Arizona already has 53 special license plates, but it may be
getting another. Lawmakers are looking
to create a so-called “extraordinary educators” special license plate to raise
money for public school teachers.
Firefighters say they got a quick start on a wildfire
in the Santa Cruz River, north of Tucson
Monday, limiting the flames to less than an acre. Adam Goldberg with the
Northwest Fire District says the potential for wildfires is growing because of
the rather wet winter weather.
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors could have a new member by the end of the week. Supervisor Max Wilson resigned from the board due to health concerns earlier this year. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports there is no shortage of people applying for the job.
The Arizona Senate has approved a bill that lets employees at some rural schools be armed on campus.
Sen. Rich Crandall (R-Mesa) sponsored SB 1325. (Photo courtesy azleg.gov)
SB 1325 allows teachers and staff to carry handguns if they work at a school that’s 20 miles and 30 minutes away from the nearest police station, that doesn’t have a school resource officer, and that has fewer than 600 students.
A state court ruled Monday that a Gilbert
spa owner does not have the right to use fish as a pedicure treatment. But it might not be the end of the legal battle.
Cindy Vong was blocked from using fish as an exfoliant at her nail salon in Gilbert, because the Arizona Board of Cosmetology said it was unsanitary.
A Scottsdale Police Commander has accepted a job as police chief in Casa Grande. KJZZ’s Dennis Lambert has more.Casa Grande’s deputy City Manager, Larry Raines says Johnny Cervantes will replace Chief Bob Huddleston, who is retiring March 31.
Good morning, Arizona! Where the coyotes run wild, spring training is full throttle, the chickens of past political decisions have come home to roost — and children are the collateral damage of a politics gone awry.
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.
deputies in Navajo County have executed a search warrant at a marijuana compassion club in Lakeside,
but made no arrests. Chief Deputy Jim Molessa says they wanted to verify
'Mountain Meds' was complying with the voter-approved medical marijuana law.
One of the
busier airports in the country is throwing conventional food wisdom out the
window. You can still get a McDonald’s Big Mac or a Starbucks' Frappucino at Sky Harbor
in Phoenix, but
the airport is in the midst of a major upgrade that will bring local restaurants
into a space that is typically reserved for mega-corporate chains.
We are pleased to begin sharing the conversations from StoryCorps Phoenix, the project that
records the stories from everyday people.
Zachary and Claire Robertin (Photo courtesy of StoryCorps)
The StoryCorps Mobile Booth is parked
at the Phoenix Art Museum and has been very busy.
One of Phoenix’s city councilmen is in Washington, D.C. for the second time in as many weeks. As KJZZ’s Nick Blumberg reports, he’s
calling attention to how Phoenix
and other U.S. cities will suffer after federal budget cuts.
Tucson may follow in the
steps of Phoenix voters who approved city pension reforms last week. Tucson’s vice-mayor says the city is facing a
$15 million budget gap caused by escalating retirement benefits.
The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments Monday about
part of Arizona’s
Proposition 200. The high court will
decide if Arizona
overreached when the state required people to provide proof of citizenship when
registering to vote using a federal form.
The debate over simplifying the state’s sales tax system
could shift from the State House to the Senate this week. A bill to make
changes to the sales tax is stalled in the house, but there are indications a
new version could emerge in a senate committee this week.
The Maricopa Unified
School District has announced it may close a middle school to deal with $1 million
has nine schools in the rural community south of Phoenix with more than 6,000 students.
Many believe the Superstition Mountains
are filled with treasures. For more than a century, people — locals and visitors — have ventured into this part of Arizona
looking to find one of the oldest legends: a gold mine.
Students at Arizona’s three public universities would pay
three to five percent more in tuition next year, under requests made by the
schools. ASU and UofA are each asking for three percent increases, while
NAU is asking for a five percent hike.
More than 14 million people rode the Valley’s light rail
system last year. Valley Metro says that was more than a 6.5 percent
increase over 2011. And, some advocates are hopeful numbers like those will
lead to more housing, shops, restaurants and other development along the 20-mile