The Univeristy of Arizona study found
that helium balloons released in Tucson end up
in the Saguaro National
Park near Tucson.
Sixty two latex balloons were found hanging on trees, melting on rocks, or
scattered throughout a square kilometer in the Park’s Rincon unit east of Tucson.
For a long time now, advocates have pushed for reform that
would improve important benchmarks like this. Today, we begin a weeklong series
called Educating Arizona that explores the challenges in our public school
system - from the elementary to university level.
State lawmakers this week will take up two proposals dealing
with school safety. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie has more.
School safety will be debated this week under the copper dome.(Photo by Mark Brodie - KJZZ)
One measure would allow school boards to allow teachers or
administrators to carry concealed weapons, if the school has fewer than 600
students, does not have a school resource officer and is more than 30 minutes and
20 miles from a law enforcement facility.
Phoenix's Actors Theatre has suspended its season, and will be leaving its long-time home. KJZZ's Mark Brodie speaks with Robrt Pela about the current economics of the arts, and what's next for Actors Theatre.
Yuma's mayor is suing the other six members of the City Council and two city officials. KJZZ's Al Macias says the suit is over the mayor’s legal fees stemming from an independent investigation.Yuma mayor Alan Krieger is suing for more than $15,000 dollars.
Jodi Arias’s effort to get a potential
death sentence in her murder case set aside was rejected by the state’s highest
court today. Arias has been charged with the June 2008
stabbing and shooting death of her boyfriend, Travis Alexander, at his home in Mesa.
The Tempe City Council wants to crack down on unwanted panhandling. The council decided Thursday on changes that could please downtown business owners but may upset others. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports.City council members are trying to limit street begging which has become a growing problem in popular areas such the Mill Avenue.
Despite this week’s rain and snow, water experts say the
state is still below average in terms of snowpack, which leads to spring
run-off. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports.
MARK BRODIE: The mountains got several inches of snow, but Dino DeSimone
says it wasn’t the heavy, wet kind, which leads to more water.
As new construction slowly comes back to Phoenix, its shaking up the Valley's labor needs. Contractors are scrambling to recruit workers, and that's creating a ripple effect in other sectors. KJZZ's Jude Joffe-Block reports.
Last month, the city of Glendale opened a new court specially designed for the mentally ill. Advocates say it’s a critical issue; according to an analysis of government data by the Treatment Advocacy Center, mentally ill people in Arizona are nearly ten times more likely to be in the criminal justice system than in hospitals.
University of Arizona broke ground Thursday on a new cancer center at
Saint Joseph Medical Center. The downtown Phoenix clinic will be a second
hub for the University of Arizona’s nationally designated Comprehensive Cancer
Center for the Southwest region, which is centered in Tuscon.
Critics of Arizona public schools have long worried that our children are falling behind. Business leaders have asked lawmakers to make changes to the public school system so that they’ll have the workforce they need for the future.
It doesn't happen often, and it's always a surprise when it does, but we had what amounted to snow in the Valley on Wednesday afternoon.
A rainbow is visible near Papago Peak amid the storm clouds Wednesday.
The Gila River Indian Tribal council called for an investigation yesterday into a group that wants to route a freeway through the Gila River Indian Reservation.
The South Mountain freeway project has been 30 years in the making.
Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane will deliver his State of the City
address Thursday morning. He’ll give the speech in downtown Scottsdale – the city
is currently working with some businesses in that part of town to address
security concerns, after a bouncer at a bar was stabbed to death last month.
U.S. 89 in northern Arizona has been closed until further notice due to a sizable section of the highway which has buckled and collapsed about 25 miles south of Page. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Lynn Kelly reports.
Baseball Hall of Fame broadcaster Joe Garagiola will not be returning to the Arizona Diamondbacks this summer. At a press conference Wednesday, Garagiola said he's retiring. The 87-year-old says he's in good health, but ready to spend more time with his wife.
Winter weather has prompted transportation officials to close sections of U.S. 60 just east of the Valley. While it’s been raining in the Phoenix area for most of Wednesday, and snowing for a while in the high country, ADOT’s Garin Goff says the winter weather is not limited to the higher elevations.
Arts companies in the Valley and the state have struggled to find enough financial support--corporate and otherwise--to stay in business. Matt Lehrman, former Executive Director of Alliance for Audience and Show Up dot com, explains the challenges and whether they can be overcome.