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House approves foster care vaccination bill
A requirement that foster parents immunize their own children before being granted licenses would go away under a bill approved Tuesday in the Arizona House.  Chandler Republican Bob Robson says the state is already taking care of the health of foster children.
Sept. 20, 2013
Student arrested after Embry Riddle parking lot explosion
Police in Prescott have arrested an 18-year-old Embry Riddle University student for setting off an explosion in the college parking lot in Prescott. Lieutenant Ken Morley says James Levine was arrested after an anonymous tip, but it is unclear why the White Plains, N.
Sept. 20, 2013
New mural adds color to midtown Phoenix
No one used to notice the large, grey parking structure at the corner of First Avenue and Thomas Road. But those days are over. The new mural, spray painted against a parking structure, now towers over Thomas Road, near Central Avenue.
Sept. 20, 2013
Navajo Nation continues exploring whether to purchase a coal mine
The Navajo Nation is moving closer to taking over a coal mine on the reservation.Tribal lawmakers have voted to form a limited liability company that would run the Navajo Mine near Farmington, New Mexico.
Sept. 20, 2013
Play based on Californias Proposition 8 comes to Phoenix
The Herberger Theatre Center will host a one-night production of "8" by Dustin Lance Black. The play's focus is the federal trial of California's Proposition 8, which restricted recognized marriage to opposite sex couples.
Sept. 20, 2013
Sumo marathoner strikes again
This Saturday, a man who weighs 407 pounds will run the Shiprock Marathon in New Mexico. Sumo wrestler and marathoner Kelly Gneiting doesn't do subtle. Here's the cover of his book, "Fat Passion." (Photo courtesy of Dustin Snipes) And that’s not wishful thinking.
Sept. 20, 2013
Sumo champ completes third marathon
The 400-pound marathoner has done it again. Kelly Gneiting completed his third marathon on Saturday. (Photo by Stina Sieg - KJZZ) Kelly Gneiting, a heavyweight sumo wrestling champion, ran the Shiprock Marathon on Saturday.
Sept. 20, 2013
TUSD to layoff more than 150
The Tucson Unified School District will be giving pink slips to more than 150 employees. The district's Governing Board approved the layoffs Tuesday night. End of the year layoffs are common, but as the Arizona Daily Star reports, the number of employees being severed this year is more than in the past two years combined.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona housing foreclosure rates continue to drop
The number of foreclosures being started in Arizona continues to drop, according to the monitoring firm RealtyTrac. Vice President Darren Blomquist says about 3,900 Arizona properties got foreclosure notices during April.
Sept. 20, 2013
McCain says response to attack in Benghazi was cover-up
Arizona Senator John McCain is calling the administration's response to the attack on the American embassy in Benghazi, Libya a cover-up. McCain said the revision of the 'talking points' to be used by Ambassador Susan Rice after the attack was a willful removal of information.
Sept. 20, 2013
Poll shows Arizona voters now support same-sex marriage
A new poll from Phoenix-based Behavior Research indicates that if asked about same-sex marriage, Arizona voters would now approve it.The poll found 55 percent of the 700 adult heads of household questioned in favor, 35 percent were opposed.
Sept. 20, 2013
Rural schools also challenged by education budget cutbacks
As Arizona lawmakers work on the state budget, school districts are trying to plan their budgets for next school year. For rural districts, that challenge is magnified. Pat Koury, Hyder Elementary School District Superintendent (Photo by Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez - KJZZ) Off of Interstate 8, about an hour east of Yuma, is the Hyder Elementary School District.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tucson Unified School District closes 11 schools to cope with huge budget shortfall
Many Arizona public school students start their summer vacation this week, but it is a bittersweet time for school districts facing massive budget shortfalls and a lot of uncertainty about the level of state funding they will receive next school year.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona abortion law struck down
A federal appeals court has struck down an Arizona law that criminalized performing abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The case could wind up at the U.S. Supreme Court. The 2012 law bans most abortions at or after 20 weeks, with only a narrow exception for emergencies.
Sept. 20, 2013
Hopis file suit against Wachovia
The Hopi Tribe of Northern Arizona says a national bank seriously mishandled its investments. The tribe claims it has lost millions. The tribe filed its claims against Wachovia earlier this month with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.
Sept. 20, 2013
Prop 100 critic: Tax increase not the end of the world
Three years ago, Arizona voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 100, a temporary one cent sales tax increase. One of the leading voices in opposition to the measure was Tom Jenney, Arizona Director of Americans for Prosperity.
Sept. 20, 2013
2014 election starting now on Arizona roadways
Arizona drivers will start seeing messages targeting two members of the state’s Congressional delegation. The NRCC hopes billboards like this one will help defeat Ron Barber and Ann Kirkpatrick in 2014.
Sept. 20, 2013
State Representative on delayed funding increase for CPS
When the legislative session began, increasing funding for Child Protective Services seemed like a foregone conclusion, but progress has stalled in the House.Representative Kate Brophy McGee of Phoenix talked about the delay and her expectations about the higher funding eventually being approved.
Sept. 20, 2013
Navajo Nation put on notice for not spending enough on housing
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says the Navajo Nation has failed to spend nearly $150 million in housing grant money for fiscal year 2012. Since 2000, the Navajo Nation have almost consistently failed to spend HUD grant money.
Sept. 20, 2013
Sen. Jeff Flake gives maiden speech
Arizona’s newest senator, Republican Jeff Flake, gave his first speech to the Senate Tuesday. Among the items he addressed, bipartisanship was the focus. Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona (Photo courtesy of the Office of Senator Jeff Flake) “There is a time and a place for using super-majority rules to block legislation and/or nominees from coming to the Senate floor, “said Flake.
Sept. 20, 2013

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