Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne met in Phoenix Monday with city attorneys from around the state to discuss the legality of civil unions. Horne is reacting to Bisbee’s recent approval of civil unions for gay couples.
Apr. 29, 2013
New mural adds color to midtown Phoenix
No one used to notice the large, grey parking structure at the corner of First Avenue and Thomas Road. But those days are over. The new mural, spray painted against a parking structure, now towers over Thomas Road, near Central Avenue.
Apr. 28, 2013
Arizona utilities say they are ready for summer demand
Arizona utilities this week gave regulators a sense of how their supply of energy is looking for this summer. They told members of the Arizona Corporation Commission that they are ready to handle the increased demand that higher temperatures will bring.
Apr. 27, 2013
Andrew Thomas files for governor
Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas says he wants to be Arizona's next governor to combat crime and border violence. He filed the paperwork for his gubernatorial bid Friday afternoon.  Andrew Thomas filed paperwork to run for Arizona Governor on Friday afternoon.
Apr. 26, 2013
ADOT releases South Mountain Freeway study
The proposed South Mountain Freeway moved one step closer to construction on Friday – nearly 30 years after it was originally proposed. After the decades-long wait, the state transportation department has released the first draft of an impact study for the final phase of Loop 202.
Apr. 26, 2013
New Pinal County medical marijuana dispensary permit approved
The Pinal County Board of Supervisors has approved a permit for a medical marijuana dispensary near Maricopa despite the county attorney's recommendation that it be denied.County Attorney Lando Voyles recommended against approving the dispensary, worrying county employees who process paperwork for it, could be subject to federal prosecution.
Apr. 26, 2013
FDA detains imports of Mexican cucumbers linked to Arizona
Cucumbers distributed from southern Arizona have been linked to salmonella in 18 states. The Food and Drug Administration is detaining imports of cucumbers from the Mexican company Daniel Cardenas Izabal and Miracle Greenhouse.
Apr. 26, 2013
Arias trial expensive for taxpayers, lucrative for media outlets
Maricopa County has released an updated cost for the public defense of Jodi Arias: nearly $1.7 million. The capital murder trial of Jodi Arias has been nothing short of a spectacle marked by tawdry evidence, heated exchanges and a devoted audience, in court and at home.
Apr. 26, 2013
Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas will run for governor
Disbarred former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas says he’s running for governor. He’ll file the official paperwork Friday afternoon.In a statement he released on Thursday evening, Thomas said he’ll be focusing on the need to protect public safety, ensure border security and fight corruption.
Apr. 25, 2013
Valley Metro helping small businesses affected by new light rail construction
Valley Metro planners said they are trying to reassure local businesses along the expanding light rail line that construction is moving as fast as possible. They say lessons learned from the light rail’s first phase of construction should help this time around.
Apr. 25, 2013
Phoenix: $100K for white rooftops
The City of Phoenix has received a $100,000 grant to paint municipal rooftops white. The reflective paint helps reduce energy costs and might put a microscopic dent in the city’s urban heat island. The city will use grant money to paint 70,000 square feet of municipal rooftops white.
Apr. 25, 2013
Legislature approves more money for redistricting commission
State lawmakers have approved sending more money to the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission and giving the panel more flexibility in how it spends the cash it already has. The House and Senate on Thursday each approved the bill with bipartisan support.
Apr. 25, 2013
Governor Brewer and Republican lawmakers continue to spar over Medicaid expansion proposal
Republicans at the state capitol are continuing their fight against Governor Brewer’s proposal to expand Medicaid coverage under the Obama Administration’s health care law. They staged a small rally at the state capitol Thursday.
Apr. 25, 2013
Restroom to be installed near Slide Rock
State officials have awarded a grant to build a restroom in a popular area north of Sedona that has been shut down in the past because of water quality problems.  The Oak Creek Watershed Council has been awarded $253,000 by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality to build a restroom near Slide Rock.
Apr. 25, 2013
Scrap metal monitoring bill passes the House
The Arizona House has given its final OK to a bill creating tougher monitoring of scrap metal transactions. The measure, from Representative Tom Forese enhances anti-theft laws to require all scrap dealers to register with the Department of Public Safety.
Apr. 25, 2013
29 grocery stores mark successful price audits
The Arizona Department of Weights and Measures is pleased with a recent audit. It showed grocery stores are doing a good job of making sure consumers get accurate prices on sale items.  Spokesman Shawn Marquez says they checked 29 markets around the state and found a 99.
Apr. 25, 2013
Student arrested after Embry Riddle parking lot explosion
Police in Prescott have arrested an 18-year-old Embry Riddle University student for setting off an explosion in the college parking lot in Prescott. Lieutenant Ken Morley says James Levine was arrested after an anonymous tip, but it is unclear why the White Plains, N.
Apr. 25, 2013
Bill would allow medical marijuana research at state universities
Arizona lawmakers voted Wednesday to pave the way for research at state universities that could eventually allow doctors to recommend marijuana to treat more conditions.  The state's medical marijuana law allows it for glaucoma and AIDS and other chronic or debilitating conditions that lead to severe and chronic pain.
Apr. 25, 2013
Northern Ariz. shelter to end nighttime services, temporarily
A homeless shelter in Flagstaff will suspend overnight services at the end of May. Flagstaff Shelter Services will stop offering the homeless a place to stay about a month later than usual thanks to a grant that allows them to operate longer.
Apr. 25, 2013
After a wave of short sales, a coming flood of
Short sales in the Valley peaked in 2011, and that meant a lot of people went from being homeowners to renters. Many had to wait to be eligible for a home loan. Now, a lot of those people are once again and the wave of boomerang buyers is just starting.
Apr. 25, 2013