If you managed to stick it out these past few months in the
Valley, congratulations, you lived through the hottest summer ever on record for
to the National Weather Service, the average temperature in Phoenix for June,
July and August was 95.
Money is a big part of political campaigns. It is nearly impossible to win a council or legislative seat without cash, and it is completely impossible to win a statewide or congressional race. Clean Elections was supposed to level the playing field to some extent by providing public financing for candidates and offering matching funds for people who were running against opponents with a higher level of private money, but Clean Elections has been defanged by the US Supreme Court, and a Maricopa County superior court judge declined to issue a temporary injunction blocking higher private contribution limits from going into effect.
It's the latest on the stalled merger between American Airlines and Tempe-based US Airways. The carriers had high hopes of completing that merger by the end of this month, but a suit filed by the Department of Justice and several states including Arizona has put those on hold.
It is a big day for shoppers in central Phoenix, with the grand opening of a new Whole Foods Market near 20th Street and Highland Avenue. The 35,000 square foot store will sell natural and organic foods and jump into the ultra-competitive grocery battle in the Valley.
Somehow on Saturday night, Arizona State’s football team escaped with a win in one of the more bizarre finishes in recent history. Wisconsin’s quarterback thought he was intentionally stopping the clock by kneeling down, but the officiating crew saw it as something else, though they have not said what exactly.
High-diving seabirds known as blue-footed boobies have
suddenly expanded their range. The Arizona Daily Star says a blue-footed booby appeared at Patagonia
Park last month in the first documented sighting of the
species in southeast Arizona.
A privately-owned rocket on a supply mission launched this
morning from a small island on the Virginia coast. Aboard are 1,500 pounds of clothes,
food, water and other items for the astronauts on the International Space
Immigration reform activists are planning a mass
demonstration next month here in Phoenix. Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox
says the 11 million de-facto citizens living in America need to be recognized
through passage of comprehensive immigration reform legislation.
Gov. Jan Brewer has opted to stop issuing driver's licenses
to people in all deferred action programs. The decision comes after a federal
judge told the state it’s action to refuse to issue licenses for people in the
president’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals was probably
unconstitutional discrimination, because the state allowed those in other
programs to drive.
Three male students at Poston Butte
High School in San Tan
Valley are recovering after taking cough medicine that had been brought onto
the campus. Rural Metro spokesman Colin Williams says the three teens were
having some serious side effects but are expected to be okay.
An Arizona House committee got its first look Tuesday at proposals that would grant full state death benefits to some families of the firefighters killed in the Yarnell Hill Wildfire.
Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin testifies about death benefits for families of fallen firefighters before members of the House Public Safety, Military and Regulatory Affairs Committee.
A former Phoenix
police officer has been convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon,
but a jury could not agree on charge of second-degree murder. Richard Chrisman was on trial for killing a man in 2010.
The Arizona Supreme Court has upheld the disbarment of a
former Maricopa County prosecutor. Last year, a disciplinary panel of the Arizona Bar took Lisa
Aubuchon’s law license away – the complaints against the former Deputy County
Attorney stemmed mainly from lawsuits filed against public officials and
A coalition of national and local advocates have started a campaign advocating for same-sex marriage in Arizona. It is one part of a state-by-state strategy to legalize gay marriage through lawsuits, ballot measures and by winning public opinion.
The Navajo Nation is asking FEMA to declare a major disaster
for the area, after heavy rains and floods damaged homes, roads and
infrastructure in many Native American communities. Navajo nation
spokesman Ernie Zah says the Tribe has already spent more than a million
dollars to cope with the damage from several different storms.
A public campaign to get a majority of Arizonans to support gay marriage made its debut Tuesday morning. Supporters hope to win the public opinion battle, with an eye toward the 2016 election.
At the podium, Nelda Majors and Karen Bailey are a lesbian couple who have been together for more than 50 years.
Arizona residents are being
warned about the dangers of rattlesnakes after two people were bitten north of Tucson. Adam Goldberg of
the Northwest Fire District says a 23-year-old man riding a mountain bike was
bitten on the calf, and three hours later, a 68-year-old man was bitten while
he worked in his yard.
is borrowing $200 million this week in a bid to save business owners money. The
state’s jobless fund is supposed to support itself with a tax on employers, but
during the recession it went broke.
A Kingman man is recovering after falling off a cliff while
he was trying to run from police. Mohave County Sheriff’s deputy Rusty Cooper
says 30-year-old Michael Caughlin faces a number of charges after driving off
when he was stopped, and running away on foot when his car got stuck.
Tuesday afternoon an Arizona House Committee will hold the
first of an expected series of hearings into the issue of benefits for seasonal
firefighters. Some of the Granite Mountain Hotshots who died fighting the
Yarnell Hill Fire were seasonal employees, meaning their survivors are not entitled
to the same benefits as full-time employees.