Four Phoenix City Council seats were up for a vote in Tuesday's election, and there will be a runoff election for two of the seats. Incumbents Jim Waring and Sal DiCiccio secured re-election in Districts 2 and 6.
A judge has ruled the Maricopa County Attorney's Office can
move forward with plans to retry a high-profile murder case. :Debra Milke’s lawyers had argued the county attorney’s
office was pursuing the case for political reasons.
Phoenix was blanketed by a dust cloud Monday night as a storm blew through the
central and western parts of the metro area. Between a quarter and three
quarters of an inch of rain fell. Tempe saw downed trees and power lines.
Some New Mexico officials are urging the Arizona Corporation Commission
not to deregulate electricity sales. They contend the decision in Arizona could decimate the New
Mexico economy.The Arizona Corporation Commission is considering
deregulating the state's electric market.
Former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano, gave her
farewell speech as Homeland Security Secretary today, praising the department's
response to critical issues during her tenure. But, she ended her address by giving
advice to her successor, saying that security problems will continue,
“Many things still need tending and my successor will
most certainly have a full plate on his or her hands,” Napolitano said.
Federal officials have agreed not to try to capture and relocate wolves that enter Arizona, from Mexico. The United States Fish and
Wildlife Service has been involved in a reintroduction program for the wolves
for nearly two decades, but the announcement that Mexico was launching its own
reintroduction program, just south of the border, caused complications.
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office says it has
erected its first cross marking
the death of an illegal border crosser, since announcing an effort to put the
GPS markers along I-8 just over a week ago.
Another dust storm and thunderstorm blew through the Phoenix metropolitan area last night, after heavy rain
fell on many parts of western Arizona.
Winds from the approaching storm system around sundown pushed a hazy brown cloud
over most of the Valley.
Deregulating Arizona’s electric market may change
how much you pay for electricity. Later this year, the Arizona Corporation
Commission will hold hearings on this issue. The Residential Utility Consumer Office heard from business and residential users this morning.
A federal judge in Phoenix has sentenced a Venezuelan Air Force
colonel to 19 months in prison for conspiring to export military
aircraft engines to his home country. A local businessman was also
involved in the scheme.
A health care business called “Connextions” (Connections) is hiring hundreds of employees for a new call center in Phoenix, but Connextions’ parent company is involved in an investigation in New Mexico.
Arizonans have long lagged behind the rest of the country
in per capita earnings, and a new report finds it’s
worse than ever.
Arizona State University's W.P. Carey
School of Business analyzed per capita earnings from 2011, and found that on
average Arizona residents made 19 percent less than the national average in
direct compensation – that’s wages and salaries.
University has drastically changed downtown Phoenix since it opened there in
2006. The school’s growth downtown has also
led to a lot of new private development.
The Sun Devil Fitness Complex has a rooftop pool.
Hill Fire killed 19 firefighters and destroyed about a quarter of the homes in Yarnell
at the end of June, and almost immediately the Yarnell Hill Recovery Group was
formed by local residents.
Tempe police said they were even busier the second weekend of their campaign to crack down on underage drinking. Many of those detained were college students. Officers arrested 486 people last weekend.
Iraq war veteran Brian Oller has spent more than $22,000 to pay out-of-state tuition at the University of California, San Diego. The Lubbock, Texas, native said he hopes to get in-state tuition this fall after appealing to the college’s residence deputy.
Two medical marijuana patients are hoping a voter-approved
attack on the Affordable Care Act gives them the right to grow their own drugs.
ballot measure put a provision in the state Constitution overriding any law,
rule or regulation that requires individuals or employers to participate in any
particular health-care system.
Most of the Valley’s schools are now in session, but the
planned opening of a charter high school in Yuma is on hold. The Yuma Sun said the Arizona Foundation for
Social Justice is trying to secure the level of backing it believes is
necessary to commit itself to the $8 million loan the group would use to
build the school.
This Labor Day weekend the Willcox Chamber of Commerce and a
local cycling club have organized a 66 mile bike ride to benefit high school
students in Willcox. The Willcox Flyer bike ride is just one of the
approximately 250 cycling events held in Arizona
Tuesday is election day in Phoenix, and voters will
decide on four council seats. Voters do not have to wait until Tuesday. On Monday and Tuesday the city will have 18 voting centers open
in Districts 2, 4, 6 and 8 where city council seats are up for election.
We hear from Meryl Streep who's nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance in the film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods," and J.K. Simmons who's nominated for his performance in the film "Whiplash."