You probably just finished reading all of the 2014 year-end lists of the best movies, books and music of the year. But if you're anything like us, you're already champing at the bit in anticipation for what's to come in 2015.
Mexico’s president wants to change his country’s constitution to replace local police with state police. He also wants legal authority to take over municipal governments infiltrated by organized crime. But ongoing protests and recent polls suggest Mexicans aren’t convinced the change will make a difference.
The Arizona Supreme Court this week ruled a group of state lawmakers does have standing to sue over the funding mechanism for Arizona’s Medicaid expansion. The legislators argue it’s a tax, which under the state constitution requires a two-thirds vote in both chambers to pass.
When state lawmakers come back into session a week from Monday, many will probably do so with a sense of deja vu. Arizona is again facing a budget deficit, about $1.5 billion between the rest of this fiscal year and the new one that starts in July.
It’s time to head to another of the Valley’s hot corners – spots with a lot going on. Our tour guide was Gwen Ashley Walters, a food writer for Phoenix Magazine. We met on the corner of Scottsdale Road and Lincoln Drive in Scottsdale.
The average temperature last year was 77.1 degrees. Mark O’Malley, a meteorologist with the agency, says warmer conditions in Arizona will impact snow pack and reservoir levels, worsening the effects of a nearly 10 year drought.
We had what was easily the toughest assignment of either of our careers, touring and tasting our way through the heart of Cold Stone Creamery. But, never fear, they did not just let us loose among the pints.
If it weren’t for air conditioning, most of us probably wouldn’t live in the Valley. However, climate control is one of the main contributors to electric bills. And as winter approaches, heating costs can add to that burden.