punishment for the abuse of Arizona's
fireworks laws would be reduced, under a bill approved by the state House. It makes violations a petty offense, rather
than the current misdemeanor. But, the
idea doesn't sit well with Yuma Democrat Lisa Otondo.
Arizona House has taken the first steps toward restricting the use of isolation
rooms, in public schools. A bill by
Representative Kelly Townsend, to require a parent's permission before putting
a child in isolation, has won preliminary approval in the House.
The Census Bureau
is dropping its use of the word "Negro" to describe black Americans
in surveys. The chief of the agency's racial statistics branch says months of
public feedback and census research concluded that few black Americans still identify
with that designation and view the term as offensive and outdated.
recommendations from a government advisory group suggest that healthy older
women shouldn't bother with relatively low-dose dietary supplements. While nutrients are crucial for
healthy bones, specialists advise getting as much as possible from a good
where you are in Phoenix, chances are you aren’t far from a sign urging you to
vote yes on Proposition 201. And it’s almost as certain you won’t find even a
bumper sticker telling you otherwise.
According to some federal calculations, Arizona had the highest high school drop-out rate in the country in 2009-2010 school year. And that has education leaders worried about the future for those young people.
With more than a year and a half before Arizonans elect their next attorney general, Felecia Rotellini filed paperwork Monday to run against incumbent Tom Horne. If a battle to be the state's lawyer between
Democrat Rotellini and Republican Horne sounds familiar, it’s because it happened before -- three years ago, in 2010 -- when Rotellini
lost to Horne by some 63,000 votes.
We know there was a Civil War skirmish in Arizona 150 years ago, but
there was also a camel troop in the state around the same time. For
about 10 years, the Turf Paradise in Phoenix has hosted Camel races.
Spring training baseball is underway. In Florida and Arizona, teams are taking the field to show fans and foes what they've got. Each team has loyal followers, but arguably the most diehard root for the team from the north side of Chicago.
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.