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.
Two recent cases in the Valley brought the term “mercy killing” to the forefront. In one, 86-year-old George Sanders shot his wife, Virginia. He said she insisted that he kill her to alleviate her suffering, related to a number of health problems, including multiple sclerosis.
Iraq war veteran Brian Oller has spent more than $22,000 to pay out-of-state tuition at the University of California, San Diego. The Lubbock, Texas, native said he hopes to get in-state tuition this fall after appealing to the college’s residence deputy.
Arizonans have long lagged behind the rest of the country
in per capita earnings, and a new report finds it’s
worse than ever.
Arizona State University's W.P. Carey
School of Business analyzed per capita earnings from 2011, and found that on
average Arizona residents made 19 percent less than the national average in
direct compensation – that’s wages and salaries.
In 2010, Fronteras Desk contributor Lorne Matalon rode on a train known as
La Bestia (The Beast) ferrying Central Americans through Mexico. That
train derailed last weekend, killing at least six Hondurans and
critically injuring at least 16 others.
Santa Cruz and Cochise Counties have seen some heavy
thunderstorms this morning that have left some parts of the area with flash
flood warnings. But National Weather Service meteorologist Chris Rasmussan says
this type of storm is common for this time of year.
We wonder where the jobs are in Arizona. We are nowhere close to the deep hole of the Great Recession when the state’s unemployment rate was 10.8 percent. The latest figures from July put the rate at 8 percent, but that still seems pretty high.
The house was built in 1929 as a resort. After
years of restoration, the castle that sits on a hill in the middle of Phoenix has become a
visitors' destination, Tovrea Castle.
The path leading up to the front of the castle.
Backers of two ballot referendum petition drives are rapidly approaching deadlines to get them before Arizona voters in 2014. Barry Hess of the Libertarian Party said the Protect Your Right to Vote Committee has collected at least 130,000 signatures in its attempt to block an omnibus election law from taking effect.
Organizers of an initiative campaign for a 2014 ballot
measure to legalize gay marriage in Arizona
are dropping that effort in favor of waiting until 2016. The Equal Marriage Campaign says it had
support but that key national advocacy groups withheld backing that was needed
to make a 2014 ballot measure.
Charges are pending against four juveniles who were arrested for damaging an aviation tower near the Flagstaff airport. Police Sgt. Cody Runge said the four were taken into custody after a stake-out by officers following a string of incidents between May and September of this year.
So, let’s step into the way-back machine heading to last week. Remember that story you heard about how the Arizona Corporation Commission was going to hold hearings this fall into whether or not it should move the state towards retail competition in the electricity market? Well an update now, and it could basically be summed up by saying, not so much.
Tuesday afternoon an Arizona House Committee will hold the
first of an expected series of hearings into the issue of benefits for seasonal
firefighters. Some of the Granite Mountain Hotshots who died fighting the
Yarnell Hill Fire were seasonal employees, meaning their survivors are not entitled
to the same benefits as full-time employees.
Maricopa County prosecutors acknowledge they
did not give a judge a letter that contained information affecting a key
witness' availability for the retrial of a former death row inmate. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Rosa Mroz
had ordered prosecutors to explain why they did not promptly give her a letter
they got from federal prosecutors.
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A summer camp that lost five buildings in the Wallow Fire will open
tomorrow at a different facility in Prescott. The damage has temporarily
closed Montlure Presbyterian Church Camp in Greer, where thousands of
Arizona kids have spent summers over the past 80 years.
The NFL is finally seeing a resolution in its labor dispute, host Steve Goldstein talks to retiring running back Jason Wright to get insight on what the dispute means for players.Goldstein also talks to Kellen Bradley, founder of the Sports & Entertainment Law Blog.
Economic experts Grady Gammage and Alan Maguire join host Steve Goldstein to talk about Arizona's road to economic recovery, and the changes it's seen over the years.Grady Gammage is an academic and attorney at the law firm Gammage and Burnham.