Phoenix residents can weigh in on the future of the city’s controversial food tax this week, as officials host a series of public meetings to discuss the best way to phase it out. In 2010, the city slapped a 2 percent tax on food as an emergency measure to raise cash during the recession, but the city council is now looking for ways to cut the tax in half by January 1, 2014.
A first of its kind private fundraiser to buy water rights to the Colorado River launches in Phoenix this weekend. Environmental groups want to purchase enough water to keep the river flowing south of the border during the severe drought.
Backers of two ballot referendum petition drives are rapidly approaching deadlines to get them before Arizona voters in 2014. Barry Hess of the Libertarian Party said the Protect Your Right to Vote Committee has collected at least 130,000 signatures in its attempt to block an omnibus election law from taking effect.
Throw some dirt on it. That is what a lot of coaches and even some parents would say to young football players who looked like they had suffered a minor injury. Throwing up on the sidelines? Just part of the game.
It probably wasn't Woodward and Bernstein or the filmmakers behind "All The President’s Men" who coined the phrase ‘follow the money.' Neither legendary reporter covered the machine of college athletics, which seems to run thanks to the millions and even billions of dollars fed into it by TV networks and sponsors, but until very recently despite convincing, logical op-eds in national newspapers, the concept of truly sharing those funds with student-athletes seemed unlikely.
Arizona Corporation Commission held a hearing to discuss the legal issues of deregulating
the utility market. Lawyers on both sides of the issue addressed the commission. Michael Grant, attorney for the Arizona Investment
Council, argued against deregulation.
This weekend’s pro-reform homilies will not be the Catholic Church’s only move to influence policy. Pope Francis plans to lead several hours of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria tomorrow. That got KJZZ's Nick Blumberg thinking about how and how much religious leaders can affect the way people think about big social issues of the day.
The War on Drugs makes for good drama. It has inspired Hollywood for
years and lately a recent surge of TV shows like "Breaking Bad," "Weeds"
and "The Bridge." These shows are trying to do something new however —
showing the complexity of the conflict, with bad guys on both sides of
A costly game of cat and mouse unfolds nightly along the banks of the
Rio Grande in South Texas. The number of immigrants crossing illegally
there has doubled in the last four years, making it the busiest section
along the Southwest border.
Arizona’s Congress members have mixed reactions to President Obama’s call for military strikes in Syria. Flagstaff Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick said her office has been overwhelmed with phone calls and emails from constituents about the issue, but she is not ready to make a commitment.
The house was built in 1929 as a resort. After
years of restoration, the castle that sits on a hill in the middle of Phoenix has become a
visitors' destination, Tovrea Castle.
The path leading up to the front of the castle.
police said they are treating the death of an aspiring teenage boxer as a
homicide, after his parents found him dead in his home Tuesday. Sergeant Trent
Crump said 17-year-old Alexis Urbina-Ochoa was home from school Tuesday morning
and last seen alive at 10:30 a.
Border Patrol said the Office of Air and Marine rescued an undocumented
immigrant who fell and injured himself while hiking in the mountains southwest
of Tucson. Border Patrol spokesman
Victor Brabble said a helicopter was deployed to lower a paramedic into the
rugged area to help the man with a head injury and broken pelvis.
Arizonans continue to pay less to fill up their gas tanks.
AAA said the statewide average price of a gallon of unleaded was $3.39 Friday, and
spokeswoman Michell Donatti said that is considerably less than elsewhere in the
A town hall on Thursday with Arizona Sen. John McCain
became contentious, as many in attendance made it clear where they stand on a
military strike against Syria.“You don’t respect our view,” one attendee said.
A coalition of environmental groups is launching a fundraising drive for Saturday. They will be trying to restore part of the overtaxed Colorado River that has become more desert than delta. Conservationists from Mexico and the U.
This fall, the state’s utility regulators will decide whether to take up an issue that could change how you get your electricity. The Arizona Corporation Commission has asked for comment on what it is calling retail competition.
The city of Prescott announced they
will remove the temporary memorial for the firefighters killed in the Yarnell
The memorial at Prescott's Station 7 stretches entirely around the building.
People like the Yazidis, Coptic Christians, and Assyrians, who have survived persecution over the centuries and are now threatened by ISIS, other Islamists or civil war. These ancient religions offer many clues about the past.