The Tucson Unified School District is preparing to offer "culturally relevant courses" as required under a federal desegregation order, but ethnic studies supporters do not believe the district can get state approval to meet this fall’s deadline.
A flock of
hens that ignited controversy over the city of Chandler’s backyard chicken ban
has gone missing.
Jellybean, seen above with Banjo the cat, is one of the 12 chickens that went missing late last week from the Papay household.
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Firefighters are starting to get a handle on the Doce
Fire, burning west of Prescott.
It’s reported to be about 50-percent contained and most of the homeowners who
had been evacuated have been allowed to return home.
Arizona Game and Fish Department has captured and relocated a black bear found
up a tree in Sierra Vista,
Friday. Spokesman Mark Hart says the one-year-old male was darted with a
tranquilizer, tagged and taken to a mountain range miles away.
the second time in nine days, there's a fire burning near the community of
Reddington, on the Coronado
National Forest. Fire
information officer Gerry Perry says crews responded to another human caused
fire this weekend, and that it's important that stage two fire restrictions are
in place in all of the National Forests.
Arizona's retail trade
appears to be on the decline. Department
of Economic Security economist Aruna Murthy says it seems like a paradox, that
when sales are up, related jobs are down, but she thinks there are good
are finding a lot of the stores we go into, they are either having automatic
checkouts or they’re hiring fewer people,” Murthy said.
newly-approved expansion of Arizona's
Medicaid system will be good for the health sector of the state's economy, according
to economist Aruna Murthy of the Department of Economic Security.
don’t know how the whole exchange process will be structured and what that
means in terms of employment, but I certainly would expect some amount of
growth in employment in this sector,” Murth said.
Arizona has slipped a
spot in the latest Kids Count Data Book rankings on the well-being of children,
dropping from 46th to 47th in the nation. Children's Action Alliance president
Dana Naimark says she is most
concerned about the fact that 67-percent of state kids are not enrolled in pre-school,
second to last.
We are pleased to share the voices and conversations of our community from StoryCorps Phoenix. StoryCorps Phoenix is the project that
records the stories of everyday people and archives them at the Library of Congress.
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors is scheduled approve a $2.2 billion budget Monday for the next fiscal year starting July 1. The budget will include raises for the county’s nearly 13,000 employees, their first in more than five years.
Nik Wallenda is scheduled to make the big walk across a northern Arizona canyon Sunday at 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time. The Florida daredevil will attempt to cross a portion of the Little Colorado River on a wire tightrope.
Less than a week after Gov. Jan Brewer signed the Medicaid expansion plan into law, opponents are starting to collect signatures to put it on the ballot.They will start canvasing Saturday afternoon, and if they can collect 86,405 valid signatuers by September 11, the law will be put on hold, pending the November, 2014 election.
The Prescott Bluegrass Festival is still scheduled to begin Saturday. The Doce fire has not cancelled the event. Even though the fire continues to burn, the Chamber of Commerce said there is no smoke downtown, and all roads are still open.
The Phoenix Coyotes
will be keeping their coach, even as their ownership situation remains in flux. Dave Tippett has agreed to a long-term
contract extension with the team. The Coyotes have made the playoffs three
times in his four seasons as coach.
Fire managers plan to conduct burnout operations Friday afternoon and will work into the night. Residents in the area will not be evacuated. Burnout operations help to create a buffer between the fire and the community.
Arizona school districts are now able to increase their debt load for construction projects under a measure approved by state lawmakers. It gives districts authority to sell more bonds to build schools or remodel classrooms.
"Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson" is a new musical revamping a historic tale. KJZZ theater critic, Robrt Pela has a review. A rock musical American history lesson that commences with the line, “Here’s the thing about the Indians!” then segues into a song whose refrain is, “Populism, yeah, yeah!” cannot be all bad, and in its brand-new, Ron May-directed Phoenix Theatre production, it is sublime.
Arizona drivers are seeing
some relief at the gas pump, ahead of the Independence Day weekend, as prices
stabilized somewhat this week. The statewide average this morning is $3.50 a gallon,
up a little more than a penny from a week ago, but still 10 cents below the
national average of $3.
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."