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State lawmakers took the first steps last week toward asking voters to sharply increase the special sales tax for education, setting the stage for voters to be able to pick and choose between two separate proposals – or potentially adopt or reject them both.

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Zeta sniffed the several T-shirts spread out before her on the floor until she detected a chemical odor on one and alerted her handler by sitting in front of it.

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The global fight over climate change spilled over into the state Legislature last week as a Senate panel voted to forbid cities from telling developers they cannot erect new buildings using natural gas.

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State lawmakers from both parties are seeking to enact new laws to nullify last year’s Arizona Supreme Court ruling allowing business owners to cite their “sincerely held religious beliefs’’ to refuse to serve gays.

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Mesa plans to join a statewide effort to boost post-graduate educational attainment after a report found the city lags behind the statewide average for residents with either a college degree, a certificate or a license.

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One year after The Grove on Main began in fall 2018, as a giant hole hidden behind a fence, the retail-residential complex looms over the eastern edge of downtown Mesa.

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Months after a bitter rift with its former historic preservation officer, Mesa believes it has found the right person to steer its program into the future.

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A packed grandstand of bright-eyed teens packed inside the outdoor amphitheater at Mesa’s Westwood High School on a sun-splashed Wednesday afternoon as they were treated to a performance by a band of their peers ahead of a surprise announcement few knew was coming. 

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Mesa will never be confused with Tokyo, Seoul or Shanghai, but the city hopes the addition of a “signature’’ Asian supermarket will boost an already burgeoning Asian District.

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East Valley Institute of Technology Superintendent Chad Wilson won a major – but possibly temporary – victory after the Arizona Attorney General’s Office agreed to dismiss criminal charges against him.

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Mesa residents who have gotten used to annual increases in their water, sewer and trash-collection bills are in for a nice surprise this year.

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WASHINGTON – Advocates say more quality time with elderly citizens could help turn around Arizona’s faltering standing in a national report on senior health.

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The Lovin’ Life After 50 Expo is returning to the Mesa Convention Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, with exhibitors ready to talk about tour and travel, retirement living, health care, financial matters, leisure and more. 

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Mesa City Councilman Jeremy Whittaker has expressed interest in mounting a potential mayoral bid – elevating himself from Mayor John Giles’ chief nemesis to a 2020 election opponent.

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Construction will soon begin on a 23-acre development of large aircraft hangars, complete with manufacturing space and ancillary offices, at Mesa’s Falcon Field Airport.

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Students, faculty and alumni were on hand recently for the groundbreaking ceremony for Valley Christian Schools’ new state-of-the-art high school at its Chandler campus.

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Arizona State University broke ground on ASU at Mesa City Center on Jan. 10, marking the beginning of a new era for the city’s downtown. 

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Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among Arizonans ages 15-34, according to a 2019 study attributing the toll to such things as exposure to social media, harassment and the pressure to succeed.

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Senate President Karen Fann has blocked consideration – possibly permanently – of a bill to put new restrictions on sex education in public schools.

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