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  • First phase of Phoenix airport project nearing completion

    PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix officials say the first phase of project to modernize Terminal 3 of Sky Harbor International Airport is just months from completion.Officials say the project expected to be completed by year's end includes adding more airline ticket counters, expanding luggage handling capacity and consolidating two security checkpoints into one.The next two phases of the Terminal 3 project are scheduled to be completed in 2020. They include razing and replacing the south concourse, adding new food and retail concessions and upgrading the north concourse.City officials say the $590 million project is finance through airport revenue such as parking, concessions and tenant fees but not local tax dollars.

  • Arizona highway clouded by smoke, causing numerous accidents

    Thick smoke from a blaze set to reduce wildfire risks blinded motorists Wednesday on the main highway across northern Arizona near the Grand Canyon, causing numerous accidents as haze clouded the freeway for hours and reduced visibility to 20 feet, officials said.The fire to burn dry brush and trees was set Tuesday in the Kaibab National Forest that surrounds Flagstaff, and officials knew that a wind shift overnight would send smoke toward Interstate 40.But they were surprised that it did not dissipate as predicted, said Brady Smith, a U.S. Forest Service spokesman.Multiple collisions with minor injuries to motorists and passengers were blamed on smoky haze that settled over the highway for about five hours. Authorities closed I-40 for hours to prevent more accidents.Police had not immediately determined whether the poor visibility was the cause of a fatal accident after a vehicle was sandwiched between two tractor-trailers before dawn, Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves said.Controlled burns are frequent events in Arizona this time of year as forest managers work to thin brush and trees that can present major wildfire risks in summer months.

  • Arizona Dep. of Public Safety opens public service center

    PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Department of Public Safety now has a building in Phoenix that houses a variety of DPS functions and work groups that interact directly with the public.The state police agency scheduled a dedication ceremony Thursday for the public service center, a newly remodeled 90,000-square-foot building that formerly was known as Encanto Plaza and that is now named Sheinfeld Plaza.DPS units now operating in the building include those handling concealed weapons permits, criminal history and public records, vehicle impounds, fingerprinting, sex offender compliance and licensing for security guards and private investigators.Many of the units were previously located in different DPS buildings, and DPS Capt. Jason Yeager says the consolidation in one location will enable the agency to provide better service to citizens.

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