The Arizona Board of Regents is asking for a nearly 15 percent hike
in next year’s budget for the state’s three universities and the Board
of Regents itself. The regents said the nearly $100 million increase
does not make up for the massive cuts made by the legislature during the
recession, but that budget may not make it through intact.
An online search for electronic
cigarette stores shows nearly 20 in the Phoenix area.
Two of the many models of electronic cigarettes Vape Escapes sell. (Photo by Alexandra Olgin-KJZZ)
Electronic cigarette businesses have been popping up all over the Valley.
If you have
ever been to the fall convocation at Gammage Auditorium in Tempe, you have been a
witness to something unique. Not the event so much as the massive pipe organ
that makes the ceremony come alive.
This past summer was the hottest ever in Phoenix, according to the National Weather Service.
Mikhail Chester is an assistant professor of civil, environmental and sustainability engineering at ASU. (Photo by Nick Blumberg-KJZZ)
During the height of the heat, few places in the U.
The mayor of Washington, D.C. is nominating the chief financial officer for the city of Phoenix to the same post in the District of Columia. In a statement accompanying the announcement, Mayor Vincent Gray called Jeffrey DeWitt a "skilled manager and leader," citing his experience working with the Wall Street credit-rating agencies to maintain and improve a large city’s bond ratings.
The Arizona Supreme Court has reaffirmed the right of state voters to make their own laws, and they are telling state lawmakers they acted illegally in refusing to adjust state aid to public schools for inflation.
Police officers in Flagstaff
will no longer arrest transients who ask for handouts. The City Council agreed
this week to settle a suit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of
Arizona, who said the arrests were an unconstitutional infringement of free
home prices were up again in August, according to the home data provider
RealtyTrac. It says median home prices
were up 20-percent from a year ago, putting the state in the top five in the country
for increasing prices.
Despite several attempts to punish johns who engage in
teenage prostitution, lawmakers have so far failed to approve legislation. Now,
a governor’s task force is making new recommendations on sex trafficking in
hopes they can be the first step to breaking the gridlock.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National
Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash of a rented helicopter as
it attempted to land near a ranch northwest of Flagstaff on Wednesday.
A rookie Tucson
police officer has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a female
inmate at the Pima County Jail. Police spokesman Chris Widmer says Benjamin
Gaballa, who was terminated after the allegations surfaced last month, was
taken into custody on Wednesday.
Starting Oct.1, Americans can buy health plans set up by President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Arizona residents without insurance will have 106 new plans to choose from when enrollment begins next week, and those who live in metro Phoenix will have even more options.
The Southwest’s lengthy drought has led to serious
discussions recently about how much water will be available from the Colorado River, an extremely significant source, considering seven states including Arizona use it.
Mesa Mayor Scott Smith has never been shy about communicating with
state and federal government officials about issues facing municipalities and
possible solutions to problems that arise from those issues.
Wells Fargo has let
more than 500 employees go. Since August, JPMorgan Chase has dropped more than
750 jobs, most of those in Phoenix and Tempe.
Kristena Hansen of The Phoenix Business Journal has been reporting on the layoffs.
Staff and funding shortages at Arizona’s Child Protective Services have been troublesome for many years. The situation had become so stark that the most recent legislative session got started with an overwhelming vote in favor of emergency funding for CPS, but Clarence Carter, director of the state Department of Economic Security which oversees CPS, has made a significant budget request for the next fiscal year.
The Arizona Geological Survey and the state Division of Emergency Management are teaming up to give you a way to identify and deal with natural hazards. It’s an interactive website focusing on four hazards that are common to Arizona: earthquakes, earth fissures, floods and wildfires.
The company that once provided health care services for Arizona’s 33,000 inmates told state officials the corrections health system “is broken and does not provide a constitutional level of care.” That information came from records unsealed by a federal court on Tuesday.
Arizona’s mortgage industry is suffering more job losses. JPMorgan Chase said it will lay off an additional 500 employees at its refinancing division in the Phoenix area. Chase spokesperson Suzanne Ryan said the company has sent out pink slips to a total of 720 mortgage processors since August.