Hot Links: Senate for Sale, Microsoft Moves, and Liquid Asphalt

Arizona legislators are considering selling the House and Senate buildings to offset financial woes. According to the plan, officials hope to sell the buildings and then lease them back over several years. Such a sale could quickly inject about $735 million into the state's economy...Arizona's schools have received high marks in state evaluations, with a majority of schools excelling. Among those school districts with the highest marks are Gilbert Unified School District, Queen Creek Unified School District, and Chandler Unified School District...Microsoft Corp. has announced it will open a retail store at Scottsdale Fashion Square. Microsoft considers the Valley a "hot market," and will offer products in its store like laptops, software, Zunes, and Xbox 360 games and consoles...Residents in a Peoria neighborhood cul-de-sac are watching their street melt. Last fall, the city repaved the neighborhood using rubberized chip seal, and summer temperatures are now softening the street to where it's coming apart in places. A spokesperson for City of Peoria said the residents will just have to bear with the situation until the city finds out if the sandy substance crews poured over the street recently will reinforce it...An elderly man crashed a truck into a canal near 22nd avenue and Indian School Road last night. The fire department rescued the man, whom police say appeared to be intoxicated. He was arrested on the scene, without any reported injuries...An Australian woman was trapped in her bathroom for almost a week before being rescued by police. The woman, 67, became stuck with her feet wedged on either side of the toilet, and her body up against the door. Firefighters arrived and removed the door from its hinges after a neighbor heard the woman crying for help.

Desperate state may sell Capitol building, others

Arizona schools get high marks from state

Microsoft to open stores in Arizona, California

Heat Turns Pavement to Goo

Elderly man suspected of DUI drives truck into canal

Woman gets trapped behind toilet

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Niki D'Andrea has covered subjects including drug culture, women's basketball, pirate radio stations, Scottsdale staycations, and fine wine. She has worked at both New Times and Phoenix Magazine, and is now a freelancer.
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