state legislative session has been stalled the last several weeks as talks continue
over Medicaid expansion. Governor Jan Brewer has asked lawmakers not to send her
any more bills until there is agreement on Medicaid, and while lawmakers remain
at the capitol, the cost of keeping them there is about to go down.
House Speaker Andy Tobin is proposing an alternative to the governor's plan to add 300,000 people to the state's Medicaid rolls. The state's $250 million share of the cost, under the governor's plan, would come from an assessment on hospitals.
economy is still recovering, but slower than expected. That is the consensus from
experts at Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business, which
offered its economic forecast Thursday.
City is temporarily closing its animal shelter this week amid worries of
cleanliness and disease. It looks like the animal control supervisor in the small southern Arizona town may soon be out of a job.
hackers have forced the Maricopa Community College District to shut down its
primary website. The district said nearly 280,000 students and employees could be
affected. It set up a temporary site after malware was discovered on its main site.
The funeral for Phoenix Firefighter Bradley
Harper is scheduled for Friday. The memorial service will be at
Christ's Church of the Valley. Harper will be laid to rest at the Greenwood Memory Lawn
Fewer Arizonans will be traveling this holiday weekend than
last year. But, of those who do, more will get there by car. And, as KJZZ’s
Mark Brodie reports, that could be good news for the state’s economy.
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Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has responded -- via YouTube -- to a court order blocking his agency from conducting immigration sweeps and using race as a factor in traffic stops. The sheriff implied the failure was at the federal level.
The top prosecutor in Maricopa County claims the recent finding by a federal judge that the county sheriff's office engaged in racial profiling against Latinos won't impact his office's activities.
Maricopa County attorney Bill Montgomery held a press conference Thursday and responded to questions about the recent racial profiling ruling.
Federal prosecutors want some of the files
on the 2011 Tucson
shooting to stay sealed. About
2,700 pages of documents relating to Jared Loughner’s rampage were
released in late March.Two hundred pages remain sealed.
A national panel of wildlife experts says the
federal government is mishandling the mustang and burro population in the Western United States. The panel also reports the bureau
of Land management is undercounting the population, suggesting the problem is
worse than reported in the past.
A new report from Arizona State University’s business school found
the Valley is not likely to see another housing bubble in the near future. During
the recent recession, Arizona
was among the hardest-hit states in the nation, in large part due to massive
investments in real estate.
Summer won't officially arrive for another week, but the Valley is already facing excessive heat warnings.Meteorologist and Channel 12 storm chaser Matthew Pace said we will have our typically hot summer days, and he is predicting an average monsoon season of blowing dust and thunderstorms.
The recent fight to save a Phoenix home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright has sparked new interest in protecting Arizona’s historic buildings. The Buckhorn Baths Motel in Mesa. (Photo by Steve Shadley-KJZZ)
This week in Mesa, preservationists, architects and city planners have gathered to identify culturally significant landmarks that need their attention.
A voter rights group said it will file a lawsuit challenging a campaign finance reform measure lawmakers approved in the final hours of the session.Under the new law, local candidates will see their contribution limit from private donors go up from $500 to $5,000, and statewide candidates would also get up to $5,000 compared to their current limit of $1,000.
The Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to review a clean air plan submitted by owners of the Apache Generating Station coal-fired power plant. The move is considered unusual for the EPA, because it may allow the plant to install less expensive technology than required by the federal government.
"Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson" is a new musical revamping a historic tale. KJZZ theater critic, Robrt Pela has a review. A rock musical American history lesson that commences with the line, “Here’s the thing about the Indians!” then segues into a song whose refrain is, “Populism, yeah, yeah!” cannot be all bad, and in its brand-new, Ron May-directed Phoenix Theatre production, it is sublime.
newly-approved expansion of Arizona's
Medicaid system will be good for the health sector of the state's economy, according
to economist Aruna Murthy of the Department of Economic Security.
don’t know how the whole exchange process will be structured and what that
means in terms of employment, but I certainly would expect some amount of
growth in employment in this sector,” Murth said.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The
Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that legally married same-sex couples
should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples.The
court invalidated a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act
that has prevented married gay couples from receiving a range of tax,
health and retirement benefits that are generally available to married