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Proposition 100 sales tax expires Friday
Arizona’s temporary sales tax increase expires Friday. Voters in 2010 approved Proposition 100, which upped the state sales tax by a penny on the dollar for three years.  The tax has impacted Arizona and its economy.
May. 31, 2013
Navajo Nation put on notice for not spending enough on housing
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says the Navajo Nation has failed to spend nearly $150 million in housing grant money for fiscal year 2012. Since 2000, the Navajo Nation have almost consistently failed to spend HUD grant money.
May. 30, 2013
Arpaio recall effort fails to collect needed signatures
Opponents of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio have failed in their bid to recall him. The deadline to collect the necessary signatures passed Thursday afternoon. Organizers behind the recall effort aren’t saying how many signatures they did collect, but they told elections officials it fell short of the more than 335,000 needed.
May. 30, 2013
Bill Montgomery responds to racial profiling ruling
The top prosecutor in Maricopa County claims the recent finding by a federal judge that the county sheriff's office engaged in racial profiling against Latinos won't impact his office's activities. Maricopa County attorney Bill Montgomery held a press conference Thursday and responded to questions about the recent racial profiling ruling.
May. 30, 2013
Oklahoma military jets ride out the storms at Tucson
Tucson’s Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is acting as a storm shelter to some military jets from Oklahoma. The planes were moved to Arizona because more violent weather is expected in Oklahoma’s “tornado alley.
May. 30, 2013
Maricopa County plans as recall deadline looms
The deadline to turn in the signatures needed to recall Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is still a few hours away. But the Board of Elections already has a plan in place in case the recall goes ahead, and it would require hundreds of man hours.
May. 30, 2013
Arizona Supreme Court rules in blood draw case
The Arizona Supreme Court has reversed a lower court decision, in a case involving the rules about drawing blood from juveniles. Last year, a school monitor in Pima County smelled marijuana on a student, and saw drug paraphernalia in his car.
May. 30, 2013
Lawmakers to again argue against voter mandate
The Arizona Supreme Court says it will give lawmakers another chance to argue they do not have to obey a voter mandate to increase funding for public schools. The 2000 voter-approved law hiked the state sales tax by six-tenths of a cent.
May. 30, 2013
American Airlines posts $105 million net loss in April
American Airlines parent company, AMR Corp. reported a net loss of $105 million for April. The company’s top executives said it is a favorable sign for the future. The figures are an improvement over last April’s $142 million loss.
May. 30, 2013
Retiring in Costa Rica: the dream and the reality
As would-be expats search for beauty, adventure, and cheap living in their golden years, they need to know about the harsh realities that lie ahead should they retire to a place like Costa Rica.
May. 30, 2013
Phoenix man faces challenges of retiring abroad
Thousands of Americans are spending their Golden Years in Costa Rica. One Phoenix man risks his entire life savings to retire in paradise.
May. 30, 2013
Laveen mulch fire reduces air quality
A large mulch fire is still smoking in Laveen, nearly 24 hours after the blaze broke out. When the fire began yesterday afternoon south of Phoenix, dozens of firefighters responded. No homes or structures are considered in danger, but Ben Davis of the Maricopa County Air Quality Department said local air quality has been affected by a large, dark cloud.
May. 29, 2013
Report: West Phoenix blight improving
City officials report progress combating violent crime, vandalism and prostitution in West Phoenix.That part of town has struggled with those issues for years. In fact, if you look at a police map from this March, pockets of violent crime still glow bright red in West Phoenix, but an annual city report from the region does show some good news, including a 14 percent reduction in violent crime since 2005.
May. 29, 2013
Tucson City Council approves new gun policies
Tucson City Council passed two gun control ordinances Wednesday. The ordinances are opposed by gun rights advocates who say they violate an individual’s constitutional rights.One measure would fine anyone in Tucson $100 if they fail to report to police the loss or theft of a gun within 48 hours from the time it went missing.
May. 29, 2013
Phoenix Mercury
The WNBA's Phoenix Mercury has added top draft pick Brittney Griner to the lineup this season. The 6-foot-8-inch Griner is nationally known for her dunking and defense. Griner's presence is expected to help the organization on and off the court.
May. 29, 2013
Measuring the impact of the Prop 100 sales tax increase
The 1 cent sales tax increase approved by voters in 2010 as Proposition 100 expires on Saturday. The vote occurred while Arizona's economy was in the middle of the recession and the state's budget was deep in a deficit.
May. 29, 2013
Congressman Grijalva supports most of the Senate
Arizona's 3rd District Representative, Democrat Raul Grijalva, said he is in favor of the Senate's immigration reform plan, especially when compared to what is being considered in the House, which Grijalva said is too punitive.
May. 29, 2013
State Representative on delayed funding increase for CPS
When the legislative session began, increasing funding for Child Protective Services seemed like a foregone conclusion, but progress has stalled in the House.Representative Kate Brophy McGee of Phoenix talked about the delay and her expectations about the higher funding eventually being approved.
May. 29, 2013

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