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Phoenix Chief Financial Officer To Move To Washington, D.C.
The mayor of Washington, D.C. is nominating the chief financial officer for the city of Phoenix to the same post in the District of Columia. In a statement accompanying the announcement, Mayor Vincent Gray called Jeffrey DeWitt a "skilled manager and leader," citing his experience working with the Wall Street credit-rating agencies to maintain and improve a large city’s bond ratings.
Sept. 26, 2013
Gas Prices Edge Down
Arizona drivers are paying a little less at the gas pump this week, according to AAA.  The cost of a gallon of unleaded gas is off two cents from a week ago, to $3.38. Spokeswoman Stephanie Dembowski credits relative stability in the Middle East and in the Mid-Atlantic states for the modest decrease.
Sept. 26, 2013
Teen Childbirth Rates In Arizona Drop To Historic Lows
New figures from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention show teen birth rates in Arizona and around the country have dropped to historic lows. They’re down nearly 40 percent since 2001 in Arizona, but still among the highest in the United States.
Sept. 26, 2013
Arizona Corrections Health System Broken, Says Former Service Provider
The company that once provided health care services for Arizona’s 33,000 inmates told state officials the corrections health system “is broken and does not provide a constitutional level of care.” That information came from records unsealed by a federal court on Tuesday.
Sept. 26, 2013
Failed Beauty Shop Inspections Risk Public Health
A new report says lax inspection procedures by the state Cosmetology Board put public health at risk. The Auditor General says a review of 54 beauty shops licensed over a 6-year period found 22 of them had still not been inspected.
Sept. 26, 2013
State’s Forecast Shows Cooler Temperatures Across Arizona
Yesterday was the first day of fall, and the state’s forecast is reflecting that. There is a freeze warning in Flagstaff until 8 a.m. Monday, and the temperature there got down to 32 degrees Monday morning.
Sept. 26, 2013
JPMorgan Chase To Lay Off More Mortgage Workers In Phoenix Area
Arizona’s mortgage industry is suffering more job losses. JPMorgan Chase said it will lay off an additional 500 employees at its refinancing division in the Phoenix area. Chase spokesperson Suzanne Ryan said the company has sent out pink slips to a total of 720 mortgage processors since August.
Sept. 26, 2013
Bill Could Force Logging On Public Forestland
A bill that makes logging a requirement on some public forestland, speeding up the timber sales process and making it more difficult to challenge them is nearing a vote on the House floor. Co-sponsor Paul Gosar of Arizona says the bill will get badly needed income to rural timber counties, but the Congressional Budget Office says the counties would actually get less government money than they do now.
Sept. 26, 2013
NM Senator Recommends Research Lab To Find Best Route For New Transmission Line
A proposed electricity transmission line that would extend from Lincoln County in New Mexico, southeast of Albuquerque, to Pinal County is facing some challenges. The Pentagon says the construction of the SunZia transmission line could interfere with training at the White Sands Missile Range.
Sept. 26, 2013
Metal Theft Law Signed
Arizona lawmakers celebrated a new metal-theft bill that was signed Tuesday at the state capitol. Replacing stolen copper and metal wires has become an expensive problem for homeowners and businesses.
Sept. 26, 2013
Scam Asks People To Pay Utility Bills Over The Phone
Police in Mesa are investigating a scam they say appears to be spreading across Arizona. Detective Steve Berry explains it involves your electrical service. “They had received phone calls from an individual saying that they were behind on their bill and that if they didn’t go get a cash card of some sort and provide that number and information over the phone, that their utilities would be turned off,” Berry said.
Sept. 26, 2013
Allegiant Again Canceling Flights To Check MD-80s
Allegiant Air said it is still on schedule to finish inspecting the emergency slides in its fleet of MD-80 jets by the end of the month. The inspections have caused delays and cancellations for thousands of passengers.
Sept. 26, 2013
Interactive Website Identifies Arizona Natural Hazards
The Arizona Geological Survey and the state Division of Emergency Management are teaming up to give you a way to identify and deal with natural hazards. It’s an interactive website focusing on four hazards that are common to Arizona: earthquakes, earth fissures, floods and wildfires.
Sept. 26, 2013
Allegiant Airlines Grounds MD-80 Jets For Inspections
Arizona passengers scheduled to fly on Allegiant Airlines could experience flight delays or cancellations through the weekend. Allegiant has grounded most of its jets to inspect emergency exit slides.Allegiant stopped flying all 52 of its MD-80 airplanes after passengers were forced to evacuate a jet at the Las Vegas airport on Monday.
Sept. 26, 2013
Campaign Finance Law Comes With A Surprise
The election law changes that raised Arizona's campaign contribution limits are also providing candidates with an unwanted and apparently unintended surprise.  The surprise is a new requirement that candidates have separate campaign finance committees for the primary and general election elections, according to the Arizona Capitol Times.
Sept. 26, 2013

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