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Arizona Democrats move to protect unemployment

PHOENIX -- Arizona Senate Democrats announced Monday that they will be voting on an emergency measure to keep the state's unemployment system solvent.

According to Sen. Linda Lopez, the state borrowed money from the federal government to keep unemployment funds from running dry. They also imposed a special assessment of Arizona employers that has expired.

"To keep us from incurring penalties, we will issue bonds to resolve the issue by May of next year," said Lopez.

The move is expected to save the state and businesses money while ensuring that funds remain available to those who lose their jobs.

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Sandra moved from the small border city of Yuma, Arizona to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University in the late 90s. Since graduating, she's worked at several local TV stations including Univision, Fox 10 and 3TV.

Working at KTAR, has allowed her the opportunity to cover major national news events, including Presidential visits, the Tucson Tragedy and the Wallow fire.

When Sandra isn't covering breaking news or behind a microphone in the studio, she's probably at home with her best friend Mark and her two dogs, Lily and Lola.

Sandra enjoys cooking and admits to enjoying "really bad" reality T.V. She also enjoys spending quiet time at home with people she loves, playing a little poker and traveling.

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