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Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton delivered his second State of the City speech Thursday. He announced new pushes for school safety and an effort to get guns off the street.
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton (right) introduces Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia and David Krietor, the new executive director of Downtown Phoenix, Inc.
A large stretch of the US Route 89 south of Page remains
closed a week after a landslide buckled the pavement.
A section of US 89 in northern Arizona collapsed Feb. 20. (Photo courtesy Arizona Department of Transportation) The
Arizona Department of Transportation still has no timetable for when the road
will re-open, and it will be a couple
more weeks before ADOT engineers finish surveying the ground under the roadway,
which sunk about five feet into the ground.
Arizona’s public universities are usually described as thriving and constantly growing. Arizona State University is the biggest in the nation by enrollment and fights off rivals to keep that rank. The University of Arizona in Tucson is in the fight too, aggressively wooing students to its campus.
Governor Jan Brewer has made simplifying the state’s sales
tax system a top priority for this legislative session. She convened a task
force last year to come up with recommendations on how to do that.
The head of the state’s charter school board has found no reason to be concerned that teaching materials used in a Phoenix charter school have links to the Church of Scientology.
A mailing from the Church of Scientology describes the link between the church and Applied Scholastics.
At the end of January, Governor Jan Brewer authorized
emergency funding for 50 new Child Protective Services workers. The 31 new case workers and 19 support staff
have been hired, according to the Arizona Department of Economic Safety, which oversees
Some Arizonans who get a lung disease common in the Southwest are not being treated properly by their doctors. But, the University of Arizona and State Department of Health Services have joined efforts to train physicians who may not know a lot about Valley Fever.
If you ride Valley Metro buses or the light rail, you better take some extra change starting March 1. One-way tickets will cost 25 cents more. Valley Metro says the price hike is necessary to keep up with operational costs.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has lowered the age of missionaries. That has led Utah's legislature to propose a bill to modify how many out-of-state students are eligible to go to a Utah college or university.
Arizona Senator John McCain is on the Sunday morning talk shows almost every week. Roll Call says McCain has appeared more than any other senator or congressman so far in 2013.B. William Silcock, Associate Professor at ASU's Cronkite School of Journalism, explains why you're likely to see McCain on Sunday mornings and whether it makes him more influential in the Senate.
People move to Phoenix for countless reasons, and they leave the Valley for just as many. Should the 'creative class' keep trying to change Phoenix or leave for a more established place?Sustainability and architecture journalist Taz Loomans explains why she moved from Phoenix to Portland.
An effort to recall Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is underway. Has the successful recall of former Senate President Russell Pearce set an important precedent?Arizona Republic columnist Bob Robb weighs in on the Arpaio recall and a counter-effort to recall County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox.
Attorney General Tom Horne wants Arizona to be freed from some provisions of the Voting Rights Act, which was created during the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. KJZZ's Nick Blumberg explains how provisions currently apply to Arizona.
Teaching Arizona’s students is a challenge at every grade level, but perhaps especially so in the nation’s largest community college system. Of recent high school graduates coming into the Maricopa Community Colleges, 40 percent can’t read at a college level, and 30 percent can’t write at a college level.
The Arizona-Mexico border has been especially busy lately. Just a few hours before President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, Governor Jan Brewer toured the border. Sen. John McCain followed with his own visit, and then Homeland Security Secretary and former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano met with Border Patrol agents near Nogales.
and defense industry stands to lose big if lawmakers in Washington allow sequestration cuts to start
at the end of this week. The state is the sixth-largest recipient of
Defense department contracts in the country, and the federal government funneled about $13 billion to
aerospace and defense companies in the state last year alone.
Two months after the Sandy Hook
shooting, schools continue to look for ways to improve campus security. One East Valley
school district organized a forum to get parents more involved. One idea was rejected immediately.
Unless action is taken by Congress, the once-vague threat of sequestration — a broad $85 billion across-the-board series of spending cuts — will become reality. The countdown ends Thursday at midnight.
Morris K. Udall Post Office in Tucson
processed outgoing mail for the last time Friday, and U.S. Representative Ron
Barber is upset about it. Barber
strongly opposes the Postal Service decision to close this mail processing
center and send all outgoing mail in southern Arizona
After years of budget cuts,
officials at the Tonto
State Park, north of
Payson, are starting to look at repairing and updating facilities. Currently the park is operating solely from
gate fees, but this year Governor Jan Brewer’s proposed budget
designates $2 million of Arizona lottery money
to help state parks make improvements.