Mexico's president has nominated a new consul general for Phoenix. The nominee previously led Mexico's consulates in El Paso and Nogales. Nominee Roberto Rodriguez Hernandez has spent more than three decades in the
Mexican foreign service, including the division that oversees the
protection of Mexican's rights abroad.
Tucson-based defense contractor Raytheon Missile Systems was
awarded more than $250 million in two Defense Department contracts
Friday, which fulfill commitments from the Army and the US Missile Defense
The Federal Aviation
Administration says it will delay the closures of towers at 149 airports across
the country, including four in Arizona.Towers were supposed to
have started closing Sunday night, but the FAA says it’ll now wait until June 15.
United States drug czar Gil Kerlikowske met with local mayors in Phoenix on Thursday to talk border security and drug trafficking.
U.S. Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy Gil Kerlikowske, center, visited with (from left), Surprise Mayor Sharon Wolcott, Avondale Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Phoenix City Councilman Michael Nowakowski, and Phoenix Chief of Police Daniel Garcia.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet
Napolitano says federal budget cuts may not hit border security as hard as she
Napolitano met with law enforcement and
business leaders in Houston Thursday.
There is a bridge with no
name over the Santa Cruz
River. A ribbon-cutting ceremony
was held last week in the community of Rio Rico. But the Santa Cruz County Board
of Supervisors can’t agree on what to call it.
This morning, theatre critic Robrt Pela reviewed Theatre Works' production of "Musical of Musicals (The Musical). "Musical of Musicals (The Musical)" has a beard a mile long. This send-up of Broadway tuners should at this point in the "let's spoof-musical theater game," play like a post-peak retread, an after-thought of irony or a late-to-the-party lesser-than.
The Arizona House of Representatives has given its
preliminary approval to a measure that would make privately minted gold and silver coins legal tender in the state. Under the bill, those
coins would be no different under state law than the U.
Cactus League baseball drew more
than 1.7 million fans to local stadiums this spring.
Tempe Diablo Stadium, spring training home of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in Tempe. (Photo by Nick Blumberg - KJZZ)
That's about 20,000 more fans than last year, but it’s a record that comes with an asterisk.
The Arizona Senate
rejected a bill Thursday making it easier to fire some low-performing teachers The measure would have allowed experienced
teachers to be placed on probationary status.That status
allows a school board to fire a teacher with little notice.
The Arizona Board of
Regents has unanimously approved more than $100 million in tuition and
fee increase at the state’s three universities for the next academic year.
and mandatory fees will go up 3 percent at Arizona State and the University
of Arizona and they’ll increase anywhere between 2-5 percent at
Northern Arizona University.
Governor Jan Brewer has signed into law a
rule that stops schools from putting students in isolation rooms without their
a letter that came with Wednesday’s announcement she was signing the bill into
law, Brewer says putting out-of-control children into small, padded rooms for
hours is chilling.
The town of Marana may develop its own tourism bureau. The
Marana Town Council could not reach an agreement with the Metropolitan Tucson Convention
and Visitors Bureau. Council members voted Tuesday to seek other options to
Howard Gray School at Banner Mental Health Facility in Scottsdale (Photo by Steve Shadley - KJZZ)
English teacher Dave Bachmann (Photo by Steve Shadley - KJZZ)
Kids with autism don’t always do well in public schools.
One day after his release,
Louis Taylor says he’s trying to adjust to his freedom. Taylor was released from prison on Tuesday,
after serving 40 years behind bars.
Louis Taylor breaks down as he talks about when he was convicted in 1973 of setting the Pioneer Hotel fire
and responsible for the deaths of 29 people who died in the blaze.
There has been no shortage of discussions about
how Phoenix has grown and evolved, and how it’ll grow and evolve in the future.
An event starting Thursday will continue those talks and look to present some
new ideas, at the second annual Phoenix Urban Design Week.
has become Arizona’s first town to recognize civil
unions, after the city council last night approved an ordinance, on a 5-2 vote. The Arizona attorney general has said he will sue to try and block
Institute for Public Policy, in partnership with KJZZ, hosted a forum on
bullying Tuesday. KJZZ's Mark Brodie moderated a panel discussion,
included Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections Director Charles
Westwood High School’s Counseling Department Chair Anna Cicero, State
Representative Eric Meyer and the Morrison Institute’s Senior Analyst
Statistician Eric Hedberg.
People like the Yazidis, Coptic Christians, and Assyrians, who have survived persecution over the centuries and are now threatened by ISIS, other Islamists or civil war. These ancient religions offer many clues about the past.