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state legislative session has been stalled the last several weeks as talks continue
over Medicaid expansion. Governor Jan Brewer has asked lawmakers not to send her
any more bills until there is agreement on Medicaid, and while lawmakers remain
at the capitol, the cost of keeping them there is about to go down.
Help is on the way for drivers — and vendors — displaced by
the closure of a section of Highway 89 in northern Arizona. Monday, work crews will
begin improving an unpaved road that will serve temporarily as the new 89.
We are pleased to share the voices and conversations of our community from StoryCorps Phoenix. StoryCorps Phoenix is the project that
records the stories of everyday people and archives them at the Library of Congress.
Some of the loudest critics of Proposition 100, the voter-approved temporary one cent sales tax increase, were small business owners.
Lance Muzslay, co-owner of Sole Sports Running Zone. (Photo by Mark Brodie - KJZZ)
They worried about, among other things, how the higher tax would affect their sales.
A random act
of kindness by a local cop has gone viral. The story of Natalie Simonick and
her good deed has been shared more than 19,000 times -- and "liked" more than 140,000 times -- on the Phoenix Police
Department’s Facebook page.
The Arizona Department of Economic Security is launching a pilot
program for 1000 people that sets up a one-stop shop for services to
ensure consumers get all of the benefits they are eligible for. It is the
first step in implementing a new vision in how the social safety net should work.
A new poll shows strong support among Latinos for sex education, including birth control. The poll, from Planned Parenthood and the Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health, shows a majority of Latinos say preventing teen pregnancy is a major issue.
The Federal Aviation Administration is developing regulations to open the skies to drones by 2015. Agriculture is expected to be one of the largest potential markets for drones. Cronkite News reports companies like Yamaha have been selling unmanned aerial vehicles for years in Japan.
There is a dispute brewing over a lease agreement for a coal-fired power plant that provides electricity to millions of people in Arizona, California and Nevada. A co-owner of the plant is at odds with the Navajo tribe over water rights and other issues.
On a tour of Mexico aimed at speaking to non-Catholics, Vatican culture minister Cardinal Gianfranco
Ravasi denounced the folk saint Santa Muerte as
blasphemous. The remarks Wednesday are
not the first time she has been targeted.
may soon have to tell tenants when their property enters foreclosure. The state Senate gave approval Thursday to a bill requiring the notifications. The bill
amends the Arizona Residential Landlord and Tenant Act to mandate the owner provide
written notification to tenants within five business days of receiving a notice
Firefighters are battling a 40 acre wildfire at Rincon Canyon near Safford in southeast Arizona. The so-called Marijilda fire is about 70 percent contained. Coronado National Forest spokeswoman Heidi Schewel said 30 firefighters are working the blaze that has spread in oak trees and brush.
Arizona has been a national leader in the number of potentially impactful ballot propositions that voters have needed to approve or reject. The Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University recently released a report that included possible changes to improve the ballot initiative process.
Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia has been on the job for almost a year, but according to a survey from two police unions he is unpopular. Only 4 percent of responding officers said they liked the way Garcia was doing his job.
The number of foreclosures being started in Arizona continues to drop, according to the monitoring firm RealtyTrac. Vice President Darren Blomquist says about 3,900 Arizona properties got foreclosure notices during April.
winter, hundreds of thousands of snowbirds with RVs descend on the tiny desert
town of Quartzsite, Ariz. For a few months, this dusty little place on I-10 morphs into
what National Geographic calls “The World’s Largest Parking Lot," but in the
summer it almost becomes a ghost town.
The body of a hiker who was missing for three days was discovered in Santa Cruz County late Monday covered in bee stings. Attacks by swarms of bees are up this year.
Africanized honey bees. (Photo courtesy of USDA.
Last weekend, the Phoenix
Police Department held the first of three weekly gun buyback events, and the turnout was unexpected.
Some of the 800 guns turned in to the Phoenix Police Department's gun buyback on Saturday.
The Arizona Senate has reversed itself and voted to approve
a plan to revamp the retirement system for new elected officials and judges. On Tuesday, the Senate defeated the bill, but during the
vote, Senate President Andy Biggs predicted it would pass before the end of the
The Federal Aviation Administration said some airport traffic control towers it wanted to close late at night to save money will now be allowed to stay open. But, Wednesday’s announcement does not save some towers at Arizona airports the FAA plans to close this summer.