Betty Smithey, 69, the nation’s longest-serving female inmate, was released from an Arizona prison Monday. Smithey, who served 49 years in Goodyear’s Perryville State Prison, was convicted of the murder of 15-month-old Sandy Gerberick of Phoenix in 1963.
Government and military representatives teamed up for a training exercise at the state Capitol this morning. Officials from the executive, legislative, and judicial branches were flown away in a Blackhawk helicopter that landed on the lawn of the memorial plaza across from the Capitol.
Romaine lettuce shipped to 19 states, including Arizona, may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria. A Northern California producer supplier is voluntarily recalling its Field Fresh Wrapped Single Head Romaine lettuce and may have a "best by" date of Aug.
Experts take a look at the effects on families and students when high schools charge them to play sports. Sarah Clark, research assistant professor for the University of Michigan, and Arizona Republic columnist Scott Bordow agree that charging students to play sports can have negative effects.
If you feel like you have a case of the Mondays, you can expect to have a case of the Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, as well. Research conducted by Stony Brook University and published in the Journal of Positive Psychology has found most people dislike these four weekdays equally.
Former state senator Kyrsten Sinema emerged from a three-way primary in the new 9th Congressional District, defeating David Schapira and Andrei Cherny. She credits her win to her campaign’s focus on middle-class families … and isn’t concerned about the sometimes testy primary carrying over to the general election.
The national groups working to elect both Democrats and Republicans to Congress are targeting the same three Arizona districts this fall. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports. MARK BRODIE: Both the National Republican Congressional Committee and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee consider districts one, two and nine winnable in November.
The Hopi tribe will be one of the first Native American nations to increase criminal sentences under a 2010 law. The Tribal Law and Order Act is aimed at curbing crime in native communities, particularly decreasing violence against women.
Voting in the Arizona primary took place two weeks ago, but elections officials are still counting ballots in one congressional race. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports fewer than 20 votes separate the two candidates.
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill eliminating government loan guarantees for renewable energy projects, but the law isn’t likely to make it through the Senate. The 2009 stimulus package provided the Department of Energy with billions of dollars to make loan guarantees to alternative energy companies, including Tempe-based First Solar.
Utah's 78-year old Senator Orrin Hatch, who's running for reelection this Fall, has faced criticism from his Democratic opponent that he's too old. Scott Howell has distributed a fundraising letter urging support for him in part because Hatch could die before a potential next term would end.
The owners of Phoenix-based Village Voice Media are selling their newspaper holdings, but hanging on to a controversial classified website. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were among the original founders of the Phoenix New Times.
In our continuing series of conversations on Arizona’s general election races and ballot initiatives, we’re talking about Proposition 115. In the spring of 2011, a majority of lawmakers—after forging a compromise with the state’s judicial branch—moved to have voters decide whether to change some aspects of how judges are chosen in Arizona.
Attorney General Tom Horne denies that he violated campaign finance laws. On Tuesday, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said he is filing a civil action against the attorney general over alleged violations during Horne’s 2010 campaign.