September 2013

The Scottsdale City Council will consider changes to its public safety ordinance later this week. The action comes after two stabbings at downtown clubs earlier this year. Under the proposed ordinance, clubs will have to file new safety plans that include minimum standards for security personnel.
September 09, 2013
Phoenix residents can weigh in on the future of the city’s controversial food tax this week, as officials host a series of public meetings to discuss the best way to phase it out. In 2010, the city slapped a 2 percent tax on food as an emergency measure to raise cash during the recession, but the city council is now looking for ways to cut the tax in half by January 1, 2014.
September 09, 2013
A first of its kind private fundraiser to buy water rights to the Colorado River launches in Phoenix this weekend. Environmental groups want to purchase enough water to keep the river flowing south of the border during the severe drought.
September 07, 2013
A nearly century old New Mexico tradition involves the burning of a 50 foot tall effigy along with the world's gloom.
September 06, 2013
Backers of two ballot referendum petition drives are rapidly approaching deadlines to get them before Arizona voters in 2014. Barry Hess of the Libertarian Party said the Protect Your Right to Vote Committee has collected at least 130,000 signatures in its attempt to block an omnibus election law from taking effect.
September 06, 2013
Throw some dirt on it. That is what a lot of coaches and even some parents would say to young football players who looked like they had suffered a minor injury. Throwing up on the sidelines? Just part of the game.
September 06, 2013
It probably wasn't Woodward and Bernstein or the filmmakers behind "All The President’s Men" who coined the phrase ‘follow the money.' Neither legendary reporter covered the machine of college athletics, which seems to run thanks to the millions and even billions of dollars fed into it by TV networks and sponsors, but until very recently despite convincing, logical op-eds in national newspapers, the concept of truly sharing those funds with student-athletes seemed unlikely.
September 06, 2013
 The Arizona Corporation Commission held a hearing to discuss the legal issues of deregulating the utility market. Lawyers on both sides of the issue addressed the commission.  Michael Grant, attorney for the Arizona Investment Council, argued against deregulation.
September 06, 2013
This weekend’s pro-reform homilies will not be the Catholic Church’s only move to influence policy. Pope Francis plans to lead several hours of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria tomorrow. That got KJZZ's Nick Blumberg thinking about how and how much religious leaders can affect the way people think about big social issues of the day.
September 06, 2013
The War on Drugs makes for good drama. It has inspired Hollywood for years and lately a recent surge of TV shows like "Breaking Bad," "Weeds" and "The Bridge." These shows are trying to do something new however — showing the complexity of the conflict, with bad guys on both sides of the border.
September 06, 2013

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