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2014 election starting now on Arizona roadways
Arizona drivers will start seeing messages targeting two members of the state’s Congressional delegation. The NRCC hopes billboards like this one will help defeat Ron Barber and Ann Kirkpatrick in 2014.
Sept. 20, 2013
State Representative on delayed funding increase for CPS
When the legislative session began, increasing funding for Child Protective Services seemed like a foregone conclusion, but progress has stalled in the House.Representative Kate Brophy McGee of Phoenix talked about the delay and her expectations about the higher funding eventually being approved.
Sept. 20, 2013
Navajo Nation put on notice for not spending enough on housing
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says the Navajo Nation has failed to spend nearly $150 million in housing grant money for fiscal year 2012. Since 2000, the Navajo Nation have almost consistently failed to spend HUD grant money.
Sept. 20, 2013
Sen. Jeff Flake gives maiden speech
Arizona’s newest senator, Republican Jeff Flake, gave his first speech to the Senate Tuesday. Among the items he addressed, bipartisanship was the focus. Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona (Photo courtesy of the Office of Senator Jeff Flake) “There is a time and a place for using super-majority rules to block legislation and/or nominees from coming to the Senate floor, “said Flake.
Sept. 20, 2013
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
DACA Recipients Sue Over Inability To Get Driver?s Licenses
The state of Arizona has retained a former immigration official as an expert in a bid to deny driver’s licenses to ‘dreamers’ eligible for the deferred action program. That program allows children who came to the country illegally to stay in the United States and to work here.
Sept. 20, 2013
U.S. 89 Could Take Two Years To Rebuild
Don’t get in any rush to travel U.S. 89 between Flagstaff and Page. The highway rebuilding process is going to take some time.The Arizona Department of Transportation says it could be more than two years before you can travel the now-closed section of highway.
Sept. 20, 2013
Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano Resigning
Janet Napolitano is the latest cabinet member to leave the Obama Administration. Napolitano announced Friday she is stepping down as homeland security director to take a new job as president of the University of California.
Sept. 20, 2013

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