After 30 years in business, the
lease on Firebird International Raceway in Chandler ran out. Negotiations between the Gila
River Indian Community, which owns the venue, and the current operators stalled, so the
Valley racing institution is closing down completely this month.
uninsured families in Phoenix, getting sick raises a question with few good
answers. Go to the doctor, and they’ll likely face bills they can’t pay. Wait
it out, and they might end up in the emergency room.
The popular candy Peeps is celebrating its 60th
anniversary this year. The fluffy,
yellow confection was originally an Easter candy but has become a cultural icon,
evolving into different shapes and colors.
NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity will be on its own
for a little while starting next week. Jim Bell, a professor for Arizona State University's School of Earth and Space Exploration, told us why and what it will be doing in the interim.
Southern Arizona forest
officials said the wildfire danger is high, and they want people to be careful
with campfires over the holiday weekend. Although the
warm weather is only beginning to set in, the threat of wildfires is already a
concern in southeastern Arizona.
Lawmakers on the Navajo Nation have voted
to pursue the possible purchase of a coal mine. During
a special session of the Navajo Nation Council in Window Rock on Friday,
legislators approved a $2.
A transgender Arizona man who made headlines for being pregnant as a
man has been denied a divorce from his current wife. A Maricopa County Superior Court judge decided their marriage
can't be legally recognized or dissolved in Arizona.
Raceway is preparing for its final event after 30 years in the Southeast Valley.
Firebird International Raceway will close its doors Saturday after a grand finale event.(Photo by Al Macias - KJZZ)
The motorsports landmark shuts down at the end of March and more than two dozen jobs will be lost immediately afterward, said General Manager Franki Buckman.
Arizona is among 37
states seeking federal approval for the testing of unmanned aircraft for commercial
purposes. The Federal Aviation Adminstration will issue permits for drone operators in six
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said
cases of Valley Fever in Arizona and some other Southwestern states rose
dramatically between 1998 and 2011. The CDC says there were a little more than
2,200 cases in Arizona, California, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah in
1998 , but that by 2011, those states reported more than 22,000 cases.
The Tucson City Council voted Tuesday to support proposed state legislation that seeks to crack down on people who fire off guns while intoxicated. The bill would make it a felony for a person with a blood alcohol reading greater than the legal limit to shoot a firearm.
Tempe-based US Airways is one step closer
to merging with American Airlines following a judge’s decision Wednesday. American
has been in Chapter 11 bankruptcy since late 2011, so it needed a court’s
approval before the deal could go forward.
A bill to require courts to hold initial hearings in
custody cases sooner will go to the governor, after winning the approval of the
state House of Representatives Wednesday. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie has
Tuition is going up again at Maricopa County Community Colleges after the governing board approved a second tuition hike in
three years. The decision, which came last night, will mean another $12.5 million in revenues for the district.
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.
educators are remembering Eddie Basha for his dedication to public schools and
children in need. The businessman and
philanthropist died Tuesday at age 75.
He’s probably best known for the chain of
grocery stores that his family started in Arizona, but Eddie Basha also served
on the State Board of Regents and ran for governor in the 1990s.
Dr. Daniel Von Hoff of Scottsdale Healhcare and TGen spoke about efforts to cure cancer, including the dream teams of physicians coming together with complementary areas of expertise.Von Hoff was featured in the latest edition of Time Magazine in the cover story, "How to Cure Cancer.
Author and conservationist William deBuys argued in a recent Los Angeles Times Op-Ed that the future of Phoenix is unsustainable, largely because of the impact of climate change. deBuys and Grady Gammage, attorney and Morrison Institute Senior Research Fellow, debated whether Phoenix has done enough to prepare for a hotter future.
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery talked about federal efforts to approve comprehensive immigration reform and whether his office's identity theft prosecutions could affect whether some undocumented immigrants could become eligible to be on a path to U.