$12.5M Claim Filed Against Phoenix For Body-Cavity Search
A woman has filed a $12.5 million claim against Phoenix, alleging she was subjected to a body-cavity search that amounted to sexual assault. Attorneys filed the notice Monday for Erica Reynolds.
June 26, 2019
Chandler Will Partner With Waymo To Transport City Employees
A select group of Chandler city employees won’t have to drive to and from off-site work meetings for the next year. In fact, no one will be driving at all, thanks to a partnership with the autonomous vehicle company Waymo.
June 26, 2019
SW Members Of Congress Decry Produce Protection Measures
A group of 23 members of Congress, including much of Arizona’s delegation, recently penned a letter decrying the potential impacts of protectionist agricultural policies.
June 26, 2019
Audit Finds Inconsistencies With Medical Marijuana Program
An audit of Arizona’s medical marijuana program finds several inconsistencies with how the Department of Health Services manages it. One specific finding was that the department sometimes used equipment and staff for different programs, yet the expense was fully borne by just the medical marijuana program.
June 26, 2019
Utah Presses Forward With Pipeline Plans Despite Colorado River Basin Constraints
The drive behind a massive water development project in southwestern Utah, the Lake Powell Pipeline, shows no signs of slowing even after the Colorado River Basin states signed a new agreement this spring that could potentially force more conservation or cutbacks.
June 26, 2019
Sonora To Receive 1,800 National Guard Members
Mexico’s new National Guard force will be sent to Sonora, Arizona’s Mexican neighbor to the south. The newly formed security force will deploy 1,800 members to the state in early July. That’s according to a recent announcement from the state’s Gov. Claudia Pavlovich.
June 25, 2019
Physician: VA Still Retaliates Against Whistleblowers
Dr. Katherine Mitchell, who spoke out against long wait times for patients at the Phoenix VA Health Care System in 2014, told the congressional committee that she is still facing retaliation despite a legally binding settlement agreement.
June 25, 2019
Lower Colorado River Basin Can Still Expect Shortage Next Year
The Lower Colorado River Basin does not avoid a shortage in 2020 despite the plentiful snowpack on the Rocky Mountains this past winter. Why? Well, the new Drought Contingency Plan defines different “tiers” of shortage.
June 25, 2019
Arizona-Mexico Commission Summit Starts Wednesday
The Arizona-Mexico Commission officially starts its 60th birthday celebration Wednesday at a resort in the north part of the Valley. Governors, members of Congress and a former Mexican Ambassador to the United States are scheduled to take part in the so-called summit.
June 25, 2019
Wedding Companies That Jilted Customers Ordered To Reconcile
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has settled with two bridal scammers this week on behalf of hundreds of not-so-happy couples who had prepaid for thousands of dollars in wedding services.
June 25, 2019
Funeral Home Takes Over Estates, Charges Big Fees
U.S. Navy veteran Robert Heiskell died alone in his home in 2017. A concerned neighbor notified authorities and, with no will and no one to claim his body, it was turned over to a local funeral home, Abel Funeral Services.
June 25, 2019
Grand Canyon Park Pushes For Infrastructure Funding
Not only is the Grand Canyon one of the most popular national parks in the U.S., it comfortably sits on a list of the most popular destinations for tourists to visit in general. A lot of work, however, needs to be done to maintain its infrastructure.
June 25, 2019
Does Ban On Killing Contests Go Far Enough?
Joe Trudeau, Southwest advocate with the Center for Biological Diversity, called the Arizona Game and Fish Department's decision to ban animal-killing contests a "bittersweet victory" for wildlife in the state.
June 25, 2019
AZ Taps Federal Child Care Funds That Sat Idle Since 2018
Arizona lawmakers have agreed to spend $56 million in federal funds to increase the subsidy paid to child-care providers for the first time in nearly two decades and get people off of a long waitlist to access child care services.
June 25, 2019
Tiny Desert Concert: The Technicolors
The Technicolors recently took a year off from touring after nearly seven straight years on the road. Brennan Smiley, the guitarist and lead singer of the Phoenix-based band, said they were feeling burnt out and needed downtime to figure out their identity.
June 25, 2019
Mexico Auctions State And Crime-Owned Properties
For years, the Mexican government has auctioned properties taken from criminals. The current administration is also auctioning dozens of state-owned properties, including places where drug lords were arrested or killed.
June 25, 2019
Scottsdale Conservation Center Gets Influx Of Baby Animals
An influx of wild animals have arrived at the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center in Scottsdale — and many of them are orphaned babies. This time last year the center housed approximately 90 animals, and today they have close to 200.
June 25, 2019
Wildfire Near Superior Has Grown To 176 Square Miles
A human-caused wildfire burning for the past 16 days in the Superstition Mountains east of metro Phoenix now has grown to 176 square miles.
June 25, 2019
Dams Could Protect Ranchers From Drought, But Could They Also Make It Worse?
The Colorado River is short on water. But you wouldn’t know it by looking at a slate of proposed water projects in the river’s Upper Basin states of Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.
Part 1: A Bigger Dam In Colorado
Part 2: More Dams In Wyoming
Part 3: Pipeline Project In Utah
June 25, 2019
Board Of Education Declines Changes To Sex Education Policy
“The rise of STDs and STIs is a concern for me,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman. “I’m also concerned about bullying in our schools and that there’s been a long history of stigmatization of our students in the LGBTQ community.”
June 24, 2019