Arizona will be part of a global event taking place in 189 countries on Valentine's Day. It's an effort to end violence against women everywhere. It's the idea of author/activist Eve Ensler, who decided serious attention needed to be brought to the issue.
Governor Jan Brewer is expected Monday morning to
release her proposal for simplifying the state sales tax. Last May, she created
a task force to look into the issue, saying Arizona has one of the most complex
systems in the country.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told the Senate Judiciary Committee today that immigration reform can't only focus on border security. Deporting the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in this country wouldn't just be impractical, she said, but runs contrary to American values.
The Arizona Senate is scheduled to vote Monday on whether
to give voters a chance to re-think a decision they made less than three years
ago. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports.
MARK BRODIE: The proposal would ask voters to move the deadline for
filing initiative petition signatures from four months before an election, to
six months prior.
As new construction slowly comes back to Phoenix, its shaking up the Valley's labor needs. Contractors are scrambling to recruit workers, and that's creating a ripple effect in other sectors. KJZZ's Jude Joffe-Block reports.
Arizona House has taken the first steps toward restricting the use of isolation
rooms, in public schools. A bill by
Representative Kelly Townsend, to require a parent's permission before putting
a child in isolation, has won preliminary approval in the House.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has lowered the age of missionaries. That has led Utah's legislature to propose a bill to modify how many out-of-state students are eligible to go to a Utah college or university.
Visitors to Las
Vegas this weekend may be taking a gamble outside the
casinos. The drivers for one of the largest cab companies in Vegas have
authorized a strike at midnight Sunday. If it happens more than 1,700 cabbies
could be parking their cars.
The Food Research and Action Center
reports that 21 percent of Arizonans say they lacked money to buy food at least once
last year. That ranks Arizona 14th
in the United States.
FRAC President Jim Weill says the benefit levels of the SNAP, or food
stamp program, aren’t high enough to enough to enable people to purchase enough
The lure of retiring in Central America has brought Americans in droves
to tropical countries like Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Cheap living. Good
food. Vibrant culture. Some Baby Boomers call it Pura Vida -- the Pure Life.
New numbers from ASU show an almost unheard of jump in
Phoenix-area home prices. KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports.
MARK BRODIE: Mike Orr, with ASU’s WP Carey School of Business, says an
increase of more than 35 percent has only happened once before, and that was
during a bubble.
Agriculture officials are trying to prevent
an insect-borne disease from wiping out citrus in western Arizona.
Adult Asian Citrus Psyllid (Photo by David Hall/USDA ARS)
The Asian Citrus Psyllid is only about as
big as the tip of a ballpoint pen, but it can do a lot of damage.
Funding for non-profits arts organization has been difficult to come by, but Ben Cameron – inaugural Thought Leader in Residence for the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust — argues that arts and culture must react to changing demographics.
The Arizona Board of Regents expects to
consider whether college students in the country illegally are eligible for
Arizona's three public universities. (Image courtesy Arizona Board of Regents)
afternoon, the presidents of ASU, NAU, and U of A released their tuition
proposals for the upcoming school year.
The Governor's Office of Highway Safety says DUI
numbers for the St. Patrick's Day holiday were down from last year with 273
people arrested, compared to 289, a year ago. Office Director Alberto Gutier
says the numbers show the effort to combat drunk driving, is working.
Jerry Colangelo brought the Phoenix Suns and Arizona Diamondbacks to the Valley and continues to be influential in the worlds of sports and business.Colangelo explains how Grand Canyon University's leap into Division One athletics--and the hiring of former NBA star Dan Majerle as its head men's basketball coach--will be a plus for the Valley sports scene.
New research from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
finds it's getting tougher to keep kids away from tobacco, and the Centers for
Disease Control say more than one in six Arizona
teens either smokes or chews tobacco products.
NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity will be on its own
for a little while starting next week. Jim Bell, a professor for Arizona State University's School of Earth and Space Exploration, told us why and what it will be doing in the interim.
April marks the start of Ozone Season in the Valley, which runs through
September -- a longer-than-average season for higher levels of ozone
Ozone is produced when heat and sunlight interact with vehicle emissions
and other chemicals in the air, so the long, hot days of summer are
prime conditions for producing elevated ozone levels.