A few years ago, the U.S. Justice Department listed art theft behind only drug and arms trading as the highest-grossing criminal trades. That includes pieces stolen from museums, but also looted from Native American reservations, and taken off the walls in people’s houses.
About a decade ago, NASCAR was on its way to become the second-most popular professional sport in the U.S. But safety concerns — and a variety of other entertainment options — have brought NASCAR down from that peak.
The Arizona Educational Foundation recently held a creative writing contest and asked high school students to imagine if they were the president of the United States. Shruthi Shrinivasan won the 11th- and 12th-grade category with an essay titled “To Fix the Broken Clockwork.”
Tomorrow is the Viva PHX music festival downtown, featuring 103 bands from 34 different cities, on 20 different stages. Viva PHX started as a way to kind of send off bands from Arizona that were going to play at the SXSW festival in Austin. It’s put on by a music promotion company called Stateside Presents, which is owned by Charlie Levy.
More than 400 people have signed a letter urging state lawmakers to defeat HB 2369, which would eliminate a handful of state boards and commissions. We speak with Beth Woodin, former Arizona Game and Fish Commissioner and currently board president of the Arizona Heritage Alliance, and state Rep. T.J. Shope of Coolidge, the bill's main sponsor.
Back in December, Uber packed up its autonomous cars from California and moved them to Arizona, over a dispute with state regulators there. Gov. Doug Ducey was on hand to welcome them here. But now Uber and California have resolved their differences, and the startup says it plans to resume testing there.
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is in the middle of a first-of-its-kind drive to test for lead in the drinking water systems in more than 7,000 school buildings statewide. We speak with Miseal Cabrera, director of ADEQ.
When death-row inmate Joseph Wood was executed by lethal injection in 2014, it took almost two hours for him to die. There is now a halt on all executions in Arizona, until a legal battle over how the state carries out its executions is resolved. Joining us now is Arizona Republic reporter Michael Kiefer, who has been covering this.
The American Health Care Act got its first boost in the House yesterday after marathon sessions from the House Ways and Means Committee and the Energy and Commerce Committee that lasted 18 hours and 27 hours, respectively. Both committees voted in favor of the Obamacare replacement.
The Arizona Supreme court heard arguments Thursday over the recently approved minimum wage hike. The attorney for businesses hoping to void the law asked for an interpretation that could undermine a citizen’s right to pass laws.
“When we came to Mesa, it was not with the idea of trying to create a 4-year traditional campus experience,” said university spokeswoman Vicki Mayk. “We came with the idea that we wanted to provide education in the way that would best serve the community.”
The Higher Learning Commission has lifted its sanctions against Pima Community College. The college has been under sanction since 2013 due to concerns the school was not adequately meeting standards for curriculum, governance and management.
Jan Schipper is the Field Conservation Research director for the Phoenix Zoo and Arizona Center for Nature Conservation. Among other things, he has studied so-called movement corridors for animals, including jaguars in Costa Rica.
Bill Kurtis reads three quotes from the week’s news: Invisi-bill, Scaredy Spice, Prime Purchase. Our panelists read three stories about someone with a real good reason to move out of their house, only one of which is true.