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Weekend Closures & Restrictions on Valley Freeways Dec 10-13

Improvement project work will require a few restrictions along Phoenix area freeways this weekend (December 10 - 13). The Arizona Department of Transportation recommends drivers allow extra travel time and consider alternate routes while the following restrictions are in place:

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Project 22 gives veterans and shelter dogs a second chance

A new program aims to pair veterans in need of a service dog with dogs in need of new homes.

Eric Wolfe, president of Freedom K9 rehab, is a veteran dog trainer and an Air Force veteran. He's also the founder of Project 22.

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DPS: I-10 shooting suspect 'forensically linked' to first 4 shootings

A suspect is now in custody in the I-10 freeway shootings.

21-year-old Leslie Allen Merritt, Jr. was arrested Friday evening. DPS says he is "forensically linked" to the first four shootings.

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Allegiant Air Adding Three New Nonstop Destinations in December

Allegiant Air announces new nonstop service to Memphis (MEM), Des Moines (DSM), and Fresno (FAT) through Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA) with service starting in December. Introductory fares can be found as low as $49 one-way via www.allegiantair.com.

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Gateway Airport begins Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan Update

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (PMGAA) is working to update its Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan (ALUCP) for the airport and the surrounding area, which includes part of the City of Mesa, the towns of Gilbert and Queen Creek, and unincorporated Maricopa and Pinal counties.

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MCSO: Three arrested in firing projectiles at passing vehicles

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio told a group of reporters in a press conference, that just before 7pm last night his office received a 911call where a caller reported his vehicle had been struck by an unknown projectile while in the Town of Queen Creek Az. This incident follows 11 reported cases of highway incidents which are being investigated by the Department of Public Safety.

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Hay Fire in Queen Creek Contained, Continues to Burn

The Queen Creek Fire and Medical Department responded to a hay fire that started overnight at the 22000 block of east Queen Creek Road in Queen Creek. The fire is currently contained, and crews are on scene to help prevent the fire from spreading.

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Unlicensed Vehicle Dealers Create Problems for Unsuspecting Buyers

Motor vehicles are sold in Arizona primarily through dealers licensed by the state, by private parties and unfortunately illegally by unlicensed dealers. The Arizona Department of Transportation Office of the Inspector General investigates the illegal sale of vehicles and has conducted more than 250 investigations this year into the fraudulent activities. Approximately 15 percent of those cases involved investigations into vehicles sold by unlicensed dealers.

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ADEQ Update on Colorado Gold King Mine Spill

Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) officials announced that it has examined data provided by states upstream of Lake Powell and closer to the Gold King Mine spill. ADEQ’s analysis of data released by the Utah Department of Environmental Quality of samples collected about 100 miles from Lake Powell (closest Utah sample) shows that water quality conditions in the San Juan River upstream of Lake Powell are generally consistent with pre-spill conditions. “Based on what we’re seeing with the water flowing into Lake Powell, we don’t expect there to be noticeable change in water quality in Arizona,” ADEQ Director Misael Cabrera said.

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AZ special needs camp may be forced to close

An Arizona summer camp for those with special needs may have to turn away campers this season.

Lions Camp Tatiyee has provided free, week-long summer camp sessions for children and adults with special needs for more than 50 years.

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Bird flu in Arizona? 4 AZ facilities quarantined

In 2013 the Governing Board for Central Arizona College voted to increase their primary tax rate by almost 34% from the previous year's rate. After strong community backlash, the board decided to cut the tax increase in half. While the original increase would have added $55 to the property tax for a $100,000 home, the final increase was a $28 jump.

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SRP Board Approves Price Decrease

SRP’s publicly-elected Board of Directors has approved an overall average 1.2 percent price decrease beginning in November and ending with the 2016 April billing cycle that will save the average customer just under $1 per month.

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Official Close to Monsoon 2015 Reinforces Benefits of SRP’s Investments in Grid Reliability

This week brings the 2015 monsoon to an official close. The season will be remembered as particularly active because of a series of back-to-back powerful storms that left a total of 165,000 SRP customers from June 15 to Sept. 30 without power in the Valley.

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Scholarship Offered for Pledging ‘No Texting While Driving’

On average, nine Americans will be killed today in a motor vehicle accident that involves a distracted driver.

Consider this, the behavior of texting while driving has been said to be as dangerous as drinking and driving and 33% of U.S. drivers admitted to reading or writing text messages while driving in the previous month. That’s like driving around with 33% of the other drivers drunk.

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Arizona researchers play huge role in water discovery on Mars

Researchers from the University of Arizona played a role in the discovery of water on Mars.

Ten years ago, they sent up a camera with the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. HiRISE is the highest resolution camera that's been sent to a planet. Those images, coupled with wavelength data sent back from another instrument on board the orbiter, led researchers to believe water is flowing on Mars.

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ADOT MVD wins award for driver license services expansion

The Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division won an award at the recent American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators International Conference for its expanded offering of driver license services at Authorized Third Party businesses across the state.

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State General Counsel Bret Parke Named ADEQ Deputy Director

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality announced today the appointment of Bret Parke, currently General Counsel for the state’s Department of Administration, as the agency’s deputy director. In his new capacity, Mr. Parke will serve as chief of staff to ADEQ Director Misael Cabrera and oversee the agency’s operations, including its budget and administrative support functions.

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There’s still time to comment on ADOT’s Passenger Rail Corridor Study

A long-discussed plan for a proposed passenger rail system linking Tucson and Phoenix has many more hurdles to clear, starting with where the money would come from. An important first step, however, is sharing your opinion on it.

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Deal reached to settle Arizona school funding lawsuit

Arizona Senate President Andy Biggs says a deal in principle has been reached to settle a long-running school funding lawsuit.

Biggs said late Saturday that documents were being prepared over the weekend and he will brief members of his Republican caucus Monday and Tuesday. House Speaker David Gowan notified Republican House members to come to the Capitol on Tuesday.

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Diane Douglas' motion to sever ties with Common Core passes 6-2

Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas' motion to sever ties with Common Core has passed on a 6-2 vote.

The vote affects schoolchildren in every classroom across the state.

Douglas addressed the Arizona Board of Education on Monday morning.

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