Arizona's unemployment rate remained at 7.9 percent for the third consecutive month in April. Department of Administration economist Aruna Murthy said while there were month-to-month job gains, they become less impressive compared to the post-recession years of 2010 to 2012.
Campfire and smoking restrictions will go into effect next Wednesday in many national forests around the state. David Albo of the Tonto National Forest said the recent winds, above-average temperatures and the ongoing drought are all factors in the decision.
A proposed wind energy project northwest of Kingman, Ariz. is one step closer to reality. BP Wind Energy wants to build nearly 300 wind turbines on about 50,000 acres of federal land in Mohave County, mostly controlled by the Bureau of Land Management.
An economic forecast
is out for Arizona, and it looks hazy. According to experts at Arizona State
University’s W.P. Carey School of Business, the state’s economy is getting better, but it is happening
slower than expected.
immigration reform proposal is making its way through the U.S. Senate, and now
a House group is on the verge of unveiling its own package.The group
of four Democratic and four Republican representatives say it has reached a
The State Transportation Board will soon be choosing from three options for its latest five-year construction program, but each plan means difficult choices. The Arizona Department of Transportation said less federal money and less revenue from gas and vehicle license taxes means it will cut $350 million from its 2014-2018 construction program.
More than half a billion dollars, that is what the next Powerball jackpot is predicted to be Saturday night. There is a chance it could end up as the largest Powerball jackpot ever. A little over a year ago the price of a Powerball ticket doubled from $1 to $2.
Arizona does better than the national average in terms of
residents who report smoke-free homes and vehicles. The numbers come from a new
report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
economy is still recovering, but slower than expected. That is the consensus from
experts at Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business, which
offered its economic forecast Thursday.
Phoenix police are asking for help in finding two suspects involved in a string of "high-tech" hotel burglaries. Sergeant Darren Burch says the "hotel hackers" are using portable programming devices to gain access to rooms where they can take anything they want.
The Arizona Department of Transportation begins work Sunday morning on the final repairs to Hell Canyon Bridge, on State Route 89, between Prescott and Ash Fork. Spokesman Dustin Kruegel says they completed some major repair work in March, but need to make adjustments.
Law enforcement agencies around the state will be enforcing seatbelt usage next week. They want to make sure drivers are wearing their seatbelts and that parents are using child safety seats. The weeklong effort is part of the national Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign.
In January, Republican Governor Jan Brewer surprised many by
supporting the expansion of Medicaid in Arizona known as AHCCCS. Four months later, she is still drumming up support for the
plan, but some legislators and voters are not sold on the idea.
If you think shelling out the big bucks for law school is a fast-track to success (or at least a hefty salary) you may need to think again. Prospective law students in Arizona face a big bill and a rough job search, and law schools nationwide are facing far lower application rates.
May 15 is National Police Memorial Day, a day set aside to remember officers who have fallen in the line of duty. A memorial service was held Wednesday to honor an Arizona Department of Public Safety Officer killed last week.
The Phoenix City Council has approved a plan to outsource food and beverage operations and maintenance at five of the city owned municipal golf courses. The city lost $2 million in the last fiscal year operating the courses.
Changes could be coming to several areas of election law in
Arizona. The elections omnibus bill includes a series of proposals
that have already been debated this year. Among them, one that would allow a
voter to designate someone to return their early ballot for them, but that would
make it a felony for political committees to collect them and turn them in.
Phoenix native Jon Talton was an Arizona Republic columnist for seven years. He has since moved to the Pacific Northwest, where he writes for The Seattle Times and blogs often about Phoenix at RogueColumnist.
The latest proposed owner of the Phoenix Coyotes was quickly rejected by the National Hockey League, leaving the organization with another uncertain offseason. Paul Giblin of The Arizona Republic gave an update on the city of Glendale's involvement in the ownership of the Coyotes and the management of Jobing.
Arizona's public schools continue trying to climb back from deep cuts to their budgets over the past several years. Their planning for the next fiscal year has not been helped by delayed state budget talks at the Capitol.