Arizona Carries Out First Of Two October Executions
On Wednesday, Arizona carried out the first of two executions scheduled for this month. Edward Schad, the oldest person on its death row was put to death this morning.The 71-year-old Schad was given a lethal dose of pentobarbital at the state prison in Florence, and was pronounced dead at 10:12 a.
Oct. 9, 2013
Coconino National Forest Campsites, Recreation Areas Closed
If you’re planning to go camping this weekend, you might have a difficult time finding a place to do so. Now, due to a lack of federal government funding, the U.S. Forest Service has closed all campgrounds and recreation areas in the Coconino National Forest.
Oct. 9, 2013
2 Arrested In Connection To Sale Of Knockoff Merchandise
A Phoenix man has been arrested for selling counterfeit high-end brand name items at swap meets and other places. Phoenix police Detective James Holmes says 40-year-old Rafael Castro and a woman identified as a person of interest were taken into custody after 921 knockoff items were seized following a five-month-long investigation.
Oct. 9, 2013
As Storm Moves Into Arizona Temperatures Drop, Winds Increase
It should be windy and much cooler over the next couple days as a Pacific storm system moves through Arizona. Darrel Onton of the National Weather Service in Flagstaff says winds will be increasing as the storm approaches.
Oct. 9, 2013
Brewer Continues To Push For Re-Opening Of The Grand Canyon
Governor Jan Brewer says federal officials are continuing to refuse her request to re-open the Grand Canyon with state funds. She says she is continuing to speak with officials in Washington in an effort to re-open the park.
Oct. 9, 2013
Food Prices Up, Chicken Shows Greatest Cost Increase
The cost of food is on the rise, and chicken is leading the way. The Arizona Farm Bureau Federation says the cost of a typical market-basket of items is up 6 percent from last quarter. Marketing manager Peggy Jo Goodfellow says their shoppers found the average price of a pound of boneless chicken breasts was up $4.
Oct. 9, 2013
Maricopa Among Counties Responsible For Most Of Country’s Death Penalty Sentences
A new report shows most of the country’s death penalty sentences come from just 2-percent of the nation’s counties, including Maricopa County. The Death Penalty Information Center report says Maricopa County is the fourth highest in the country in death row inmates and 10th highest in executions over the last 45 years.
Oct. 9, 2013
ASU In-State Undergraduate Students Will Not Pay More Next Year
In-state undergrads at Arizona State University can breathe a sigh of relief. President Michael Crow said he will not ask them to pay more next year. The university president said he will not ask the Board of Regents to hike tuition for Arizona undergraduate students in the 2014-2015 school year.
Oct. 8, 2013
Furloughed National Park Workers Need Food
A food bank in Phoenix has shipped 600 emergency food boxes to the Grand Canyon. The supplies are intended for furloughed employees at the national park. Unloading of supplies at a fire station in Tusayan.
Oct. 8, 2013
Proposed Routes For Interstate 11 Between Phoenix And Las Vegas To Be Unveiled
Anyone interested in a proposed interstate between Phoenix and Las Vegas can learn more about the project this week.  Public meetings on Interstate 11 will be held in Avondale Tuesday night and later in Kingman and Tucson.
Oct. 8, 2013
Shutdown Halts Mortgage Lending
The budget impasse in Washington is starting to impact the housing recovery. ASU real estate expert Michael Orr says it’s shutting down mortgage lending, because lenders are unable to get income documentation from the IRS.
Oct. 8, 2013
People Will Protest Tuesday To Have The Grand Canyon Re-Opened
Businesses and others who think the Grand Canyon should be at least partially re-opened, even while the federal government is shut down, are planning to stage a protest this afternoon. Clarinda Vail owns and operates the Red Feather Lodge, just outside the park and she says the protest will be peaceful.
Oct. 8, 2013
Brewer Agrees To Allocate State Dollars To Cover Funding Shortfalls For TANF Families
Facing a wave of negative publicity and mounting political pressure, Governor Jan Brewer late Monday agreed to put up $650,000 state dollars to cover welfare payments for some needy families. Arizona is one of only 11 states that totally fund the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program with federal money.
Oct. 8, 2013
Arizona Sees First Flu Patient Of The Season
The first patient of Arizona’s flu season has been diagnosed. State and county health officials have confirmed it was an unvaccinated child with influenza type B who was not hospitalized. It is impossible to know what shape this flu season will take.
Oct. 8, 2013
Voters Who Register Without Proving Citizenship To Get Separate Ballot On Election Day
Voters who register without proving their citizenship will get a separate ballot on Election Day, the Secretary of State's Office said Monday. It is a response to a U.S. Supreme Court decision earlier this year.
Oct. 8, 2013
Two Executions Move Ahead, Despite ACLU
Two planned executions will proceed despite the efforts of the American Civil Liberties Union to prove the drug being used in their execution does not meet standards. Pentobarbital is among the three drugs used in an execution.
Oct. 7, 2013