When death-row inmate Joseph Wood was executed by lethal injection in 2014, it took almost two hours for him to die. There is now a halt on all executions in Arizona, until a legal battle over how the state carries out its executions is resolved. Joining us now is Arizona Republic reporter Michael Kiefer, who has been covering this.
The American Health Care Act got its first boost in the House yesterday after marathon sessions from the House Ways and Means Committee and the Energy and Commerce Committee that lasted 18 hours and 27 hours, respectively. Both committees voted in favor of the Obamacare replacement.
The Arizona Supreme court heard arguments Thursday over the recently approved minimum wage hike. The attorney for businesses hoping to void the law asked for an interpretation that could undermine a citizen’s right to pass laws.
“When we came to Mesa, it was not with the idea of trying to create a 4-year traditional campus experience,” said university spokeswoman Vicki Mayk. “We came with the idea that we wanted to provide education in the way that would best serve the community.”
The Higher Learning Commission has lifted its sanctions against Pima Community College. The college has been under sanction since 2013 due to concerns the school was not adequately meeting standards for curriculum, governance and management.
Jan Schipper is the Field Conservation Research director for the Phoenix Zoo and Arizona Center for Nature Conservation. Among other things, he has studied so-called movement corridors for animals, including jaguars in Costa Rica.
The proposed border wall between the U.S. and Mexico would run along one of the most rugged and ecologically diverse regions in the country. In addition to the many human rights and fiscal concerns, there’s another one — the environment.
Ernesto Rodriguez served 15 years in the U.S. Army. He’s trying to do something to raise awareness about what he calls the epidemic of veteran suicide in America. He’s walking 2,200 miles from Tennessee to Los Angeles, meeting with veterans and veterans groups along the way. He made it to Phoenix last week, and he came to our studios to talk with about his journey.
There aren’t as many bees buzzing as before. Last year, U.S. beekeepers lost almost half of their colonies. And that’s despite efforts to turn the tide. We still don’t really understand why this is happening. And now, some new research out of Arizona State University is digging into the reasons behind this.
Members of two committees in the House of Representatives have spent a lot of time debating the new health-care bill, known as the American Health Care Act. Critics of the proposal have been lining up, including Dana Naimark, president and CEO of Children’s Action Alliance. Others also have concerns, such as Greg Vigdor of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association.