Debate continues this week in Washington over the 2013 Farm bill. One of
the amendments being considered would eliminate a loophole in the current
federal animal fighting law. Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society is a strong
supporter of the amendment, saying along with Arizona's 1998 ban on
cockfighting, it would "eradicate illegal animal fighting once and for
all" in the state.
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne is asking a federal judge
to throw out a challenge to the state's ban on abortion because of the child's
race or gender. The 2011 law makes it a felony for a doctor to terminate a
pregnancy for those reasons.
State lawmakers should be able to ignore a law they wrote and was approved by the voters. That is what an attorney for the legislators told the Arizona Supreme Court Tuesday. At stake are millions of dollars that school districts said the state legislature was supposed to provide but did not.
A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday the Food and
Drug Administration should never have approved the importation of an anesthetic
drug used in executions by lethal injections. Arizona was among three states that brought
the case to the appeals court.
Arizona Senator John McCain is changing course and said he is
dropping his threat to block the nomination of President Obama’s pick for
chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. After a hearing last week, McCain said he would block Gen.
There is a frenzy erupting in the birding world over a colorful, chicken-sized bird not usually seen in the Southwest. The Rufous-Necked Wood-Rail is typically found along the coasts and in the tropical forests of Central and South America, but for the first time, it has been spotted in the United States.
Border patrol agents have rescued eight illegal immigrants
who became distressed crossing the southern Arizona desert. Spokesman Brent Cagen says a
ninth member of the group died from heat-related issues after they were
abandoned by human smugglers.
The Arizona Department of Transportation is bringing those
large blue signs advertising services ahead for travelers on rural highways to
urban areas this fall. Spokeswoman Laura Douglas says there are 300 exits in
four metro areas where the signs will go up.
Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies have arrested a New York man for allegedly stalking and threatening two
national television commentators and an Arizona
woman. 48-year-old David Simpson was arrested in Bath, NY
after Sheriff Joe Arpaio says he became attached to convicted murderer Jodi
Arias during her trial, and sent tweets to the victims.
Residents of Eloy,
Ariz. are cleaning up this
morning after a heavy thunderstorm dumped a lot of rain on the town in a short
period of time Monday afternoon. David Lader of the National Weather Service in
the storm hit with very little warning.
Park rangers at the Grand Canyon
are warning visitors to be on the alert for thunderstorms after a river guide
was struck by lightning. Spokeswoman Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski, says the guide had
to be airlifted out of the canyon Sunday night.
Fire officials in the state say, despite the loss of lives
in the Yarnell Hill wildfire, the number of acres burned this fire season was
the smallest in years. Carrie Dennett of the state Forestry Division says about
91,000 acres of state and federal land were charred this year, but that
compares to over 200,000, a year ago.
Some state lawmakers say they're willing to take another
look at Arizona's 'stand your ground law' in
the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting and trial in Florida, but there's deep division over whether
any changes are needed.
People who live in Safford and Graham County could see their water rates increase this week. The area is dealing with a 10 year drought that forced the eastern Arizona community to start mandatory water rationing, but the demand still exceeds water supplies.
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.
If you drive the Loop 101 Pima Freeway north of the Red Mountain part of the Loop 202 very often, you know traffic many times becomes bogged down there. There is relief on the way. But, just like a freeway back-up, it is going to take a while.
Eighty students symbolically entered the medical profession
on Friday with the annual White Coat ceremony for the newest class at the
University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix.
Among them was Katy Coyne who says this rite-of-passage ceremony takes
place two weeks into the first year of medical school.
As prosecutors and defense attorneys prepare for a new trial
for death row inmate Debra Milke, a German man who created a website
proclaiming her innocence is watching closely. Frank Aue says he met Milke in
prison in 2000 and does not believe she's a murderer.
Senator John McCain is calling for a study of 'stand your ground'
laws across the country. On CNN's State of the Union, Sunday, McCain was asked
if he thought that included the Arizona
“Yes, I do,” McCain said.