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State fair officials say they will be conducting safety inspections on rides every day

The Arizona State Fair opens its doors tomorrow, but today workers were putting the finishing touches on rides and conducting safety inspections.

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‘Robo-deer’ dispatched to Arizona forests to thwart poachers

A new high-tech robotic mule deer will soon be in Arizona forests to track down poachers hunting out of season.


MedAire Worldwide call center reduces necessity for emergency plane landings

Flying thousands of miles above civilization may seem like a good reason to panic in the midst of a medical event, but MedAire Worldwide’s 24/7 remote medical assistance centers help passengers and airline employees cope during a crisis.

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Tempe bans distracted driving

The Tempe City Council passed one of Arizona’s toughest distracted driving bans Thursday. Tempe’s new ordinance would fine drivers who drive erratically while using their phones. Fines start at $100 for a first offense, $250 for a second offense and up to $500 for another infraction within a two-year period.


Phoenix Law Enforcement Association holds fundraiser for officer

Members of the community, firefighters and police officers gathered to raise funds for Phoenix Officer Eric Gardner.


ASU mock election held to raise voter turnout

Tuesday was National Voter Registration Day. According to the Secretary of State's Office, only 50 percent of Arizonans currently vote. The data also shows that in 2014 non-presidential election, only 3.9 percent of 1.5 million votes were cast by people between the ages of 18-25. The Undergraduate Student Government at Arizona State University, along with the Secretary of State's Office held a mock election on ASU’s Tempe campus. Tuesday's event, with a theme of voter participation, was also an opportunity for people to register to vote in the upcoming primary election. Marissa Fullford, vice president of services for the Undergraduate Student Government, was one of many who gathered outside to encourage her peers to register. “Time and time again,” Fuller said, “students are the lowest turnout for voters, and I think we have a real opportunity to make a change if all the students went out and voted.” CNN also made an appearance at the event, bringing in “Campaign Camper,” an RV that is traveling across the country. It has been converted into an interview booth where people can propose questions for the upcoming presidential debates. The network says those questions are then uploaded to their Facebook page and that some of those questions will be asked at upcoming presidential debates. CNN producer Topher Guak-Rouger said it's important for people to register to vote and to participate in elections. “Everyone needs to have their voice heard," Guak-Rouger said. “Ultimately that’s what it comes down to. People do have the opportunity to be heard and to register to vote is really the only way to ensure that’s going to happen and make sure everything you care about is said and is out there.” The deadline to register to vote is Feb. 22, 2016, that can be done at www.arizona.vote.


Report gives Arizona C-minus for kid dental sealant programs

At Native Health in central Phoenix, dentist Anh Thu Becker uses a 3-D model of molars to explain how she's going to apply a thin layer of plastic resin to 10-year-old Suzette's teeth.


Proposal: Fees from legalizing marijuana could go to help schools

The Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol campaign is currently looking for signatures to put legalizing pot to a vote on the 2016 ballot.

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Blister in the sun? Heat bearing down on the Valley

Safety Project Manager Julian Martinez watches from below as two steel workers weld a massive girder on the top floor of the new Sandra Day O’Connor Law School building under construction downtown.


Theft and larceny chief source of crime at Valley community colleges

Tyler Puglisi leaves her Marc Jacobs watch at home when she leaves for classes at Glendale Community College. A freshman, Puglisi said friends have had their cellphones and watches stolen, and she doesn't want to lose something that cost her more than $150.

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University of Arizona scientists research valley fever vaccine

Valley fever is a potentially debilitating disease that affects Arizonans more than anywhere else in the country, with 60 percent of all cases occurring in the Phoenix metropolitan area. But this non-contagious disease could be eradicated if scientists at the University of Arizona succeed in creating a vaccine.


300-plus fugitives arrested by Maricopa, Pima, Pinal authorities

An effort involving law enforcement agencies in Maricopa, Pinal and Pima counties has apprehended 307 fugitives since March 2, authorities said Monday.

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