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StoryCorps Phoenix: Lilia Alvarez and Anna Berlenga
We are pleased to share the voices and conversations of our community from StoryCorps Phoenix. StoryCorps Phoenix is the project that records the stories of everyday people and archives them at the Library of Congress.
Sept. 20, 2013
GoDaddy to build tech center, add jobs in Tempe
The tech company GoDaddy unveiled plans to build a 150,000 square-foot building in Tempe on Tuesday. The new building will come with 300 new jobs over the next three years.  Governor Jan Brewer and GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving make footprints on a clay slab that will hang in the new building.
Sept. 20, 2013
Jodi Arias found guilty of first-degree murder
The jury has spoken in the Jodi Arias trial. Arias has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of former boyfriend Travis Alexander.The trial that began Jan. 2 ended at 1:50 p.m. after 15 hours of jury deliberation.
Sept. 20, 2013
Cops good deed becomes web sensation
A random act of kindness by a local cop has gone viral. The story of Natalie Simonick and her good deed has been shared more than 19,000 times -- and "liked" more than 140,000 times -- on the Phoenix Police Department’s Facebook page.
Sept. 20, 2013
Anonymous donor enables Phoenix PD to host third gun buyback
The Phoenix Police Department will host its third and final planned gun buyback this weekend after an anonymous donor gave $100,000 for the effort. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton announced a $100,000 anonymous donation to pay for this weekend's planned gun buyback program alongside Arizonans for Gun Safety President Hildy Saizow and Phoenix Police Commander Mike Kurtenbach.
Sept. 20, 2013
Hell Canyon Bridge repairs this weekend
The Arizona Department of Transportation begins work Sunday morning on the final repairs to Hell Canyon Bridge, on State Route 89, between Prescott and Ash Fork.  Spokesman Dustin Kruegel says they completed some major repair work in March, but need to make adjustments.
Sept. 20, 2013
School official: Prop 100 spared deeper education cuts
When Proposition 100 was on the ballot three years ago, one of the biggest selling points made by supporters was that two thirds of the money would go to education and prevent deeper cuts to schools.
Sept. 20, 2013
South Mountain Freeway proposal gets mixed reviews at a public hearing
Members of the public are getting their final say on an environmental impact study on the proposed South Mountain Freeway. Arizona Department of Transportation is accepting public testimony on the project through July.
Sept. 20, 2013
Chandler considers urban chickens
The City of Chandler will decide Thursday whether or not to allow chickens within city limits. Turns out, urban chickens are already roosting across much of the Phoenix area. You can hear them across the Valley, from Phoenix to Gilbert, Mesa to Scottsdale.
Sept. 20, 2013
Democrats use public forum to examine Arizona National Guard allegations
A Democratic state lawmaker is holding a public forum Tuesday to review allegations of misconduct at the Arizona National Guard. The meeting comes after an investigation found ethical missteps and inappropriate sexual activity among guard members.
Sept. 20, 2013
Agency seeks to treat poverty like an illness
A social service agency based in Detroit, Mich. is working to bring its unusual approach to poverty to Arizona. Matrix Human Services treats poverty like an illness and its clients like patients. President Marcella Wilson says the first thing they ask people is: “What is your dream?” “So if that person wishes to be a nurse, we start with basic needs—food, clothing shelter,” Wilson said.
Sept. 20, 2013
Top 10 new species for 2013
Arizona State University has released its top 10 new species list for 2013. The list includes a glow-in-the-dark cockroach and the smallest vertebrate on Earth, a tiny frog. The creatures on the list were selected by Arizona State University's International Institute for Species Exploration.
Sept. 20, 2013
Immigrants given tools to lead communities
First- and second-generation immigrants in the Phoenix area will learn about civic leadership this weekend. The New American Leaders Project (NALP) and Promise Arizona are sponsoring the two-day training session for the second year in a row.
Sept. 20, 2013
Number of motorcycle deaths in Arizona continues to increase
The number of people dying in motorcycle crashes continues to go up in Arizona, according to the state’s annual statistics on roadway fatalities that came out Monday. Last year, 139 people in Arizona were killed on motorcycles.
Sept. 20, 2013
The impact of Arizona v. California on Arizonas water supply
This week marks 50 years since Arizona won the U.S. Supreme Court case, Arizona v. California, that helped federal legislation in creating the Central Arizona Project.Historian Jack August, author of "Dividing Western Waters," discussed the case and the effect it had on dramatically increasing Arizona's population.
Sept. 20, 2013
Hot weather leads to multiple emergency calls in Lake Mead area
One man has died and five hikers had to be rescued amid dangerously hot temperatures Saturday.  It all happened in White Rock Canyon, along the Arizona-Nevada border about eight miles from Boulder City.
Sept. 20, 2013
Why did the governor call a special session?
Arizona lawmakers will be at the capitol today after being called to a special session late Tuesday by Governor Jan Brewer. They'll be working on Medicaid expansion and the state budget. I talked with Jim Small of the Arizona Capitol Times this morning, and asked him why the governor would call a special session when lawmakers were expected to deal with the issues during their regular session later in the week.
Sept. 20, 2013
Legislature sends budget, Medicaid expansion to governor
Less than 24 hours after the Arizona House approved Gov. Jan Brewer’s plan to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, the Senate has followed suit. That ended the special session the governor called Tuesday to deal with Medicaid and the budget.
Sept. 20, 2013
Zero new homes sold in Tempe and Avondale in April
 Not all Valley cities are created equal for new-home sales. The latest real estate report from Arizona State University shows Gilbert and Goodyear leading the way in that sector of the housing recovery, but builders in other cities are still idle.
Sept. 20, 2013
School bus collides with SUV, sparks investigation
Sheriff's deputies in Coconino County are investigating the collision of a school bus and an SUV, east of Flagstaff, Monday. Spokesman Gerry Blair said there are a number of issues to resolve before a decision is made about whether citations will be issued.
Sept. 20, 2013

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