Arguments about improving K-12 education in Arizona usually start with spending more money, and since the state's economy sunk into recession and balancing the budget meant extreme deep cutting, those who favor significantly higher spending have a lot of catching up to do.
is applying to be designated a Dark Sky community. The City Council voted on Tuesday 5-2 in favor of applying to the International Dark-Sky Association for
the official designation. The label would recognize the community efforts to
preserve the dark skies and set guidelines to maintain the status.
There’s a chance the Tucson Padres minor league baseball team could play another season in the city. The Padres signed an agreement that allows them to stay in Tucson next year if the franchise's new stadium in El Paso isn’t ready to open on time.
The British-owned chain of Fresh & Easy grocery stores has been sold to a billionaire from California, and some locations will be closing.
Fresh & Easy has several locations across the Valley, including this one on Indian School Road in Phoenix.
Gay rights advocates in Arizona are explaining why they did not back an effort to legalize marriage for homosexual couples. A Republican and Libertarian-led group trying to get the issue on the ballot called it quits this week, saying more established gay rights organizations withheld support -- but the proposed initiative may not have had any teeth.
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to appoint a new state senator during its Wednesday meeting. The board is replacing former Mesa Republican senator Rich Crandall. He resigned to become Wyoming’s top education official.
The recreational use of marijuana will be legalized in Arizona, if a national advocacy group can get voters behind the proposal. The same group that helped Arizona get medical marijuana passed announced a campaign Tuesday to get recreational pot on the 2016 ballot.
The Phoenix Herpetological Society is celebrating the first
breeding of rare Nile crocodiles. Cronkite
News says, the birth of 11 crocodiles is a boost for a species that’s
increasingly rare in the wild.
Organizers of an initiative campaign for a 2014 ballot
measure to legalize gay marriage in Arizona
are dropping that effort in favor of waiting until 2016. The Equal Marriage Campaign says it had
support but that key national advocacy groups withheld backing that was needed
to make a 2014 ballot measure.
A new Arizona
petition drive could mean some major changes in pensions for public
employees. Republican Party activist Roy
Miller is worried about what happened in Detroit,
happening here. His initiative would
prohibit cities, counties and school districts from spending increases that
exceed inflation and population growth, unless they've adequately funded their
It looks like a bid to block the Medicaid expansion at the
ballot may fall short. The state currently provides for most people below the
poverty level of about $19,500 a year, for a family of three. The plan confirmed
by state lawmakers would tax hospitals to expand eligibility to 138-percent of
the poverty level.
Flooding in north Phoenix kept road crews busy pumping water off parts of Interstate 17 on Monday.
Pumps working hard at the Deer Valley Road and Interstate 17 pump house. (Photo courtesy of Arizona Department of Transportation)
Arizona Department of Transportation had to remove hundreds of thousands of gallons of water in just a few hours.
Sedona City Council will decide whether it is going to take a stand on light pollution. It votes Monday on a resolution to seek approval from the International Dark-Sky Association. The label would both applaud Sedona’s dark skies and set guidelines to keep them that way.
In the coming months, hundreds of millions of dollars worth of contracts
will be finalized for new surveillance technology along the Southwest
border. The federal government is taking a new approach to awarding
these contracts in an effort to avoid past mistakes.
After months of renovation, two prime hiking trails in Phoenix will open in time for the hiking season. The city closed Echo Canyon at Camelback Mountain in January. The area was in need of modernization and of a new entrance.
More than two inches of rain have fallen in some parts of the North Valley, which have lead to power outages, traffic delays and flash-flood warnings.
Rain falls at the campus of Grand Canyon University in West Phoenix Monday.
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu is taking on the county government for hiring criminals. Babeu claims the Pinal County Board of Supervisors is hiring friends and family, knowing they are convicted criminals, and giving them access to classified information.
Key provisions of an election law signed by Gov. Jan Brewer in June and targeting homeowners associations will be stripped out of the law, under terms of a legal settlement. All but one of the provisions affecting HOAs will be nullified, after a suit was filed charging the measure violated a constitutional provision that requires bills to address just one subject.
Sen. John McCain said President Obama needs to make a strong case for U.S. military action against Syria when he addresses America Tuesday night. The senator believes there is a U.S. interest in the conflict.
A new report said the state's economy is showing some signs of life. Retail sales in July were up 9 percent from last year for the best July report in 6 years. Economist Dennis Hoffman of Arizona State University said what makes the growth amazing is that it is taking place with little impact on Arizona's 8 percent jobless rate, but the year-over-year spending increase at bars, restaurants and hotels was much smaller.
What makes a movie great is not just what you see, but what you hear. Take away the musical score from many films and they'd barely be recognizable. All this week, we'll talk with people who write these scores for the big screen.