Janet Napolitano is the latest cabinet member to leave the Obama Administration. Napolitano announced Friday she is stepping down as homeland security director to take a new job as president of the University of California.
Low-income families who want to eat healthy are now able to use food assistance debit cards at local farmers' markets. The state is using federal funds to install wireless card readers at some outdoor produce stands.
A judge has
dismissed two federal charges against an Iraqi man accused of detonating an explosive
device outside a federal building in Casa Grande, but state and other federal charges
are still pending.
Arizona's jobless rate was up two-tenths of a point last
month, on some unexpected soft numbers
in education. It's not unusual for education to drop off at this time of the
year, as non-professional staffers are laid off over the summer.
People who live in Safford and Graham County could see their water rates increase this week. The area is dealing with a 10 year drought that forced the eastern Arizona community to start mandatory water rationing, but the demand still exceeds water supplies.
The Arizona Court of Appeals has ruled former Suns star
Steve Nash may have to pay additional child support to his ex-wife. Arizona law has
guidelines for child support. Under them, Nash owed about $2,800 a month to his
former wife Alejandra for their three children.
A state corrections officer is continuing her recovery after
being beaten by two inmates at the state prison complex in Winslow, a week ago.
Department of Corrections spokesman Bill Lamoreaux says the incident took place
in the Kaibab unit of the prison.
The documentary film 'Blackfish,' about Tilikum, the now
infamous orca responsile for three deaths while in captivity at Sea World,
opened in limited release this weekend.
The film looks at the death of a Sea World trainer in 2010 and shows
orcas being captured, as babies.
The City of Mesa has landed its sixth university in the last two years. Grand Canyon University announced Tuesday that its new East Valley campus would be built in Mesa. The new East Valley campus of GCU will be built in Mesa.
starts Thursday for the Phoenix City Council. In some districts, the field
could be wide open. In Districts
2 and 6, incumbents are battling one challenger apiece, but with Districts 4 and 8 in
central and south Phoenix things are little more complex.
Cicadas were all over the news this summer when people on the East Coast were simultaneously horrified and delighted by a flood of insects emerging from the ground. Those bugs had been hiding for 17 years just waiting for a chance to mate, but Did You Know Arizona is home to a completely different kind of cicada? Cicadas up close at the Arizona State University Hasbrouck Insect Collection.
Our series "Phoenix Votes" moves to
the West Valley and District 4. Over the years,
Maryvale has suffered a troubled reputation. Children play foosball at the Golden Gate Community Center. (Photo by Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez-KJZZ)
In 2006, police data revealed that
murders, drug crimes and prostitution were at a decade-long high.
forward Michael Beasley is in trouble with the law, again. He was arrested
early yesterday in Scottsdale
after a traffic stop. Police spokesman, Officer David Pubins says an officer
smelled the odor of marijuana coming from Beasley's vehicle.
Federal land managers are stepping up warnings to reduce the death toll at a hiking destination on the Utah-Arizona border. It’s an area that caters to experienced hikers. The Wave not only requires hiking skills, but survival and navigation skills as well.
President Obama came to town this week mainly to talk about housing and the economy, but near the end of his speech, he gave Phoenix a shout-out for its work in another area. “Here in Phoenix, thanks to the hard work of everyone from Mayor Stanton to the local United Way to US Airways, you’re on track to end chronic homelessness for veterans by 2014,” President Obama said.
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne is suing the Justice
Department to allow Arizona
to participate in a program that brings quicker action on appeals by death row
inmates. Horne says Arizona
followed Bush-era rules that shaved about 10 years off the average delay, but
that President Barack Obama scrapped them and has yet to draft new ones.
The latest downsizing by the Gannett Corporation earlier
this month included 29 people being fired by The Arizona Republic. Several of those laid off were specifically
involved as editors of the newspaper’s community opinion pages.
The Goldwater Institute has sued the city of Phoenix to stop so-called pension spiking, mainly among police officers and firefighters. That practice allows workers to cash in unused vacation or sick time before they retire, which increases their pensions, and it has been an issue in this month’s city council elections, as some of the candidates in districts 4, 6 and 8 spoke about at the forums hosted by KJZZ.
With the Valley under an excessive heat warning from 10 a.m. Tuesday until 8 p.m. Wednesday, the National Weather Service
is predicting more unseasonably hot temperatures. Meteorologist Matthew Hersch
says there’s a ridge of high pressure sitting over Arizona, but that relief is in sight.
Wells Fargo Bank announced it will lay off nearly 300 employees in Tempe as part of a nationwide cutback. Wells Fargo earned a net income of $5.5 billion in the second quarter this year. It was a record, but rising interest rates have made the company’s home refinancing business less profitable.