State lawmakers this week will take up two proposals dealing
with school safety. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie has more.
School safety will be debated this week under the copper dome.(Photo by Mark Brodie - KJZZ)
One measure would allow school boards to allow teachers or
administrators to carry concealed weapons, if the school has fewer than 600
students, does not have a school resource officer and is more than 30 minutes and
20 miles from a law enforcement facility.
Unless action is taken by Congress, the once-vague threat of sequestration — a broad $85 billion across-the-board series of spending cuts — will become reality. The countdown ends Thursday at midnight.
Business leaders in Arizona are strongly backing the state’s
transition to the Common Core standards – a multi-state effort in math and
English that supporters say will teach students to think, rather than memorize
Six Arizona School districts are
facing some hefty federal fines if they don’t clean up asbestos contamination
in classrooms and administration buildings.EPA inspectors
found a variety of violations, including cancer-causing asbestos fibers in walls
and floor tiles at some school buildings.
A report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that weekly wages in Yuma and La Paz counties are well below both the state and national average of $903.La Paz County averageis $604 while Yuma County's is $668.
General Motors will be hiring a thousand high-tech employees to staff its new Information Technology Innovation Center in Chandler. Company officials made the announcement Wednesday with city and state leaders.
A small restaurant fire in Sky Harbor's
Terminal Four Sunday forced the evacuation of about 50 people from the food
court area. Phoenix Fire spokesman Tony Mure says they fought the blaze at Chelsea's Kitchen.
A measure that would require health insurers to cover
certain services provided by telemedicine won the approval of a state house
committee Tuesday. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie has more.
MARK BRODIE: Senate Bill 1353 would apply to services including
cardiology, trauma, mental health disorders and infectious diseases, and would
be limited to rural parts of the state starting in 2015.
New Hampshire's House has rejected limits on simulcasting dog races. The House voted Wednesday to kill a bill that targeted Florida, Alabama and Arizona, because, these states don't require reporting when race dogs are injured.
Jan Brewer's plan to expand Medicaid goes under the microscope this week as a
house committee looks into the details. House Appropriations Committee chairman
John Kavanagh says the informational meeting, set for Wednesday, will settle some of the remaining questions.
An Arizona House committee Wednesday is scheduled to take up
a bill that would make it a crime to use the wrong bathroom. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s
Mark Brodie has more.
MARK BRODIE: The strike-everything amendment to Senate Bill 1432 would
make it a misdemeanor for someone to intentionally go into a bathroom, shower,
dressing or locker room of the opposite sex – if that facility has a sign
indicating it’s single-sex, and the person’s birth certificate doesn’t specify
they’re that gender.
The City of Scottsdale is still tweaking its proposed
pedicabs ordinance. The public will be able to weigh in on the proposal at Thursday night's community forum. The Scottsdale Transportation Commission will
submit recommendations on the proposed pedicab ordinance to the city council
for a possible vote in April.
Senator John McCain held a town hall meeting at a North Phoenix community center Monday that covered a
broad range of topics, but immigration dominated the conversation.
Sen. John McCain told people at a townhall meeting Monday he feels hopeful new bipartisan legislation to reform immigration will be ready soon.
Eddie Basha, the CEO and Chairman of the
Bashas' family-owned grocery store chain in Arizona died yesterday. Basha's family said
he had been ill for some time. Basha was an Arizona Board of Regent member for
several years and also ran for governor.
A Tucson man who has spent 42 years in prison for the
Pioneer Hotel fire that killed 28 people is expected to be released tomorrow as
part of an agreement with prosecutors. Louis Taylor was convicted as a teen but
has maintained his innocence.
TUCSON, Ariz. — After serving most of his life behind bars, 59-year-old Louis Taylor walked out of the Arizona State Prison in Tucson a free man Tuesday. He was 16 years old when he was convicted of starting a 1970 Tucson hotel fire that killed dozens of people.
This morning, theatre critic Robrt Pela reviewed Theatre Works' production of "Musical of Musicals (The Musical). "Musical of Musicals (The Musical)" has a beard a mile long. This send-up of Broadway tuners should at this point in the "let's spoof-musical theater game," play like a post-peak retread, an after-thought of irony or a late-to-the-party lesser-than.
Some call it a national crisis, and studies show that Hispanic and African-American males are more likely to
drop out of school than other students.
Martine Garcia is the president of the Chandler-Gilbert Community College Minority Male Initiative Group.
Another Arizona city is looking to cut public pensions costs. The Tucson City Council voted Tuesday to create a task force to find ways to reduce the costs of police and fire pensions. The Arizona Daily Star reports, a decade ago Tucson paid less than $5 million for public-safety pensions, but that amount is expected to reach $42 million next year.