A DPS officer and his wife face multiple years in prison after being convicted by a Santa Cruz County jury on conspiracy, money
laundering and theft charges. Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne says Horacio
and Carmen Lomelil were found guilty of taking checks from her employer,
Nogales-based Sierra Seed, and depositing the money in their personal checking
account, over a five year period.
Some of the first medical marijuana dispensaries the state licensed will get more time to open their doors. The Department of Health Services had given dispensaries a year to open saying their authorizations would expire unless they met the deadline, but attorney Paul Conant filed suit to stop that saying some of his clients could not comply, in part because some communities failed to provide the needed zoning.
An apparent E. coli outbreak has been linked to a Mexican restaurant
in Litchfield Park. So far, 11 people have been hospitalized who ate food from
Frederico’s Mexican restaurant around July 23. Jeanene Fowler is with Maricopa
County Public Health.
wolves may be getting more room to roam here in Arizona. The federal government might give the animals 10 times more space than
they currently have in the Southwest.These days, endangered
Mexican gray wolves are limited to an area on the Arizona/New Mexico border, but the U.
Much to the chagrin of the Major League Baseball Commissioner’s Office and many team front offices, general news headlines
devoted to the sport in recent weeks were focused on when suspensions would be
announced for players who were connected to the Biogenesis Clinic, linked to
banned performance-enhancing drugs.
The Federal Communications Commission has voted to make long distance phone calls from prison inmates more affordable. It is an issue that prison reform advocates have pressed for a decade. According to a statement released by the FCC, an estimated 2.
The stock prices for American Airlines and US Airways did not take kindly to yesterday’s news that the justice department would try to block the companies’ merger. Tempe-based US Airways watched shares sink 13 percent.
Arizona is no longer among the top ten states with the highest number of foreclosure starts, according to housing data firm RealtyTrac -- for the first time since February 2007. The state saw 3,300 new foreclosure filings in July, a slight increase from the previous month but a 60 percent decrease since last year.
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to name a new county assessor Monday. Former assessor Keith Russell resigned when he was appointed to serve as a Mesa justice of the peace in June.
Firefighters in the Mogollon Rim continue to watch the
lightning-started Egypt Fire. Coconino National Forest Spokesman Dean Jones
says the target burn area for the fire is about 6,000 acres, and that people in
the area have nothing to worry about.
A camera recently developed by astronomers at the University of Arizona and two
observatories has already lead to new space discoveries.
The Magellan Telescope's mirrors (Photo courtesy of Laird Close)
U of A astronomy professor Laird Close said the camera will allow astronomers to take the sharpest images of the night sky
to date, twice as sharp as images from the Hubble Space Telescope.
Two medical marijuana patients are hoping a voter-approved
attack on the Affordable Care Act gives them the right to grow their own drugs.
ballot measure put a provision in the state Constitution overriding any law,
rule or regulation that requires individuals or employers to participate in any
particular health-care system.
Police in Prescott Valley have arrested a Cottonwood
man for threatening workers in a grocery store with a meat tenderizing mallet. Sergeant
Brandon Bonney said 34-year-old Jason Thrift was taken into custody after he
could not locate his wife and 18-month-old child.
The rate of suicide among military veterans in Arizona is more than double the civilian rate. Advocates say veterans need more than benefits when returning from war.The average veteran suicide rate in Arizona from 2005 through 2011 is almost 43 deaths per 100,000 people.
In the wake of President Obama's decision to ask Congress to
endorse a military strike against Syria,
protesters took to the streets of Tempe
to voice their opposition. Tempe
police Sgt. Mike Pooley said about half the crowd became unruly, and three
people were taken into custody.
A new report warns Arizona
taxpayers could be on the hook for cleaning up leaking underground storage
tanks because of shortcomings by a state agency. An Auditor General's report
found the Department of Environmental Quality has no way to prove many people
with the tanks have the required insurance to cover leaks.
Northern Arizona University president John Haeger is stepping down, but not right away. The NAU leader will continue in his post for another two years.
NAU President John Haeger (Courtesy nau.edu)
John Haeger notified the Board of Regents on Thursday he would be leaving when his contract is up June 30, 2015.
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.
In the coming months, hundreds of millions of dollars worth of contracts
will be finalized for new surveillance technology along the Southwest
border. The federal government is taking a new approach to awarding
these contracts in an effort to avoid past mistakes.