Tucson Unified School District is recalling some teachers and staff members it laid off last month. A total of 72 workers are getting back on the district’s payroll.TUSD let 187 employees go to cope with a $17 million budget shortfall, but cuts in other areas of the district have allowed officials to hire back almost six dozen teachers and other employees.
Recently retired Sen. Jon Kyl, who was one of the leaders in the push for immigration reform in 2007, says the bipartisan "Gang of Eight" is in a much better position to pass reform this year.Kyl said climate for reform is much friendlier.
Summer won't officially arrive for another week, but the Valley is already facing excessive heat warnings.Meteorologist and Channel 12 storm chaser Matthew Pace said we will have our typically hot summer days, and he is predicting an average monsoon season of blowing dust and thunderstorms.
There is a short list of qualifications to be a justice of the peace in Arizona. You must be a registered voter in the state. You must reside in the justice court precinct. You must understand the English language.
Arizona lawmakers will be at the capitol today after being called to a special session late Tuesday by Governor Jan Brewer. They'll be working on Medicaid expansion and the state budget. I talked with Jim Small of the Arizona Capitol Times this morning, and asked him why the governor would call a special session when lawmakers were expected to deal with the issues during their regular session later in the week.
The high heat is a signal that monsoon season is not far off. It begins, officially, on Saturday and one aspect of it you may prefer to avoid comes with a buzz. It'll soon be peak season for mosquitoes and David Mizejewski of the National Wildlife Federation says you'll be targeted through a chemical trail you unwittingly leave in your wake.
Firefighters in Show Low had their hands full with a blaze at a wood pellet manufacturing plant Tuesday. Fire Captain Brent Mix says they brought in air tankers to put slurry on it to prevent the flames from spreading, and to the scrub brush and propane tanks nearby.
Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Luis port of entry had to hit another gear this week when a pregnant woman trying to cross into the United States went into labor. Spokeswoman Teresa Small says an officer with paramedic training was called to help the 20-year-old U.
There's an excessive heat warning in effect, from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday.Dan Leins of the National Weather Service says we could see record tying heat in metro Phoenix."Right in the urban corridor [and] right in downtown Phoenix, that's typically the hottest locations.
A federal jury convicted former U.S. Representative Rick Renzi on Tuesday of corruption charges. Renzi was charged with 32 felony counts of wire fraud, conspiracy and extortion. Renzi, a Republican, represented Arizona's 1st Congressional District from 2003 until 2009.
Our politics is stuck in a crossfire of proverbs that have increasingly little to do with solving the real problems of real people. • A penny saved is a penny earned! • You must spend money to make money! • Be the change that you wish to see in the world! • Don’t tread on me! Each adage reflects a world view that has weaved its way into the mind sets of our policy makers and polarized them but done little to create practical solutions that are advancing Arizona.
the Arizona House of Representatives expected to be off work until Thursday—until
Governor Jan Brewer decided to call them into special session last night.The
legislature had adjourned for the day, but the Governor called a special
session on the state budget and a proposal to expand Medicaid coverage to three
hundred thousand additional low income residents in Arizona.
The federal government has granted an Arizona tribe the right
to build a road to the Grand Canyon Skywalk. It is the latest in an ongoing scuffle over access to the tourist destination. The
Hualapai Tribe operates the glass bridge over the canyon.
Arizona's monsoon season gets underway
Saturday. State transportation officials are urging drivers to be
cautious during the summer storms, by reintroducing their dust storm awareness
campaign. The public awareness program reminds motorists of
what to do when trapped in a dust storm.
Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies have rescued two
domesticated dogs that had been abandoned in the desert, east of Phoenix. Sheriff Joe
Arpaio says a woman spotted the dogs while she was on horseback and led
deputies to them.
More Arizona kids are
getting free summer meals to help their families stretch food dollars,
according to a new report from the Food Research and Action Center.
It says more than 462,000 kids got free or reduced-price lunches in Arizona schools, but
only about 60,000 get the free summer meals.
threat forced a Southwest Airlines flight to be diverted to Phoenix on Tuesday
afternoon. The FBI and a police bomb squad were among the agencies that responded
to the threat.
Sky Harbor International Aiport remained open after a plane was diverted to the aiport due to a bomb threat.
House has passed legislation that would allow school boards to increase local
property taxes.The House
voted thirty one to twenty six to advance House Bill 2399. It would allow
school districts to set bond limits of up to twenty percent of the tax base, up
from the current limit of up to ten percent.
A new report from Arizona State University’s business school found
the Valley is not likely to see another housing bubble in the near future. During
the recent recession, Arizona
was among the hardest-hit states in the nation, in large part due to massive
investments in real estate.
One of the most controversial issues in the state legislature continues to mystify lawmakers. Governor Jan Brewer’s Medicaid expansion bill did not receive enough support from members of her own party to advance in the House for a final vote.