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Hotshot autopsy results released
The medical examiners office in Phoenix has released autopsy results for the 19 hotshots who died Sunday in the Yarnell Hill Fire. The Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s office performed all 19 autopsies Tuesday and called in extra staff to handle the workload.
Sept. 20, 2013
Mesa City Council To Vote On Bond Issue, Drops The Ball On Cactus League Museum
The Mesa City Council is scheduled to vote on a  $130 million bond issue Monday night. If approved, the proposal would go to voters in a November special election for public safety and road improvements.
Sept. 20, 2013
Wet Weather Allows For Lessening of Forest Restrictions
Recent rains and higher humidity are allowing forest officials in northern Arizona to relax restrictions in the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests. Spokesman Brady Smith says that'll give people using the forests some leeway.
Sept. 20, 2013
Sweat Lodge Host James Arthur Ray To Be Released From Prison
James Arthur Ray is set to be released Friday from the Arizona State Prison system. Ray was found guilty in 2011 of three counts of negligent homicide  following a sweat lodge ceremony. The charges stemmed from a sweat lodge ceremony hosted by Ray, near Sedona, in October of 2009.
Sept. 20, 2013
Courthouse Named For Fallen Judge Completed
Construction has been completed on a new federal courthouse in downtown Yuma. The building is named after the judge who was killed in the Tucson shooting rampage. A grand opening ceremony for the John M.
Sept. 20, 2013
Firefighter Memorial To Be At Wesley Bolin Plaza
Arizona firefighters who have died in the line of duty since 1902 will be memorialized at Wesley Bolin Plaza. Governor Jan Brewer held a ceremonial bill signing Tuesday of the law creating the memorial, which was approved in this year's Legislative session.
Sept. 20, 2013
Report: Most Arizona Jobs Are In Lower-Paying Positions
A new report sketches out where the job openings will be in Arizona over the next two years. And, even though the state is turning out some 24,000 college graduates a year, the report says three-quarters of the available jobs will go to people with a high school diploma or less.
Sept. 20, 2013
Loop 101 Widening Project To Begin Next Summer
If you drive the Loop 101 Pima Freeway north of the Red Mountain part of the Loop 202 very often, you know traffic many times becomes bogged down there. There is relief on the way. But, just like a freeway back-up, it is going to take a while.
Sept. 20, 2013
Amendment To Farm Bill May Eradicate Animal Fighting
Debate continues this week in Washington over the 2013 Farm bill. One of the amendments being considered would eliminate a loophole in the current federal animal fighting law. Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society is a strong supporter of the amendment, saying along with Arizona's 1998 ban on cockfighting, it would "eradicate illegal animal fighting once and for all" in the state.
Sept. 20, 2013
NY Man Confesses To Tweeting Threats At CNN Anchors And Phoenix Woman
The New York man who has been indicted for threatening to kill two CNN anchors has allegedly confessed to tweeting about the plots to kill Jane Valez-Mitchell and Nancy Grace. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says David Simpson's car had been packed with guns, zip ties and a knife, and he was ready to leave New York for Georgia.
Sept. 20, 2013
Grenade Found In Donation Box Brought To Fire Station
A box of items donated to the Kiwanis Club in Carefree became a problem Saturday, when a grenade was found inside. The donation was brought to a fire station and Sheriff's Office spokesman Chris Hegstrom says deputies took it from there.
Sept. 20, 2013
Grand Canyon University Announces New Mesa Campus
The City of Mesa has landed its sixth university in the last two years. Grand Canyon University announced Tuesday that its new East Valley campus would be built in Mesa. The new East Valley campus of GCU will be built in Mesa.
Sept. 20, 2013
Phoenix Council Race Has Candidates Aplenty
Early voting starts Thursday for the Phoenix City Council. In some districts, the field could be wide open. In Districts 2 and 6, incumbents are battling one challenger apiece, but with Districts 4 and 8 in central and south Phoenix things are little more complex.
Sept. 20, 2013
Did You Know: Arizona Is Home To Dozens Of Cicadas Species
Cicadas were all over the news this summer when people on the East Coast were simultaneously horrified and delighted by a flood of insects emerging from the ground. Those bugs had been hiding for 17 years just waiting for a chance to mate, but Did You Know Arizona is home to a completely different kind of cicada? Cicadas up close at the Arizona State University Hasbrouck Insect Collection.
Sept. 20, 2013
Large Youth Population Gives Maryvale Village Hope For The Future
Our series "Phoenix Votes" moves to the West Valley and District 4. Over the years, Maryvale has suffered a troubled reputation. Children play foosball at the Golden Gate Community Center. (Photo by Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez-KJZZ) In 2006, police data revealed that murders, drug crimes and prostitution were at a decade-long high.
Sept. 20, 2013
Suns Player Arrested During Traffic Stop After Officer Finds Marijuana In Car
Suns forward Michael Beasley is in trouble with the law, again. He was arrested early yesterday in Scottsdale after a traffic stop. Police spokesman, Officer David Pubins says an officer smelled the odor of marijuana coming from Beasley's vehicle.
Sept. 20, 2013
BLM Stepping Up Warnings At The Wave
Federal land managers are stepping up warnings to reduce the death toll at a hiking destination on the Utah-Arizona border.  It’s an area that caters to experienced hikers. The Wave not only requires hiking skills, but survival and navigation skills as well.
Sept. 20, 2013
Ending Chronic Homelessness For Phoenix Veterans
President Obama came to town this week mainly to talk about housing and the economy, but near the end of his speech, he gave Phoenix a shout-out for its work in another area. “Here in Phoenix, thanks to the hard work of everyone from Mayor Stanton to the local United Way to US Airways, you’re on track to end chronic homelessness for veterans by 2014,” President Obama said.
Sept. 20, 2013
Horne Wants To Speed Up Action On Death Row Appeals
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne is suing the Justice Department to allow Arizona to participate in a program that brings quicker action on appeals by death row inmates. Horne says Arizona followed Bush-era rules that shaved about 10 years off the average delay, but that President Barack Obama scrapped them and has yet to draft new ones.
Sept. 20, 2013
Newspaper Downsizing May Not Mean Loss Of Community Coverage
The latest downsizing by the Gannett Corporation earlier this month included 29 people being fired by The Arizona Republic. Several of those laid off were specifically involved as editors of the newspaper’s community opinion pages.
Sept. 20, 2013

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