It doesn't happen often, and it's always a surprise when it does, but we had what amounted to snow in the Valley on Wednesday afternoon.
A rainbow is visible near Papago Peak amid the storm clouds Wednesday.
With more than a year and a half before Arizonans elect their next attorney general, Felecia Rotellini filed paperwork Monday to run against incumbent Tom Horne. If a battle to be the state's lawyer between
Democrat Rotellini and Republican Horne sounds familiar, it’s because it happened before -- three years ago, in 2010 -- when Rotellini
lost to Horne by some 63,000 votes.
The Arizona-Mexico border has been especially busy lately. Just a few hours before President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, Governor Jan Brewer toured the border. Sen. John McCain followed with his own visit, and then Homeland Security Secretary and former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano met with Border Patrol agents near Nogales.
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton delivered his second State of the City speech Thursday. He announced new pushes for school safety and an effort to get guns off the street.
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton (right) introduces Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia and David Krietor, the new executive director of Downtown Phoenix, Inc.
The state of Arizona and Coconino County have both
issued emergency declarations after the collapse of a section of US 89, south
of Page, late last month. County spokesman Nathan Gonzales says the actions
free up additional resources to start work on the 150-foot section of roadway
that buckled and slid several feet
down a mountainside.
Governor Jan Brewer says she does not believe the
Department of Homeland Security needed to release illegal immigrants
from federal detention centers. Federal
officials say the release of approximately 2,000 people, reportedly 300 of
them in Arizona,
was necessary because of automatic spending cuts forced by sequestration.
Arizona public schools
expect to lose more than 30-million dollars under the automatic federal budget
cuts that started this week under sequestration. Some
of the state’s hardest hit districts depend on “Title One” federal funds for disadvantaged children
with special needs.
The state fund that holds and invests money from the
sale of Arizona
trust land has topped $4 billion for the first time ever. State Treasurer Doug
Ducey says the state's Permanent Land Endowment Trust Fund hit the $4 billion
mark at the end of February.
The Air Force is joining other military branches in suspending tuition assistance that thousands of active-duty service members rely on to pay for college classes. An Air Force spokeswoman says airmen were notified by email that new applications for tuition assistance won't be accepted because of the automatic spending cuts that took effect at the start of the month.
hazardous waste site in downtown Phoenix has been cleaned-up by the Arizona
Department of Environmental Quality. It’s the first time the state has completed its
own superfund project.
The state DEQ removed more
than 6,000 tons of shredded metal and auto parts from the 10-acre site at
Buckeye Road and Fifth Street near the Chase Field ballpark.
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors could have a new member by the end of the week. Supervisor Max Wilson resigned from the board due to health concerns earlier this year. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports there is no shortage of people applying for the job.
Spring arrived in Arizona early Wednesday morning, at 4:02 local time. And, as KJZZ’s Dennis Lambert reports from Phoenix, winter was about average this year. The 30-year average says the Phoenix area should get 3.
For eight weeks every winter, the desert outside Apache
Junction gets downright Medieval. The Arizona Renaissance Festival is about 40
miles – and 500 years – from Phoenix. I recently visited the fair, which
continues weekends through March, with one goal in mind: to find the most
fascinating person at the party.
Mayor Greg Stanton says gun owners can turn in their unwanted firearms at the
city’s buyback program in May. The city is using money from a private donor
to give out gift cards to anyone who wants to get rid of their weapons.
The Tucson City Council voted Tuesday to support proposed state legislation that seeks to crack down on people who fire off guns while intoxicated. The bill would make it a felony for a person with a blood alcohol reading greater than the legal limit to shoot a firearm.
Arizona homeowners mistreated by their mortgage lender in 2009 or 2010 could
receive a check starting this week under a federal settlement. But, people need to be aware of scam artists who are trying to illegally profit from
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Cactus League baseball drew more
than 1.7 million fans to local stadiums this spring.
Tempe Diablo Stadium, spring training home of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in Tempe. (Photo by Nick Blumberg - KJZZ)
That's about 20,000 more fans than last year, but it’s a record that comes with an asterisk.
The state Senate has given its preliminary approval to a
bill that would allow religious
organizations to avoid paying unemployment taxes for educational and day care
workers. Current state law
exempts certain work from eligibility for unemployment insurance.
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.