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McCain Wont Block Dempsey Nomination
Arizona Senator John McCain is changing course and said he is dropping his threat to block the nomination of President Obama’s pick for chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. After a hearing last week, McCain said he would block Gen.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Prison Population Remains Flat
New numbers from the federal government show Arizona had basically the same number of prisoners last year as in 2011.That bucks the national trend. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the country’s prison population dropped last year for the third straight year.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Nurses Petition To Treat PTSD With Medical Marijuana
A group of nurses is asking the state health department to add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of ailments that can be treated with medical marijuana. A similar effort failed last year. The health department considers new petitions every six months.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tanque Verde Falls Cliff Jumper Dies
A man who died after striking his head as he jumped off a cliff near Tanque Verde Falls near Tucson has been identified as 29-year-old Richard Baker. Witnesses said the man never surfaced after the jump and was pulled from the water by his friends.
Sept. 20, 2013
Grand Canyon University Move to Mesa Could Impact East Valley
Another university is headed to Mesa, but this time it is a home-grown school. Grand Canyon University is partnering with a developer to locate the school in a new development near Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.
Sept. 20, 2013
Quagga Mussels Found In Salt River Project Canal System
More than a dozen quagga mussels have been discovered in two Valley canals after a routine inspection by Salt River Project officials last month. Quagga mussels attach to hard surfaces like boats and water pipes.
Sept. 20, 2013
New Common Core Standards Are More Rigorous Than AIMS Standards
Valley teachers and administrators are preparing for the new Common Core standards that are replacing the AIMS test as a graduation requirement. State Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal noted the standards are more rigorous than the AIMS standards and said it will take time to adjust to them.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mohave County Says Gray Wolves Not Welcome
The Mohave County Board is saying ‘no way’ to an expansion of the Mexican Gray Wolf recovery zone.  The board unanimously approved a resolution Monday saying the wolves would not be welcome in the northwest Arizona county unless they have been vaccinated, have a dog license and have been spayed or neutered.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Educators Brace For Cuts In Federal Head Start Funds
Arizona educators who depend on federal Head Start funds for low-income preschool students are bracing for a cash crunch. Some schools are turning kids away and sending layoff notices to teachers as Congress cuts spending.
Sept. 20, 2013
Detention Officer Murdered Outside Of Home
A Maricopa County Sheriff's Detention Officer was killed outside his home early Thursday as he worked on his car. Sheriff Joe Arpaio says 27-year-old Officer Jorge Vargas may or may not have been targeted because of his job.
Sept. 20, 2013
Bisbees Queen Mine Tour May Shut Down
A popular tourist attraction in Southeastern Arizona may be closing down.  Bisbee’s underground mine tour may be a safety hazard. City officials say the mining company that owns the property has notified them it’s terminating the lease for the Queen Mine Tour out of safety concerns.
Sept. 20, 2013
Apache County Attorney Questions State Senator Over Residency
The top prosecutor in Apache County is warning a newly-appointed legislator that he needs to prove his residency or lose his seat.  When State Senator Jack Jackson, Jr. resigned to take a job in Washington, D.
Sept. 20, 2013
MLB To Consider Instant Replay
Baseball fans may see fewer managers arguing with umpires next year. Instant replay for almost every play of a game has tentatively been approved for next season. Owners, umpires and the players union must give the plan final approval.
Sept. 20, 2013
Fires Continue To Burn Across The State
Several fires continue to burn across Arizona. Two of those in the Tonto National Forest were caused by lightning last week. The White and Cain fires have burned more than 1200 acres.  Lightning can be seen over the mountains in the Prescott National Forest on Saturday.
Sept. 20, 2013
Understanding And Prosecuting Mercy Killings
Two recent cases in the Valley brought the term “mercy killing” to the forefront. In one, 86-year-old George Sanders shot his wife, Virginia. He said she insisted that he kill her to alleviate her suffering, related to a number of health problems, including multiple sclerosis.
Sept. 20, 2013
Student Veterans Face Excess Tuition Costs
Iraq war veteran Brian Oller has spent more than $22,000 to pay out-of-state tuition at the University of California, San Diego. The Lubbock, Texas, native said he hopes to get in-state tuition this fall after appealing to the college’s residence deputy.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizonans Earning 19 Percent Less Than National Average
Arizonans have long lagged behind the rest of the country in per capita earnings, and a new report finds it’s worse than ever.  Arizona State University's W.P. Carey School of Business analyzed per capita earnings from 2011, and found that on average Arizona residents made 19 percent less than the national average in direct compensation – that’s wages and salaries.
Sept. 20, 2013
Riding La Bestia, The Immigration Train
In 2010, Fronteras Desk contributor Lorne Matalon rode on a train known as La Bestia (The Beast) ferrying Central Americans through Mexico. That train derailed last weekend, killing at least six Hondurans and critically injuring at least 16 others.
Sept. 20, 2013

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