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Gray not seeking reelection in 2010

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Gray has announced he will not seek re-election in 2010, saying he wants to focus on new business opportunities. Gray, a Republican from Mesa, told the Arizona Capitol Times he plans to expand his Internet business. His company, which was founded in 1997, markets car accessories across the globe.

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‘I have the best job in the world’; Doctor offers mobile medicine to homeless kids

A little girl laughs in an exam room and then, feeling the prick of a needle, buries her face in her mother's shoulder and cries as she's vaccinated against the H1N1 flu strain. She and 14 other children might not have been unanimously enthusiastic about the flu clinic Dr. Randy Christensen offered recently at the UMOM New Day Shelter. But Darlene Newsom, the shelter's CEO, said the care Christensen provides youth through the Crews'n Healthmobile program is essential.

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As recession lingers, Arizona food banks long on business, short on donations

The hundreds of cars lined up Nov. 25 for frozen turkeys and bags of food from St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance were three times the number at the same event last year. "We knew that our demand was going to go up for the holidays, but it has stunned us how much it went up this week," said Beverly Damore, a spokeswoman for the organization.

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The incredible shrinking Senate

Sen. Chuck Gray has announced he won't be seeking reelection in 2010, a big surprise considering he was widely expected to seek the chamber's presidency. "I am not a career politician," he said in a statement Friday. "I am a husband and father who served his state and community and is now preparing to return to private life for a time." Gray, the current Senate majority leader, said business opportunities have presented themselves and they "cannot be ignored."

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UpClose with House Chief Clerk Norman Moore (access required)

When House Speaker Kirk Adams banged the gavel at 3:33 p.m. on Nov. 23 and closed the fourth special session of the 49th Legislature, he also may have brought the end of the final floor session for Norman Moore. Moore has served as chief clerk in the House of Representatives since 1992, when his predecessor Jane Richards retired. The chief clerk is responsible for supervising the bill process and floor proceedings.

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Tombstone: Fighting frontier fires (access required)

Fires were a common occurrence in frontier towns. With limited water supplies and volunteer firefighters, Tombstone almost completely burned to the ground twice. On June 22, 1881, a cigar ignited a barrel of whiskey at the Arcade Saloon. The subsequent fire destroyed more than 60 businesses in the downtown area - comprising the eastern half of Tombstone's business district.

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