Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal is warning about the
possible mass retention of third graders at the end of this year. Huppenthal
says based on the most recent AIMS scores, school districts need to act now to
help kids meet the minimum reading standards that will allow them to move on.
While most of the nation experiences a cool down this week,
it’s unusually hot and dry for central Arizona
and will remain that way through the weekend. But, Mark O’Malley with the National
Weather Service says the hot weather does not signal an end to the monsoon
Phoenix land company Vermaland bought 4000 acres near Casa Grande this
This map graphic highlights in yellow the land proposed for the La Osa Ranch project in Pinal County. (Map courtesy of Land Advisors Organization)
A sign of continued growth in the housing market, their master plan calls
for residential lots, parks and commercial space.
The U.S. Education Secretary will be in Arizona and New
Mexico in a few weeks, as part of the department’s annual back-to-school bus
tour.Arne Duncan will start his trip in Santa Fe on Sept. 9,
before moving on to Albuquerque, Socorro, N.
The French Gulch Fire, five miles from Yarnell, has grown to
850 acres, and containment has risen to 15 percent. Now, the area is
experiencing light showers and the chance for thunderstorms is increasing.
Sprouts is opening more stores. The health food supermarket chain made the announcement after it released a strong earnings report Thursday.
The produce section of a Sprouts store. (Photo courtesy of Sprouts Farmers Market)
The specialty food chain had net sales of $622 million in the second quarter of 2013.
Hill Fire killed 19 firefighters and destroyed about a quarter of the homes in Yarnell
at the end of June, and almost immediately the Yarnell Hill Recovery Group was
formed by local residents.
A new Rocky Mountain poll indicates Arizona voters are divided on the job being
done by Republican Gov.Jan Brewer. Jim Haynes is with the Behavior Research
Center in Phoenix.
“Thirty-one percent rates the governor highly—that is doing
an excellent or good job,” said Jim Haynes with the Behavior
Recent reports that hundreds of sick desert tortoises at a Nevada sanctuary might have to be put down have triggered a public outcry. The animals are found in Utah, California, Nevada and Arizona. Desert tortoises have trundled across the Southwest for 200 million years.
woman is recovering after being attacked by javelina as she walked her dog.
Mark Hart of Arizona Game and Fish said there was not much she could have done
to prevent the attack.
“She was walking a small dog, rounded a corner and came
face-to-face with one and then as many as three javelinas that charged directly
right at her,” Hart said.
Arizona Representative Raul Grijalva is traveling today to Nevada to get a
firsthand look at a government corral used to temporarily house 1,500 mustangs
recently gathered from federal rangeland. Grijalva is the top Democrat on a
congressional panel on public lands, and an outspoken critic of the Bureau of
Land Management's wild horse policies.
This fall, the state’s utility regulators will decide whether to take up an issue that could change how you get your electricity. The Arizona Corporation Commission has asked for comment on what it is calling retail competition.
Arizona Corporation Commission held a hearing to discuss the legal issues of deregulating
the utility market. Lawyers on both sides of the issue addressed the commission. Michael Grant, attorney for the Arizona Investment
Council, argued against deregulation.
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.
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.
Not sure if this officially counts as a holiday in state government wonk-ville, but Friday is the General Effective Date, the day on which most bills signed during the legislative session become law. Hank Stephenson, a reporter for the Arizona Capitol Times, gives a sense of what some of those new laws are, but first, let’s do the numbers on this year’s bills.
Gov. Jan Brewer's office said the state has more revenues than expected, and that means Arizona is on pace to emerge from its deficit next year. But, a Democratic legislative leader said the governor cannot take all of the credit.
High-diving seabirds known as blue-footed boobies have
suddenly expanded their range. The Arizona Daily Star says a blue-footed booby appeared at Patagonia
Park last month in the first documented sighting of the
species in southeast Arizona.
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Here and Now's Steve Goldstein talks to Dave Brewer, Program
Coordinator for the Ecological Restoration Institute at NAU, about
restoring areas ravaged by wildfires. Goldstein also talks to Gary
Woodall, the meteorologist in charge of the National Weather Service in
Phoenix about the monsoon season in Phoenix.