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Two Valley health care systems to start working together
The John C. Lincoln Health Network and Scottsdale Healthcare have announced plans to work together . Officials stress the new arrangement is not a merger, and that each system will still be legally separate.
Sept. 20, 2013
Legislature will consider more funding for Redistricting Commission
An Arizona House committee has given permission for the introduction of a supplemental appropriations bill for the state's redistricting commission.The Arizona Legislature is planning to consider the supplemental appropriation for the Independent Redistricting Commission, the body that drew up new legislative and congressional districts following the 2010 Census.
Sept. 20, 2013
Brewer: National immigration debate started with SB 1070
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer believes the immigration reform debate underway in Washington right now is the result of her signing SB 1070 three years ago.While some key parts of the bill have never taken effect, and some were declared illegal by the U.
Sept. 20, 2013
29 grocery stores mark successful price audits
The Arizona Department of Weights and Measures is pleased with a recent audit. It showed grocery stores are doing a good job of making sure consumers get accurate prices on sale items.  Spokesman Shawn Marquez says they checked 29 markets around the state and found a 99.
Sept. 20, 2013
Temperatures to hit the century mark thanks to heat wave
The first triple-digit temperatures of the year may arrive as early as Monday. A high-pressure system started moving across the Southwestern United States over the weekend, and National Weather Service Meteorologist Valerie Meyers said it is going to stick around for a few more days.
Sept. 20, 2013
Attorney General agrees to help Bisbee draft a new civil union measure
The city of Bisbee has agreed to rewrite its civil union ordinance for gay couples a second time. The announcement came Monday after Bisbee officials met with Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne. Horne threatened to sue Bisbee after it passed the measure a few weeks ago.
Sept. 20, 2013
Representative Sinema is focused on college affordability
Arizona's 9th Congressional District Representative Kyrsten Sinema is working to get her fellow congressional members to focus on the importance of college affordability. In two months, student loan interest rates will rise unless Congress acts.
Sept. 20, 2013
Sumo marathoner strikes again
This Saturday, a man who weighs 407 pounds will run the Shiprock Marathon in New Mexico. Sumo wrestler and marathoner Kelly Gneiting doesn't do subtle. Here's the cover of his book, "Fat Passion." (Photo courtesy of Dustin Snipes) And that’s not wishful thinking.
Sept. 20, 2013
Sumo champ completes third marathon
The 400-pound marathoner has done it again. Kelly Gneiting completed his third marathon on Saturday. (Photo by Stina Sieg - KJZZ) Kelly Gneiting, a heavyweight sumo wrestling champion, ran the Shiprock Marathon on Saturday.
Sept. 20, 2013
TUSD to layoff more than 150
The Tucson Unified School District will be giving pink slips to more than 150 employees. The district's Governing Board approved the layoffs Tuesday night. End of the year layoffs are common, but as the Arizona Daily Star reports, the number of employees being severed this year is more than in the past two years combined.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona housing foreclosure rates continue to drop
The number of foreclosures being started in Arizona continues to drop, according to the monitoring firm RealtyTrac. Vice President Darren Blomquist says about 3,900 Arizona properties got foreclosure notices during April.
Sept. 20, 2013
McCain says response to attack in Benghazi was cover-up
Arizona Senator John McCain is calling the administration's response to the attack on the American embassy in Benghazi, Libya a cover-up. McCain said the revision of the 'talking points' to be used by Ambassador Susan Rice after the attack was a willful removal of information.
Sept. 20, 2013
Poll shows Arizona voters now support same-sex marriage
A new poll from Phoenix-based Behavior Research indicates that if asked about same-sex marriage, Arizona voters would now approve it.The poll found 55 percent of the 700 adult heads of household questioned in favor, 35 percent were opposed.
Sept. 20, 2013
Rural schools also challenged by education budget cutbacks
As Arizona lawmakers work on the state budget, school districts are trying to plan their budgets for next school year. For rural districts, that challenge is magnified. Pat Koury, Hyder Elementary School District Superintendent (Photo by Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez - KJZZ) Off of Interstate 8, about an hour east of Yuma, is the Hyder Elementary School District.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tucson Unified School District closes 11 schools to cope with huge budget shortfall
Many Arizona public school students start their summer vacation this week, but it is a bittersweet time for school districts facing massive budget shortfalls and a lot of uncertainty about the level of state funding they will receive next school year.
Sept. 20, 2013
Arizona abortion law struck down
A federal appeals court has struck down an Arizona law that criminalized performing abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The case could wind up at the U.S. Supreme Court. The 2012 law bans most abortions at or after 20 weeks, with only a narrow exception for emergencies.
Sept. 20, 2013
Hopis file suit against Wachovia
The Hopi Tribe of Northern Arizona says a national bank seriously mishandled its investments. The tribe claims it has lost millions. The tribe filed its claims against Wachovia earlier this month with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.
Sept. 20, 2013
Prop 100 critic: Tax increase not the end of the world
Three years ago, Arizona voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 100, a temporary one cent sales tax increase. One of the leading voices in opposition to the measure was Tom Jenney, Arizona Director of Americans for Prosperity.
Sept. 20, 2013
2014 election starting now on Arizona roadways
Arizona drivers will start seeing messages targeting two members of the state’s Congressional delegation. The NRCC hopes billboards like this one will help defeat Ron Barber and Ann Kirkpatrick in 2014.
Sept. 20, 2013
State Representative on delayed funding increase for CPS
When the legislative session began, increasing funding for Child Protective Services seemed like a foregone conclusion, but progress has stalled in the House.Representative Kate Brophy McGee of Phoenix talked about the delay and her expectations about the higher funding eventually being approved.
Sept. 20, 2013

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