House has passed legislation that would allow school boards to increase local
property taxes.The House
voted thirty one to twenty six to advance House Bill 2399. It would allow
school districts to set bond limits of up to twenty percent of the tax base, up
from the current limit of up to ten percent.
A new report from Arizona State University’s business school found
the Valley is not likely to see another housing bubble in the near future. During
the recent recession, Arizona
was among the hardest-hit states in the nation, in large part due to massive
investments in real estate.
One of the most controversial issues in the state legislature continues to mystify lawmakers. Governor Jan Brewer’s Medicaid expansion bill did not receive enough support from members of her own party to advance in the House for a final vote.
Arizona Game and Fish is prepared to kill mountain lions in
the Catalina Mountains – if the animals kill bighorn sheep first. The
department is trying to protect its reintroduction of bighorns outside Tucson.
One man has died and five hikers had to be
rescued amid dangerously hot temperatures Saturday.
all happened in White Rock Canyon,
along the Arizona-Nevada border about eight miles from Boulder City.
Road construction begins this weekend on a new detour for U.S. 89 in northern Arizona. Navajo Route 20 will redirect drivers around US 89, and
paving of the dirt road is expected to finish in August. In February, a landslide ripped apart 500 feet of the road on
A rare and dangerous illness has claimed
the life of a Northern Arizonan.
Coconino County health officials say a woman from the Flagstaff area has
died from complications of hantavirus, which is spread by infected urine,
droppings, and/or saliva of wild rodents.
Next week will bring drama to the waning days of the state’s legislative session. Lawmakers will consider a last-minute abortion measure and whether to expand federal Medicaid benefits. The showdown on both issues will happen Monday.
Just seven days into June, and Phoenix is already
experiencing temperatures 10 degrees above normal. Highs for Friday are
expected to jump to 112 degrees, and most of that warm weather will transfer
over to the weekend.
The Navy is naming its latest
vessel after the city of Yuma.
The USNS Yuma will be a Joint High-Speed Vessel. The Navy says Joint
High-Speed Vessels are transport vehicles that serve in support of overseas
operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, and special operations.
The Susan B.
Anthony coin never caught on. Neither did the Sacagawea nor the newer
Presidential one-dollar coins. But a group of lawmakers say switching entirely to
dollar coins now could save at least five billion dollars over the next 30
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A new study shows the nation’s high school
graduation rate continues to improve. Arizona,
California and New Mexico are
among 46 states reporting better numbers, but despite the boost, the Southwest still lags behind the national
State Representative John Kavanagh has conceded he cannot drum up enough support among legislative colleagues for his bid to ask voters to rescind Arizona's 2010 Medical Marijuana Act. The problem, he said, is political.
Early next year, production companies will stop making movies available on film. That means theaters have to purchase new equipment to show digital movies, and that is not cheap. The Saguaro Theater is know for its neon cactus on top of the building that lights up at night.
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu has lost his bid to get his employees a raise. The Board of Supervisors on Wednesday passed a scaled-back $374 million budget that denied the sheriff’s request.Another year of tight revenues because of reduced state funding and lower property values meant that Pinal County Supervisors had to cut spending by $7 million in the new budget that starts July 1.
An Arizona bill
mandating transgender people use bathrooms designated for their birth sex is
dead — for now. Congressman John Kavanagh says the proposed measure could be later
Republican representative decided to drop the so-called bathroom bill saying
there are concerns in his caucus about some of his proposal’s definitions.
A national panel of wildlife experts says the
federal government is mishandling the mustang and burro population in the Western United States. The panel also reports the bureau
of Land management is undercounting the population, suggesting the problem is
worse than reported in the past.
The Valley's rapid growth likely wouldn't have been possible without water from the Colorado River via the Central Arizona Project. But the Southwest's ongoing drought has some concerned about whether Arizona will have enough water for the future.
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."