The Arizona Legislature has sued the Independent Redistricting Commission. The federal suit asks the court to give the job of redrawing Congressional districts every ten years back to state lawmakers. From Phoenix, KJZZ's Mark Brodie reports.
The U.S. Senate approved Andrew Hurwitz for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals after a three-month delay. Richmond University law professor Carl Tobias explains the controversy behind the nomination.Tobias says Hurwitz moved forward on the narrowest of margins, receiving 60 votes, the exact number he needed.
The Poco Fire burning near Young, Ariz. has grown to 3,700 acres, although Fire Information Officer Deryl Jevons says the blaze is not spreading as quickly. Jevons says the fire is threatening two 500 kilo-volt power lines, but he says firefighters are having success at keeping that threat at bay.
Voters in California have narrowly rejected an additional tax on cigarettes. A closely watched effort to impose a new $1-a-pack tax on tobacco to pay for cancer research in California has failed by six-tenths of a percentage point.
The state and county Health Departments have confirmed the first case of West Nile Virus in a human this year. A Maricopa County woman in her 30s was declared the first official West Nile victim of 2012 on Wednesday.
Several candidates running for the Glendale City Council say they oppose the city’s Jobing.com arena management agreement with the Phoenix Coyotes. On Monday, the group submitted a letter to city officials asking them to stop the deal.
Arizona's summer tourism campaign has a new twist. KJZZ's Mark Brodie spoke with a tourism expert to find out how it might work.State tourism officials are hoping Arizonans decide to travel relatively close to home this summer.
Arizona's congressional delegation did as expected yesterday as lawmakers tried to repeal President Obama's signature healthcare act. Wednesday was the 33rd time lawmakers have tried to get rid of the law.
Phoenix’s mayor is in Washington, D.C. today. He joined a bipartisan group at the release of a new study on how automatic budget cuts would affect the country. The Budget Control Act of 2011 created a so-called supercommittee that looked at reducing the deficit and increasing revenues, but it repeatedly failed to reach an agreement, meaning that automatic, widespread cuts called budget sequestration are scheduled to hit in January.
Peoria is asking its residents what they think about the possibility of putting up digital billboards. The city has posted an online survey, and will also be hosting public meetings on the issue. KJZZ's Mark Brodie spoke with Maria Laughner, Peoria's Business and Real Estate Development Manager, about the issue.
According to a report from Zillow the Arizona real estate market may be on the slow road to recovery, but two experts say don’t get too excited yet. Anthony Sanders, professor of Real Estate Finance at George Mason University, and John Wake, a Valley-based Realtor and associate broker with HomeSmart Real Estate, discuss Arizona’s previous housing bubble and current economic climate.
No swimming at Slide Rock State Park in Oak Creek Canyon until further notice. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports the park was closed yesterday because of health concerns.Water samples showed unsafe levels of fecal coliform bacteria in the creek.
If you are flying in or out of Sky Harbor Airport this weekend, allow for some delays. The north runway will be closed starting Friday at 11 p.m. until Monday at 6:00 a.m. while crews perform maintenance work.
A Maricopa County Superior Court judge says a proposed initiative to change Arizona’s primary election system is unconstitutional and will not be on November’s ballot. Judge Mark Brain ruled the language in the Open Elections/Open Government Act is too broad and violates the Arizona Constitution by including more than one proposed constitutional amendment in the same ballot measure.
Navajo Nation officials say plans to shut down three units at the Four Corners power plant could strain the tribal budget. KJZZ's Al Macias reports.Tribal officials say they had been prepared for the coal-fired units to close in two years.
After a record-setting heat wave, temperatures in the Phoenix area will start to taper off. But we still wanted to see how people were handling the high temperatures. The obligatory "proof of 115 degree temperature" photo taken Tuesday in Tempe.
Funding could be cut for three telescopes at Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson. It could mean the loss of 70 jobs. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports the recommendations are part of the long-term budget plans for National Science Foundation.
The Mayo Clinic plans to integrate its cancer treatment programs in Phoenix. The project will add on to a facility already under construction. The Mayo Clinic’s Proton Beam Therapy Center is slated to open in 2016 and provide targeted radiation treatments.
The first step towards replacing Maricopa County’s 40-year-old hospital was approved Wednesday. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports it could be a year before recommendations are ready on how to go about paying for a new hospital.
Today may be election day, but many Maricopa County voters have already cast their ballot in the primary race. More than 45 percent of ballots are in from people who requested to vote early.The night before Election Day, the Maricopa County elections department had already received upwards of 344,000 early ballots.