Governor Jan Brewer will deliver her State of the State address this afternoon, to help kick off the 2013 legislative session. And, one issue lawmakers are likely to debate this year is simplifying part of the tax code.
Governor Jan Brewer says her budget for the upcoming fiscal year will include money to help implement the new Common Core standards in K-12 education. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports. MARK BRODIE: The governor says having an educated workforce is essential to attracting and retaining jobs in the state, and that Common Core will help accomplish that.
Salt River Project has begun a years-long effort to drain, clean, and repair all 130 miles of its canal system. Saturday, SRP is inviting the public to see one of the crucial steps. SRP canals are full of fish -- many of them are white amur, which the company puts in its canals to control aquatic vegetation.
The Tempe Police Department says new technology is helping them combat crime. Police say they used a new reporting system to catch a robbery suspect earlier this week. Officers say they can now wirelessly upload information related to a crime to immediately alert all police to new information.
Two members of Congress have released information indicating the CEO of Wal-Mart knew as early as 2005 that the company’s Mexican unit was passing out bribes.Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings and Henry Waxman of California, who are investigating bribery charges at Wal-Mart, have released documents they obtained from a confidential source that indicates Mike Duke and other senior Wal-Mart officials were informed about bribery allegations multiple times.
The president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has made immigration reform a top priority for his organization. The Chamber calls itself the world’s largest business organization, and says it represents more than 3 million businesses.
An Arizona State University study shows three Phoenix airports are helping boost the Valley’s economy. The Economic Impact of the Phoenix Airport System report shows the total is in the billions of dollars.
The National Weather Service has issued a freeze watch from Saturday morning through Tuesday morning for Maricopa and Pinal counties. And, as KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports, that means Valley homeless shelters are getting ready to provide more services.
The state Supreme Court has ruled Arizona lawmakers violated the constitution when they diverted proceeds from the state land trust to help balance the budget. The Brewer administration argued in favor of using funds from trust sales to bankroll the Land Department.
Five Native American artists from across the country have spent the past week at ASU School of Art in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts on a printmaking project with graduate students. Thursday night they debut the results of their work.
As schools reopen this week after the winter holiday, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio formally launched new patrols by his volunteer posse around schools in unincorporated parts of the county. KJZZ's Jude Joffe-Block reports the Sheriff intends to keep the patrols going through the end of the school year.
Arizona Senate Democrats are expected to release details of their proposals to reduce gun violence in the state on Thursday afternoon. On Wednesday, the House Minority Leader unveiled his own proposal to try to make schools safer.
The Tucson City Council has approved a $990,000 settlement to Union Pacific Railroad for water main break. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Lynn Kelly reports.The settlement resolves a lawsuit Union Pacific filed following the massive water main break in its rail yard over two years ago.
Arizona's 2013 legislative session starts on Jan. 14 with Governor Jan Brewer's State of the State address. Now that Republicans no longer have super-majorities in the House and Senate -- and the state's economy is on the upswing -- some observers expect lawmakers to focus on K-12 education and AHCCCS funding.
One of the largest energy service companies in the country is expanding its business in Arizona. Direct Energy is moving to a new location and is adding hundreds of jobs. Second from the left, Steven Murray, President of Direct Energy Residential, surrounded by Arizona business leaders.
Tension is boiling over on whether the Eighth District seat on the Phoenix City Council needs to be held by an African-American.Former Councilman Calvin Goode argued that perspective in an Arizona Republic letter to the editor, writing that the Eighth was intended to be for an African-American when districts were drawn three decades ago.
Arizona Department of Transportation Director John Halikowski discusses the possibility of a passenger rail line connecting Phoenix and Tucson, as well as ADOT's collaboration with Nevada's Department of Transportation on the proposed Interstate 11 connecting Phoenix and Las Vegas.
About 2 million people in the Valley have their water delivered by Salt River Project canals. For the first time in more than a decade, the entire canal system will be drained for cleaning and repairs.
Scottsdale's Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction opens on Sunday with legendary American muscle cars and the original Batmobile on the block. The Speed Channel's Rick Debruhl tells Here and Now Host Steve Goldstein about how Barrett-Jackson has lapped the competition, and Laura McMurchie of the Scottsdale Convention and Visitors Bureau talks about how the auction fits in with Scottsdale's busy winter event season.
At its final meeting, the current Glendale City Council did not vote on a major budget cut. Members voted to table a proposal to trim $6 million – which would mean about 64 full time jobs. The current council decided it was best to wait until Mayor-elect Jerry Weiers and three council members are sworn in next week, and until Glendale has a permanent city manager.