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Search on for 2 suspects after 3rd attempted abduction reported

Phoenix police are saturating a Valley neighborhood with patrol looking for two men who may be responsible for three separate kidnapping attempts, the most recent happening Thursday night.

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SE Valley gears up for Arizona Centennial

by Srianthi Perera - Sept. 5, 2011 11:28 AM
The Arizona Republic

In a multitude of ways ranging from installing monuments and museum exhibits to enacting plays and enhancing the state's geography education, Southeast Valley communities are preparing to celebrate Arizona's 100th birthday next year.

Arizona became a state on Feb. 14,...

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SE Valley gears up for Arizona Centennial

by Srianthi Perera - Sept. 22, 2011 09:25 AM
The Arizona Republic

In a multitude of ways ranging from installing monuments and museum exhibits to enacting plays and enhancing the state's geography education, Southeast Valley communities are preparing to celebrate Arizona's 100th birthday next year.

Arizona became a state on Feb. 14,...

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School bus a perfect vehicle for lunch plan, Arizona school districts say

School bus a perfect vehicle for lunch plan, Arizona school districts say

by Megan Gordon - Jul. 6, 2011 12:00 AM
The Arizona Republic

Children waited patiently at the bus stop, seeking shelter from the heat under a paloverde tree. A big yellow school bus slowly drove up the county street, stopped at the corner and opened its doors.

The students filed into the back of the air-conditioned bus and sat down.

But...

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Saturday marks 8 years since AZ mom disappeared from Gilbert

The sister-in-law of the Valley mom who disappeared eight years ago is asking for the public's help to find Stacy Ann Aragon.

Nikki Askren told CBS 5 News she promised Aragon's mother before she passed away that she would never give up until Aragon was found.

"You always hold out hope," said Askren. "The worst part is not knowing. I don't believe she's alive, but just like those young girls that were just found as adults. They were missing for 10 years."

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Salaries for Arizona women more equal to men's wages compared to other states

Salaries for Arizona women more equal to men's wages compared to other states A new study suggests that women are more equal to men in Arizona than in most of the rest of the country - at least when it comes to salaries.
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Ruling OKs enforcing other states' support orders

A new court ruling says Arizona judges can enforce other states' child support orders even though the same judges can't change those orders.

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Robocalling and Credit Card Interest Rate Scheme

Pinal County Sheriff Candidate Ty Morgan

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne has filed a lawsuit in Maricopa County Superior Court alleging that several related Arizona and out-of-state telemarketing companies have defrauded thousands of consumers nationwide out of millions of dollars since 2006.

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Returning Arizona soldiers get warm welcome home

Ali Lopez greets his brother Arizona Army National Guard soldier Christian Lopez upon his arrival at the 161st Air Refueling Wing in Phoenix.  Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/community/pinal/articles/2012/01/15/20120115arizona-soldiers-warm-welcome.html#ixzz1jeaEDfoI

Hundreds of family members and friends cheered and waved balloons, American flags and homemade "Welcome home" posters as 100 Arizona soldiers returned Sunday from a year's deployment in war-ravaged Afghanistan.

The happy homecoming, marked by hugs, smiles and tears,...

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Restaurants and Shop Open At Gateway Passenger Terminal

Passengers flying out of Gateway Airport welcomed the opening of Paradise Bakery & Café, Copper Plate & Grill, and The Phoenix gift shop at the newly expanded Charles L. Williams passenger terminal.

Located beyond the security checkpoint, The Phoenix gift shop offers expanded shopping options including snacks, apparel, and tourism gifts. The Copper Plate & Grill, located across from The Phoenix provides a sit-down service experience, full bar, and satellite television.

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Snow falls in Arizona's high country; rain on way to Valley

Snow blankets the National Weather Service building in Flagstafff early Friday morning.

Flagstaff residents awoke to a layer of snow Friday morning, while a few light rain showers were falling in the Phoenix metro area as a precursor to what is expected to be a wet weekend in Arizona.

