Tucson may follow in the
steps of Phoenix voters who approved city pension reforms last week. Tucson’s vice-mayor says the city is facing a
$15 million budget gap caused by escalating retirement benefits.
The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments Monday about
part of Arizona’s
Proposition 200. The high court will
decide if Arizona
overreached when the state required people to provide proof of citizenship when
registering to vote using a federal form.
The debate over simplifying the state’s sales tax system
could shift from the State House to the Senate this week. A bill to make
changes to the sales tax is stalled in the house, but there are indications a
new version could emerge in a senate committee this week.
The Maricopa Unified
School District has announced it may close a middle school to deal with $1 million
has nine schools in the rural community south of Phoenix with more than 6,000 students.
Many believe the Superstition Mountains
are filled with treasures. For more than a century, people — locals and visitors — have ventured into this part of Arizona
looking to find one of the oldest legends: a gold mine.
Students at Arizona’s three public universities would pay
three to five percent more in tuition next year, under requests made by the
schools. ASU and UofA are each asking for three percent increases, while
NAU is asking for a five percent hike.
More than 14 million people rode the Valley’s light rail
system last year. Valley Metro says that was more than a 6.5 percent
increase over 2011. And, some advocates are hopeful numbers like those will
lead to more housing, shops, restaurants and other development along the 20-mile
From the cast of “Glee” to the “Twilight” franchise, it
seems there are more young characters in the media these days than ever.But
how do you make these fictional youngsters actually connect with real-world
kids? Write Now is a theater festival sponsored by Childsplay in Tempe and Indiana
Repertory Theatre in Indianapolis that tries to answer that question.
The Arizona Board of Regents expects to
consider whether college students in the country illegally are eligible for
Arizona's three public universities. (Image courtesy Arizona Board of Regents)
afternoon, the presidents of ASU, NAU, and U of A released their tuition
proposals for the upcoming school year.
Flu season has long
been associated with winter, but a new study suggests transmission of the disease
has more to do with humidity than with temperature. The heart of the study is this: Researchers don’t really know why flu is
seasonal, said Univesity of Arizona's Andrew
An alternative route to the wrecked U.S. 89, south of Page,
has problems. The dirt-surfaced Navajo Route 20 runs parallel to the
landslide-damaged highway. It is a short-term fix for some commuters, but
accidents have been reported.
hazardous waste site in downtown Phoenix has been cleaned-up by the Arizona
Department of Environmental Quality. It’s the first time the state has completed its
own superfund project.
The state DEQ removed more
than 6,000 tons of shredded metal and auto parts from the 10-acre site at
Buckeye Road and Fifth Street near the Chase Field ballpark.
The Internal Revenue Service says 660,000 taxpayers will have their refunds delayed by up to six weeks because of a problem with the software they used tofile their tax returns. The delay affects people claiming education tax credits who filed returns between Feb.
New Hampshire's House has rejected limits on simulcasting dog races. The House voted Wednesday to kill a bill that targeted Florida, Alabama and Arizona, because, these states don't require reporting when race dogs are injured.
The Valley's population is still growing. KJZZ's Al Macias reports growth isn't as fast as it once was, but it's picking up.The latest U.S. Census estimate, released Thursday, says there are about 135,000 more people in the Valley than there were following the 2010 Census.
A new analysis shows it’s unclear what kind of impact proposed
changes to the state’s sales tax system would have on Arizona, and its cities. Those
changes include charging contractors sales tax on their materials where they
buy them, rather than a percentage of their project, and only allowing the state
to conduct audits.
A state Senate committee has passed a bill
that would change the way workers apply for unemployment. The
Arizona Senate’s Committee on Commerce, Energy, and Military approved the
Governor Jan Brewer continues her efforts to expand Medicaid in Arizona, but many conservatives are critical — saying the Governor is selling out principles in exchange for federal money. Steve Goldstein gets different perspectives on the proposed expansion from Mary K.
Funding for non-profits arts organization has been difficult to come by, but Ben Cameron – inaugural Thought Leader in Residence for the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust — argues that arts and culture must react to changing demographics.