College graduation is a huge milestone. It also starts a countdown -- six months until the first student loan payment is due. Americans owe close to $1 trillion in student loans right now. Last fall, student loan debt surpassed consumer credit like credit cards and car loans to become the country’s largest pool of debt.
congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords spoke at a university graduation in New York Saturday. The former
U.S. Representative says the future of today's college graduates "shines
bright." Giffords spoke for 80 seconds at Bard’s College’s commencement
and urged graduates to “be bold, be courageous, be your best.
With wildfire season upon us, it’s important to understand a key term you’ll hear a lot of -- how much of a fire is “contained.” “When we say ‘contained,’ we still have fire crews out there who will monitor the fire and make sure that we can hold that line, so that’s very different than calling it ‘controlled,’" said Carrie Dennett, fire prevention officer for Arizona State Forestry.
Three years ago, Arizona voters overwhelmingly approved
Proposition 100, a temporary one cent sales tax increase. One of the leading
voices in opposition to the measure was Tom Jenney, Arizona Director of
Americans for Prosperity.
A federal judge has issued an injunction against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his department. The court order blocks Arpaio's agency from conducting immigration sweeps and using race as factor in traffic stops.
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.
Arizona is one of several states selling beer aged
with baseball bats this Memorial Day Weekend, to help military families. The Phoenix Ale Brewery is among nine craft beer
makers across the country selling beer aged with unfinished Louisville Slugger
maple baseball bats.
The Navajo Nation’s case against Urban Outfitters is on hold while the parties work toward a settlement. The Nation sued Urban Outfitters in March of last year, saying the clothing company violated trademarks of the Navajo name.
Apache County Supervisors have passed an ordinance that prohibits state and federal government from releasing Mexican Gray Wolves in the county. But the measure is drawing criticism from environmentalists who want to protect the threatened wolf species.
Coconino County sheriff's deputies have arrested a 25-year-old transient for tossing a cigarette that ignited a fire along I-40, near Flagstaff on Thursday. James Duncan was taken into custody, in connection with the one-acre blaze, which was quickly dealt with by firefighters, according to Sheriff's Office spokesman Gerry Blair.
A mistrial has been declared in the penalty phase of the Jodi Arias trial. The now-dismissed jury says it was hopelessly deadlocked on the issue of whether Arias should spend the rest of her life in prison, or be put to death.
Firefighters are getting the upper hand on a human-caused wildfire that has been burning in the Coronado National Forest, east of Nogales. Spokeswoman Michelle Fiddler says the Soldier Basin Fire is now 70 percent contained after charring nearly 11,000 acres of grass and brush.
If you're headed into the forests this holiday weekend, you may want to listen up. The Game and Fish Department is telling people to be "bear aware," with spokesman Mark Hart warning food and food odors can attract unwanted guests to your campsite.
is traditionally seen as the start of summer – and of higher gas prices for the
season. But not this year. Arizona is experiencing its lowest gas prices for
the holiday weekend in three years.
put off deciding whether to allow chickens within city limits. The city council
decided more time was needed for city staff to do research on the urban chicken
Chandler chicken lovers will have to wait and see whether the city will permit the birds.
Arizona State University is launching a free summer program offering mentorship and business training for inventors and entrepreneurs. ASU will provide a meeting space in downtown Tempe for those in the program to connect and collaborate.
Jan Brewer told lawmakers she wouldn't be signing any bills until progress was
made on a state budget and Medicaid expansion. Late yesterday, her actions
matched her words.Governor
Brewer vetoed five bills on Thursday after Senate President Andy Biggs sent
them to her desk.
A conservation group says lead poisoning
killed several endangered birds last winter. The
Peregrine Fund says eight California Condors died last winter in Arizona and Utah.
Four of them died from lead poisoning.
Tribe of Northern Arizona says a national bank seriously mishandled its investments.
The tribe claims it has lost millions.
The tribe filed
its claims against Wachovia earlier this month with the Financial Industry
The historic Clark Telescope at Flagstaff’s Lowell Observatory is set to undergo a $300,000 makeover. A fundraiser for the project successfully wrapped up this week.The telescope has been a familiar site on Flagstaff’s Mars Hill for the past 117 years.
We hear from Meryl Streep who's nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance in the film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods," and J.K. Simmons who's nominated for his performance in the film "Whiplash."