WASHINGTON (AP) — The
Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that legally married same-sex couples
should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples.The
court invalidated a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act
that has prevented married gay couples from receiving a range of tax,
health and retirement benefits that are generally available to married
government is publicly expressing disappointment with the immigration bill
making its way through the U.S. Senate.Mexico says the proposal’s heavy focus on border security
is not consistent with the relationship between it and the U.
Governor Jan Brewer signed into law an overhaul of
the way the state collects sales taxes Tuesday. It was one of her top priorities in
this year’s legislative sessions. Lawmakers approved the measure at the end of their session,
after reaching a compromise with cities and towns.
Businesses have reopened at Park Central Mall in Phoenix Tuesday after copper thieves stole dozens of expensive water pipes Monday. Phoenix police said the crime may be connected to a series of recent metal thefts in the area.
For the second time in as many weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court has handed down an opinion that could have a big impact on elections in Arizona. As KJZZ’s Nick Blumberg reports, the court’s conservative justices
struck down a key part of landmark civil rights-era legislation.
marks the 23rd anniversary of the hottest day in Phoenix history. The high hit 122 on that day
in 1990, and that caused a problem for air travelers. Sky Harbor
spokeswoman Deborah Ostricher said it was not the heat that prevented the planes from taking off, despite what has
turned into an urban legend.
County Sheriff's deputies have recovered a number of items that had been stolen
from a Burlington Northern-Santa Fe freight train in eastern Arizona. Lieutenant Jim Coffey said the loot
was recovered in an abandoned U-Haul truck at a motel parking lot in Williams.
Cochise County health officials are warning that fires in northern Mexico near Cananea could cause health problems. Three fires are burning about 15 miles south of the U.S. Mexico border, but strong winds could blow smoke into portions of Cochise County.
The Supreme Court’s decision to return a Texas affirmative action case to a lower court will not impact Arizonan schools. Arizonans will not be impacted. Arizona State University spokesman, Skip Derra said Arizona voters amended the state constitution in 2010 to end the use of affirmative action.
The Tucson Unified School District is preparing to offer "culturally relevant courses" as required under a federal desegregation order, but ethnic studies supporters do not believe the district can get state approval to meet this fall’s deadline.
A flock of
hens that ignited controversy over the city of Chandler’s backyard chicken ban
has gone missing.
Jellybean, seen above with Banjo the cat, is one of the 12 chickens that went missing late last week from the Papay household.
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Firefighters are starting to get a handle on the Doce
Fire, burning west of Prescott.
It’s reported to be about 50-percent contained and most of the homeowners who
had been evacuated have been allowed to return home.
Arizona Game and Fish Department has captured and relocated a black bear found
up a tree in Sierra Vista,
Friday. Spokesman Mark Hart says the one-year-old male was darted with a
tranquilizer, tagged and taken to a mountain range miles away.
the second time in nine days, there's a fire burning near the community of
Reddington, on the Coronado
National Forest. Fire
information officer Gerry Perry says crews responded to another human caused
fire this weekend, and that it's important that stage two fire restrictions are
in place in all of the National Forests.
Arizona's retail trade
appears to be on the decline. Department
of Economic Security economist Aruna Murthy says it seems like a paradox, that
when sales are up, related jobs are down, but she thinks there are good
are finding a lot of the stores we go into, they are either having automatic
checkouts or they’re hiring fewer people,” Murthy said.
newly-approved expansion of Arizona's
Medicaid system will be good for the health sector of the state's economy, according
to economist Aruna Murthy of the Department of Economic Security.
don’t know how the whole exchange process will be structured and what that
means in terms of employment, but I certainly would expect some amount of
growth in employment in this sector,” Murth said.
Arizona has slipped a
spot in the latest Kids Count Data Book rankings on the well-being of children,
dropping from 46th to 47th in the nation. Children's Action Alliance president
Dana Naimark says she is most
concerned about the fact that 67-percent of state kids are not enrolled in pre-school,
second to last.
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The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors is scheduled approve a $2.2 billion budget Monday for the next fiscal year starting July 1. The budget will include raises for the county’s nearly 13,000 employees, their first in more than five years.