Two months after the Sandy Hook
shooting, schools continue to look for ways to improve campus security. One East Valley
school district organized a forum to get parents more involved. One idea was rejected immediately.
Unless action is taken by Congress, the once-vague threat of sequestration — a broad $85 billion across-the-board series of spending cuts — will become reality. The countdown ends Thursday at midnight.
Morris K. Udall Post Office in Tucson
processed outgoing mail for the last time Friday, and U.S. Representative Ron
Barber is upset about it. Barber
strongly opposes the Postal Service decision to close this mail processing
center and send all outgoing mail in southern Arizona
After years of budget cuts,
officials at the Tonto
State Park, north of
Payson, are starting to look at repairing and updating facilities. Currently the park is operating solely from
gate fees, but this year Governor Jan Brewer’s proposed budget
designates $2 million of Arizona lottery money
to help state parks make improvements.
Jan Brewer was among several state leaders who met Monday with President Barack Obama to
go over the pending sequester budget cuts, due to take effect Friday. She says the president urged the governors to
pressure their congressional delegations to avoid the cuts, but the Republican
governor says she's not likely
to do that.
lawmakers are moving to narrow the
list of animals people can legally claim they need for assistance, and
bring wherever they go. You might think
only service dogs would be in
this category, as they assist the blind with navigation, aid those with
disabilities in retrieving medications and assist with balance and
punishment for the abuse of Arizona's
fireworks laws would be reduced, under a bill approved by the state House. It makes violations a petty offense, rather
than the current misdemeanor. But, the
idea doesn't sit well with Yuma Democrat Lisa Otondo.
Arizona House has taken the first steps toward restricting the use of isolation
rooms, in public schools. A bill by
Representative Kelly Townsend, to require a parent's permission before putting
a child in isolation, has won preliminary approval in the House.
The Census Bureau
is dropping its use of the word "Negro" to describe black Americans
in surveys. The chief of the agency's racial statistics branch says months of
public feedback and census research concluded that few black Americans still identify
with that designation and view the term as offensive and outdated.
recommendations from a government advisory group suggest that healthy older
women shouldn't bother with relatively low-dose dietary supplements. While nutrients are crucial for
healthy bones, specialists advise getting as much as possible from a good
where you are in Phoenix, chances are you aren’t far from a sign urging you to
vote yes on Proposition 201. And it’s almost as certain you won’t find even a
bumper sticker telling you otherwise.
According to some federal calculations, Arizona had the highest high school drop-out rate in the country in 2009-2010 school year. And that has education leaders worried about the future for those young people.
With more than a year and a half before Arizonans elect their next attorney general, Felecia Rotellini filed paperwork Monday to run against incumbent Tom Horne. If a battle to be the state's lawyer between
Democrat Rotellini and Republican Horne sounds familiar, it’s because it happened before -- three years ago, in 2010 -- when Rotellini
lost to Horne by some 63,000 votes.
We know there was a Civil War skirmish in Arizona 150 years ago, but
there was also a camel troop in the state around the same time. For
about 10 years, the Turf Paradise in Phoenix has hosted Camel races.
Spring training baseball is underway. In Florida and Arizona, teams are taking the field to show fans and foes what they've got. Each team has loyal followers, but arguably the most diehard root for the team from the north side of Chicago.
The Univeristy of Arizona study found
that helium balloons released in Tucson end up
in the Saguaro National
Park near Tucson.
Sixty two latex balloons were found hanging on trees, melting on rocks, or
scattered throughout a square kilometer in the Park’s Rincon unit east of Tucson.
For a long time now, advocates have pushed for reform that
would improve important benchmarks like this. Today, we begin a weeklong series
called Educating Arizona that explores the challenges in our public school
system - from the elementary to university level.
State lawmakers this week will take up two proposals dealing
with school safety. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie has more.
School safety will be debated this week under the copper dome.(Photo by Mark Brodie - KJZZ)
One measure would allow school boards to allow teachers or
administrators to carry concealed weapons, if the school has fewer than 600
students, does not have a school resource officer and is more than 30 minutes and
20 miles from a law enforcement facility.
Phoenix's Actors Theatre has suspended its season, and will be leaving its long-time home. KJZZ's Mark Brodie speaks with Robrt Pela about the current economics of the arts, and what's next for Actors Theatre.