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Prop. 100 approved

Arizona voters on Tuesday passed Proposition 100 by a vast margin, showing support for education, public safety and human services.

More than 1 million ballots were cast for the special election and 64 percent approved of the measure, which will temporarily raise the state sales tax by one cent per dollar of sales.

Nearly 478,000 early ballots were cast in Maricopa County, almost 2-1 in favor of Proposition 100. It passed in all of the state's 15 counties except Mohave.

Thu
20
May
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Voters nix LP property tax

About 2,000 Litchfield Park residents voted down Proposition 405 Tuesday, which called for an initial primary property tax of $1 million.

The unofficial vote count released by the Maricopa County Elections Department Tuesday night showed 1,064 no votes to 781 yes, though voters still had until the close of business today to verify ballots if they did not have a driver's license with them at the polls. There may be some early ballots left to count, too.

Regardless of the final tally, Proposition 405 - which divided a city as well as its council - failed.

Thu
20
May
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Number of summer feeding sites increased

With 59 percent of pupils depending on school as their main source of food, school district officials have increased efforts this summer to make sure children don't go hungry in the off months.

More than 38,700 pupils in 14 West Valley school districts qualify for free and reduced-priced meals, according to district officials. That's up by 4 percent from last year.

Thu
20
May
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It's Edvis, not Elvis: Local resident performs as the King in Goodyear

It comes with the jet-black hair puffed up, those side burns and good looks.

"What, does that guy think he's Elvis?"

For Eddie Head, the answer is no, though he does impersonate Presley on stage.

The Litchfield Park resident will perform as the King beginning at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Clubhouse Grill, 14175 W. Indian School Road in Goodyear.

"I'm not Elvis, brother, I'm just a cat enjoying doing a good show," Head tells his admirers, those who are too nervous to talk straight.

And by all accounts, it's a real good show.

Thu
20
May
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Avondale stretch of Dysart Road getting a facelift

Work has begun on a three-week project to repave a three-mile stretch of Dysart Road in Avondale.

The work, which is scheduled for completion June 8, will result in travel restrictions on Dysart between Indian School Road and Van Buren Street.

However, one lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained on Dysart at all times, and two lanes will be kept open during traffic rush hours, said Ingrid Melle, an Avondale spokeswoman.

Thu
20
May
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Avondale 'app' offers 24-hour services

Remedies for potholes, burned out streetlights, overgrown weeds and unsightly graffiti are now an iPhone tap away in Avondale with the launch of the city's new "myAvondale" mobile application.

"MyAvondale" allows iPhone users to open the app, select an issue, take a picture of the offense (whether it's graffiti on a wall, a broken streetlight or overgrown weeds at an abandoned structure), and then tap "submit."

Thu
20
May
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Avondale might change its election cycle

The Avondale City Council may take the very issue of elections to an election this fall.

The city currently holds its council elections in the fall of odd numbered years. The trouble is, state, county and presidential elections are held in the fall of even numbered years. So, Avondale has to foot the bill alone for its ballots and often sees low voter turnout.

Thu
20
May
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Support through scrapbooking

Putting the pieces together brings peace to parents of the most fragile infants at Banner Estrella Medical Center.

They gather once a week to share in each other's struggles and triumphs as their tiny babies gain their strength in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Banner Estrella launched scrapbooking support sessions about six weeks ago. It offers families a creative outlet to celebrate their babies and a chance to step away from the clinical environment.

Wed
19
May
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Proposition 100 passes

Arizona voters on Tuesday passed Proposition 100 by a vast margin, showing support for education, public safety and human services.

More than 1 million ballots were cast for the special election and 64 percent approved of the measure, which will temporarily raise the state sales tax by one cent.

Almost 478,000 early ballots were cast in Maricopa County, almost 2-1 in favor of Prop 100. It passed in 14 of the state's counties, all except Mohave.

Wed
19
May
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Avondale stretch of Dysart Road getting a facelift

Work has begun on a three-week project to repave a three-mile stretch of Dysart Road in Avondale.

The work, which is scheduled for completion June 8, will result in travel restrictions on Dysart between Indian School Road and Van Buren Street.

However, one lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained on Dysart at all times, and two lanes will be kept open during traffic rush hours, said Ingrid Melle, an Avondale spokeswoman.

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