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Tempe City Council Approves Funding for Manufacturing for Tempe Town Lake Dam
The largest steel dam in the country is going to be built at Tempe Town Lake. That is the word from the city of Tempe. The city council voted to approve funding for the manufacturing of the steel dam Thursday night.
Sept. 26, 2013
Arizona Legislature Wants To Halt Maps Drawn By Independent Redistricting Commission
The state Legislature wants to take back control of drawing Arizona’s congressional district maps. In 2000, voters passed Prop 106, which took redistricting away from the Legislature and gave it to the Independent Redistricting Commission.
Sept. 26, 2013
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
Senator Jeff Flake on supporting immigration reform, voting against background checks
Senator Jeff Flake has been criticized by many on the left for his vote against expanded background checks for gun sales. He's also been hit hard by conservatives for being part of the Gang of Eight's efforts on comprehensive immigration reform.
Sept. 20, 2013
Coupon counterfeiter will go to prison
A Phoenix woman bas been sentenced to two years in prison and may  pay up to $5 million in restitution for her part in a fake coupon ring. In March, 41-year-old Robin Ramirez pleaded guilty to counterfeiting.
Sept. 20, 2013
Authorities arrest a man suspected of starting 10 fires in woods near Flagstaff
The Arizona U.S. Attorney’s office said a man suspected of starting a series of wildfires in northern Arizona over the weekend has been arrested.  All of the fires were located near Marshall Lake south of Flagstaff.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tucson hiker stung to death by killer bees
The body of a Tucson man has been recovered after he was apparently stung to death by bees while hiking in the Santa Rita Mountains, north of Nogales. Lieutenant Raoul Rodriguez of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office said the 55-year-old man was found hanging from his climbing gear on a cliff near Mount Hopkins.
Sept. 20, 2013
Morrison Institute suggests changes to Arizonas initiative process
Arizona has been a national leader in the number of potentially impactful ballot propositions that voters have needed to approve or reject. The Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University recently released a report that included possible changes to improve the ballot initiative process.
Sept. 20, 2013
Demand for construction work comes back to the region
Construction is coming back to the Southwest, and with it, competition for construction workers. Construction season in Phoenix is starting, and building sites such as these need more and more workers.
Sept. 20, 2013

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