April 2013

After a four-decade ban, the Scottsdale City Council has approved the return of ice cream trucks to the city's neighborhoods.Leo Blavin, who helped the charge to overturn the ban, explained why he thinks it is a good idea.
April 10, 2013
The state Senate has given its preliminary approval to a bill that would allow religious organizations to avoid paying unemployment taxes for educational and day care workers. Current state law exempts certain work from eligibility for unemployment insurance.
April 10, 2013
A judge has allowed a death row inmate to move forward with his request to be executed quickly. Dale Hausner was found guilty of six murders and many other crimes in connection with shootings around the Valley during 2005 and 2006.
April 10, 2013
Arizonans with cell phones take note, unsolicited text messages may soon be a thing of the past. Today the Senate followed the House in passing a ban on marketers sending unsolicited texts to phones.
April 10, 2013
The Scottsdale City council approved a measure Tuesday night regulating pedicabs on its city streets. Pedicab operators must now have commercial insurance and a driver’s license to do business in Scottsdale.
April 10, 2013
Another Arizona city is looking to cut public pensions costs. The Tucson City Council voted Tuesday to create a task force to find ways to reduce the costs of police and fire pensions. The Arizona Daily Star reports, a decade ago Tucson paid less than $5 million for public-safety pensions, but that amount is expected to reach $42 million next year.
April 10, 2013
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton is traveling to Mexico City on Wednesday to lead a trade mission there. The purpose is to strengthen economic ties with our neighbor to the South.The delegation from Phoenix includes city and business leaders.
April 10, 2013
The iconic Joshua trees of the Mojave and Sonoran deserts are blooming beyond expectation this year. Joshua trees throughout the Southwest are blooming with millions of greenish-white flowers, and many biologists are trying to understand why.
April 10, 2013
Italian-born architect Paolo Soleri died today at 93. He had a long marriage, raised two daughters and wrote 22 books, but in Arizona he’ll be most remembered for one thing, Arcosanti. Soleri began designing the experimental community in 1970, and it’s been in a constant state of construction ever since.
April 09, 2013
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is investigating the vandalism of an archaeological site just over the Arizona state line near Blythe, Calif. Some of the graffiti at an archaeological site.
April 09, 2013

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