Governor Jan Brewer’s budget
proposal includes $2 million dollars in restored funding for Arizona State Parks,
but some advocates hope lawmakers don’t use the money for other programs.
Arizona’s 31 state parks have suffered cuts totaling
more than $80 million dollars in recent years and currently the state provides no
money for the parks from the general fund.
We are pleased to begin sharing the conversations from StoryCorps Phoenix, the project that
records the stories from everyday people.
Fernanda Philbrick and Roberta Santos (Photo courtesy of StoryCorps)
The StoryCorps Mobile Booth is parked
at the Phoenix Art Museum and has been very busy.
The state fund that holds and invests money from the
sale of Arizona
trust land has topped $4 billion for the first time ever. State Treasurer Doug
Ducey says the state's Permanent Land Endowment Trust Fund hit the $4 billion
mark at the end of February.
The Arizona Board of Regents is fighting
back against a lawsuit filed over the collection of student fees. The suit asks
that the Board's decision to force students to opt in to a $2 per semester fee for the Arizona Student's
Association be overturned.
History was made this week at the Phoenix
Herpetological Society when an alligator swam with a prosthetic tail for the first time. President of the society,
Russ Johnson says the tail will enable the gator to walk and swim like the rest
of his predatory kin, but it may take some time for the gator to adjust.
A state Senate Committee will again this week attempt
to vote on a bill putting more responsibility on people filing for jobless benefits. Representative Warren Petersen's
bill would require workers to submit documents, if the employer tells DES the worker quit or abandoned the
A small restaurant fire in Sky Harbor's
Terminal Four Sunday forced the evacuation of about 50 people from the food
court area. Phoenix Fire spokesman Tony Mure says they fought the blaze at Chelsea's Kitchen.
Voting continues Monday in Phoenix, ahead of the official Election
Day tomorrow. Residents are able to cast their ballots at any of 27 voting
centers across the city. There are three issues on the ballot – two related to changes
to the city’s public pension system, and a proposal to allow private security
to issue citations to riders of public transit in Phoenix.
The Arizona National Guard faces some deep spending cuts under the sequestration effort to limit the size of the federal budget.
The chief of
the National Guard Bureau, General Frank Grass said the sequester will be
devastating to the Department of Defense and the National Guard.
A new report says
Arizona ranks sixth in the nation for creating jobs related to clean energy and
The study by
the E2 Environmental Entrepreneur group and the Natural Resources Defense
Council says Arizona ranked behind California, North Carolina, Florida,
Illinois and Connecticut in clean energy
and transportation job growth in 2012.
Last year, farmers and ranchers across the country grappled with a devastating drought. With the hot summer months closer than many of us care to admit, KJZZ’s Nick Blumberg reports on how dry weather in Arizona affects crops and cattle.
This weekend marks the 10th annual Tres Rios Nature Festival. KJZZ's Mark Brodie speaks with Avondale's Christina Underhill and Darren Julian with the Arizona Game and Fish Department about the event.
One of the three rivers part of the Tres Rios Nature Festival.
your gun is lost or stolen, do you have to tell police? In Tucson, the answer
will soon be yes if a city proposal gets the green light. But the idea has proved instantly controversial. Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik is behind the measure, which would
require gun owners to notify police within 48 hours of their weapon being lost
Pea sized hail from a strong early afternoon thunderstorm in the East Valley. (Photo by Carol Harvey - KJZZ)
Pea- and nickel-sized
hail pounded parts of the Valley Friday afternoon. The late-winter storm is also bringing snow to Northern
New numbers from ASU show an almost unheard of jump in
Phoenix-area home prices. KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports.
MARK BRODIE: Mike Orr, with ASU’s WP Carey School of Business, says an
increase of more than 35 percent has only happened once before, and that was
during a bubble.
A proposed cross-border natural
gas pipeline in southern Arizona is leading to concerns about the protection of
a wildlife refuge in the area. Texas-based
Kinder Morgan Company wants to construct the 200 million dollar pipeline that
would transport El Paso natural gas to customers in Mexico.
Four community airports
in Arizona plan to challenge an FAA order to close their air traffic control
towers. The airports are targeted in the federal budget-cutting program
known as “Sequestration.
More than 400 city, county, state, tribal and federal
agencies took part Wednesday in a test of the country’s largest nuclear power
plant’s emergency plans. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports on what
federal evaluators were looking for at Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station,
west of Phoenix.
Arizona public schools
expect to lose more than 30-million dollars under the automatic federal budget
cuts that started this week under sequestration. Some
of the state’s hardest hit districts depend on “Title One” federal funds for disadvantaged children
with special needs.