PHOENIX (AP) — New figures from the Census Bureau show Arizona has some of the highest rates of poverty in the country.Nineteen percent of the state's residents were living in poverty in 2012.That was the fifth-highest rate behind only Mississippi, Louisiana, New Mexico and Arkansas.
High-diving seabirds known as blue-footed boobies have
suddenly expanded their range. The Arizona Daily Star says a blue-footed booby appeared at Patagonia
Park last month in the first documented sighting of the
species in southeast Arizona.
A privately-owned rocket on a supply mission launched this
morning from a small island on the Virginia coast. Aboard are 1,500 pounds of clothes,
food, water and other items for the astronauts on the International Space
Immigration reform activists are planning a mass
demonstration next month here in Phoenix. Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox
says the 11 million de-facto citizens living in America need to be recognized
through passage of comprehensive immigration reform legislation.
Gov. Jan Brewer has opted to stop issuing driver's licenses
to people in all deferred action programs. The decision comes after a federal
judge told the state it’s action to refuse to issue licenses for people in the
president’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals was probably
unconstitutional discrimination, because the state allowed those in other
programs to drive.
Three male students at Poston Butte
High School in San Tan
Valley are recovering after taking cough medicine that had been brought onto
the campus. Rural Metro spokesman Colin Williams says the three teens were
having some serious side effects but are expected to be okay.
An Arizona House committee got its first look Tuesday at proposals that would grant full state death benefits to some families of the firefighters killed in the Yarnell Hill Wildfire.
Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin testifies about death benefits for families of fallen firefighters before members of the House Public Safety, Military and Regulatory Affairs Committee.
A former Phoenix
police officer has been convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon,
but a jury could not agree on charge of second-degree murder. Richard Chrisman was on trial for killing a man in 2010.
The Arizona Supreme Court has upheld the disbarment of a
former Maricopa County prosecutor. Last year, a disciplinary panel of the Arizona Bar took Lisa
Aubuchon’s law license away – the complaints against the former Deputy County
Attorney stemmed mainly from lawsuits filed against public officials and
A coalition of national and local advocates have started a campaign advocating for same-sex marriage in Arizona. It is one part of a state-by-state strategy to legalize gay marriage through lawsuits, ballot measures and by winning public opinion.
The Navajo Nation is asking FEMA to declare a major disaster
for the area, after heavy rains and floods damaged homes, roads and
infrastructure in many Native American communities. Navajo nation
spokesman Ernie Zah says the Tribe has already spent more than a million
dollars to cope with the damage from several different storms.
A public campaign to get a majority of Arizonans to support gay marriage made its debut Tuesday morning. Supporters hope to win the public opinion battle, with an eye toward the 2016 election.
At the podium, Nelda Majors and Karen Bailey are a lesbian couple who have been together for more than 50 years.
Arizona residents are being
warned about the dangers of rattlesnakes after two people were bitten north of Tucson. Adam Goldberg of
the Northwest Fire District says a 23-year-old man riding a mountain bike was
bitten on the calf, and three hours later, a 68-year-old man was bitten while
he worked in his yard.
is borrowing $200 million this week in a bid to save business owners money. The
state’s jobless fund is supposed to support itself with a tax on employers, but
during the recession it went broke.
A Kingman man is recovering after falling off a cliff while
he was trying to run from police. Mohave County Sheriff’s deputy Rusty Cooper
says 30-year-old Michael Caughlin faces a number of charges after driving off
when he was stopped, and running away on foot when his car got stuck.
Tuesday afternoon an Arizona House Committee will hold the
first of an expected series of hearings into the issue of benefits for seasonal
firefighters. Some of the Granite Mountain Hotshots who died fighting the
Yarnell Hill Fire were seasonal employees, meaning their survivors are not entitled
to the same benefits as full-time employees.
US Airways and its prospective partner American Airlines set out Tuesday morning on a two-day summit to Washington, DC. The companies are sending 300 employees to argue in favor of an imperiled merger.
Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport brought in more $1.3 billion in total economic
benefits last fiscal year. That is according to a new study from the W.P. Carey
School of Business at Arizona State University.
Gov. Jan Brewer's office said the state has more revenues than expected, and that means Arizona is on pace to emerge from its deficit next year. But, a Democratic legislative leader said the governor cannot take all of the credit.
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Police say the two children found dead in a Southern California hotel room after their suicidal mother crashed her car outside a shopping complex were a 13-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl.