It was a far less dramatic decision than earlier rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act and Prop 8, but the U.S. Supreme Court quietly declined Thursday to hear an appeal from Gov. Jan Brewer in a case with a complicated history.
Contract talks between the union representing Valley
bus drivers and the Valley Metro’s system manager are on hold Monday. The
two groups decided to take a day off and meet again on Tuesday. First Transit and the Amalgamated Transit Union will return
to the negotiating table at 8 a.
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Valley is ramped up for
the July 4 festivities. The light rail will operate on holiday hours for those celebrating July 4. (Photo courtesy of Valley Metro)
The light rail is operating on a holiday schedule,
running every 20 minutes.
Spectators in the city of Phoenix saw 355 shells per minute
explode in the night sky this Fourth of July. More than 75,000 residents watched the show at Steele Indian School Park, with thousands more
lining nearby streets.
State health officials say about nine of every 10 Arizonans now lives in an area with a medical marijuana dispensary. The state Department of Health Services says 47 dispensaries have been inspected and approved to operate and that so far 35 of those are open and operating.
At the end of June, the state transportation board decided that part of Arizona State Route 260 West of Interstate 17 needed to be widened at a cost of more than $65 million. It will be the biggest rural highway project in the state over the next several years, but Arizona Department of Transportation engineers did not even recommend the work.
A monsoon storm in the East Valley last night damaged
some homes and schools in the area and resulted in significant power outages. SRP
Spokesman Scott Harelson says the outages from the storm were above average for
a typical Arizona
The merits, legality and logistics of Arizona’s Medical Marijuana Program have spent a lot of time in traditional courtrooms, even after
a majority in the court of public opinion approved it at the ballot box in
Flags around Arizona will go back up to full staff at sunset Friday evening. Governor Brewer had ordered them to be at half-staff for 19 days,
in memory of the 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew who died
fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire.
Residents of Eloy,
Ariz. are cleaning up this
morning after a heavy thunderstorm dumped a lot of rain on the town in a short
period of time Monday afternoon. David Lader of the National Weather Service in
the storm hit with very little warning.
Grand Canyon University decided it wanted to move its athletic program into Division I, which means it would soon be competing on the same stage in sports like basketball with Arizona State University.
Friday, attorneys for the Goldwater Institute and the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association were in Maricopa County Superior Court to argue a case that centers on how some police officers spend their time on the job.
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.
A new ruling from the Arizona Court of Appeals could help
some people avoid forced arbitration of disputes. The agreement to use
arbitration is many times part of the small type on your cell phone plan or
Thousands of people in the southeast valley are looking for ways to get around town Thursday as a bus strike continues. About 400 bus operators with the Valley Metro system stopped work after midnight Thursday.
Paradise Valley’s police department was the first in the country to use cameras to determine whether you were driving too fast and deserved official punishment. You will see photo enforcement vans in a number of Valley communities, but the 101 Freeway in Scottsdale turned its cameras off after a pilot program.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer will welcome President Barack Obama at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Tuesday. President Obama will be in town to speak at a Valley high school about home ownership.
Scottsdale-based Rural/Metro announced this week that it
was filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company provides ambulance
and firefighting services to nearly 700 communities in 21 states.
This time of year the desert heat can be deadly, so hikers wait until dark before turning on their LED headlamps at the foot of Phoenix’s Piestewa Peak. Blair Cook and his sons, Dalton and Keegan, set out to hike Piestewa Peak in Central Phoenix.