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ASU researchers develop tiny lasers to speed computing
Researchers at Arizona State University have worked for years developing a tiny laser invisible to the naked eye. See if you can spot the nanolaser at an ASU engineering lab. Hint: it's 1/100 the width of a human hair.
Sept. 20, 2013
State scrutinizes city use traffic cams
Arizona is tightening up its rules regarding photo enforcement cameras on roadways. Gov. Jan Brewer signed a law last week requiring cities to prove there’s a legitimate safety need before installing the cameras on state roads.
Sept. 20, 2013
Interstate 40 east of Flagstaff closed due to dust storms
Drivers who would normally use Interstate 40 east of Flagstaff should postpone their travel plans until weather conditions that closed the highway improve. Strong winds continue to impact Northern Arizona as a Spring storm continues to bring strong winds to the state.
Sept. 20, 2013
Flake waiting out election challenge from Mark Kelly
Arizona Senator Jeff Flake says he's taking a 'wait and see' approach to the threat from Gabrielle Giffords' husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, to challenge him in the next election.  Flake, who was elected to a six-year term last November, joined the filibuster which prevented a vote on the measure to expand background checks on gun sales.
Sept. 20, 2013
The VAs newest effort to close veterans disability claims backlog
The Veterans Affairs department announced a new effort Friday to clear a backlog of veterans waiting for decisions on their applications for disability benefits to help those veterans who’ve been waiting the longest to get benefits sooner.
Sept. 20, 2013
Pack now for hiking adventures in Arizona
Hiking season is in full swing in the Arizona high country, and professional hiking guide Roger Jenkins says if you plan on going out, you need to plan now to avoid problems.  He advises putting together a permanent hiking kit with 10 essentials that can be used for day hikes or multi-day adventures.
Sept. 20, 2013
Bill would allow medical marijuana research at state universities
Arizona lawmakers voted Wednesday to pave the way for research at state universities that could eventually allow doctors to recommend marijuana to treat more conditions.  The state's medical marijuana law allows it for glaucoma and AIDS and other chronic or debilitating conditions that lead to severe and chronic pain.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizonas Attorney General hosts states city attorneys to discuss civil unions
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne met in Phoenix Monday with city attorneys from around the state to discuss the legality of civil unions. Horne is reacting to Bisbee’s recent approval of civil unions for gay couples.
Sept. 20, 2013
Jared Loughners attorney joins Tsarnaev defense team
The attorney who helped Tucson shooter Jared Loughner avoid the death penalty will now join the team that’s representing the Boston Marathon bomber. A U.S. magistrate has approved the addition of Judy Clarke to the team of lawyers defending Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Sept. 20, 2013
President Obamas trip to Mexico to focus on trade and security
President Barack Obama will make his first trip to Mexico since the election of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. Erik Lee of Arizona State University's North American Center for Transborder Studies says the two presidents will discuss trade and security issues.
Sept. 20, 2013
Victims of gun violence protest outside Senator Jeff Flakes office
Victims of gun violence gathered Thursday outside Senator Jeff Flake’s Phoenix office. They pleaded with the senator to explain his recent vote against background checks for gun sales. Family and victims of Tucson and Aurora shootings ask Jeff Flake to talk with them on the background check vote.
Sept. 20, 2013
Budget cuts to the National Institutes of Health could have widespread effects
The sequester cuts are having a direct impact on medical research, and that could affect your health. The National Institutes of Health lost 5 percent of its budget in the sequester. That's about $1.
Sept. 20, 2013
Former state lawmaker selected to promote Obama Health Care Act
A former state lawmaker is going to Washington to serve as a top promoter of the Obama Administration’s Affordable Health Care Act.  Matt Heinz is a doctor who said the real challenge will be overcoming some staunch opposition to the law.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix PDs first gun buyback gets big response, maybe too big
Last weekend, the Phoenix Police Department held the first of three weekly gun buyback events, and the turnout was unexpected. Some of the 800 guns turned in to the Phoenix Police Department's gun buyback on Saturday.
Sept. 20, 2013
Report: renters are paying more than half of income on housing
A new report said many renters in Arizona are being forced to choose between necessities, like food and paying the rent. The Center for Housing Policy report shows an increasing number of renters are spending more than half their household incomes on housing.
Sept. 20, 2013
State safety official doesnt want to lower DUI threshold
The director of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety is discounting the National Transportation Safety Board's recommendation that states lower the blood-alcohol content for drunk drivers from the current 0.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizonans smoking less at home, in cars, than national average
Arizona does better than the national average in terms of residents who report smoke-free homes and vehicles. The numbers come from a new report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Sept. 20, 2013
Effort launched to reduce vehicle traffic in Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon
Anyone who visits Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon has probably experienced heavy traffic and a lack of parking in the area, but some government agencies are researching mass transit alternatives for the area.
Sept. 20, 2013
Redistricting commissioner resigns, citing toxic atmosphere
A Democratic member of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission has stepped down. In a letter to Governor Jan Brewer, Jose Herrera said commission meetings have a toxic atmosphere, and said he had to defend himself despite a thorough and transparent record of the IRC’s work.
Sept. 20, 2013

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