expand or not to expand Medicaid. That was the core question in Arizona’s 2013 legislative session, whether more low-income Arizonans would be eligible for state-supported health care coverage, and that coverage can have a huge impact on poor kids in Arizona.
Oct. 12, 2013
Illegal Immigration Numbers Shift To Texas
Border Patrol Statistics show that illegal immigration along the Southwest border has shifted to the east in recent years. The number of people caught crossing the border illegally in Texas rose from 125,000 in fiscal 2009 to more than 225,000 this past fiscal year.
Oct. 12, 2013
Arizona Chamber Of Commerce Calls On Officials To End Shutdown
As the federal government shutdown continues, the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry is condemning members of Congress and the president. CEO Glen Hammer is calling on officials in Washington to do what’s right for the country by ending the impasse.
Oct. 12, 2013

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