Arizona’s newest senator, Republican Jeff Flake, gave his first
speech to the Senate Tuesday. Among the items he addressed,
bipartisanship was the focus. Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona (Photo courtesy of the Office of Senator Jeff Flake)
“There is a time and a place for using super-majority rules to block legislation and/or nominees from coming to the Senate floor, “said Flake.
A mistake in the 2010 U.S. Census is forcing Yuma officials to alter their proposed budget for the next fiscal year. The Yuma Sun reports the Census mistakenly counted the population of a 2,400-inmate state prison as being in Yuma.
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.
The Pac-12 conference, which includes Arizona
State and the University of Arizona,
says it will be implementing new rules for football practices in an effort to
cut down on injuries.The effort is primarily focused on limiting concussions and head trauma.
The number of people dying in motorcycle crashes continues to go up in Arizona, according to the state’s annual statistics on roadway fatalities that came out Monday. Last year, 139 people in Arizona were killed on motorcycles.
Latino voter turnout is still lagging behind other ethnic
groups, according to a new study from the PEW Research Center. Despite rapid
growth of eligible voters since the last election, only 48 percent of Latinos
went to the polls in 2012.
Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett will be in
Washington, D.C. Tuesday morning to testify before a Congressional committee.
Bennett will address members of the Committee on House
Administration, during a hearing on a bill known as the “Voter Registration
A new large-scale renewable energy project is coming to
Arizona. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced Monday details of the
Quartzsite Solar Project, and two other solar plants in Nevada. When built, Jewell
said they are expected to generate enough electricity to power nearly 200,000 homes.
Pro's Ranch Markets chief financial
officer says the Latin American grocer will emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy within nine
months. Executives blame the economy
and immigration policy for their problems.
The state health department wants to make
it easier to compare health care at hospitals around Arizona.
Hospital Compare is an online tool that’s set to go live Monday. The website is
managed by the Arizona Department of Health Services and uses federal and state
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Arizona midwives searching for middle ground over changes to their profession will attend a public meeting at the Department of Health Services in Phoenix Monday afternoon. This continues what one midwife calls an ongoing conversation over midwifery in the state.
The Arizona House continues to work behind closed doors to reach an agreement on Governor Jan Brewer’s proposal to expand Medicaid. The measure has passed in the Senate, but a Republican stalemate over the issue has forced the session into overtime.
The Phoenix Symphony is officially back on its feet. The
nonprofit organization faced a $1.5 million budget deficit
less than two years ago. CEO Jim Ward attributed an improved business model has
helped the symphony erase its debt.
Northern Arizona University’s College of Education is
hosting a conference starting today that aims to improve the education, and
lives of American Indian children.Language activists, and educators from community and K-12
schools, colleges and universities will gather in Flagstaff, for a series of
panels and workshops.
Phoenix families spend nearly two thirds of their income on transportation and housing. Now, a new housing trend is looking to shake that up. Urban Living 2 is scheduled to complete construction in spring 2014.
First- and second-generation immigrants in the Phoenix area will learn about civic leadership this weekend. The New American Leaders Project (NALP) and Promise Arizona are sponsoring the two-day training session for the second year in a row.
Arizona’s temporary sales tax increase expires Friday. Voters
in 2010 approved Proposition 100, which upped the state sales tax by a penny on
the dollar for three years. The tax has
impacted Arizona and its economy.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
says the Navajo Nation has failed to spend nearly $150 million in
housing grant money for fiscal year 2012. Since 2000, the Navajo Nation
have almost consistently failed to spend HUD grant money.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio have failed in their bid to recall him. The
deadline to collect the necessary signatures passed Thursday afternoon.
the recall effort aren’t saying how many signatures they did collect, but they
told elections officials it fell short of the more than 335,000 needed.
Absentee voting is meant to encourage participation in elections. But tens of thousands of mail-in ballots end up getting rejected. Simple mistakes like forgetting to sign the form, or mailing it in past deadline can make all the difference.