A group of lawmakers and business leaders is planning to meet Wednesday to examine whether Arizona should reform its income tax system. Over the last couple years the state legislature has cut business and capital gains taxes and reformed the sales tax collection system.
The French Gulch Fire, five miles from Yarnell, has grown to
850 acres, and containment has risen to 15 percent. Now, the area is
experiencing light showers and the chance for thunderstorms is increasing.
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is issuing
an ozone high pollution advisory today for just the third time this year. National
Weather Service Meteorologist Austin Jamison says the pollution can be a
problem for people with repertory problems and even healthy people who exercise
Firefighters in the Mogollon Rim continue to watch the
lightning-started Egypt Fire. Coconino National Forest Spokesman Dean Jones
says the target burn area for the fire is about 6,000 acres, and that people in
the area have nothing to worry about.
A new report released Tuesday said a better plan is needed to deal with
the U.S. Forest Service’s airtanker shortage. The Government Accountability
Office said the Forest Service should work with the Department of the Interior
to develop a more coordinated approach, but not everyone is sold on that strategy.
Two members of Arizona’s Congressional delegation will be in Superior Tuesday night to discuss the future of the region’s copper industry. Republican Paul Gosar and Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick are pushing legislation to revive the Superior Mine project.
Wildlife officials said a
Mexican gray wolf has died in the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest. Arizona Game and Fish
officials said a field team was trying to fit radio-telemetry collars on some wolves
Maricopa County will begin helping inmates sign up for health care insurance when they leave the jail system. It is part of the campaign to get 1 million uninsured people in Arizona coverage next year.
With the Valley under an excessive heat warning from 10 a.m. Tuesday until 8 p.m. Wednesday, the National Weather Service
is predicting more unseasonably hot temperatures. Meteorologist Matthew Hersch
says there’s a ridge of high pressure sitting over Arizona, but that relief is in sight.
Several fires continue to burn across Arizona. Two of those in the Tonto National Forest were caused by lightning last week. The White and Cain fires have burned more than 1200 acres.
Lightning can be seen over the mountains in the Prescott National Forest on Saturday.
About 1 million people in Arizona could get health insurance next year. The long awaited Affordable Health Care Act will not start providing benefits until January, but you can start signing up for a plan this fall.
that patrol the U.S.-Mexico border are now run by the Department of Homeland
Security. The Tethered
Areostat Radar System, known as TARS, uses giant balloons across Texas, New
Mexico and Arizona.
Arizona has selected its first-ever poet laureate. The title goes to English professor and Nogales native Alberto Rios. Alberto Rios has taught at Arizona State University for three decades and was just selected as Arizona's first-ever poet laureate.
The Musical Instrument Museum in North Phoenix has been open for a little more than three years. Earlier this month, it welcomed a new new President and Director. Carrie Heinonen has returned to the Valley after working at the Art Institute of Chicago.
The U.S. Education Secretary will be in Arizona and New
Mexico in a few weeks, as part of the department’s annual back-to-school bus
tour.Arne Duncan will start his trip in Santa Fe on Sept. 9,
before moving on to Albuquerque, Socorro, N.
Opening statements are set for today in the capital murder
trial of Arizona
fugitive John McCluskey. McCluskey is facing 20 counts in the murder of an Oklahoma couple, following his escape from an Arizona prison.
Businesses along Apache Boulevard in Tempe could be getting a facelift. The
City of Tempe recently launched a new Storefront Improvement Program. Tempe spokeswoman Nikki Ripley said the city will
match a business owner up to $100,000 through federal funds
for exterior improvements like windows, lighting and paint jobs.
Methamphetamine use is down, and so are the
negative advertisements. The focus has shifted from meth to prescription
pills, according to Glenn Cummings, the west regional director of Outpatient Services for Terros, a Phoenix behavioral health group.