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KNAU and Arizona News
1:06 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Supreme Court Hears AZ Anti-Immigration Law

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court justices strongly suggested Wednesday that they are ready to allow Arizona to enforce part of a controversial state law requiring police officers to check the immigration status of people they think are in the country illegally.

Liberal and conservative justices reacted skeptically to the Obama administration's argument that the state exceeded its authority when it made the records check, and another provision allowing suspected illegal immigrants to be arrested without a warrant, part of Arizona law aimed at driving illegal immigrants elsewhere.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:04 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Fire Danger High in Mountain West

Warm, windy weather is raising the fire danger in the Mountain West.

Red flag warnings were in effect Thursday for much of western Colorado and the San Luis Valley as well as parts of Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico.

In western Colorado, the National Weather Service said wind gusts could reach up to 35 mph before the threat is expected to subside Friday afternoon. Humidities are also expected to drop below 15 percent there, making it easier for fires to spread.

The agency warns that simple burns on farms or ranches could easily get out of control.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:51 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Opponents Say Mining Bill Shields Polluters

A bill pending in the state Senate and pushed by the mining industry would shield cases of environmental contamination from civil lawsuits and penalties according to backers.

The Arizona Republic reports the bill headed for a final Senate vote Monday would allow companies to keep those cases secret. Supporters say it would be an incentive for corporations to voluntarily clean up ground and water contamination they discover on their properties.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:59 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Another Candidate Has Announced a Run for CD9

A former CIA employee has announced her candidacy for Arizona's newly-drawn 9th Congressional District.

Leah Campos Schandlbauer said Monday that she's a conservative Republican and will ground her campaign in an unreserved defense of free markets and limited government.

Campos Schandlbauer is a mother of four. She recently resigned her job as operations officer in the Central Intelligence Agency, where she worked for more than a decade.

The 9th District includes Tempe and parts of Phoenix and Mesa.

KNAU and Arizona News
11:57 am
Fri March 16, 2012

Governor Brewer Not Sure About Anti-Contraception Bill

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer
Pete Souza

Gov. Jan Brewer says part of pending Arizona legislation on insurance coverage for birth control drugs could make it uncomfortable for women using contraception for reasons over than avoiding pregnancy.

The bill would allow all employers with religious and moral objections to birth control to refuse to provide coverage for that purpose through their health plans. Those employers still would have to provide coverage for contraception for other medical reasons but could make women seeking reimbursements explain why they need it.

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KNAU and Arizona News
11:20 am
Wed March 14, 2012

Union: Progress Made in Phoenix Bus Strike Talks

The president of the union representing striking Phoenix bus drivers says major progress has been made in negotiations with their employer.

Union president Bob Bean told The Associated Press that he is hoping a final deal can be reached Wednesday to end the strike that began Saturday.

If a deal is reached, about 640 drivers for Veolia Transportation Services could vote on the contract Thursday.

Bean says the two sides have yet to discuss the contract with 310 striking Tempe drivers.

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Sports
2:21 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

With Playoff Expansion, Baseball Goes Wilder

Manager Fredi Gonzalez was the face of frustration when his Atlanta Braves collapsed last year and missed the playoffs on the last day of the season. If this season's rules had applied, he might've been smiling: The Braves and the Boston Red Sox would've made the postseason.
Patrick Smith Getty Images

Major League Baseball expanded its playoff format to 10 teams Friday, adding a second wild-card in each league.

The decision establishes a new one-game, wild-card round in each league between the teams with the best records who are not division winners, meaning a third-place team could win the World Series.

This is the only change in baseball's playoff structure since the 1995 season, when wild-card teams were first added.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:34 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

AZ Moving to Collect On Line Sales Tax

     PHOENIX (AP) _ Arizona is moving toward making online merchants
collect sales tax on residents' purchases, a departure from the
state's previous hands-office stance.
     The state Revenue Department has billed Amazon.com for $53
million in uncollected sales taxes for nearly five years.
     Amazon says it's contesting the state's assessment, which the
company disclosed in its latest annual report.
     At the Legislature, Arizona lawmakers have introduced a bill to
require Amazon.com and other retailers with distribution centers in

KNAU and Arizona News
2:30 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

US Supreme Court to Hear AZ Immigration Law

     PHOENIX (AP) _ The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on
Arizona's immigration enforcement law on April 25, in the last such
hearing of the high court's current term.
     The court will review a federal appeals court decision that
upheld a judge's ruling blocking key provisions of the Arizona law.
     One of those provisions requires that police, while enforcing
other laws, question a person's immigration status if officers have
reasonable suspicion the person is in the country illegally.

KNAU and Arizona News
1:47 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Gabby Giffords Saluted by Congress

Congressional Photo, March 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Gabrielle Giffords has resigned from the House with a standing ovation from her colleagues, more than a year after she was gravely wounded by a would-be assassin.
     The Arizona Democrat formally resigned Wednesday after a series of tributes from her colleagues. She's stepping down to focus on her recovery from a gunshot wound to the head.

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