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Slight uptick seen in Arizona's registered voter numbers

The total number of registered voters in Arizona has risen by 2,302 to 3,227,819, according to Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett.

While the number of independent voters increased from 1,075,334 to 1,085,237, the state's major political parties experienced a decline.

Of the state's 3.2 million voters, 1,139,154 are Republicans and 972,626 are Democrats. Libertarians make up less than one percent of the state's total registration with 25,281, while 5,241 voters are currently registered as members of the Green Party, Bennett said.

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Slide Fire 75 percent contained; 89A reopens to residents, workers

What started as a potentially disastrous week is beginning to end on a high note. 

Nine days after the Slide Fire ripped through Oak Creek Canyon, residents were beginning to return. An evacuation order for the canyon was expected to be lifted at 1 p.m. Thursday.

Shortly before the reopening, a half dozen cars lined up waiting to re-enter.

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Slaughtering of horses in U.S. becomes hot topic in Gilbert

Gilbert's equine community has mixed reactions to a congressional action that raises the possibility that the slaughtering of horses in the United States may resume.

Recently, Congress lifted a 5-year-old ban on funding horse meat inspections, which some say paves the way for slaughterhouses to make a comeback and for horses to be butchered in the country. The last U.S. slaughterhouse closed in 2007 in Illinois.

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Silent Witness / 88 Crimes Media Release Reward (up to) $1,000 for arrest of Suspected Murder Fugitives

This alerted was forwarded to us by the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.

On December 20, 2012, just after 11:30 a.m., Phoenix Police responded to the neighborhood of 2600 North 43rd Avenue regarding a shooting.  When officers arrived they located one victim who was transported to an area hospital where he later died of his injuries.  This victim was identified as David Lopez Banuelos. 

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Sheriff's posse makes mistakes; Aims to fix before school year

The sounds of gunshots and explosions shook the walls of Queen Creek High School on Saturday afternoon. The sounds were part of a simulated training exercise for the Maricopa County Sheriff's Posse.

As teachers and students get ready for a new school year, the sheriff's office is preparing to send members of the posse back to school as well. Just days before school starts, however, those training to be the ones protecting the schools have a lot of training they need to get done.

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Settlement Reached In American Airlines and US Airways Merger

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne announced November 12th, a settlement with American Airlines and US Airways regarding their impending merger. The settlement includes the US Department of Justice and the six states that were also plaintiffs, including Arizona. The settlement requires US Airways Group Inc. and American Airlines’ parent corporation, AMR Corp. to divest slots and gates at key constrained airports across the country to low cost carrier (LCC) airlines in order to enhance system-wide competition in the airline industry resulting in more choices and more competitive airfares for consumers.

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Senate to take up new VA bill after scandal

Details of a refashioned bill to address the problems plaguing the federally run veterans' health care system have been released by its sponsor, the chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont Independent, posted a summary of his bill Sunday and said it would be introduced this week.

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Sen. Smith to AZ teachers: I want to hear from you

My name is Steve Smith, current Ari­zona senator from District 23, and I need input from teachers from all grade levels and subject areas in K-12 education. In this upcoming session, I plan on introducing performance-pay legislation in the hopes to provide an opportunity for great teachers in Arizona to be properly compensated for their achievements in the classroom.

So that you know my background, I cur­rently serve on the Senate Education Com­mittee and I come from a family of teachers. My wife, brother, sister, cousin, and moth­er- in-law are all currently teaching and my stepfather was a teacher in inner-city Detroit for 40 years - so this issue is near and dear to me.

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Sedona City Council OKs civil unions in 5-2 vote

Sedona has become the fourth city in Arizona to embrace civil unions regardless of gender or sexuality - following Tuscon, Bisbee and Jerome.

The City Council passed the ordinance Tuesday evening with a 5-2 vote.

Councilmen Mike Ward and Dan McIlroy had the two dissenting votes.

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