House Education Committee this afternoon is scheduled to take up the Empowerment Scholarship Account bill after an identical version won the approval of a Senate committee last week. We talk with Jonathan Butcher, education director at the Goldwater Institute, and Chris Kotterman, government relations director for the Arizona School Boards Association.
Feb. 13, 2017
This promises to be another busy week at the state Capitol. With me now for a look ahead is Howie Fischer of Capitol Media Services.
Feb. 13, 2017
kids in a classroom
It’s been a busy week for education. A new Secretary of Education was confirmed. Commentator Amy Silverman has a lunch pail full of reasons why we shouldn’t turn our back on public schools. Silverman is managing editor of Phoenix New Times. She blogs about her daughter Sophie at GirlInAPartyHat.com.
Feb. 13, 2017
Humpback Chub
A team of biologists that worked in Arizona to relocate an endangered fish from the Little Colorado River has received national recognition as populations of humpback chub appear to be growing.
Feb. 13, 2017
Senator Jeff Flake asking the Interior Department to exempt the Bureau of Land Management’s seasonal firefighter program from the current federal employee hiring freeze. The move comes during the time that pre-fire season recruiting typically gets underway.
Feb. 13, 2017
protest in Mexico
Tens of thousands of protesters rallied simultaneously on Sunday in several cities in Mexico. An estimated 20,000 protested in Mexico City alone.
Feb. 13, 2017
Raúl Grijalva
The National Congress of American Indians is holding its Winter Executive Council meeting this week in Washington, D.C.
Feb. 13, 2017
gold coins
Arizona lawmakers are moving to allow residents to invest in gold coins and not have to pay state taxes on any profits they make when they sell them.
Feb. 13, 2017
With Donald Trump as president, the Dakota Access Pipeline will get a permit. While North Dakotans welcome the news, the tribe fighting the project promises a legal challenge, and protesters remain defiant in opposition.
Feb. 13, 2017
Navajo Generating Station
Owners of a coal-fired power plant in northern Arizona are expected to vote on its future, considering options that include a possible closure within a few years.
Feb. 13, 2017
Flagstaff, Arizona
A project to thin the forests of overgrown trees and brush around Flagstaff will expand this year to reduce the risk of wildfires and flooding.
Feb. 13, 2017
Monday is the last day to register to vote in the March 14 runoff election for Council District 3 in Phoenix.
Feb. 13, 2017
Sen. Armando Ríos Piter
A delegation of Mexican senators was in the Valley over the weekend to prepare for the possibility of mass deportations, and the removal of Guadalupe García de Rayos heightened the group’s sense of urgency.
Feb. 13, 2017
The San Carlos Apache reservation has shrunk in size five times to accommodate the mining industry. So when Resolution Copper recently made plans to develop the largest copper mine in North America on Oak Flat, land considered sacred ground, tribal members said enough.
Feb. 13, 2017
Susan Bastian and her family
Last month, hundreds of thousands of Arizonans got a raise. That’s thanks to the voter approved ballot measure Proposition 206, which boosted the state’s minimum wage. But for businesses that care for people with developmental disabilities, this wage hike could be devastating.
Feb. 13, 2017
Bottle of prescription medication
A Feb. 1 report from the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission said China is the main supplier of fentanyl to the U.S. and to Mexico.
Feb. 13, 2017
people holding signs
Several hundreds gathered at a rally yesterday in northern Phoenix to show support for the Muslim community in the wake of President Trump’s controversial executive order on immigration.
Feb. 12, 2017
$10 minimum wage
Republican lawmakers advanced four measures on Thursday that would effectively curb the right of individuals to propose their own laws without legislative interference.
Feb. 11, 2017
phoenix council budget vote
Phoenix officials are advising the City Council to deny a resident's petition to adopt so-called sanctuary policies to shield immigrants.
Feb. 11, 2017
the show logo
It’s time for the KJZZ Friday Newscap. Our special guest panelists this week are Vanessa Ruiz of Channel 12 in Phoenix and Barrett Marson of Marson Media.
Feb. 10, 2017