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Queen Creek announces proposed amendments to GP

Dan Johnson, vice president of Curis Resources (Arizona) Inc., left, answers questions from San Tan Valley residents Emily Hughes, Karen Christian and Tuula Hubbard July 11 during a tour of the Florence Copper mine.

During its July 17 meeting, the Queen Creek Town Council authorized the start of the town’s major General Plan amendment process for 2013.

This year, six amendments are being presented for consideration.

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Quakers ask state to void contract with prison group

A criminal-justice watchdog group has called on state leaders to cancel a contract for 5,000 private-prison beds and launch an investigation into the private-prison industry's "lack of accountability" and influence on state politics.

The Arizona office of the American Friends Service Committee, a national Quaker non-profit group that focuses on human rights, held a news conference Monday announcing their concerns.

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Quagga Mussels Found in 2 SRP Canal Locations

A routine inspection of Salt River Project’s canal system last month has yielded evidence of quagga mussels at Arizona Falls on the Arizona Canal and on a canal structure in the Crosscut Canal. This is the first evidence of adult mussels in SRP’s canal system.

SRP crews on July 12 found a quagga mussel settlement during an inspection of monitoring points along the Arizona Canal. Both checkpoints contained a very small amount of adult mussels -- four at Arizona Falls and less than 20 in the Crosscut Canal. Indications were that the mussels were recent arrivals at both facilities, which are located along canals on the north side of the Salt River.

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Pump prices fall for 16th straight week

Contrary to national figures, local gas pric­es dropped again this week, reaching their lowest point since January. The statewide average fell 2.4 cents from last week to $3.29 per gallon. Meanwhile, the national average increased 5.3 cents to $3.49 per gallon.

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Public invited to Saturday Roosevelt Dam Centennial event

SRPThe public is invited Saturday to celebrate the 100th birthday of Theodore Roosevelt Dam by taking a walk across the crest of the dam as part of a free centennial event offered by Salt River Project, the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Forest Service.

Festivities will originate at the Roosevelt Lake Visitors' Center, located on State Route 188 about a mile and a half east of the dam, starting at 9 a.m. through 4 p.m. There will be informational videos and presentations throughout the day. Parking is free at the visitors' center.
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Public comment period begins this week for ADOT’s passenger rail study

As the Arizona Department of Transportation continues to study the feasibility of a passenger rail line between Phoenix and Tucson, the agency is looking to the public to provide input on the three alternatives that have been selected for further study.

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Public CNG fueling station opens in southeast Mesa

Until last week, the closest compressed natural gas station for public use was at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix.

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Protect Yourself from Holiday Scams: Attorney General Goddard’s Holiday Consumer Safety Tips

(Phoenix, Ariz. - Nov. 24, 2010) With “Black Friday,” the first big day of the holiday shopping season coming Friday, Nov. 26, followed by “Cyber Monday” on Monday, Nov. 29, Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that his Office has launched a special holiday web page:  The page provides answers to common questions about holiday shopping, charitable giving and other consumer problems during the holidays.

“With tight budgets for most Arizona families, it is especially important to be alert for scams and other consumer pitfalls this Holiday Season,” Goddard said.
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Protect your credit and debit cards with an on/off switch

New phone apps are designed to make your life easier and more secure and now they are helping to protect your money.

More than 40 million credit card numbers may have been compromised after a recent data breach involving Home Depot.

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Prosecutor accuses ex-officer of abusing powers

There is no doubt former Phoenix police officer Richard Chrisman shot a man while on duty.

The question for the jury in his murder trial is whether he was defending himself or if he went too far.

Opening statements from both sides were given and the first witness was called Wednesday.

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Record number of newborns dropped off at safe haven sites this year

At Maricopa Integrated Health System, there is a safe haven drawer. It's a safe place where a parent can drop their baby off if they can't care for them. One group we talked to said the high number this year isn't necessarily a bad thing. 

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Reaction mixed to Obama's Arizona visit

Reaction was mixed in the wake of President Barack Obama's visit to Arizona on Tuesday.

Obama outlined his plans for helping the country's middle class reclaim the American dream of responsible home ownership.

The Republican National Committee spokesman Ryan Mahoney released the following statement about the president's...

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Raza Studies Supporters, in a Thuggish Mob, Tried to Shout Down Attorney General Horne

Attorney General Tom Horne today released a video of a screaming mob of Raza Studies supporters who interfered with the Attorney General’s efforts to accommodate a request to be interviewed by a television news crew.

In the video below, viewers can see a thuggish mob of Raza Studies supporters trying to shout down Horne, to attempt to prevent an interview with Univision Television.

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Race-based studies can't be justified

Students must be seen as individuals, not as groups

Professor Roberto Rodriguez should get the Hypocrisy of the Year Award for his column "Demonizing Mexican-American studies is unjust" (Opinions, May 28).

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Questions of blame remain in ATF gun-trafficking investigation

President Obama's Twitter Town Hall

by Robert Anglen - Jul. 6, 2011 12:00 AM
The Arizona Republic

In recent weeks, lawmakers and conservative pundits have blasted U.S. Department of Justice officials over a gun-trafficking investigation that put hundreds of rifles and handguns from Arizona into the hands of criminals in Mexico.

Republican members of Congress say agents...

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Queen Creek's Horseshoe Park honored by Women's Pro Rodeo Association

Queen Creek's Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre was recently recognized by the Women's Professional Rodeo Association for the 2011 Roots N' Boots Pro Rodeo. The Association awarded their 2011 Justin Best Footing Award in the Turquoise Circuit to the rodeo for the park's competition surface/flooring, known in the equestrian industry as footing. 

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Queen Creek Town Council to discuss community’s Strategic Plan

The  Queen  Creek  Town  Council  will  dedicate  its  meeting  on  Wednesday,  Oct.  19  to  a discussion regarding the community’s five-year Strategic Plan. Updated each year, the plan outlines a roadmap for the community, identifying broad-based areas of interest set forth by the Council, creating goals, assignments and deadlines for completion.

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Queen Creek incubator spurs economic development

In an effort to spur economic development, Queen Creek Inc. was opened in February.

Eleven businesses have participated and town staff are planning to present to council in six months seeking an extension to the fledgling incubation program.

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Queen Creek entrepreneur 'energizes' sunflower seeds

Chandler-based food chain Bashas' will soon be selling a new energy snack developed by a Queen Creek entrepreneur and funded by Chandler investors.

The new product, Zips Energy Sunflower Seeds, available in five flavors, will be sold in Bashas' stores in early January...

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Queen Creek consolidates resident services

Dustin Cote

Sept. 7, 2011 10:32 AM
The Republic |

Queen Creek's tight finances have prompted the town to consolidate its services for residents at one location.

The move was partly prompted by the layoffs of 38 employees last May to close a $4.7 million deficit in its 2011-12 budget. Only recreation-related services will be handled...

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