Governor Brewer's job approval ratings have taken a
hit. Behavioral Research Center President and CEO Jim Haynes says the governor
remains popular with Republicans and conservatives in the latest poll, but lost
ground with other constituencies.
Arizona’s top election official wants out of a suit over an attempt to recall Maricopa County’s top lawman. Secretary of State Ken Bennett wants a judge to dismiss him from a lawsuit filed by a group that supports Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
The Maricopa Association of Governments has unanimously approved further studying of converting some High Occupancy Vehicle lanes into toll lanes.Steve Goldstein talks with MAG Senior Engineer Bob Hazlett about the options and their viability.
State lawmakers have approved sending more money to the
Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission and giving the panel more
flexibility in how it spends the cash it already has. The House and Senate on Thursday each approved the bill with
Representatives of Children's Advocacy Centers in Arizona and across the
country are urging members of Congress not to accept the cuts that are proposed
in the administration's 2014 budget. They would drop federal funding for CAC's
and related programs from $18 million to zero.
High schools students enrolled in college
courses are more likely to obtain a college degree. A new study shows students living in
poverty benefit most from such programs. NADINE ARROYO RODRIGUEZ: The study from a University of Iowa
researcher used student data from a 1988 to 2000.
Governor Brewer vetoed a bill Tuesday that would
have created a new state certification for music therapists. The governor said
the bill did not go far enough to protect
patients. Under Senate Bill 1437 the state health
department would certify music therapists.
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.
The California Supreme Court has ruled that cities and counties in that
state can ban medical marijuana dispensaries.In a unanimous opinion, the court determined that California’s medical marijuana laws—the
nation’s first—don’t prevent local governments from using their land-use powers
to zone dispensaries out of existence.
The U.S. military will be conducting drills in the skies over the Valley Thursday morning. Military aircraft will perform air interceptions of mock hostile aircraft over Phoenix tomorrow.The Western Air Defense Sector exercises are set for between 10 a.
On a tour of Mexico aimed at speaking to non-Catholics, Vatican culture minister Cardinal Gianfranco
Ravasi denounced the folk saint Santa Muerte as
blasphemous. The remarks Wednesday are
not the first time she has been targeted.
Phoenix wants to improve the financial scorecard for the municipal golf courses it owns and operates. Five of the courses lost a combined $2 million in the last fiscal year, and the city council will consider a plan Wednesday to have outside vendors run some of the operations.
Phoenix native Jon Talton was an Arizona Republic columnist for seven years. He has since moved to the Pacific Northwest, where he writes for The Seattle Times and blogs often about Phoenix at RogueColumnist.
A proposed wind energy project northwest of Kingman, Ariz. is one step closer to reality. BP Wind Energy wants to build nearly 300 wind turbines on about 50,000 acres of federal land in Mohave County, mostly controlled by the Bureau of Land Management.
Valley residents can voice
their opinion on the longest running debate over a proposed freeway plan in Arizona. A public
hearing is scheduled for the South Mountain Freeway extension on Tuesday. An environmental study is
part of the discussion.
Arizona has been attracting more attention from Wall Street recently. Last month, two companies based in the state had Initial Public Offerings or IPOs. S. Trevis Certo of Arizona State University's W.
is traditionally seen as the start of summer – and of higher gas prices for the
season. But not this year. Arizona is experiencing its lowest gas prices for
the holiday weekend in three years.
A Tucson activist is
launching an initiative campaign this week aimed at requiring the labeling of foods containing genetically modified
ingredients. Jon McLane says he's concerned about the safety of plants that may
have been altered to perhaps create their own pesticides.
Glendale city officials met Tuesday with National Hockey League representatives as well as with prospective team owners. Thee groups continue to discuss future plans for the Phoenix Coyotes.A Glendale spokeswoman said the city council will not make a decision regarding the ownership of the Coyotes until all information has been collected and all available options have been considered.
City officials report
progress combating violent crime, vandalism and prostitution in West Phoenix.That part of town has
struggled with those issues for years. In fact, if you look at
a police map from this March, pockets of violent crime still glow bright red in West Phoenix, but an annual city report from
the region does show some good news, including a 14 percent reduction in
violent crime since 2005.