The Arizona House passed an expansion of a small school voucher program that could greatly increase the number of children allowed to use public funds to attend a private school. The program was established by the Legislature in 2011.
The Navy is naming its latest
vessel after the city of Yuma.
The USNS Yuma will be a Joint High-Speed Vessel. The Navy says Joint
High-Speed Vessels are transport vehicles that serve in support of overseas
operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, and special operations.
the Arizona House of Representatives expected to be off work until Thursday—until
Governor Jan Brewer decided to call them into special session last night.The
legislature had adjourned for the day, but the Governor called a special
session on the state budget and a proposal to expand Medicaid coverage to three
hundred thousand additional low income residents in Arizona.
As temperatures rise on the Arizona desert, Border Patrol agents say they are getting more and more calls about undocumented immigrants, in trouble. Spokesman Brent Cagen said agents have assisted 177 people in the last 30 days, 52 of them in the past week.
The push for sales tax sales reform in Arizona is now just a governor's
signature away. The state legislature passed a bipartisan bill aimed at
taking the chaos out of business tax collections, by boiling multiple
filings down to just one form.
The United States Supreme Court ruled today on a case from Arizona that could impact elections around the country. The court found Arizona cannot impose its own requirements on federal voter registration forms.
State Sen. Rich Crandall, one of the early Republican supporters of Medicaid expansion, looks back at the 2013 session. Crandall plans to leave in the middle of his two-year term to pursue other plans, including State Schools Superintendent in Wyoming, but Crandall said he may come out of retirement to support other GOP legislative moderates.
The Phoenix Coyotes
will be keeping their coach, even as their ownership situation remains in flux. Dave Tippett has agreed to a long-term
contract extension with the team. The Coyotes have made the playoffs three
times in his four seasons as coach.
The Supreme Court’s decision to return a Texas affirmative action case to a lower court will not impact Arizonan schools. Arizonans will not be impacted. Arizona State University spokesman, Skip Derra said Arizona voters amended the state constitution in 2010 to end the use of affirmative action.
Valley temperatures are expected to climb to 118 degrees by Saturday. National Weather Service Meteorologist Ken Waters said the very hot highs may give way to our first dose of monsoon-related humidity.
If you want a say in where the Tempe Streetcar
project will run, Sunday is the deadline for the public to submit input. The proposed rail system will service the
city’s downtown area. The public has two routes to choose from that
run through central Tempe.
Last weekend’s high temperatures had Valley residents reaching for the thermostat. Because of overnight lows in the high 80s and extreme day-time temperatures, Salt River Project spokesman Jeff Lane said the company reported record-setting energy use.
The anticipated merger of American Airlines and Tempe-based U.S. Airways has many in the Valley worried about the effect on the economy, considering the combined airline is going to be headquartered in Dallas, but analyst Holly Hegeman said Phoenix may be used as a hub to the West Coast, a significant benefit to the Valley.
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Wildfire season in Arizona and the West is getting longer, and the potential for catastrophic fires is growing. Journalist Michael Kodas has been in Arizona following the aftermath of the Yarnell Hill Fire.
It’s a bird, no, it’s a dinosaur. Well actually, it’s an ostrich, that is believed to be both.
The Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch at Picacho Peak. (Photo by Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez-KJZZ)
Really, an ostrich? North Carolina paleontologists found that the soft tissue inside the thigh bone of a 65 million year-old unearthed T-Rex skeleton looked identical to that of an ostrich.
Attorneys for those in the Deferred Action Program are
back in court, in an effort to force Arizona
to grant their clients driver's licenses. The licenses have been denied by
Governor Brewer under a state law that says people have to prove they're
authorized to be in the country to get a license.
State police in Phoenix have seized a load of heroin worth about $1.5 million. It is the agency’s biggest heroin bust in memory, said Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves.
The largest heroin bust in Arizona DPS memory occured when 60 pounds of the drug were found in three West Phoenix homes.
Valley residents now have three times more choices, if they are in the
mood for some outlet shopping. Directory for the Phoenix Premium Outlets. (Photo by Mark Brodie-KJZZ)
We now have three outlet malls close by, two of which have opened in the last 12 months, and that raises some questions.