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Pinal County Board denies Babeus request for staff pay raises
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu has lost his bid to get his employees a raise. The Board of Supervisors  on Wednesday passed a scaled-back $374 million budget that denied the sheriff’s request.Another year of tight revenues because of reduced state funding and lower property values meant that Pinal County Supervisors had to cut spending by $7 million in the new budget that starts July 1.
Sept. 20, 2013
Bomb threat diverts plane to Phoenix
A bomb threat forced a Southwest Airlines flight to be diverted to Phoenix on Tuesday afternoon. The FBI and a police bomb squad were among the agencies that responded to the threat.    Sky Harbor International Aiport remained open after a plane was diverted to the aiport due to a bomb threat.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tucsons largest school district hires back 72 laid off employees
Tucson Unified School District is recalling some teachers and staff members it laid off last month. A total of 72 workers are getting back on the district’s payroll.TUSD let 187 employees go to cope with a $17 million budget shortfall, but cuts in other areas of the district have allowed officials to hire back almost six dozen teachers and other employees.
Sept. 20, 2013
Authorities are investigating Kingman fires
Authorities in northwestern Arizona are investigating dozens of brush fires intentionally set in Kingman in the past few months. Investigators said 63 brush fires have been set in open fields along roadways.
Sept. 20, 2013
Taxpayers lose $62 Million on federal coal leases
According to a new study, the federal government lost about $62 million dollars on recent coal lease sales.
Sept. 20, 2013
High winds a concern for wildfire near Prescott
Firefighters in north central Arizona are concerned about high winds whipping the flames of the Doce Fire on Wednesday.  The area, about eight miles northwest of Prescott, is under a Red Flag warning for high winds and low humidity, according to meteorologist Valerie Myers of the National Weather Service.
Sept. 20, 2013
Halfway Fire contained
Fire crews have contained the Halfway Fire burning near Tusayan on the south rim of the Grand Canyon. The Halfway Fire broke out Wednesday, and crews managed to contain the blaze by Thursday afternoon.
Sept. 20, 2013
Second Reddington Pass Fire sparks stage two fire restrictions
For the second time in nine days, there's a fire burning near the community of Reddington, on the Coronado National Forest. Fire information officer Gerry Perry says crews responded to another human caused fire this weekend, and that it's important that stage two fire restrictions are in place in all of the National Forests.
Sept. 20, 2013
Valley fever not just a human problem
When Suzie Hatch comes home from work, she is greeted by powerful, predictable barks. Kindred the Basset Hound survived Valley fever a few years back -- but only after his owner, Suzie Hatch, lost a previous dog to the illness.
Sept. 20, 2013
ADOT 5-year plan released despite challenges with budget
The Arizona Department of Transportation has approved its 5-year plan which designates road projects to be completed over the next five years. Spokeswoman Laura Douglas says the Transportation Board had several big budget challenges in making its decisions.
Sept. 20, 2013
Official: 19 firefighters killed battling blaze near Prescott
The 19 members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew killed Sunday battling the Yarnell Hill Fire is the deadliest tragedy in Arizona history and one of the worst on record in the United States.
Sept. 20, 2013
Water usage on Sunday breaks record by 40 million gallons
Phoenix residents set a new record for water usage last weekend because of the high heat. The water department says 420 million gallons of water were used Sunday, up from last year's record of 382 million gallons.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mexican volcano spewing ash and rock, affecting air travel
A volcano in Mexico has forced several U.S. airlines to cancel dozens of flights, including out of Phoenix. Earlier this week, authorities recorded several tremors at the 18,000 foot Popocatepetl volcano.
Sept. 20, 2013
High Speeds And Hot Temperatures Lead To Tire Blowouts
Summers in Arizona not only mean an increase in the temperature, but also in the number of tire blowouts. A new study by the Arizona Department of Transportation says tire shreds are the most dangerous road debris in the state.
Sept. 20, 2013
Study Begins For Proposed Union Pacific Railroad Yard Near Picacho Peak
A year-long study has started for a proposed Union Pacific Railroad switch yard near Picacho Peak. The project includes the construction of multiple train tracks and commercial warehouses next to Interstate Ten between Phoenix and Tucson.
Sept. 20, 2013
Loop 303 Closures This Weekend Part Of Larger Plan
West Valley drivers could face some delays this weekend, as the Department of Transportation prepares to open three new southbound lanes on the Loop 303.  Spokesman Doug Nintzel says that will require the closure of parts of the freeway.
Sept. 20, 2013
Why Interstate 17 Accidents Like This Weekend Are Troublesome
It happened again on Interstate 17 this past weekend. An accident snarled southbound traffic Sunday afternoon leaving homebound travelers stuck in a massive jam, and geography makes the problem worse. This time the accident was near Black Canyon City.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Corporation Commission Ruled Against In Renewable Energy Decision
A new court ruling says the Arizona Corporation Commission was wrong when it accepted electricity generated through the incineration of trash as renewable energy. The ruling said the utility regulating panel erred and abused its discretion with the 2012 decision.
Sept. 20, 2013
Eisenhowers Presidential Airplane Found In Storage At Marana Airport
There is a piece of presidential history parked at an Arizona airport. It is one of the first airplanes to fly President Dwight D. Eisenhower around the world in the 1950s.  This is one of three Lockheed Constellation planes President Eisenhower used during the early years of his presidency in the 1950's.
Sept. 20, 2013
Rural/Metro Company Facing Financial Challenges
Scottsdale-based Rural/Metro fire and ambulance company said it recently missed an important payment on a bond. Rural/Metro Corporation said it is working to address the outstanding debt and is developing a new business model.
Sept. 20, 2013

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