Three years ago, Arizona voters approved Proposition 100,
which raised the state sales tax by a penny on the dollar for three years. Most
of the money has been set aside for education, with the rest going to health
and public safety.
The federal government is telling hundreds of counties across the country it wants some money back. The U.S. Forest Service says it has to cut its budget by five percent because of sequestration, and that could mean several counties in Arizona could lose hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The Arizona Department of Transportation has been awarded a grant to help repair damage on U.S. 89, south of Page. The U.S. Department of Transportation has approved $35 million in emergency relief for repairs to the roadway, which collapsed in February.
The price of gas continues to drop in Arizona. AAA Arizona says the statewide average this morning is $3.44 a gallon, down a nickel in the last week. Spokeswoman Stephanie Dembowski says prices remain low for several reasons.
State officials say they have more resources ready this year to deal with wildfires. The state has several new trucks, and Governor Jan Brewer says she's confident firefighters are prepared. But state Forester Scott Hunt says it could be a busy a fire season.
Placing foster children in homes where other children are not immunized just got easier. Governor Jan Brewer has signed a bill saying the Department of Economic Security cannot force foster parents to immunize their own children in order to be licensed.
This Saturday, a man who weighs 407 pounds will run the
Shiprock Marathon in New Mexico. Sumo wrestler and marathoner Kelly Gneiting doesn't do subtle. Here's the cover of his book, "Fat Passion." (Photo courtesy of Dustin Snipes)
And that’s not wishful thinking.
Marco Rubio says a new immigration reform bill he helped write needs stronger
border security provisions or it will fail in the House and may even have
trouble getting through the Senate.
A Phoenix woman bas been sentenced to two years
in prison and may pay up to $5 million in restitution for her part in a fake coupon ring. In March,
41-year-old Robin Ramirez pleaded guilty to counterfeiting.
Campaign finance charges against Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne have hit a roadblock. A judge has ruled the case was mishandled. Horne is accused of illegally working with an independent expenditure committee during his 2010 election campaign.
The Arizona Supreme Court has reduced the suspension of a
former Maricopa County prosecutor by a day. But, that one day makes a difference.The justices Thursday cut Rachel Alexander’s suspension
from six months and a day down to six months.
Victims of gun violence gathered Thursday outside Senator Jeff Flake’s Phoenix office. They pleaded with the senator to explain his recent vote against background checks for gun sales.
Family and victims of Tucson and Aurora shootings ask Jeff Flake to talk with them on the background check vote.
A Maricopa County Superior Court judge is expected to issue a ruling today on a request from Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne and an aideto throw out a campaign finance case against him. Horne's attorney Michael Kimerer argued in court Wednesday that Secretary of State Ken Bennett erred in forwarding the complaint to Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, and that the $840 limit on how much Horne could take from a single source is unconstitutionally low.
A task force has arrested 26 people in connection with a drug distribution ring based in Williams. The Department of Public Safety says its Gang and Immigration Intelligence Team made the arrests after a seven-month investigation into illegal drug sales by street gangs.
Arizona consumers are apparently feeling more confident about the economy. New figures from the Behavior Research Center show 29 percent think current business conditions are good. That's the best number in years, with the percentage who think jobs are hard to get now at just 43 percent.
A young bear found roaming near an East Mesa neighborhood Tuesday night has been moved. Tom Cadden of the Arizona Game and Fish Department says the bear likely roamed into the residential area after being chased off by older and larger male bears.
The Tucson Unified School District has rolled out a nearly $85 million plan to desegregate its schools. The district must spend the money under an order by the U.S. Justice Department to racially diversify its staff and classrooms.
One of Arizona's fastest growing industries is not something economists and tourism officials like to talk about, even though it generates millions of dollars each year.
The girls live in cottages that are especially decorated with light cheerful decor.
Senator Jeff Flake said he is not surprised a poll out this week called him one of the most unpopular senators in the United States. A Public Policy Polling survey shows a big drop in support because of Flake’s recent vote against universal background checks for gun purchases.
A new study by the federal General Accounting Office said Arizona’s workplace safety inspectors are underpaid and overworked. That puts a lot of employees in danger of job site accidents that could injure or kill them.