Protective fire shields, used in Yarnell Hill Fire, are not always effective
Nineteen firefighters died Sunday in the Yarnell Hill Fire, even though they were using protective fire shields. The devices are a last resort in life-threatening situations. Phillip Maldonado, a squad leader with the Granite Mountain Hotshots, helps crew member learn the finer points of setting up emergency fire shelters in April 2012.
Jul. 1, 2013
Negotiations continue for Valley Metro operators
Contract talks between the union representing Valley bus drivers and the Valley Metro’s system manager are on hold Monday. The two groups decided to take a day off and meet again on Tuesday. First Transit and the Amalgamated Transit Union will return to the negotiating table at 8 a.
Jul. 1, 2013
Memorial service planned for Yarnell Hill Fire victims; 100 Club helps out
Arizona's four Republican congressmen have postponed a field hearing they were going to hold Monday in Prescott on what they call IRS abuse and EPA overreach. Instead, Rep. Paul Gosar will host a memorial service for the victims of the Yarnell fire.
Jul. 1, 2013
Auto loan document preparation fees barred
If you are considering buying a car, there is some good news Monday. Lenders are now barred from charging document preparation fees as part of those loans. Representative Debbie McCune-Davis said the ban came as a result of a lot of complaints.
Jul. 1, 2013
Bus service will continue as normal Monday, Tuesday
Bus riders in metro Phoenix will be able to catch their normal buses Monday and Tuesday. Susan Tierney of Valley Metro said while the bus operators and the Amalgamated Transit Union have not settled their contract differences, the buses are running, “They will run as scheduled today and through Tuesday,” Tierney said.
Jul. 1, 2013
StoryCorps Phoenix: Elizabeth Cusma and Oliver Renwick
We are pleased to share the voices and conversations of our community from StoryCorps Phoenix. StoryCorps Phoenix is the project that records the stories of everyday people and archives them at the Library of Congress.
Jul. 1, 2013
Arizona college students brace for rise in student loan interest rates
Starting July 1, interest rates for most new government student loans are going up. That is because last week, Congress failed to act to keep rates at their current levels. The change puts hundreds of thousands of Arizona college students in a financial bind.
Jul. 1, 2013
Tempe streetcar feedback deadline
If you want a say in where the Tempe Streetcar project will run, Sunday is the deadline for the public to submit input. The proposed rail system will service the city’s downtown area. The public has two routes to choose from that run through central Tempe.
Jul. 1, 2013
Official: 19 firefighters killed battling blaze near Prescott
The 19 members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew killed Sunday battling the Yarnell Hill Fire is the deadliest tragedy in Arizona history and one of the worst on record in the United States.
Jun. 30, 2013
Congressional bill would expand Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
Four members of Arizona’s Congressional delegation this week introduced a bill that would expand the boundaries of Casa Grande Ruins National Monument in Pinal County. Casa Grande Ruins National Monument Superintendent Karl Cordova.
Jun. 29, 2013
Firefighters test
For firefighters in Phoenix, keeping cool is constantly a battle – especially on days like Friday when temperatures are expected to be close to 120 degrees. So, the department is always trying new methods.
Jun. 28, 2013
Vehicle theft down in Arizona in 2012
Fewer Arizonans had their vehicles stolen last year than in 2011. The numbers come from the National Insurance Crime Bureau. They find of the top ten hot spot spots nationwide for vehicle theft last year, eight were in California.
Jun. 28, 2013
Officials discover 160-feet long drug-smuggling tunnel
Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers say they've shut down an incomplete drug-smuggling tunnel under the border at Nogales. Spokeswoman Amber Cargile says the finding came during a routine inspection of the main storm drain system on both sides of the border.
Jun. 28, 2013
Gas prices remain stable
Arizona drivers are seeing continued price stability with the statewide average now at $3.49-a-gallon or about the same as a week ago. AAA Arizona spokeswoman Michelle Donatti says that's mainly the result of the slow rise in the price of crude oil.
Jun. 28, 2013
Jet crash may have been caused by a collision with a bird
Luke Air Force Base officials are admitting they now have an idea why an F-16 fighter jet crashed near the base late Wednesday. Brigadier General Mike Rothstein commands the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke, and says the jet may have hit a bird.
Jun. 28, 2013
Three more F-35 squadrons assigned to Luke Air Force Base
Three more F-35 squadrons are being assigned to Luke Air Force Base. That is in addition to the three squadrons already designated for the base west of Phoenix. The fighters are scheduled to be arrive next year.
Jun. 28, 2013
Excessive heat sparks people to take precaution
The sun is going to make people miserable this weekend, and forecasters are expecting temperatures to approach 120 degrees. Heat like this can be deadly. Some people tell us what they are doing to stay safe.
Jun. 28, 2013