A man who died after striking his head as he jumped off a cliff near Tanque Verde Falls near Tucson has been identified as 29-year-old Richard Baker. Witnesses said the man never surfaced after the jump and was pulled from the water by his friends.
Toll road opponents launched a petition drive Monday to prevent what they say would be motorists paying twice to drive on the same highway. Al Tracy said building new toll roads is one thing, but converting high occupancy vehicle lanes into toll lanes on Valley highways is another.
Arizona's top health official says a remote community long dominated by a polygamist sect is responsible for much of a recent increase in whooping cough in the state. Department of Health Services Director Will Humble says Arizona has seen an increase of more than 300 percent in the past several years.
Members of the Gila River Indian community will hand deliver a civil rights complaint to the state transportation department Tuesday.
The South Mountain freeway project has been 30 years in the making.
A tour bus driver may be charged under Arizona’s “Stupid
Motorist Law” after he and 33 passengers were caught in a flooded wash Sunday. The group
was headed from the Grand Canyon to Las Vegas when the driver entered the wash.
Online retailer Amazon is hiring a few hundred people for its operations in the Phoenix area. It is part of Amazon’s effort to create 5,000 new positions nationwide. Officials with Amazon say the new hires are needed to meet increasing customer demand.
Dive teams continued to search Bartlett Lake Monday for the body of a man went into the water Sunday and never resurfaced. It was not immediately known who the victim was, but today the family of former Major League Baseball pitcher Frank Castillo told KVIA El Paso in a statement that it was Castillo who drowned in the lake.
The FBI has been conducting a massive child sex trafficking sting across the country over the last few days. Some of the children being victimized were from Phoenix. The enforcement operation involved 47 FBI divisions across the country and led to the recovery of 105 children who had been forced into prostitution.
Governing Board members
of Pima Community College will have to attend
workshops and retreats to learn how to do their jobs, even though most have
held office for more than a decade. The
Arizona Daily Star reports the college has been put on probation, after a recent
investigation found sweeping problems at the school, including corrupt hiring
and contracting practices and the mishandling of sexual harassment claims.
The documentary film 'Blackfish,' about Tilikum, the now
infamous orca responsile for three deaths while in captivity at Sea World,
opened in limited release this weekend.
The film looks at the death of a Sea World trainer in 2010 and shows
orcas being captured, as babies.
A box of items donated to the Kiwanis Club in Carefree became
a problem Saturday, when a grenade was found inside. The donation was brought
to a fire station and Sheriff's Office spokesman Chris Hegstrom says deputies
took it from there.
Officials say northern Yavapai County
was pelted with four inches of rain in many areas. Emergency Management Coordinator Denny Foulk
says as a result, flooding became a big problem.
“Flooding into the Kaibab Estates and Coconino County
and into Ashfork itself,” Foulk said.
Gays who marry legally elsewhere may not get the state of Arizona to recognize
their unions, but last month's Supreme Court ruling, which struck down parts of
the Defense of Marriage Act, says the federal government has to honor decisions
in states where gay marriage is legal.
A Texas resident, missing
for two days and three nights on Mt. Lemmon, north of Tucson, has been located safe and sound. 54-year-old
Scott Bertrand was found Sunday morning, after sheriff's deputies were able to
use GPS coordinates from a cell phone to locate him, according to Pima County
Sheriff's Office spokesman Jesus Banuelos.
Department of Weights and Measures says a recent audit of gas stations showed a
17-percent failure rate when they checked the accuracy of nozzles on fuel pumps
at over 1,800 retailers.
A group of nurses is asking the state health department to add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of ailments that can be treated with medical marijuana. A similar effort failed last year. The health department considers new petitions every six months.
A new location and new policies were part of opening
training day for the Arizona Cardinals Friday.
The team will now be practicing at the University of Phoenix Stadium instead of at NAU. (Photo by Sarah Beckman-KJZZ)
For 25 years the Cardinals trained at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, but now the team will practice where it plays its regular season games, at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.
Parts of the Valley have gotten a real soaking this week. When it
rains, it is Tim Phillips’ job to make sure all that water passes safely
through the Valley. He is the chief engineer and general manager of the
Flood Control District of Maricopa County and said the water goes where
it is has always gone, through county’s river systems, before draining
out towards the Colorado River.
So all that rain this week might be good for our plants, and the clouds help keep the temperatures from reaching those of the surface of the sun, but man, have you been outside in the evening recently? You get eaten alive out there.
This week, Sprouts Farmers Market announced it is going public. Sprouts is one of many, many grocery options in the Valley. Tim James, professor of economics at the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University said the Phoenix market city, not grocery, is in some ways unique.
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."