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Arizona election officials have completed an initial step in determining whether a referendum submitted by opponents of a recently approved election law will be on the ballot next year.Opponents of the law, which would trim the state’s permanent voting list and limit who can return mail-in ballots for a voter, have filed what they say are more than 146,000 petition signatures in an effort to force a statewide vote.
In recent terms, Arizona’s been making itself quite at home at the U.S. Supreme Court. In June, a 7-2 majority ruled that Arizona cannot demand proof of citizenship from people who register to vote using a federal form, even though Arizona has a state form that requires just that, and the high court upheld the requirements of that form which voters approved in 2004.
While other Arizona
lakes with federal connections are closing, one big one, close to home remains
open. Lake Pleasant Park Supervisor David Jordan says the lake is open and expects
a large influx of visitors who are unable to enjoy other parks.
The Affordable Care Act could have a significant impact on
reducing breast cancer across the country. Matt Schafer of the American Cancer
Society says more women will be able to access affordable health care because
insurers will not be able to reject those with pre-existing conditions, like
A new report shows most of the country’s death penalty
sentences come from just 2-percent of the nation’s counties, including Maricopa County. The Death Penalty Information
Center report says Maricopa
County is the fourth highest
in the country in death row inmates and 10th highest in executions over the
last 45 years.
To Arizonans, Paolo Soleri is best known for Arcosanti in Cordes Junction about 70 miles north of Phoenix, and perhaps the sound of Soleri bells. Soleri envisioned Arcosanti as a place that would combine architecture and ecology.
There may be fewer of those charity drop boxes you see in commercial parking lots around Phoenix. A new fee on the boxes goes into effect Jan. 1. Until the city council approved the new permitting fee this week there was no regulation on who could place those large collection boxes or where.
A new report from ASU shows the Valley housing market is
continuing to improve, with supply finally starting to increase to meet demand.
Mike Orr of the W.P.
of business says he’s surprised the area housing market has improved to this
point as quickly as it has.
The cost of food is on the rise, and chicken is leading the
way. The Arizona Farm Bureau Federation says the cost of a typical
market-basket of items is up 6 percent from last quarter. Marketing manager
Peggy Jo Goodfellow says their shoppers found the average price of a pound of
boneless chicken breasts was up $4.
Obama administration says it may allow states to use their own money to re-open
some national parks that have been closed because of the government shutdown.
Governor Jan Brewer is one of a handful of governors who have been asking for
To expand or not to expand Medicaid. That was the core question in Arizona’s 2013 legislative session, whether more low-income Arizonans would be eligible for state-supported health care coverage, and that coverage can have a huge impact on poor kids in Arizona.
Many people who traveled thousands of miles to hike, camp or paddle in a national park aren’t letting a government shutdown spoil their vacation. They’re finding there are ways around the park closures.
A new report on climate change says here in Arizona, it’s already
happening. Julie Cole is a Geoscientist at the University of Arizona.
“We’re warming as fast as anywhere in the lower 48; faster
than most of the lower 48 states,” Cole said.
Former Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman announced he was running for the Republican gubernatorial nomination. Then last month, he was convinced by a number of supporters to run for treasurer instead. Secretary of State Ken Bennett has had an exploratory committee, and almost every Capitol-watcher fully expects him to run for governor, but it seems some people would prefer him as a corporation commission candidate.