Oro Valley Mayor; Core tax; Road construction; Phoenix lander; AZ earthquake

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Nearly a week after election day, Oro Valley has a new mayor. And it is not the candidate who led the count for the last week. Satish Hiremath came from behind to defeat Mike Zinkin by 30 votes.

For the town council, Lou Waters and Joe Hornat remain the two candidates who will claim the open seats. Voter turnout was more than 60% for last Tuesday's election.

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Nearly 500 full time positions could be eliminated if voters don't approve a sales tax hike to fund core services such as fire police and parks.

That's the word today from City Hall where an independent committee is being formed to work out the details of a ballot measure, including how high to set the rate.

City Manager Mike Letcher says, unlike Prop 100, he's not recommending this sales tax to be temporary.

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There is a construction project at Broadway and Alvernon way.

A bus pullout project got under way Monday morning. It'll reconfigure the medians on Broadway and the traffic signals to make way for a new and improved bus stop that wont stop flowing traffic.

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The Phoenix Mars Lander is officially dead. NASA has given up trying to regain contact with the Phoenix, which landed on mars two years ago and operated for five months.

Scientists didn't expect it to survive the martian winter but checked it for transmissions. Hundreds of pounds of carbon dioxide ice have formed on the lander.

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A small earthquake struck eastern Arizona early Monday morning. The 3.7 magnitude quake hit about 160 miles east of Phoenix near the New Mexico border. It was centered in a very rural area. The U.S. Geological Survey received few reports of anyone feeling it.