On the last day of the legislative session, Gov. Jan
Brewer finally got one of her top priorities – expanding Arizona’s Medicaid
program under the Affordable Care Act. But, to get it, the governor had to call
a special session and take part in some public disputes with members of her
A voter rights group said it will file a lawsuit challenging a campaign finance reform measure lawmakers approved in the final hours of the session.Under the new law, local candidates will see their contribution limit from private donors go up from $500 to $5,000, and statewide candidates would also get up to $5,000 compared to their current limit of $1,000.
The vicious drought gripping the Southwest appears to have a bullseye on
New Mexico. Wildfires are burning across the state and water is
increasingly scarce. So scare, that early this month one town's well
stopped delivering water completely.
If you’re looking for a last-minute Father's Day gift, the
state wants you to know you likely won’t get cheated at the register.The Arizona Department of Weights and Measures did 28
unannounced inspections at retailers statewide, looking at the items people
often buy for their dads, like ties, cologne and watches.
A professor visiting Arizona from Spain has died while hiking in the desert. Tamra Ingersoll of the Pinal County Sheriff's Office said the victim was with two other colleagues who were in the state for a convention when they went on a hike in the Table Top Mountains late Wednesday morning.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department said there could be problems with nuisance bears in southern Arizona once again this year. Spokesman Mark Hart said they have had their first sighting of a bear in the Sierra Vista area, a place where bears became a problem last year.
Even though tomorrow is the “official” start of Arizona's summer monsoon season, a few thunderstorms have already popped up near the New Mexico border. Chris Outler of the National Weather Service in Flagstaff said the rains were spotty but could be a preview of things to come.
The push for sales tax sales reform in Arizona is now just a governor's
signature away. The state legislature passed a bipartisan bill aimed at
taking the chaos out of business tax collections, by boiling multiple
filings down to just one form.
The voter-approved Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, allows people with a doctor's recommendation to get a state-issued card, to obtain up to 2.5 ounces of pot, every two weeks. Now, Dennis Bohlke is pushing a measure for next year's ballot to make the possession of marijuana legal for all adults.
The state legislative session is adjourned, after 151 days. It happened early Friday, after a coalition of moderate Republicans joined Democrats to approve an expansion of the state's Medicaid program, under the federal Affordable Care Act, but the bridge-making effort angered conservative Republicans like Representative John Kavanagh.
Two Arizona Department of Public Safety helicopters were used to help a Cochise County Sheriff's search and rescue team find a family of three who became lost on a horseback ride in the Chiricahua Mountains.
They share our homes, sleep on our beds and occasionally bring unwanted gifts. Yet, despite our domestic cats playing a big role in our lives, we know surprisingly little about what they get up to. A research project by BBC2's Horizon and the Royal Veterinary College set out to find out more.
The recent fight to save a Phoenix home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright has sparked new interest in protecting Arizona’s historic buildings. The Buckhorn Baths Motel in Mesa. (Photo by Steve Shadley-KJZZ)
This week in Mesa, preservationists, architects and city planners have gathered to identify culturally significant landmarks that need their attention.
Authorities in northwestern Arizona are investigating dozens of brush fires intentionally set in Kingman in the past few months. Investigators said 63 brush fires have been set in open fields along roadways.
The National Football League is tightening stadium security this season, limiting the size and type of bags fans can bring to the game. The NFL said the restrictions are designed to enhance security while speeding up entry into stadiums.
Less than 24 hours after the Arizona House approved Gov.
Jan Brewer’s plan to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, the Senate
has followed suit. That ended the special session the governor called Tuesday to
deal with Medicaid and the budget.
Members of the U.S. Senate are wrangling to add tougher border
security provisions to the comprehensive immigration reform package. The
nation’s Homeland Security chief said manpower on the border only goes
State House members have given their approval to a new state budget, and it includes Medicaid expansion. The $8.8 billion spending plan was approved during a long session in which many Republican lawmakers, like Warren Peterson of Gilbert, protested that with only $8.