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Wildfire Author In Arizona After Yarnell Hill Fire
Wildfire season in Arizona and the West is getting longer, and the potential for catastrophic fires is growing. Journalist Michael Kodas has been in Arizona following the aftermath of the Yarnell Hill Fire.
Sept. 20, 2013
Did You Know: Arizona Is Home To Ostriches
It’s a bird, no, it’s a dinosaur. Well actually, it’s an ostrich, that is believed to be both. The Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch at Picacho Peak. (Photo by Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez-KJZZ) Really, an ostrich? North Carolina paleontologists found that the soft tissue inside the thigh bone of a 65 million year-old unearthed T-Rex skeleton looked identical to that of an ostrich.
Sept. 20, 2013
Legal fight continues over driver
Attorneys for those in the Deferred Action Program are back in court, in an effort to force Arizona to grant their clients driver's licenses. The licenses have been denied by Governor Brewer under a state law that says people have to prove they're authorized to be in the country to get a license.
Sept. 20, 2013
Department of Public Safety Nabs 60 Pound Heroin Load
State police in Phoenix have seized a load of heroin worth about $1.5 million.  It is the agency’s biggest heroin bust in memory, said Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves. The largest heroin bust in Arizona DPS memory occured when 60 pounds of the drug were found in three West Phoenix homes.
Sept. 20, 2013
What The Increase In Outlet Malls Means For The Valley Retail Scene
Valley residents now have three times more choices, if they are in the mood for some outlet shopping. Directory for the Phoenix Premium Outlets. (Photo by Mark Brodie-KJZZ) We now have three outlet malls close by, two of which have opened in the last 12 months, and that raises some questions.
Sept. 20, 2013
Man Attached To Jodi Arias Arrested For Threatening 3 People
Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies have arrested a New York man for allegedly stalking and threatening two national television commentators and an Arizona woman. 48-year-old David Simpson was arrested in Bath, NY after Sheriff Joe Arpaio says he became attached to convicted murderer Jodi Arias during her trial, and sent tweets to the victims.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Third Graders May Be Held Back
Arizona students entering third grade this year are the first group of kids that may be held back because of their reading level. More than 18,000 children are at risk of repeating third grade. For the past three years, the Arizona State Board of Education prepared schools across the state to make sure that children can read at an acceptable level at third grade.
Sept. 20, 2013
Economics Professor
This week, Sprouts Farmers Market announced it is going public. Sprouts is one of many, many grocery options in the Valley. Tim James, professor of economics at the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University said the Phoenix market city, not grocery, is in some ways unique.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tribal Members Claim Discrimination Over 202 Expansion
Members of the Gila River Indian community will hand deliver a civil rights complaint to the state transportation department Tuesday. The South Mountain freeway project has been 30 years in the making.
Sept. 20, 2013
DPS Officer, Wife Face Up To 23 Years In Prison
A DPS officer and his wife face multiple years in prison after being convicted by a Santa Cruz County jury on conspiracy, money laundering and theft charges. Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne says Horacio and Carmen Lomelil were found guilty of taking checks from her employer, Nogales-based Sierra Seed, and depositing the money in their personal checking account, over a five year period.
Sept. 20, 2013
First Licensed State Medical Marijuana Dispensaries May Get More Time To Open
Some of the first medical marijuana dispensaries the state licensed will get more time to open their doors.  The Department of Health Services had given dispensaries a year to open saying their authorizations would expire unless they met the deadline, but attorney Paul Conant filed suit to stop that saying some of his clients could not comply, in part because some communities failed to provide the needed zoning.
Sept. 20, 2013
E. Coli Outbreak Connected To Valley Restaurant
An apparent E. coli outbreak has been linked to a Mexican restaurant in Litchfield Park. So far, 11 people have been hospitalized who ate food from Frederico’s Mexican restaurant around July 23. Jeanene Fowler is with Maricopa County Public Health.
Sept. 20, 2013
Roaming Area May Be Expanded For Endangered Wolves
Mexican gray wolves may be getting more room to roam here in Arizona. The federal government might give the animals 10 times more space than they currently have in the Southwest.These days, endangered Mexican gray wolves are limited to an area on the Arizona/New Mexico border, but the U.
Sept. 20, 2013
Are Latin American Baseball Players More Inclined To Use Banned Substances?
Much to the chagrin of the Major League Baseball Commissioner’s Office and many team front offices, general news headlines devoted to the sport in recent weeks were focused on when suspensions would be announced for players who were connected to the Biogenesis Clinic, linked to banned performance-enhancing drugs.
Sept. 20, 2013
Going Inside A Medical Marijuana Dispensary
Medicinal marijuana has been legal in Arizona since 2010. But legal dispensaries didn’t start popping up until this year. Now, nearly 50 are open in Arizona – and about half are here in the Valley.
Sept. 20, 2013
FCC Votes To Lower Prison Phone Call Costs
The Federal Communications Commission has voted to make long distance phone calls from prison inmates more affordable. It is an issue that prison reform advocates have pressed for a decade. According to a statement released by the FCC, an estimated 2.
Sept. 20, 2013
Stock Prices Tank After Justice Department Decides To Block Airline Merger
The stock prices for American Airlines and US Airways did not take kindly to yesterday’s news that the justice department would try to block the companies’ merger. Tempe-based US Airways watched shares sink 13 percent.
Sept. 20, 2013
Foreclosure Filings In Arizona Down 60 Percent Year-Over-Year
Arizona is no longer among the top ten states with the highest number of foreclosure starts, according to housing data firm RealtyTrac -- for the first time since February 2007. The state saw 3,300 new foreclosure filings in July, a slight increase from the previous month but a 60 percent decrease since last year.
Sept. 20, 2013
Maricopa County Board Of Supervisors To Appoint New County Assessor
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to name a new county assessor Monday.  Former assessor Keith Russell resigned when he was appointed to serve as a Mesa justice of the peace in June.
Sept. 20, 2013
Officials Allow Egypt Fire To Burn Up To 6,000 Acres
Firefighters in the Mogollon Rim continue to watch the lightning-started Egypt Fire. Coconino National Forest Spokesman Dean Jones says the target burn area for the fire is about 6,000 acres, and that people in the area have nothing to worry about.
Sept. 20, 2013

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