Six years after a promising, bipartisan push to reform U.S.
immigration policy was upended in Congress, a so-called Gang of Eight Senators
officially revived the effort today. The group—led by Democrat Charles Schumer
of New York and Arizona Republican John McCain—says its proposal is
comprehensive, including making the southern border more secure and creating an
eventual path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
Even as President Barack Obama and military officials plan for the end of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan, tens of thousands of American servicemen and women are being deployed to that war zone.
One hundred Arizona National Guardsmen will be the latest to head overseas.
President Barack Obama is expected to begin his push for immigration reform next week. Today he met with several members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus at the White House to discuss plans for the legislation.
One of the Valley's premier hiking trails is about to be spruced up. But, as KJZZ's Dennis Lambert reports, that means this weekend is the last time you'll be able to use it for about nine months. DENNIS LAMBERT: The Echo Canyon Trail on Camelback Mountain will be closed on Monday, according to David Urbanato of the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department, who says the trail is overdue for repairs.
Sales of new homes in the Western U.S. were
down in December. Nationwide,
new home sales fell in December to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 369,000,
according to the U.S. Commerce Department.
Mexico's Federal Electoral Institute has
confirmed that the country's new president's party spent more than $5 million through electronic cash cards during last year's presidential campaign.Opposition
parties say the money represented illicit campaign financing, but the institute
said it found no evidence of that.
The U.S. Census Bureau released a new report
showing a growing national trend in college degree attainment; Bachelor’s,
Master’s, and Doctorate degrees are on the rise. One Arizona
university is keeping up.
manufacturing and industrial center will
soon open in Avondale. Right now there are no tenants for the facility. Developers
and the city are confident that is going to change. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports
city leaders believe it is another sign of a rebounding economy in the West Valley.
The public interest group says the City of Phoenix is not open
enough about how it spends taxpayer money. The group released a report Wednesday that gave Phoenix a below-average
rating. NADINE ARROYO RODRIGUEZ: The Arizona Public Interest
Research Group, known as PIRG, gave the city of Phoenix a ‘D’ for spending transparency.
Governor Jan Brewer's Budget Director John Arnold explains how the administration decided on its spending priorities in the $8.9 billion package. Ann-Eve Pedersen of the Arizona Education Parent Network gives details on why she thinks the budget doesn't provide nearly enough funding for K-12 education.
Shoana Anderson of the Arizona Department of Health Services explains how the state's flu season compares with the rest of the country. James Hodge of Arizona State University's O'Connor College of Law considers the ethics of requiring workers to be vaccinated and sending them home if they're ill.
Phoenix car dealer Jack Ross and his wife Acquanetta were well-known for their ubiquitous television commercials and their commitment to Valley health and culture. Commentator Robrt Pela remembers Ross, who died last week.
The Phoenix Suns are off to their worst start in twenty-five years and fired Head Coach Alvin Gentry last week. The Arizona Republic's Bob Young talks about the team's problems and how long it will take to find solutions.
Grandparents who take in their grandkids would receive a
monthly stipend, under a proposal given approval Wednesday by an Arizona Senate committee. The bill calls for a $75 monthly payment from the state
Department of Economic Security, if the grandchild is placed in their
As cancer treatment becomes ever more advanced, dedicated cancer centers in the Phoenix area have been growing. With that has come a barrage of billboard campaigns and TV commercials. In the second of two parts, KJZZ’s Nick Blumberg looks at how those centers can thrive and the criticism they face.
A proposal to require cities to randomly inspect their
parking meters has cleared its first legislative hurdle. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s
Mark Brodie reports.
MARK BRODIE: The bill would mandate cities test and calibrate ten percent
of their meters every quarter.
has one of the lowest high school graduation rates and the highest drop out
rate in the country. Those are some of
the facts in a report released today by the U.S. Department of Education. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports the graduation
numbers are actually an improvement.
The recent four-day freeze damaged ficus trees across
the Valley. If you’re wondering what to do with the tree in your yard? Just leave it alone.
Ficus tree (Photo by Rick Gould - KJZZ)NADINE ARROYO RODRIGUEZ: Ficus trees lose about a foot of
growth after a freezing cold snap.
Bryan Stevenson, a lawyer and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, which provides legal defense for the poor, the mentally challenged, children and the wrongly condemned has a new book called, "Just Mercy."