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The state Game and Fish Department is spending about a million dollars a year in travel that may not be necessary or appropriate, state auditors reported Thursday.
Spend a day at Bass Pro Shops in Mesa where Mom, Dad and the munchkins can work on crafts, play in the laser arcade, race slot cars, write letters to and get pictures with Santa, goof off with remote control trucks, ride a wildlife carousel, and have a snow fight (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays) without ever leaving the store.
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The Arizona Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected arguments from the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission and allowed new, higher campaign contribution limits passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature to go into effect.
The state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that political candidates can accept much larger sums of money from donors.
Due to severe personal limitations, John, age 31, has never been able to live on his own. He was living in a rental home with his parents and brother when his father was diagnosed with cancer. That left his mother as the sole caregiver for John, his father and brother.
Looking up at the headshots on the wall, Wanda Manville carefully goes over almost each photo, explaining the dancer’s name, background and where they are now. I suddenly realize that Manville, the 74-year-old owner and director of Tempe Dance Academy, has a genuine personal connection to each of the faces displayed on the wall.
A special legislative panel voted Thursday to reduce the number of state income tax brackets from five to three, with an eye on eventually creating a single tax rate.
The registered dietitian nutritionists at The Nutrition Professionals in Mesa, understand that the holiday season is the hardest time of year to be healthy. With all of the tasty baked treats, office holiday parties and family cooking, healthy eating habits seem to take a backseat. But they do not have to. With over 27 years of experience, The Nutrition Professionals have a few strategies to get through the holiday season.
For high school students, being a part of a team can really make a difference in kids’ successes, and Hamilton High School’s Anthony Campo is among several who chose to join a team to gain an opportunity.
Fantasizing about throwing a big holiday bash but fearful you'll spend the whole party — or worse, the whole week — in the kitchen prepping? We've got you covered.
District 3 Councilmember Dennis Kavanaugh wrapped up his annual toy donation drive for Cardon Children’s Medical Center by delivering more than 1,000 toys on Dec. 11.
The Big Attack
SAINT-EMILION, France — An FBI agent recently showed Arnaud de Laforcade a file with several labels supposedly from 1947 bottles of Chateau Cheval Blanc, one of France's finest wines. To the Saint-Emilion vineyard's CFO, they were clearly fakes — too new looking, not on the right kind of paper.
It’s easy to let Christmastime slip by without ever taking time to pause and enjoy purposeful activities with our closest friends and family. Here are several ways to make special memories this holiday season, whether you’re catering to kids, out of towners or a tight budget.
LOS ANGELES — Wags and barks speak volumes when it comes to understanding what a dog is saying, but there are also clues in a dog's eyes, ears, nose or the tilt of its head. Are humans getting the right messages?
NEW YORK — Whether you're looking for something thin and light, or want a tablet that performs like a laptop, there's plenty to choose from if you're willing to spend a bit more for a high-end laptop computer.
In this Sunday Dec. 1, 2013 photo, Jerry Ericksen pets his blind Boxer, 3-year-old Buster, at the Sepulveda Basin Dog Park in the Encino section of Los Angeles. Ericksen has two dogs and they have different needs that require different languages. Forest, a pit bull that was abused and starved before Ericksen got him, is still very timid and spends his time at the dog park hiding under Ericksen's chair. Dr. Gary Weitzman, president of the San Diego Humane Society, has worked with tens of thousands of stray dogs over the last quarter century and says there is no question that pets and people communicate, but some are getting more out of it than others. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
In this Sunday Dec. 1, 2013 photo, Jerry Ericksen claps to call for his blind Boxer, 3 year old Buster, at the Sepulveda Basin Dog Park in the Encino section of Los Angeles. Ericksen has two dogs and they have different needs that require different languages. Forest, a pit bull that was abused and starved before Ericksen got him, is still very timid and spends his time at the dog park hiding under Ericksen's chair. Dr. Gary Weitzman, president of the San Diego Humane Society, has worked with tens of thousands of stray dogs over the last quarter century and says there is no question that pets and people communicate. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
Saying it's really a legal contract between the state and parents, Superintendent of Schools John Huppenthal is urging the Arizona Supreme Court to uphold the legality of what amounts to a voucher program for students.
We have traditionally had two inescapable realities in life: death and taxes. Well, you can add to that list: death, taxes and fees. Fortunately, this past week at least one kind of fee was said to be improperly levied. It’s one charged to you for keeping tabs on your government.
After 45 years of football this might be it for Tim McBurney.
The state Court of Appeals will decide whether groups that run commercials publicly criticizing elected officials and candidates right before an election have to disclose their donors.
The background information that outlines the reasons why Tina Harguess won the Arizona Charter Schools Association Teacher of the Year award credits her for setting high standards, maintaining a similar standard of expectations and for collaborating with the rest of the staff. The thing is, Harguess doesn’t believe any of the educational activities she engages in are any different than what any other teacher currently accomplishes.
A Belgian drama with bluegrass music may seem like an unlikely combo, but director Felix van Groeningen pulls it off spectacularly in his heart-wrenching new film “The Broken Circle Breakdown,” which is already garnering whispers of Academy Award recognition. While other foreign-language Oscar hopefuls such as “Wadjda” and “The Hunt” have come and gone from theaters (with others such as “Gloria” and “The Past” not making their way to Phoenix until early 2014), “Broken Circle” is arriving this month, opening at Harkins Camelview 5 in Scottsdale this Friday, Dec. 6.