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Bashas CEO and Chairman Eddie Basha dies
Eddie Basha, the CEO and Chairman of the Bashas' family-owned grocery store chain in Arizona died yesterday. Basha's family said he had been ill for some time. Basha was an Arizona Board of Regent member for several years and also ran for governor.
Sept. 20, 2013
Man convicted for Pioneer Hotel fire to be released
A Tucson man who has spent 42 years in prison for the Pioneer Hotel fire that killed 28 people is expected to be released tomorrow as part of an agreement with prosecutors. Louis Taylor was convicted as a teen but has maintained his innocence.
Sept. 20, 2013
Man convicted of setting Pioneer Hotel fire freed after 42 years
TUCSON, Ariz. — After serving most of his life behind bars, 59-year-old Louis Taylor walked out of the Arizona State Prison in Tucson a free man Tuesday. He was 16 years old when he was convicted of starting a 1970 Tucson hotel fire that killed dozens of people.
Sept. 20, 2013
Robrt Pela: Review of Musical of Musicals (The Musical)
This morning, theatre critic Robrt Pela reviewed Theatre Works' production of "Musical of Musicals (The Musical). "Musical of Musicals (The Musical)" has a beard a mile long. This send-up of Broadway tuners should at this point in the "let's spoof-musical theater game," play like a post-peak retread, an after-thought of irony or a late-to-the-party lesser-than.
Sept. 20, 2013
Minority Male Initiative helps keep men in school
Some call it a national crisis, and studies show that Hispanic and African-American males are more likely to drop out of school than other students. Martine Garcia is the president of the Chandler-Gilbert Community College Minority Male Initiative Group.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tucson considers cutting public safety pensions
Another Arizona city is looking to cut public pensions costs. The Tucson City Council voted Tuesday to create a task force to find ways to reduce the costs of police and fire pensions. The Arizona Daily Star reports, a decade ago Tucson paid less than $5 million for public-safety pensions, but that amount is expected to reach $42 million next year.
Sept. 20, 2013
KJZZ Traffic Terms and ArizonaHighway Names & Numbers
Arizona Highway Names & Numbers Map in PDF File from  www.az511.comTraffic Terms as heard on the KJZZ News reports.The Stack Interchange The I-17/I-10 Interchange, west of downtown Phoenix—the first major freeway interchange in Phoenix.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mad dash on tax deadline day
Monday will be very busy for some people who waited until the last minute to file their taxes. It’s often a mad dash to gather all the appropriate documents and fill in the blanks. Mennenga Tax and Financial owner Marshall Mennenga says procrastinators generally make the same mistakes.
Sept. 20, 2013
Sequester amounts to longer lines at Grand Canyon Park entrances this summer
Officials say visitors will see long lines at Grand Canyon National Park entrances this summer because of federal budget cuts.  Last month,  all national parks were ordered to cut their budgets by 5 percent this year under the federal sequestration program.
Sept. 20, 2013
Gang of Eight introduces immigration, border security plan
Arizona’s two U.S. Senators joined with six of their colleagues Thursday to make a pitch for their comprehensive immigration reform bill. The new federal plan would not outlaw state immigration measures.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tens of thousands turn out for Pats Run
Less than a week after the bombing at the Boston Marathon, runners and spectators took to the streets of Tempe Saturday morning, for Pat’s Run – honoring former ASU and Cardinals star Pat Tillman.
Sept. 20, 2013
New study: time spent in nature can boost creative thinking
A recent study finds spending some 'down time' in the great outdoors can improve your creativity and problem-solving ability. Professor David Strayer of the University of Utah said people tested after four days immersed in nature with Outward Bound did dramatically better than people who took similar tests before heading into the woods.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona continues its slow economic recovery
Arizona's economic recovery continues to be slow, but Dennis Hoffman of Arizona State University's W.P. Carey School of Business says there are a number of positive signs.Hoffman says increasing consumer confidence should improve the state's condition.
Sept. 20, 2013
Restroom to be installed near Slide Rock
State officials have awarded a grant to build a restroom in a popular area north of Sedona that has been shut down in the past because of water quality problems.  The Oak Creek Watershed Council has been awarded $253,000 by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality to build a restroom near Slide Rock.
Sept. 20, 2013
Gray wolves released into Eastern Arizona may increase genetic diversity
The Arizona Game and Fish Department is monitoring two Mexican gray wolf pups it plans to release soon in Eastern Arizona. Spokesman Jim Paxon says the goal is to have as many 'wild-born and wild-raised' wolves as possible to minimize interaction with people or their property.
Sept. 20, 2013
Southern Arizona fire has been contained, serves as reminder of fire danger
Firefighters in southern Arizona were quick to fight a wildfire that has charred 161 acres of the Coronado National Forest, east of Nogales. Spokeswoman Heidi Schewel says they used a lot of resources to limit the growth of the “Juniper” Fire.
Sept. 20, 2013
Flagstaff unmarried young women have the highest birth rate in the nation
The number of unmarried women having children continues to increase. The U.S. Census Bureau released numbers today showing the Flagstaff area has the highest birth rate in the nation for unmarried women in their early twenties.
Sept. 20, 2013
Senator Rubio says immigration reform bill may not be tough enough
Florida Senator Marco Rubio says a new immigration reform bill he helped write needs stronger border security provisions or it will fail in the House and may even have trouble getting through the Senate.
Sept. 20, 2013
The big leap: Aging out of Arizonas foster care system
Every year, hundreds of young adults age out of Arizona’s foster care system.  It is a big transition that comes with very little support, but there is new legislation intended to lighten the load, though it may only help a little.
Sept. 20, 2013
Medical marijuana to be allowed on university campuses, for research
The governor has signed legislation allowing medical marijuana onto university campuses, at least for research. The voter-approved medical marijuana law had stopped the efforts of physician Sue Sisley of the University of Arizona, who is looking at treatment-resistant post-traumatic stress disorder among combat veterans.
Sept. 20, 2013

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