The Federal Housing Administration is expanding a program that it hopes will entice investors and help people avoid foreclosure. It’s called the Distressed Asset Stabilization Program. Pools of FHA-insured mortgages where the borrower is at least six months behind will be sold to investors at a competitive rate.
The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture is urging Congress to reinstate a relief program for farmers suffering through drought. As KJZZ’s Nick Blumberg reports, that bill could have an impact in Arizona.Secretary Tom Vilsack toured struggling farms in Iowa Monday.
The Greater Phoenix Economic Council has launched a formal protest against US tariffs on Chinese solar manufactures. GPEC says the tariff will harm Arizona’s solar industry. PETER O’DOWD: A trade war is brewing with the US and China.
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say more Americans have been infected with West Nile Virus so far this year than through any July since 2004. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie has more.
As Glendale voters prepare to elect a new mayor for the first time in nearly two decades, and new city council members, the city is dealing with several major issues: the sale of the Phoenix Coyotes and payments to run the city-owned arena, and a controversial sales tax increase to name just a few.
The 2020 Census is almost eight years away, but the Census Bureau is looking at lessons learned from the last census. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports the bureau may be changing questions and dropping some terms.
Former Representative Gabby Giffords has moved home to Tucson. She had been undergoing six to eight hours of therapy a day at a Houston facility after she was shot in the head in January 2011.Her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, told the Arizona Daily Star that Giffords will continue rehabilitation in Tucson.
While high temperatures are finally starting to let up, Wednesday has brought a haze that’s blanketing the valley.Trevor Baggiore, Deputy Director of Air Quality at the state’s environmental agency told KJZZ’s Here & Now wildfires on the Tonto National Forest are contributing to the haze in some parts of the Phoenix metro area.
Continuing drought conditions in an arid desert climate raise concerns about the availability of drinking water. But Phoenix Water Services officials say there is no cause for alarm. Dennis Lambert talked to Gerard Silvany, principal planner in the Water Resources and Development Planning Division of the Phoenix Water Services Department, outside City Hall to discuss what the city is doing to respond to climate change.
Allegiant Airlines announced nonstop service from Mesa to Hawaii starting early next year. As KJZZ’s Peter O’Dowd reports, it’s part of continued expansion at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.PETER O’DOWD: You can fly to Honolulu from Mesa three times a week, starting in February.
The Mars rover Curiosity has been on the red planet for a little more than two weeks now. The robotic explorer started slowly moving from its landing site late last week. Several scientists from Arizona State University are on the research team.
The U.S. Department of Education calls blended learning a new trend in education. It’s a combination of traditional classroom learning and online instruction. As Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez reports, the City of Maricopa’s school district is giving it a try.
The National Republican Congressional Committee says it’s optimistic about three potential swing districts in Arizona. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports.MARK BRODIE: The NRCC’s executive director singled out Districts 1, 2 and 9.
The state office of highway safety has released updated numbers on how many people were stopped for DUI over the Labor Day weekend. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Nick Blumberg reports.Between last Wednesday and late Tuesday morning, 564 people were arrested for DUI in Arizona.
Jazz Guitarist Bruce Forman will stop by KJZZ Monday night to talk about his different jazz styles, and why he enjoys his group "Cow-Bop". They will bring their unique Western Swing and bop sound to the Rhythm Room on Tuesday night.
Enrollment is down at the state’s two largest community college systems. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports there’s a good reason for that drop.MACIAS: The Pima County Community College System in Tucson reports an enrollment drop of 11 percent compared to the same time last year.
Undocumented immigrants accepted into the Obama administration’s deferred deportation program may be eligible for in-state tuition at the Maricopa Community Colleges. Under a 2007 voter-approved law, undocumented immigrants have had to pay out-of-state tuition rates in Arizona.
Urban living isn't just for hipsters anymore. Seniors are moving into the city's core along the Valley Metro light-rail line. And as KJZZ's Peter O'Dowd reports, it may be a sign of the way Baby Boomers redefine retirement.
Grand Canyon announced plans to establish a new school on the East Coast for at least 500 students in the fall of 2014. The future campus of Grand Canyon University in Northfield, Mass. (Photo courtesy of Grand Canyon University)Craft retailer Hobby Lobby has donated a 217-acre campus in Massachusetts that will lead to the expansion of Phoenix-based Grand Canyon University.
The Glendale City Council held a workshop on Tuesday to figure out what to do if the city's voters reject a sales tax hike. KJZZ's Steve Goldstein has more.STEVE GOLDSTEIN: Glendale finds itself in dire financial straits.