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Pac-12 conference tries to limit football-related head injuries
The Pac-12 conference, which includes Arizona State and the University of Arizona, says it will be implementing new rules for football practices in an effort to cut down on injuries.The effort is primarily focused on limiting concussions and head trauma.
Sept. 20, 2013
Does Arizona have enough water to deal with drought and other challenges?
The Valley's rapid growth likely wouldn't have been possible without water from the Colorado River via the Central Arizona Project. But the Southwest's ongoing drought has some concerned about whether Arizona will have enough water for the future.
Sept. 20, 2013
Gov. Brewers Medicaid expansion bill fails to make it out of House committee
One of the most controversial issues in the state legislature continues to mystify lawmakers. Governor Jan Brewer’s Medicaid expansion bill did not receive enough support from members of her own party to advance in the House for a final vote.
Sept. 20, 2013
Reforming Arizonas justice of the peace system
There is a short list of qualifications to be a justice of the peace in Arizona. You must be a registered voter in the state. You must reside in the justice court precinct. You must understand the English language.
Sept. 20, 2013
Napolitano says border security alone wont fix immigration system
Members of the U.S. Senate are wrangling to add tougher border security provisions to the comprehensive immigration reform package. The nation’s Homeland Security chief said manpower on the border only goes so far.
Sept. 20, 2013
Medicaid expansion supporter looks back, ahead after approval
On the last day of the legislative session, Gov. Jan Brewer finally got one of her top priorities – expanding Arizona’s Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act. But, to get it, the governor had to call a special session and take part in some public disputes with members of her party.
Sept. 20, 2013
Flake and Texas Senator John Cornyn seek common ground on immigration reform bill
The US Senate is in its second week of debate on the immigration reform bill, and there is a lot of discussion taking place behind the scenes. Arizona Senator Jeff Flake, one of the eight who drew up the bill, has been meeting with Texas Senator John Cornyn, who wants the border security section of the measure strengthened, but Flake does not believe Cornyn is trying to jeopardize passage.
Sept. 20, 2013
Grijalva and legislators urge interior secretary to revamp mustang program
Congressman Raúl Grijalva and 29 congressional members sent a letter to the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Thursday, asking her to reform the Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse and Burro Program.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona ranks second to last in child well-being
Arizona has slipped a spot in the latest Kids Count Data Book rankings on the well-being of children, dropping from 46th to 47th in the nation. Children's Action Alliance president Dana Naimark says she is most concerned about the fact that 67-percent of state kids are not enrolled in pre-school, ranking Arizona second to last.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mexico is critical of U.S. immigration bill
The Mexican government is publicly expressing disappointment with the immigration bill making its way through the U.S. Senate.Mexico says the proposal’s heavy focus on border security is not consistent with the relationship between it and the U.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona sues district over tuition for DREAMers
Arizona is suing the Maricopa County Community College District and trying to block the district from offering in-state tuition to the young immigrants known as “DREAMers.” Attorney General Tom Horne said offering reduced tuition to students who were illegally brought to this country as children violates state law.
Sept. 20, 2013
Firefighters test cooling gloves in Phoenix
For firefighters in Phoenix, keeping cool is constantly a battle – especially on days like Friday when temperatures are expected to be close to 120 degrees. So, the department is always trying new methods.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona ranks in middle of new highway study
A new report puts Arizona’s state highway system in the middle of the pack nationally, when it comes to overall performance and efficiency. The Reason Foundation ranks Arizona 23rd in the country in its latest study.
Sept. 20, 2013
School bond provision in state budget sparks debate
Arizona voters may get to decide whether to repeal a controversial provision of the new state budget involving school bonding.  Right now, the amount school districts can borrow is tied to the value of all property in the district.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix foreclosures normalize
Phoenix’s foreclosure crisis may finally be over. Arizona State University said the Valley’s foreclosure rate has now hit normal historical levels. Foreclosures in the Phoenix area are down 53 percent from last year, and Mike Orr with Arizona State University’s W.
Sept. 20, 2013
Hopi Tribe Sues Over Navajo Tribe?s Refusal Of Access To Allotment Sites
The Navajo and Hopi tribes are back in federal court, this time over access to religious sites. The tribes have fought for more than a century over land in northeastern Arizona, but a settlement in 2006 was supposed to end the battle.
Sept. 20, 2013
The Link Between Fires And Flash Floods
Firefighters completely contained the Yarnell Hill Fire this week, but the landscape surrounding the burn area will likely be affected for years to come. That is partially because wildfires and flash floods often go hand in hand.
Sept. 20, 2013
Clean Elections Gets First Native American Commissioner
The State Senate’s Minority Leader has made her pick to fill an open seat on the Citizens Clean Elections Commission. Steven Titla will be the first Native American to serve in that role.Two commissioners stepped down around the first of this year.
Sept. 20, 2013
Brewer Defends Arizonas Stand Your Ground Law
Governor Jan Brewer is defending Arizona's "stand your ground" law in the wake of the verdict in the George Zimmerman case. Zimmerman was found not guilty after his attorneys claimed he felt threatened with 'great bodily harm' when he confronted by teenager Trayvon Martin.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona Diamondbacks Introduce New Mascot
The Arizona Diamondbacks have introduced the Luchador as an official mascot of the team.  The luchador has been introduced as the new Diamondbacks mascot. (Photo courtesy of Arizona Diamondbacks)  Last year the team introduced the Lucha Libre mask.
Sept. 20, 2013

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