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Judge recommends Flagstaff’s silent train plan

FLAGSTAFF - An administrative judge recommended Sept. 22 that Flagstaff be allowed to proceed with a plan to prevent train engineers from blasting their horns in town. The Arizona Corporation Commission, which stepped in earlier this year to say the city needed its approval, tentatively is scheduled to consider the recommendation at its Oct. 8 meeting.

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Ariz. health aide says docs decide on vaccinations

Young children and other specific populations will be identified as top priorities when Arizona starts distributing swine flu vaccine next month. But the state's health director said Sept. 15 it will be up to physicians and other front-line providers to make choices on who gets the shots and sprays first.

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Appeals court blocks BLM-Asarco land swap

A federal appeals court ruled Sept. 14 that a proposed land exchange between the federal Bureau of Land Management and copper miner Asarco LLC violates environmental laws. The ruling in the lawsuit filed by three environmental groups in 2001 overturns a lower court decision backing the exchange long sought by Asarco.

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More Ariz. drunk drivers could pay for jail stays

TUCSON - More convicted drunk drivers could soon have to pay for their own jail stays if Pima County officials get their way. Officials at the Pima County Adult Detention Center recently met with judges and top prosecutors to remind them that drunk drivers can be ordered to reimburse counties for the cost of locking them up.

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Grand Canyon railway has option to increase trips

FLAGSTAFF - A historic railroad that takes tourists from Williams north to the Grand Canyon can expand operations to three trips a day under a plan approved by the National Park Service. The Grand Canyon Railway now operates at least one, and occasionally two, daily trains to the canyon's popular South Rim.

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Ariz. official doesn’t have stance on texting ban

Arizona's highway safety director says he's not ready to say whether the state should ban texting while driving. Meeting in Georgia, the Governors Highway Safety Association reversed itself and came out for a texting ban. The group cited a Virginia Tech Transportation Institute study that found drivers who are texting increase the risk of a crash or near-crash by 23 times.

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