Ceremonies are taking place across the country Wednesday to remember the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Arizonans are looking back in their own ways including Phoenix firefighter Jack Johnson, one of the many first-responders who went to Manhattan after the twin towers came down to dig through the rubble.
This week, half a dozen Arizona lawmakers led by House speaker Andy Tobin are in Mexico City on a trade mission. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton is among a group heading to China to take in meetings at the World Economic Forum, and Gov.
The Phoenix Suns will start training camp later this month in Flagstaff, fresh from the second-worst season in franchise history. Last week, the team cut ties with forward Michael Beasley, an underachieving forward who had been in contact with law enforcement multiple times in his one season with the Suns.
A same sex marriage referendum is not going to be on the 2014 ballot, but what about other proposed measures including one that opposes Medicaid expansion in Arizona? Jim Small, editor of the Arizona Capitol Times, gives an update on that and other Capitol issues.
Same sex marriage in Arizona is going to be on hold at least for a few more years. Organizers have said national gay rights groups want to focus in 2014 on states that generally seemed more receptive to the concept than Arizona.
Arguments about improving K-12 education in Arizona usually start with spending more money, and since the state's economy sunk into recession and balancing the budget meant extreme deep cutting, those who favor significantly higher spending have a lot of catching up to do.
is applying to be designated a Dark Sky community. The City Council voted on Tuesday 5-2 in favor of applying to the International Dark-Sky Association for
the official designation. The label would recognize the community efforts to
preserve the dark skies and set guidelines to maintain the status.
There’s a chance the Tucson Padres minor league baseball team could play another season in the city. The Padres signed an agreement that allows them to stay in Tucson next year if the franchise's new stadium in El Paso isn’t ready to open on time.
The British-owned chain of Fresh & Easy grocery stores has been sold to a billionaire from California, and some locations will be closing.
Fresh & Easy has several locations across the Valley, including this one on Indian School Road in Phoenix.
Gay rights advocates in Arizona are explaining why they did not back an effort to legalize marriage for homosexual couples. A Republican and Libertarian-led group trying to get the issue on the ballot called it quits this week, saying more established gay rights organizations withheld support -- but the proposed initiative may not have had any teeth.
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to appoint a new state senator during its Wednesday meeting. The board is replacing former Mesa Republican senator Rich Crandall. He resigned to become Wyoming’s top education official.
The recreational use of marijuana will be legalized in Arizona, if a national advocacy group can get voters behind the proposal. The same group that helped Arizona get medical marijuana passed announced a campaign Tuesday to get recreational pot on the 2016 ballot.
The Phoenix Herpetological Society is celebrating the first
breeding of rare Nile crocodiles. Cronkite
News says, the birth of 11 crocodiles is a boost for a species that’s
increasingly rare in the wild.
Organizers of an initiative campaign for a 2014 ballot
measure to legalize gay marriage in Arizona
are dropping that effort in favor of waiting until 2016. The Equal Marriage Campaign says it had
support but that key national advocacy groups withheld backing that was needed
to make a 2014 ballot measure.
A new Arizona
petition drive could mean some major changes in pensions for public
employees. Republican Party activist Roy
Miller is worried about what happened in Detroit,
happening here. His initiative would
prohibit cities, counties and school districts from spending increases that
exceed inflation and population growth, unless they've adequately funded their
It looks like a bid to block the Medicaid expansion at the
ballot may fall short. The state currently provides for most people below the
poverty level of about $19,500 a year, for a family of three. The plan confirmed
by state lawmakers would tax hospitals to expand eligibility to 138-percent of
the poverty level.
Flooding in north Phoenix kept road crews busy pumping water off parts of Interstate 17 on Monday.
Pumps working hard at the Deer Valley Road and Interstate 17 pump house. (Photo courtesy of Arizona Department of Transportation)
Arizona Department of Transportation had to remove hundreds of thousands of gallons of water in just a few hours.
Sedona City Council will decide whether it is going to take a stand on light pollution. It votes Monday on a resolution to seek approval from the International Dark-Sky Association. The label would both applaud Sedona’s dark skies and set guidelines to keep them that way.
In the coming months, hundreds of millions of dollars worth of contracts
will be finalized for new surveillance technology along the Southwest
border. The federal government is taking a new approach to awarding
these contracts in an effort to avoid past mistakes.
After months of renovation, two prime hiking trails in Phoenix will open in time for the hiking season. The city closed Echo Canyon at Camelback Mountain in January. The area was in need of modernization and of a new entrance.