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Dark money debate joined

Corporation Commission candidate Robert Burns would like the APS power company to disclose how much money it spent to support the election of Corporation Commission candidates Doug Forese and Tom Little in the last election.

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Little League All-Star Tournament Scoreboard

Little League All-Star Tournaments 2016 NOTE: We’d like to have as many of the tournament schedules and results involving Payson teams as possible. Please call or text updates for any Little League All-Star Tournament to Keith Morris at (928) 243-4246 or kmorris@payson.com. Please to sure to mention your name, what age group the information is about, whether it’s baseball or softball, the date of the game and the score. We’re missing dates and times of games for several tournaments, so we could use any information not listed here. We will keep this scoreboard updated as soon as we receive scores.

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10,000 Arizona Vehicles Eligible for VW Settlement

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced today that Arizonans who own so-called "clean diesel" Volkswagen and Audi cars will now be eligible to receive thousands of dollars in compensation from a federal class action settlement to resolve emissions cheating claims.

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Monsoon to the rescue

Storms douse wildfires

Monsoon storms gusted into Northern Arizona this week, dousing wildfires, dropping temperatures and relieving residents.

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Road rage near Pine

A 28-year-old man is lucky to be alive after he was shot in the chest Monday afternoon in what appears to be a road rage incident, officials say.

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Brush fire knocks out power near Tonto Basin

A brush fire near Tonto Basin knocked out power to residents Monday afternoon.

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All Payson teachers (almost) make goals — get pay bump

Payson Unified School District teachers received a performance pay bump – if they reached 80 percent of their goals.

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Lion Springs highway project doesn’t make it into five-year plan

The Arizona Department of Transportation recently approved it’s five year highway construction plan. Most of the projects funded were in the Valley, with none in Rim Country.

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Valley resident gets six years for shoplifting six pack of beer

A chronic thief who stole a six-pack of beer from the Giant gas station in Payson will spend the next six years in prison, under the terms of a sentence imposed by Superior Court Judge Timothy Wright.

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State Route 87 backed north of Strawberry

SR 87 was closed in both directions north of Strawberry at the SR 260 junction due to what appears to be a road rage incident north of Pine around 2 p.m. Monday.

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Monsoon rains tame Cedar Fire

Forest Service crews demobilize as 46,000-acre fire near Show Low subsides

Monsoon rains over the weekend dampened the Cedar Fire near Show Low, prompting the US Forest Service to start demobilizing the firefighting force. The fire remained at about 46,000 acres with 75 percent containment, with only 546 firefighters still on the line on Monday. Now, the focus of the fire managers has shifted to fears that the monsoon rains will cause flooding and erosion.

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Payson business has international reach

The Rim Country has an international reputation as a recreational mecca. Not many residents realize it has an international business reach as well.

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A passion for education

Roy Sandoval launches county schools campaign advocating change

Longtime educator Roy Sandoval launched his campaign for Gila County School Superintendent with an impassioned call for higher test scores, stronger principals and fewer excuses, speaking this week before the Payson Tea Party.

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SCRUBS camp introduces students to the health field

A sobering taste of blood, guts and needles

It might seem like a good idea to a choose a career in health care, but the reality might not live up to expectations — because, you know, blood, guts and needles are involved.

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Cedar fire largely contained

Pre-evacuation orders lifted for Show Low, Pinetop

The 46,000-acre Cedar Fire no longer poses a threat to subdivisions and the authorities have lifted pre-evacuation orders for Show Low and Pinetop. The fire has not grown in the past two days, but continues to burn within the existing perimeter. The fire has moved away from Highway 60, prompting the state to re-open the highway. The fire is 51 percent contained. Although 900 firefighters continue to work to contain it, the focus has now shifted to trying to calculate the risk from mudslides off denuded slopes once the monsoons start -- which could come next week.