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The Valley Sees A Rising Number Of Electronic Cigarette Stores
An online search for electronic cigarette stores shows nearly 20 in the Phoenix area. Two of the many models of electronic cigarettes Vape Escapes sell. (Photo by Alexandra Olgin-KJZZ) Electronic cigarette businesses have been popping up all over the Valley.
Oct. 3, 2013
Reveal: VA’s Opiate Overload Feeds Veterans’ Addictions, Overdose Deaths
By Aaron GlantzThe Center for Investigative ReportingBefore dawn, a government van picked up paratrooper Jeffrey Waggoner for the five-hour drive to a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in southern Oregon.
Oct. 3, 2013
Phoenix International Raceway Celebrates 50th Anniversary Next Year
Phoenix International Raceway has been part of the Valley sports scene since January 1964. Next year, the track will celebrate its 50th anniversary. Track President Bryan Sperber promises it will be a year to remember.
Oct. 3, 2013
City of Phoenix Receives Few Public Comments At Meetings On Food Tax
For as much rancor as Phoenix’s temporary food tax has generated, public hearings on the issue have not been well-attended. As of Wednesday afternoon, the city had received 14 public comments over the course of nine meetings.
Oct. 3, 2013
Arizona Board Of Regents Asks For Budget Increase For State Universities
The Arizona Board of Regents is asking for a nearly 15 percent hike in next year’s budget for the state’s three universities and the Board of Regents itself. The regents said the nearly $100 million increase does not make up for the massive cuts made by the legislature during the recession, but that budget may not make it through intact.
Oct. 3, 2013
Shutdown Would Boot Visitors From Grand Canyon
The federal government is just hours away from potentially shutting down, and that means national parks could be closing too. Visitors to the Grand Canyon could be affected if the federal government shutdown occurs.
Oct. 3, 2013
Brewer: Both Sides To Blame For Shutdown
As the shutdown of the federal government enters its second day, Gov. Jan Brewer says she and her staff are keeping the pressure on Washington to break the logjam. The governor says both sides are to blame and that there are several places where the shutdown is impacting Arizona.
Oct. 3, 2013
Farm Bill Expires Leaving Growers Uncertain About Future Crop Insurance Rates
Arizona farmers are upset with Congress for not approving an extension to the Farm Bill before the government shutdown. Some farmers are now worried about getting government loans for next year’s crops.
Oct. 3, 2013
Chinese Auctioneers Visit Phoenix For Training
China has often been accused of stealing information and technology from other countries, but now some Chinese entrepreneurs are blatantly “borrowing” from the United States. An Arizona firm is helping them learn more about the American auction industry.
Oct. 3, 2013
Some Services For Arizonans Not Available During Shutdown
The federal government shutdown has furloughed employees, forced some agency websites to go dark, and delayed funding for social services. The standoff is likely to hurt needy Arizonans. Many of Arizona’s 42,000 federal employees are considered essential and will still be showing up to work -- people like members of the military and border agents.
Oct. 3, 2013
Court Of Appeals Approves Public Education Funding Vouchers
Another court has given the green light for Arizona lawmakers to issue what amount to public education funding vouchers to parents to educate their kids at any private or parochial school they want. Parents of students with special needs and those in schools with a ‘D’ or lower rating, get what are called empowerment scholarships, amounting to 90 percent of state aid.
Oct. 3, 2013
Economists Say Arizonas Recovery Has Moved From Mediocre To Okay
Arizona’s recovery has moved from mediocre to okay. That is the word from economists Friday who spoke about the world, national and state economies at the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Annual Economic Outlook Breakfast.
Oct. 3, 2013
Raid At Phoenix Janitorial Business Results In 20 Arrests For Identity Theft
Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested 20 more workers at a Phoenix janitorial business for identity theft. Sheriff Joe Arpaio said deputies conducted the raid at Proserve, the same company it raided in August, arresting four suspects for stealing IDs.
Oct. 3, 2013
Arizona’s Military Installation In Partial Shutdown
The budget impasse in Washington has put Arizona’s military installations into a partial shutdown. At Fort Huachuca in Sierra Vista, spokeswoman Tanja Linton says about the vast majority of the 3,600 civilian workers on the base personnel have been furloughed.
Oct. 3, 2013
Loop 101 Bridge Freeway Closures Are Gone
The weekend is over, and that means some freeway closures are also gone. That includes the construction work over the Loop 101 in the East Valley. The Department of Transportation is closer to completing the Galveston Street Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge over the 101 Price Freeway.
Oct. 3, 2013
New Website Design Spares Some Users Trips To MVD
The Arizona Department of Transportation says recent improvements to the design of the servicearizona.com website should make it easier to skip a visit to the MVD for many common transactions. ADOT spokesman Harold Saunders said you will be able to get the answers you need without paying any more.
Oct. 3, 2013
AARP Wants Method For Calculating Cost-Of-Living To Remain The Same
Volunteers and staff of Arizona AARP are lobbying members of Congress this week to not change the way cost-of-living adjustments are calculated for Social Security recipients. A new report form the AARP Public Policy Institute calculates that every benefit dollar generates two dollars in spending by Arizona individuals and businesses, adding almost $30 billion a year to the state’s economy.
Oct. 3, 2013

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