A federal jury convicted former U.S. Representative Rick Renzi on Tuesday of corruption charges. Renzi was charged with 32 felony counts of wire fraud, conspiracy and extortion. Renzi, a Republican, represented Arizona's 1st Congressional District from 2003 until 2009.
Our politics is stuck in a crossfire of proverbs that have increasingly little to do with solving the real problems of real people. • A penny saved is a penny earned! • You must spend money to make money! • Be the change that you wish to see in the world! • Don’t tread on me! Each adage reflects a world view that has weaved its way into the mind sets of our policy makers and polarized them but done little to create practical solutions that are advancing Arizona.
the Arizona House of Representatives expected to be off work until Thursday—until
Governor Jan Brewer decided to call them into special session last night.The
legislature had adjourned for the day, but the Governor called a special
session on the state budget and a proposal to expand Medicaid coverage to three
hundred thousand additional low income residents in Arizona.
The federal government has granted an Arizona tribe the right
to build a road to the Grand Canyon Skywalk. It is the latest in an ongoing scuffle over access to the tourist destination. The
Hualapai Tribe operates the glass bridge over the canyon.
Arizona's monsoon season gets underway
Saturday. State transportation officials are urging drivers to be
cautious during the summer storms, by reintroducing their dust storm awareness
campaign. The public awareness program reminds motorists of
what to do when trapped in a dust storm.
Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies have rescued two
domesticated dogs that had been abandoned in the desert, east of Phoenix. Sheriff Joe
Arpaio says a woman spotted the dogs while she was on horseback and led
deputies to them.
More Arizona kids are
getting free summer meals to help their families stretch food dollars,
according to a new report from the Food Research and Action Center.
It says more than 462,000 kids got free or reduced-price lunches in Arizona schools, but
only about 60,000 get the free summer meals.
threat forced a Southwest Airlines flight to be diverted to Phoenix on Tuesday
afternoon. The FBI and a police bomb squad were among the agencies that responded
to the threat.
Sky Harbor International Aiport remained open after a plane was diverted to the aiport due to a bomb threat.
House has passed legislation that would allow school boards to increase local
property taxes.The House
voted thirty one to twenty six to advance House Bill 2399. It would allow
school districts to set bond limits of up to twenty percent of the tax base, up
from the current limit of up to ten percent.
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.
One of the most controversial issues in the state legislature continues to mystify lawmakers. Governor Jan Brewer’s Medicaid expansion bill did not receive enough support from members of her own party to advance in the House for a final vote.
Arizona Game and Fish is prepared to kill mountain lions in
the Catalina Mountains – if the animals kill bighorn sheep first. The
department is trying to protect its reintroduction of bighorns outside Tucson.
One man has died and five hikers had to be
rescued amid dangerously hot temperatures Saturday.
all happened in White Rock Canyon,
along the Arizona-Nevada border about eight miles from Boulder City.
Road construction begins this weekend on a new detour for U.S. 89 in northern Arizona. Navajo Route 20 will redirect drivers around US 89, and
paving of the dirt road is expected to finish in August. In February, a landslide ripped apart 500 feet of the road on
A rare and dangerous illness has claimed
the life of a Northern Arizonan.
Coconino County health officials say a woman from the Flagstaff area has
died from complications of hantavirus, which is spread by infected urine,
droppings, and/or saliva of wild rodents.
Next week will bring drama to the waning days of the state’s legislative session. Lawmakers will consider a last-minute abortion measure and whether to expand federal Medicaid benefits. The showdown on both issues will happen Monday.
Just seven days into June, and Phoenix is already
experiencing temperatures 10 degrees above normal. Highs for Friday are
expected to jump to 112 degrees, and most of that warm weather will transfer
over to the weekend.
The Navy is naming its latest
vessel after the city of Yuma.
The USNS Yuma will be a Joint High-Speed Vessel. The Navy says Joint
High-Speed Vessels are transport vehicles that serve in support of overseas
operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, and special operations.
The Susan B.
Anthony coin never caught on. Neither did the Sacagawea nor the newer
Presidential one-dollar coins. But a group of lawmakers say switching entirely to
dollar coins now could save at least five billion dollars over the next 30
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