TUCSON, Ariz. — After serving most of his life behind bars, 59-year-old Louis Taylor walked out of the Arizona State Prison in Tucson a free man Tuesday. He was 16 years old when he was convicted of starting a 1970 Tucson hotel fire that killed dozens of people.
The Associated Press Stylebook no longer will sanction using the term "illegal immigrant." The decision has been applauded by Latino advocates. For years, many
protested the AP and other journalism organizations, including The New York Times,
over usage of what they believed to be an offensive term.
County has given the green light to workers who want to carry guns into its administration
building in Kingman. The Board of Supervisors passed the measure Monday, only a
few weeks after allowing the public to take guns into all county buildings
after a three-year ban.
The Border Patrol is warning of the dangers of
crossing the Arizona desert as temperatures shoot up this month. Spokesman
Brent Cagen says there were 177 deaths in the southern Arizona desert last year
and that border crossers are faced with many hazards.
A major producer of frozen foods is recalling products
distributed in Arizona and several other states because of concerns about E. coli
contamination. David McAtee of the Yavapai County Health Department says the
voluntary recall involves Farm Rich Brand frozen meals and snacks, produced
Two types of cactus may be getting special status in Arizona. U.S. Fish and Wildlife is once again asking for public input on its plans to protect the increasingly rare plants. The Acuna cactus (L) and Fickeisen plains cactus (R) could both get federal protection.
The Arizona Senate on Monday gave preliminary approval to a
bill that would ban cities and counties
from destroying guns turned in at buybacks.
That approval came after 18 Democratic attempts to amend the
bill – all were unsuccessful.
April marks the start of Ozone Season in the Valley, which runs through
September -- a longer-than-average season for higher levels of ozone
Ozone is produced when heat and sunlight interact with vehicle emissions
and other chemicals in the air, so the long, hot days of summer are
prime conditions for producing elevated ozone levels.
A man convicted of setting the Tucson Pioneer
Hotel fire that killed dozens of people more than 40 years ago is expected to
be set free Tuesday.
Louis Taylor was 16 years old when he was convicted
of setting the fire.
Arizona legislators want
to refinance a federal loan that kept the state’s unemployment fund afloat
during the recession. In 2010, Arizona took out a federal loan to keep its
jobless fund solvent.
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records the stories of everyday people and archives them at the Library of Congress.
Arizona homeowners mistreated by their mortgage lender in 2009 or 2010 could
receive a check starting this week under a federal settlement. But, people need to be aware of scam artists who are trying to illegally profit from
The Arizona Diamondbacks open their season tonight
at Chase Field against the St. Louis Cardinals. It will be a much different team
that takes the field for Arizona, with two of the three starting outfielders,
Chris Young and Justin Upton, having been traded.
Arizona's highest court is being asked to decide
whether anyone who smokes marijuana, legally or not, can ever drive legally in the state. The case involves a man who
was stopped for speeding and whose blood test showed a metabolite of the
psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, which resulted in a charge of driving
under the influence.
The Speaker of the Arizona House Andy Tobin says
lawmakers are on target for wrapping up their session, but he's willing to put
on the brakes to give Governor Jan Brewer a break.
“The governor has asked us to please slow down,” Tobin
A Tucson man who has spent 42 years in prison for the
Pioneer Hotel fire that killed 28 people is expected to be released tomorrow as
part of an agreement with prosecutors. Louis Taylor was convicted as a teen but
has maintained his innocence.
After 30 years in business, the
lease on Firebird International Raceway in Chandler ran out. Negotiations between the Gila
River Indian Community, which owns the venue, and the current operators stalled, so the
Valley racing institution is closing down completely this month.
uninsured families in Phoenix, getting sick raises a question with few good
answers. Go to the doctor, and they’ll likely face bills they can’t pay. Wait
it out, and they might end up in the emergency room.
The popular candy Peeps is celebrating its 60th
anniversary this year. The fluffy,
yellow confection was originally an Easter candy but has become a cultural icon,
evolving into different shapes and colors.
We hear from Meryl Streep who's nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance in the film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods," and J.K. Simmons who's nominated for his performance in the film "Whiplash."