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Arizona Rural School Districts Facing Teacher Shortages
School starts in a few weeks, but some Arizona districts say they’re facing teacher shortages. Districts in rural parts of the state are scrambling to fill full-time and substitute teaching jobs.
July 17, 2014
ADOT To Renovate Salt River Canyon Rest Stop
The Arizona Department of Transportation is renovating the rest stop at the bottom of the Salt River Canyon along U.S. Route 60. That’s the route many Valley travelers take to get to Show Low.
July 17, 2014
AZ Death Row Inmate Appeals To 9th Circuit
A federal court of appeals will hear an Arizona death row inmate’s case tomorrow. Attorneys for the man said they want the state to reveal details of the execution process.
July 17, 2014
Legal Battle Over Demolition Of Arizona State Fairgrounds Building
The former Works Progress Administration building on the Arizona State Fairgrounds is now the object of a legal battle.
July 17, 2014
Arizona Unemployment Rate Up in June
Arizona’s unemployment rate rose slightly in June and is still higher than the national rate.
July 17, 2014
Water System Infrastructure Shows Its Age In Arizona
After more than 50 years of use, much of Phoenix’s water system infrastructure is showing signs of age. That trend mirrors statewide water system needs.
July 17, 2014
Homeless Man Pleads Not Guilty To Killing Priest
A homeless ex-convict pleaded not guilty Thursday morning to charges he fatally shot a Catholic priest and beat another during a burglary.
July 17, 2014
Preservation Committee To Consider Historic Designation For State Fairgrounds
A Works Progress Administration building at the state fairgrounds may be getting a chance to avoid demolition. On Wednesday, the Phoenix Historic Preservation Committee voted in favor of a motion to consider a historic preservation overlay on the fairgrounds area.
July 17, 2014
Pulte Group Wants To Build Homes At Ahwatukee Golf Course
A developer wants to build more than 250 homes on top of an Ahwatukee golf course that closed more than a year ago, but it won’t be easy. The Pulte Group has to convince thousands of people in the neighborhood to change deed restrictions that prevent the land from being used for anything but golf.
July 17, 2014
Congressional Candidates Release Updated Fundraising Totals
Tuesday was the deadline for congressional candidates to disclose how much money they raised over the past three months. Two challengers have been significantly out-raised by the incumbent they hope to unseat, and two candidates for an open seat are neck and neck.
July 16, 2014
Why Some Are Unhappy With Russell Pearces Return To Government
Russell Pearce is back in the news as Maricopa County Treasurer Hos Hoskins has offered him a job. That’s made some people very unhappy, including Randy Parraz who led the successful effort to recall Pearce.
July 16, 2014
Getting The Scoop On The Valleys Summer Dining
Summer dining in the Valley has seen some huge changes. It didn't used to be a time to open a new restaurant and try a new concept, mostly because a lot fewer people were around.
July 16, 2014
Tempe Turns Storm Debris To Compost
The City of Tempe is taking storm debris and turning it into compost.
July 16, 2014
Utah Reporter Discusses Former Attorneys General Arrests
Arizona’s Attorney General Tom Horne has faced criticism from many sides for a number of months, but in Utah the story of the attorney general’s office is much stranger.
July 16, 2014
Ranking Arizonas 22 Governors
Arizona has had 22 governors in its history since statehood, from the walrus-mustachioed George W.P. Hunt to Jan Brewer.
July 16, 2014
The Legislature Owes Schools Money, But How Will It Work?
A ruling by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Katherine Cooper would require Gov. Jan Brewer and the legislature to come up with an extra $316 million immediately — and potentially $2.9 billion over five years — to make up for aid to schools they illegally withheld starting in 2009.
July 16, 2014
Yarnell Elementary School To Stay Open
A Yarnell elementary school will stay open after struggling with enrollment and financial issues.
July 16, 2014
Buffelgrass Threatens Native Vegetation At Saguaro National Park
Saguaro National Park officials said they’ll take advantage of the increased moisture in southern Arizona from recent monsoon storms to resume work to restore native vegetation. Crews plan to apply herbicide on non-native buffelgrass, which competes with saguaro, Palo Verde trees and other plants that are native to the Sonoran Desert.
July 16, 2014
Home Builders In Western US Most Confident In July
Home builder confidence hits a six-month high, but those in Arizona aren't as optimistic.
July 16, 2014
Flagstaff Bans Texting While Driving
Flagstaff banned texting while driving — and cycling — Tuesday night.
July 16, 2014

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