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Arizona Supreme Court reduces former prosecutors suspension
The Arizona Supreme Court has reduced the suspension of a former Maricopa County prosecutor by a day. But, that one day makes a difference.The justices Thursday cut Rachel Alexander’s suspension from six months and a day down to six months.
Sept. 20, 2013
Efforts by Forest Service officials result in less fire damage
While spectacular wildfires devastate sections of forest land in Arizona every year, Forest Service officials say many wildfires are small, and stay that way because of the inter-agency fire team. Bill Van Brugen of the Forest Service in Albuquerque says proactive efforts are paying off.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix Suns hire a new General Manager
Coming off of the second-worst season in team history, the Phoenix Suns have hired a new General Manager.Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby says 33-year-old Ryan McDonough will be the team’s General Manager.
Sept. 20, 2013
Bee swarm attacks on the rise, but deaths still rare
The body of a hiker who was missing for three days was discovered in Santa Cruz County late Monday covered in bee stings. Attacks by swarms of bees are up this year. Africanized honey bees. (Photo courtesy of USDA.
Sept. 20, 2013
Report: renters are paying more than half of income on housing
A new report said many renters in Arizona are being forced to choose between necessities, like food and paying the rent. The Center for Housing Policy report shows an increasing number of renters are spending more than half their household incomes on housing.
Sept. 20, 2013
State safety official doesnt want to lower DUI threshold
The director of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety is discounting the National Transportation Safety Board's recommendation that states lower the blood-alcohol content for drunk drivers from the current 0.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizonans smoking less at home, in cars, than national average
Arizona does better than the national average in terms of residents who report smoke-free homes and vehicles. The numbers come from a new report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Sept. 20, 2013
Effort launched to reduce vehicle traffic in Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon
Anyone who visits Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon has probably experienced heavy traffic and a lack of parking in the area, but some government agencies are researching mass transit alternatives for the area.
Sept. 20, 2013
Redistricting commissioner resigns, citing toxic atmosphere
A Democratic member of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission has stepped down. In a letter to Governor Jan Brewer, Jose Herrera said commission meetings have a toxic atmosphere, and said he had to defend himself despite a thorough and transparent record of the IRC’s work.
Sept. 20, 2013
Lowell Observatorys Clark Telescope to be refurbished in Flagstaff this fall
The historic Clark Telescope at Flagstaff’s Lowell Observatory is set to undergo a $300,000 makeover. A fundraiser for the project successfully wrapped up this week.The telescope has been a familiar site on Flagstaff’s Mars Hill for the past 117 years.
Sept. 20, 2013
Craft breweries selling beer aged with Louisville Sluggers
Arizona is one of several states selling beer aged with baseball bats this Memorial Day Weekend, to help military families. The Phoenix Ale Brewery is among nine craft beer makers across the country selling beer aged with unfinished Louisville Slugger maple baseball bats.
Sept. 20, 2013
New business development for Tempe Town Lake
A major office project near downtown Tempe was announced Friday. The complex is part of a public-private venture and a Fortune 500 corporation will lease the space. NADINE ARROYO RODRIGUEZ: City of Tempe and Arizona State University officials announced the construction of a $600 million office complex adjacent to the Tempe Town Lake.
Sept. 20, 2013
Butterfly Wonderland opens in the Valley
The Butterfly Wonderland opened over the Memorial Day weekend just outside of Scottsdale on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa reservation. It is the largest indoor butterfly pavilion in the U.S.Mike Fox, Executive Director of Butterfly Wonderland, explained about the butterfly species, the conditions in the pavilion and why people are so drawn to butterflies.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arpaio recall effort fails to collect needed signatures
Opponents of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio have failed in their bid to recall him. The deadline to collect the necessary signatures passed Thursday afternoon. Organizers behind the recall effort aren’t saying how many signatures they did collect, but they told elections officials it fell short of the more than 335,000 needed.
Sept. 20, 2013
Census error forces Yuma budget cut
A mistake in the 2010 U.S. Census is forcing Yuma officials to alter their proposed budget for the next fiscal year. The Yuma Sun reports the Census mistakenly counted the population of a 2,400-inmate state prison as being in Yuma.
Sept. 20, 2013
Kavanagh kills bathroom bill
An Arizona bill mandating transgender people use bathrooms designated for their birth sex is dead — for now. Congressman John Kavanagh says the proposed measure could be later revived. The Republican representative decided to drop the so-called bathroom bill saying there are concerns in his caucus about some of his proposal’s definitions.
Sept. 20, 2013
Legislation would let school boards increase property taxes
The Arizona House has passed legislation that would allow school boards to increase local property taxes.The House voted thirty one to twenty six to advance House Bill 2399. It would allow school districts to set bond limits of up to twenty percent of the tax base, up from the current limit of up to ten percent.
Sept. 20, 2013
Former Sen. Kyl examines prospects for immigration reform
Recently retired Sen. Jon Kyl, who was one of the leaders in the push for immigration reform in 2007, says the bipartisan "Gang of Eight" is in a much better position to pass reform this year.Kyl said climate for reform is much friendlier.
Sept. 20, 2013
NFL implementing new bag restrictions for games
The National Football League is tightening stadium security this season, limiting the size and type of bags fans can bring to the game. The NFL said the restrictions are designed to enhance security while speeding up entry into stadiums.
Sept. 20, 2013
Counties to get larger share of lottery revenues in new state budget
County elections officials are applauding a sweeping change to Arizona election laws. The measure approved by state lawmakers allows county recorders to remove people who do not regularly show up at the polls from permanent early voting lists.
Sept. 20, 2013

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