Many Arizona public school students start their summer vacation this week, but it is a bittersweet time for school districts facing massive budget shortfalls and a lot of uncertainty about the level of state funding they will receive next school year.
A federal appeals court has struck down an Arizona law that
criminalized performing abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The case could wind up at the U.S. Supreme Court.
The 2012 law bans most abortions at or after 20 weeks, with only a narrow exception for emergencies.
Tribe of Northern Arizona says a national bank seriously mishandled its investments.
The tribe claims it has lost millions.
The tribe filed
its claims against Wachovia earlier this month with the Financial Industry
Three years ago, Arizona voters overwhelmingly approved
Proposition 100, a temporary one cent sales tax increase. One of the leading
voices in opposition to the measure was Tom Jenney, Arizona Director of
Americans for Prosperity.
Arizona drivers will start seeing messages targeting two
members of the state’s Congressional delegation.
The NRCC hopes billboards like this one will help defeat Ron Barber and Ann Kirkpatrick in 2014.
When the legislative session began, increasing funding for Child Protective Services seemed like a foregone conclusion, but progress has stalled in the House.Representative Kate Brophy McGee of Phoenix talked about the delay and her expectations about the higher funding eventually being approved.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
says the Navajo Nation has failed to spend nearly $150 million in
housing grant money for fiscal year 2012. Since 2000, the Navajo Nation
have almost consistently failed to spend HUD grant money.
Arizona’s newest senator, Republican Jeff Flake, gave his first
speech to the Senate Tuesday. Among the items he addressed,
bipartisanship was the focus. Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona (Photo courtesy of the Office of Senator Jeff Flake)
“There is a time and a place for using super-majority rules to block legislation and/or nominees from coming to the Senate floor, “said Flake.
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu has lost his bid to get his employees a raise. The Board of Supervisors on Wednesday passed a scaled-back $374 million budget that denied the sheriff’s request.Another year of tight revenues because of reduced state funding and lower property values meant that Pinal County Supervisors had to cut spending by $7 million in the new budget that starts July 1.
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.
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.
Authorities in northwestern Arizona are investigating dozens of brush fires intentionally set in Kingman in the past few months. Investigators said 63 brush fires have been set in open fields along roadways.
Firefighters in north central Arizona are concerned about high winds whipping the flames of the Doce Fire on Wednesday. The area, about eight miles northwest of Prescott, is under a Red Flag warning for high winds and low humidity, according to meteorologist Valerie Myers of the National Weather Service.
Fire crews have contained the Halfway Fire burning near Tusayan on the south rim of the Grand Canyon. The Halfway Fire broke out Wednesday, and crews managed to contain the blaze by Thursday afternoon.
the second time in nine days, there's a fire burning near the community of
Reddington, on the Coronado
National Forest. Fire
information officer Gerry Perry says crews responded to another human caused
fire this weekend, and that it's important that stage two fire restrictions are
in place in all of the National Forests.
Hatch comes home from work, she is greeted by powerful, predictable barks.
Kindred the Basset Hound survived Valley fever a few years back -- but only after his owner, Suzie Hatch, lost a previous dog to the illness.
Arizona Department of Transportation has approved its 5-year plan which
designates road projects to be completed over the next five years. Spokeswoman
Laura Douglas says the Transportation Board had several big budget challenges in making its
The 19 members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew killed Sunday battling the Yarnell Hill Fire is the deadliest tragedy in Arizona history and one of the worst on record in the United States.
Phoenix residents set a new record for water usage last weekend because of the high
heat. The water department says 420 million gallons of water were used Sunday,
up from last year's record of
382 million gallons.
Pima County just rejected nearly $2 million in federal immigration funds, saying it allows local law enforcement to target immigrant communities. Why the county sheriff says that decision will hurt public safety.