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11 Arizona education bills that might actually become law

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 08:00:03 -0500

A cluster of education bills at the Arizona Legislature are advancing. They address issues like recess, marijuana education and teacher pay.


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Arizona's largest pension fund will require 200,000 members to pay more

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:38:15 -0500

Over 200,000 Arizona teachers, state-government workers and other public employees will need to make higher payroll contributions to their pension.


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BLM to review land near Buckeye used for target shooting while it's closed for utility work

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:21:09 -0500

The Bureau of Land Management closed an area popular for target shooting around Buckeye near where Kami Gilstrap was killed by a stray bullet.


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Arizona spring-training ballpark food: What to eat at Cactus League baseball stadiums

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 09:36:25 -0500

The best, most over-the-top foods at spring-training baseball stadiums around Phoenix. Arizona's 2018 Cactus League season has it all.


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Maricopa Community Colleges faculty in uproar over possible changes to bargaining policy

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 20:23:52 -0500

The governing board for the largest community college system in Arizona proposes changes to the faculty negotiation process for salaries, benefits.


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Are you witty enough to get your safe-driving message on an ADOT freeway sign?

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 19:59:24 -0500

The Arizona Department of Transportation's safety-message contest has returned for its second straight year.


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Counting on conversations with people who are homeless to reveal respect, gain resources

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:00:05 -0500

The Point-in-Time count is required by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to guide policy and funding.


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Arizona has no official state dinosaur, so an 11-year-old proposed one — the Sonorasaurus

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 22:21:26 -0500

Amateur fossil hunters found the only known Sonorasaurus specimen in the world in southern Arizona in 1994.


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Candidates for the Superintendent of Public Instruction discuss student safety

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 19:32:50 -0500

Candidates for the Superintendent of Public Instruction discuss what policies they would put in place to make sure students are as safe as possible. azcentral.com


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Ducey warns Arizona of a disastrous fire season, requests double fire prevention funding

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 17:03:04 -0500

Gov. Doug Ducey on Thursday said Arizona's wildfire season could be historic in its cost and destruction. He's requested double fire prevention funds.


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APS customers will see lower bills starting in March, thanks to Donald Trump's tax plan

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 17:20:51 -0500

Customers of Arizona's biggest electric company will see a rate cut thanks to President Donald Trump's tax plan.


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Congressional District 8 voters, ignore your ballot's instructions – don't vote for 2 people

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:46:58 -0500

A set of instructions sent to voters in the special primary election to replace U.S. Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., could cause confusion.


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Arizona weather: I-17 and 40 to be hit as winter storm moves into high country

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:22:49 -0500

Another winter storm will move across northern Arizona on Thursday and Friday, with parts of Interstates 17 and 40 affected by blowing and drifting snow.


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Endangered Mexican gray wolf population remained flat in new count

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:10:34 -0500

The number of endangered Mexican gray wolves in Arizona and New Mexico in 2017 was 114, officials said, a number that has grown by four since 2014.


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Driving to Puerto Penasco should get safer in time for spring break 2018

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 18:21:38 -0500

A new safety corridor along the Mexican highway to Puerto Penasco will include flashing safety signs and better trained officers.


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Decision about Grand Canyon University's non-profit status expected soon

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 08:00:03 -0500

The Higher Learning Commission's approval is key for the private Christian school to move forward with plans for non-profit status.


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Arizona prisons will now give female inmates free tampons

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 21:04:14 -0500

Previously, incarcerated women were given 12 pads and had to ask for more. Now they will get 36 pads, tampons or a mix of both, based on preference.


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Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery Project

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:29:33 -0500

As wild Mexican gray wolves are rounded up at the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico, both sides of the Mexican Wolf Recovery Project sound off on the concerns of ranchers and environmentalists. Tom Tingle and Alex Devoid/azcentral.com


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Digital billboards put ads in front of students. Are they harvesting personal info, too?

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:34:01 -0500

One Arizona school finds itself at the center of controversy after objectionable words appeared on the digital screens.


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Restaurant inspections: 6 Phoenix-area eateries on this week's list

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:07:12 -0500

Get details on restaurants cited by Maricopa County inspectors for four or more priority violations the week of Feb. 5.


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Beached gray whale returned to ocean after 3 days on Mexico coast

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:11:02 -0500

The whale swam into a shallow canal near Puerto Adolfo Lopez Mateos last Thursday and was then stranded by the ebbing tide.


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Phoenix ranks 9th most unaffordable city for renters, according to study

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:26:32 -0500

The average metro Phoenix renter must use more than a week-and-a-half of their pay to afford a typical one-bedroom apartment, according to SmartAsset.


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Expect delays as Interstate 17 temporarily closes near Arizona's Black Canyon City

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:27:22 -0500

The Arizona Department of Transportation says motorists on Interstate 17 will face short delays as workers remove rocks deemed as a potential hazard.


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Some Buckeye residents angry over spikes in water bills, as city rate decrease coming soon

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 10:47:58 -0500

Buckeye residents who have seen spikes in their water bills are demanding answers for a problem they say the city isn't taking seriously.


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$178 million makeover headed for Phoenix International Raceway

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 21:42:56 -0500

Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale will receive a major overhaul worth $178 million.


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Tolleson Mayor-elect Anna Tovar shows she's a survivor

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 18:42:18 -0500

Former state lawmaker Anna Tovar is the first woman elected as Tolleson Mayor and the city's first new mayor in 22 years.


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1 year later: What we know about missing Buckeye boy Jesse Wilson

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 20:21:25 -0400

It's been a year since 10-year-old Jesse Wilson of Buckeye went missing. What we know now.


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Can man-made wetlands clean Goodyear's polluted water?

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 14:23:09 -0400

A six-year project to treat a harmful byproduct from Goodyear's drinking water through a first-of-its-kind wetlands project will soon expand, or go down the drain. 


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6 new features at Avondale's Friendship Park

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 16:26:54 -0400

Big changes have arrived at Avondale's Friendship Park with about $3.5 million in renovations for several new features.


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Downtown Southwest Valley: 10 don't-miss spots

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 18:39:52 -0500

Downtown Avondale and Tolleson have some amazing, little-known places and great art. Here are our favorite spots:


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Long-vacant Phoenix Trotting Park in Goodyear is in escrow, could be demolished

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:40:20 -0400

The Phoenix Trotting Park, one of the Valley's most unique buildings, is closer to being sold — and maybe demolished.


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Readers' picks: Worst West Valley eyesores

Wed, 6 Sep 2017 14:43:06 -0400

The list is dominated by empty buildings and vacant lots. A few are headed for improvement, while others languish.


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