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The top two leaders at utility company Salt River Project have come under scrutiny after it was revealed they spent nearly $81,000 on travel expenses and dinners, even as the company raises rates and cuts jobs. SRP President John Williams Jr. and Vice President David Rousseau, who make $180,000 and $150,000 a year, respectively, overshot SRP's budget by 23 percent...Willard Oliver, a Navajo Code Talker who served in World War II, died Wednesday. He was 88. Oliver is the fifth Code Talker to die since May...Crews at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff have started demolishing Lumberjack Stadium as part of a renovation project. The $106 million project calls for a revamped stadium with a press box and new track turf, slated to open in August 2011...

Officials in Pima County have toughened sick-leave policies for county employees. Under the new policy, employees can be fired for failing to go home if they are sick...Randall J. Bowden, 21, was arrested in Tempe after ASU Police stopped him in the parking lot after his girlfriend "flew out" of the car. Bowden blew 0.317 on a breathalyzer test, and was booked on four counts of DUI-related charges...The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is planning to open a medical clinic in Surprise next year. The 26,000-square-foot clinic will be near The Pain Center, and is scheduled to open in summer 2010. 

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