drivers are paying a little less at the gas pump this week, according to AAA. The cost of a gallon of unleaded gas is off
two cents from a week ago, to $3.38. Spokeswoman Stephanie Dembowski credits
relative stability in the Middle East and in the Mid-Atlantic
states for the modest decrease.
Secretary of State Ken Bennett is making no bones about his
intention of running for governor and a newly approved law is allowing him to
do it. The measure allows elected officials to be more vocal about their plans
without being forced to resign, according to Matt Roberts of the Secretary of
The Arizona Department of Transportation is the second state
agency to become involved with the United States Army in a program aimed at
hiring veterans as they leave the military. It’s called the PAYS program.
The U.S. House of Representatives has given a green light to a bill that would sharply increase logging in the national forests. Supporters of the measure, like Republican co-sponsor Paul Gosar of Arizona, say it will create jobs in rural communities, especially in the West.
The severe drought that hit the Southwest 14 years ago is expected to continue to bring down water levels on the Colorado River.
Two large storage tanks at the Yuma Desalting Plant stand a few stories above ground.
What does a
26 million park look like? Huge for starters.
Pioneer Community Park has a lot packed into its 83 acres including a large pond, which will be ready for local fishing enthusiasts in January.
Police departments around Arizona can hire new officers thanks to a grant from the U.S. Justice Department. It is the first time some cities are able to expand their police departments since the recession.
The city of Phoenix has to delay the grand opening for Camelback
Mountain Echo Canyon recreation area. A shipment of materials has pushed the
completion date back for several weeks. Contractors for the renovation of Echo Canyon trailhead are
waiting for a steel shipment.
Arizona’s unemployment rate last month rose three-tenths of
a percent to 8.3 percent. The state added nearly 40,000 jobs in August, which is about
Arizona’s 10-year average, but it is less than the two previous years.
Tempe-based US Airways has upped its spending on lobbyists this year as it tries to merge with American Airlines. There's a big job to do. Several hundred employees of American Airlines and Tempe-based US Airways asked members of Congress to support their merger bid.
Banner Alzheimer’s Institute announced it will embark on a new Alzheimer’s research trial with funding from the National Institute of Health. The institute received a $33.2 million award for research on prevention of late onset Alzheimer’s disease.
Maricopa County prosecutors acknowledge they
did not give a judge a letter that contained information affecting a key
witness' availability for the retrial of a former death row inmate. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Rosa Mroz
had ordered prosecutors to explain why they did not promptly give her a letter
they got from federal prosecutors.
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.