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Analyzing Arizonas Political Future
Mesa Mayor Scott Smith has never been shy about communicating with state and federal government officials about issues facing municipalities and possible solutions to problems that arise from those issues.
Sept. 26, 2013
Airline Employees See Big Gains In Merger
Tempe-based US Airways has upped its spending on lobbyists this year as it tries to merge with American Airlines. There's a big job to do. Several hundred employees of American Airlines and Tempe-based US Airways asked members of Congress to support their merger bid.
Sept. 26, 2013
Preparing For The Future Of Arizona Transportation
Does the Valley have enough transportation options? Is there enough funding to implement effective changes? The Maricopa Association of Governments or MAG has put together its Draft 2035 Regional Transportation Plan to prepare for the future, and the public had the chance to make comments and ask questions Thursday night.
Sept. 26, 2013
Arizona Game And Fish Holds Public Meetings On New Federal Mexican Gray Wolf Management Plan
The Arizona Game and Fish Department is doing what the federal government will not. The state agency is holding public meetings on the federal plan for the future of the endangered Mexican Gray Wolf. Advocates say more Mexican gray wolves must be released into the wild to ensure the long-term survival of the endangered species.
Sept. 26, 2013
Lessening The Impact of The Southwests Drought On The Colorado River
The Southwest’s lengthy drought has led to serious discussions recently about how much water will be available from the Colorado River, an extremely significant source, considering seven states including Arizona use it.
Sept. 26, 2013
Arizona Unemployment Rate Up In August
Arizona’s unemployment rate last month rose three-tenths of a percent to 8.3 percent. The state added nearly 40,000 jobs in August, which is about Arizona’s 10-year average, but it is less than the two previous years.
Sept. 26, 2013
House Votes To Keep Government Open If Affordable Care Act Is Defunded
It seems like we have been here before on a never-ending cycle of political posturing over shutting down the government unless the Affordable Care Act is stopped, overturned, kicked to the curb. But that is causing some disagreement among Republicans as many in the House want to tie raising the debt ceiling to defunding the Affordable Care Act, while some in the Senate are saying, 'What’s the point?’ as that Democratically-controlled body and the White House will not let it go through.
Sept. 26, 2013
Investigators Look Into Cause Of Weekend Helicopter Crash
The National Transportation Safety Board is examining the wreckage of a Vietnam-era ‘Huey’ helicopter, that crashed near Mayer over the weekend. The crash killed 25-year-old Brynne Smith of Scottsdale and a second person on board, who is believed to have been the pilot.
Sept. 26, 2013
Arizona Has More Choices, Lower Cost Under Health Law Compared To Other States
Starting Oct.1, Americans can buy health plans set up by President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Arizona residents without insurance will have 106 new plans to choose from when enrollment begins next week, and those who live in metro Phoenix will have even more options.
Sept. 26, 2013
Marines form F35-B squadron in Yuma
The Marine Corps is forming the first squadron of pilots to fly the next-generation F-35B fighter jet in Yuma. So far two veteran pilots have been trained to fly the aircraft. They'll become the first members of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 at a ceremony tomorrow at the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma.
Sept. 20, 2013
Redistrictings impact on the Mountain West
University of Nevada-Las Vegas Political Science Professor David Damore explains how changing demographics in the Mountain West have impacted redistricting and this month's elections.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona appeals court ruling regarding Planned Parenthood
Arizona is appealing a ruling that allows Planned Parenthood to receive public funding through the state to provide health care services to women in need. The state is taking its case to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Sept. 20, 2013
Rural hospitals looking for answers on health care exchange
Many hospitals are disappointed in Governor Jan Brewer’s decision to not set up a state health care exchange, and rather have Arizona use the federal one. And, as KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports, rural hospitals may be especially concerned.
Sept. 20, 2013
Economists see job, population growth for Arizona in 2013
Arizona economists say a number of factors point to the state recovering fully from the recession in as little as three years. At the annual economic forecast luncheon sponsored ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business and JP Morgan Chase, experts said 2013 looks to be a promising year for Arizona.
Sept. 20, 2013

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