Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu has lost his bid to get his employees a raise. The Board of Supervisors on Wednesday passed a scaled-back $374 million budget that denied the sheriff’s request.Another year of tight revenues because of reduced state funding and lower property values meant that Pinal County Supervisors had to cut spending by $7 million in the new budget that starts July 1.
threat forced a Southwest Airlines flight to be diverted to Phoenix on Tuesday
afternoon. The FBI and a police bomb squad were among the agencies that responded
to the threat.
Sky Harbor International Aiport remained open after a plane was diverted to the aiport due to a bomb threat.
Tucson Unified School District is recalling some teachers and staff members it laid off last month. A total of 72 workers are getting back on the district’s payroll.TUSD let 187 employees go to cope with a $17 million budget shortfall, but cuts in other areas of the district have allowed officials to hire back almost six dozen teachers and other employees.
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.
Arizona Congressman Trent Franks is pleased his bill banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy has been approved by the U.S. House of Representatives. Franks says he believes the tide has turned since the Supreme Court's Roe v.
battling the Doce Fire, west of Prescott,
say they have the blaze about 10 percent contained, at nearly 6,400 acres. Incident commander Tony Sciacca said forecasters are predicting a decline in
wind speeds near the fire, with an increase in humidity.
Arizona Game and Fish Department has captured and relocated a black bear found
up a tree in Sierra Vista,
Friday. Spokesman Mark Hart says the one-year-old male was darted with a
tranquilizer, tagged and taken to a mountain range miles away.
The Department of Public Safety said a wrong-way driver on State Route 51 was probably impaired as he sped north in the southbound lanes in early-morning traffic. "At least 100 mph plus, weaving in and out of traffic and apparently showing no regard for the safety of anybody else on the road," DPS spokesman Bar Graves said.
in the area of the Doce Fire are being urged not to relax, just because the fire
has been declared contained. They're being urged to buy flood insurance, to
protect them from what may be coming, this summer.
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,”
The Arizona Farm Bureau Federation says a typical
market basket of products, cost a little less last quarter. The total was $47.97.
That was $1.78 less than in the first quarter, and off more than $3 from a year
Every Independence Day, thousands of people crowd into Prescott's Pioneer Park for a huge, city-sponsored blowout. They bring their folding chairs, shade tents and coolers on wheels. But this time they've brought something else, too.
Summers in Arizona
not only mean an increase in
the temperature, but also in the number of tire blowouts. A new study by the
Arizona Department of Transportation says tire shreds are the most dangerous
road debris in the state.
A year-long study has started for a proposed Union Pacific Railroad switch yard near Picacho Peak. The project includes the construction of multiple train tracks and commercial warehouses next to Interstate Ten between Phoenix and Tucson.
West Valley drivers could face some delays this weekend, as the Department of Transportation prepares to open three new southbound lanes on the Loop 303. Spokesman Doug Nintzel says that will require the closure of parts of the freeway.
It happened again on Interstate 17 this past weekend. An accident snarled southbound traffic Sunday afternoon leaving homebound travelers stuck in a massive jam, and geography makes the problem worse. This time the accident was near Black Canyon City.
A new court ruling says the Arizona Corporation Commission was wrong when it accepted electricity generated through the incineration of trash as renewable energy. The ruling said the utility regulating panel erred and abused its discretion with the 2012 decision.
There is a piece of presidential history parked at an Arizona airport. It is one of the first airplanes to fly President Dwight D. Eisenhower around the world in the 1950s.
This is one of three Lockheed Constellation planes President Eisenhower used during the early years of his presidency in the 1950's.
Scottsdale-based Rural/Metro fire and ambulance company said it recently missed an important payment on a bond. Rural/Metro Corporation said it is working to address the outstanding debt and is developing a new business model.