Yarnell wind forecast could change quickly
Weather experts working with fire crews in Yarnell say current forecast shows wind gusts are at about 15 to 20 miles per hour. But they say wind direction and speed could change quickly. It can go as high as 80 miles per hour.
Jul. 2, 2013
Monsoon season appears to have arrived early
If you were thinking the monsoon arrived a bit early in the year, you are right. Weather experts said temperatures in the last two weeks seem to signal the approach of the season. Meteorologists say high temperatures, dry lighting storms and the muggy humidity are not uncommon when monsoon approaches.
Jul. 2, 2013
Advocates work to sign up children for KidsCare program
Advocates Wednesday will launch an effort to sign up more kids for a program that offers health insurance to children whose families cannot afford private insurance but make too much money to qualify for Medicaid.
Jul. 2, 2013
Navajo Nation suffers through drought
Extreme drought has hit the Navajo Nation. Nation President Ben Shelly signed a declaration of emergency Monday. Shelly is directing all executive branch agencies of the Nation to develop plans for responding to the drought and educating the public about the effects.
Jul. 2, 2013
Navajos to allow drinking on casino floors
People gambling at the Navajo Nation’s casino in Arizona just got the green light to drink. Nation President Ben Shelly signed the bill expanding alcohol consumption Monday. The move follows the Navajo Nation Council’s Friday vote to allow drinking on casino floors.
Jul. 2, 2013
Study: consumers need protections from unjustified health insurance rate increases
A new report says Arizona's Department of Insurance needs more authority to protect consumers from unreasonable and unjustified health insurance rate increases. The Arizona PIRG Education Fund gives the department credit for doing what it can given its limited powers.
Jul. 2, 2013
Woman dies while hiking Grand Canyon
Rangers at the Grand Canyon are investigating the death of a woman who collapsed while hiking near the canyon floor. Spokeswoman Vanya Pryputniewicz said she was part of a group that had just begun an outing in very hot weather.
Jul. 2, 2013
Nineteen states want to review proposed airline merger
The Attorney General of Texas and his counterparts in 18 other states have joined a U.S. Department of Justice review of the proposed merger between American Airlines and Tempe-based U.S. Airways.It's not unusual for states to join a federal merger review.
Jul. 1, 2013
Weekend heat sets energy use record
Last weekend’s high temperatures had Valley residents reaching for the thermostat. Because of overnight lows in the high 80s and extreme day-time temperatures, Salt River Project spokesman Jeff Lane said the company reported record-setting energy use.
Jul. 1, 2013
Protective fire shields, used in Yarnell Hill Fire, are not always effective
Nineteen firefighters died Sunday in the Yarnell Hill Fire, even though they were using protective fire shields. The devices are a last resort in life-threatening situations. Phillip Maldonado, a squad leader with the Granite Mountain Hotshots, helps crew member learn the finer points of setting up emergency fire shelters in April 2012.
Jul. 1, 2013
Negotiations continue for Valley Metro operators
Contract talks between the union representing Valley bus drivers and the Valley Metro’s system manager are on hold Monday. The two groups decided to take a day off and meet again on Tuesday. First Transit and the Amalgamated Transit Union will return to the negotiating table at 8 a.
Jul. 1, 2013
Memorial service planned for Yarnell Hill Fire victims; 100 Club helps out
Arizona's four Republican congressmen have postponed a field hearing they were going to hold Monday in Prescott on what they call IRS abuse and EPA overreach. Instead, Rep. Paul Gosar will host a memorial service for the victims of the Yarnell fire.
Jul. 1, 2013
Auto loan document preparation fees barred
If you are considering buying a car, there is some good news Monday. Lenders are now barred from charging document preparation fees as part of those loans. Representative Debbie McCune-Davis said the ban came as a result of a lot of complaints.
Jul. 1, 2013
Bus service will continue as normal Monday, Tuesday
Bus riders in metro Phoenix will be able to catch their normal buses Monday and Tuesday. Susan Tierney of Valley Metro said while the bus operators and the Amalgamated Transit Union have not settled their contract differences, the buses are running, “They will run as scheduled today and through Tuesday,” Tierney said.
Jul. 1, 2013
StoryCorps Phoenix: Elizabeth Cusma and Oliver Renwick
We are pleased to share the voices and conversations of our community from StoryCorps Phoenix. StoryCorps Phoenix is the project that records the stories of everyday people and archives them at the Library of Congress.
Jul. 1, 2013
Arizona college students brace for rise in student loan interest rates
Starting July 1, interest rates for most new government student loans are going up. That is because last week, Congress failed to act to keep rates at their current levels. The change puts hundreds of thousands of Arizona college students in a financial bind.
Jul. 1, 2013
Tempe streetcar feedback deadline
If you want a say in where the Tempe Streetcar project will run, Sunday is the deadline for the public to submit input. The proposed rail system will service the city’s downtown area. The public has two routes to choose from that run through central Tempe.
Jul. 1, 2013
Official: 19 firefighters killed battling blaze near Prescott
The 19 members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew killed Sunday battling the Yarnell Hill Fire is the deadliest tragedy in Arizona history and one of the worst on record in the United States.
Jun. 30, 2013
Congressional bill would expand Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
Four members of Arizona’s Congressional delegation this week introduced a bill that would expand the boundaries of Casa Grande Ruins National Monument in Pinal County. Casa Grande Ruins National Monument Superintendent Karl Cordova.
Jun. 29, 2013