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Tonto National Forest issues a warning for July Fourth visitors
The Tonto National Forest is reminding people who may be out in the woods over the Fourth of July holiday that fire conditions are now extreme.  Forest spokesman David Albo said that means no fires, incendiary devices, fireworks or shooting.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona in top 15 for housing inventory
New numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau show Arizona is among the states with the most housing units in the country. As of July first of last year, Arizona had almost 2.9 million housing units. That was an increase of almost 13,000 from the year before.
Sept. 20, 2013
Memorial service planned for Yarnell Hill Fire victims; 100 Club helps out
Arizona's four Republican congressmen have postponed a field hearing they were going to hold Monday in Prescott on what they call IRS abuse and EPA overreach. Instead, Rep. Paul Gosar will host a memorial service for the victims of the Yarnell fire.
Sept. 20, 2013
Glendale arena lease agreement approved, paves the way to keeping the Coyotes in Ariz.
The Glendale City Council has voted 4-3 to approve an arena lease agreement with Renaissance Sports and Entertainment, the group that is purchasing the Phoenix Coyotes. The $225 million, 15-year deal, represents a big step in keeping the Coyotes in Arizona.
Sept. 20, 2013
Dean Peak Fire grows to 5400 acres but sees progress
Residents of about 350 homes in northwestern Arizona remain evacuated this morning, as firefighters battle the Dean Peak wildfire, in the Hualapai Mountains. Spokeswoman Jan Bardwell said the blaze has grown to about 5400 acres, but that some progress has been made.
Sept. 20, 2013
Case Examines Redistricting In Arizona: In Favor Of Democrats Or Inclusive Of Minorities?
The decision last month by the United States Supreme Court on the Voting Rights Act could impact a bid by Republicans here in Arizona to throw out the map of legislative districts adopted by the Independent Redistricting Commission.
Sept. 20, 2013
Pros and Cons Of Light Rail In Scottsdale
Since starting in 2008, the Valley’s Metro Light Rail has served Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa. The system has been more popular among riders than many had anticipated. An Interstate-10 West extension is on the way, and a central Mesa extension is expected to be operating by mid 2015, but the idea of light rail in Scottsdale has never gained traction.
Sept. 20, 2013
Low Valley Summer Resort Rates Could Mean Recovered Economy
Tourism is slowly rebounding nationwide as the economy starts to recover. The Phoenician Hotel and pool. (Photo courtesy of The Phoenician) In Tucson, the annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism wraps up Friday.
Sept. 20, 2013
Garino: Border Patrol should not add razor-wire to border fence.
The mayor of Nogales, Ariz. is criticizing a proposal to increase border security by topping the border fence with razor-wire. Arturo Garino thinks a better idea would be to shift Border Patrol agents from checkpoints in the interior of the state, to the border.
Sept. 20, 2013
Are Processed Foods A Cause Of Obesity?
How often are you tempted to eat something that may not be very good for you? Many scientists, doctors and journalists have blamed process foods for the obesity epidemic in the U.S.  The current issue of The Atlantic explores whether ignoring Americans' taste for so-called junk food instead of fruits and vegetables is exacerbating food-related health problems.
Sept. 20, 2013
Dust Storm Season Also Means Noisy Cell Phones
It’s July, and that means the summer monsoon season is upon us. Dust storms of Biblical proportions may assault Phoenix the same way they always have, but what’s new is the way we hear about them. For some of us, those automatic smartphone warnings are getting downright annoying.
Sept. 20, 2013
Grand Canyon Guide Struck By Lightning
Park rangers at the Grand Canyon are warning visitors to be on the alert for thunderstorms after a river guide was struck by lightning. Spokeswoman Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski, says the guide had to be airlifted out of the canyon Sunday night.
Sept. 20, 2013
Thunderbird Graduate School Of International Management Beginning For-Profit Partnership
Another longtime Valley institution of higher learning, the Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management, is also going to undergo dramatic changes. Earlier this month, the Glendale-based school announced a partnership with for-profit Laureate Education Inc.
Sept. 20, 2013
High Schooler Creates Historic Playing Cards
Do you remember what kinds of activities you did in high school? We would be willing to bet they were not anything like what Alexandra Melikian has been doing. An example of some of the historic playing cards Alexandra created.
Sept. 20, 2013
Amazon To Hire Hundreds Of Workers In Phoenix Area
Online retailer Amazon is hiring a few hundred people for its operations in the Phoenix area. It is part of Amazon’s effort to create 5,000 new positions nationwide. Officials with Amazon say the new hires are needed to meet increasing customer demand.
Sept. 20, 2013
Investigation Continues In Bus Driver?s Responsibility For Rescue Efforts
The Mohave County Sheriff's Office says it'll take several more days to decide whether a tour bus driver will be charged for trying to cross a flooded wash, Sunday, near Dolan Springs. Spokeswoman Trish Carter says the driver may be responsible for rescue efforts if it's found he ignored barriers or warning signs to cross the flooded area, but that it'll be up to the county attorney's office in the end.
Sept. 20, 2013
Red Cross Opens Shelter After Supai Village Evacuation
The Red Cross has opened a shelter in Peach Springs to help dozens of Havasupai men, women and children who had to be evacuated from Supai Village at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.  Flooding there knocked out their fresh drinking water and ruptured a sewage leak.
Sept. 20, 2013
Valley School District To Expect 500 New Students
School starts this week for several Valley districts.The Phoenix Union High School District is looking at a spike in enrollment this year with as many as 500 new students. While some students may end up as no-shows once school starts, the influx may signal overcrowding.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona State University Students May Live In Four-Star Hotel
More than 80 students may have to call a four-star hotel their “home” when classes start at Arizona State University’s Downtown Phoenix Campus August 22. For the first time, Taylor Place, the only dorm on campus, is overcrowded.
Sept. 20, 2013
Staff Changes And The Future Of Arizona Theatre Company
A few weeks ago, we talked with the longtime artistic director of Arizona Theatre Company, David Ira Goldstein, about his plans to retire from the company following two decades in charge. It was around that time The Arizona Republic reported the company was $1 million in the red.
Sept. 20, 2013

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