Cicadas were all over the news this summer when people on the East Coast were simultaneously horrified and delighted by a flood of insects emerging from the ground. Those bugs had been hiding for 17 years just waiting for a chance to mate, but Did You Know Arizona is home to a completely different kind of cicada? Cicadas up close at the Arizona State University Hasbrouck Insect Collection.
State health officials said the number of abortions performed in Arizona was down 7 percent from 2011 to 2012. The annual report from the Department of Health Services said 13,340 elective abortions were reported last year.
Arizona schools are getting better grades. That is according to a report released on Thursday by the state department of education. More schools received A’s on their annual report card, based on the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards or AIMS test.
A new study from Pew Research Center said in 2012 more 18 to 31 year olds or millenials, were living with their parents now than in the past four decades. The study, based on Census Bureau data, showed that 36 percent of young people are stay at home children.
Phoenix’s City Manager is
stepping down to take a job in Orange County.
Santa Ana, Calif. is a fraction of Phoenix’s
size and has about one-fifth its population. And that’s where David Cavazos is taking
a job, pending the approval of the Phoenix
More than a dozen quagga mussels have been discovered in two Valley canals after a routine inspection by Salt River Project officials last month.
Quagga mussels attach to hard surfaces like boats and water pipes.
Shares of Phoenix-based Sprouts Farmers Markets more than doubled in value on their first day of public trading. The company’s ticker symbol SFM opened trading on the NASDAQ stock exchange at $18 a share.
The number of firearm homicides in the Phoenix area dropped between 2006 and 2007 and 2009 to 2010, according to new numbers from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Between 2006 and 2007, there were nearly seven gun-related homicides per 100,000 residents in Phoenix, Mesa and Scottsdale.
Some of the first medical marijuana dispensaries the state licensed will get more time to open their doors. The Department of Health Services had given dispensaries a year to open saying their authorizations would expire unless they met the deadline, but attorney Paul Conant filed suit to stop that saying some of his clients could not comply, in part because some communities failed to provide the needed zoning.
Thousands of people in the southeast valley are looking for ways to get around town Thursday as a bus strike continues. About 400 bus operators with the Valley Metro system stopped work after midnight Thursday.
The Red Cross has opened a shelter in Peach Springs to help dozens of Havasupai men, women and children who had to be evacuated from Supai Village at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Flooding there knocked out their fresh drinking water and ruptured a sewage leak.
Arizona Republican Congressman Paul Gosar took to the floor of the U.S. House Wednesday to question President Obama's use of the phrase 'phony scandals' to refer to issues like the 'Fast & Furious' gun-walking program and the recent IRS scandal that has plagued his administration.
President Obama will be in Phoenix Tuesday. The president is scheduled to present his plans to help homeowners and people who want to buy homes. This is part of a series of speeches the president is making across the country outlining ideas to boost the economy.
Arizona’s Attorney General
is asking a federal commission to let state election officials verify the
citizenship status of all prospective voters. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Arizona cannot ask
voters who register using a federal form to provide proof of citizenship.
starts Thursday for the Phoenix City Council. In some districts, the field
could be wide open. In Districts
2 and 6, incumbents are battling one challenger apiece, but with Districts 4 and 8 in
central and south Phoenix things are little more complex.
The Arizona State Parks want to know what you think about new fees at two parks, Kartchner Caverns and Red Rock State Park. The system has had its share of financial problems as the state went through the economic downturn, and had its budget cut by several million dollars.
If you have driven on Grand Avenue through the West Valley recently, you probably understand why planners are working on ideas to improve the roadway. A group of West Valley cities and other entities formed a group to look into changes along the corridor from Loop 303 in Surprise to Willetta Street between McDowell and Interstate 10 in Phoenix.
The Arizona Cardinals’ training camp continues at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, and right across the street the tenants of Jobbing.com Arena will in fact be back for their next season. The Phoenix Coyotes ownership situation is all but settled which means Head Coach Dave Tippett can talk more about X’s and O’s and less about geography and finance.
School starts back up in most Valley districts over the next few weeks, and when students get back in the classroom, they will be facing new standards in English and math, if they have not already started with them.
Another university is headed to Mesa, but this time it is a home-grown school. Grand Canyon University is partnering with a developer to locate the school in a new development near Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.