lawmakers have put off voting on a lease extension for a coal-fired power plant
until later this month.The
lawmakers took the action after questioning water use at the Navajo Generating Station
in Page, how to control pollution, the federal government's role in the plant
and the formation of a negotiating team.
As the cost of a college education soars, the average student
graduates with about $25,000 in student loan debt. And those students
are graduating into a rough economy with few well-paying jobs - if they
even finish that degree.
Five years ago the Preserve at Goldfield Ranch was an empty stretch of desert about six miles east of Fountain Hills. It still is. The county gave the developer five years to work out the details for the thousand-home master planned community.
The election for Arizona’s next governor is a year and a half away. But the campaign has already started.
Fred DuVal announced his candidacy for governor at a press conference Wednesday. (Photo by Al Macias - KJZZ)
Longtime political activist Fred DuVal formally announced his candidacy Wednesday for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.
The Pinal County Board of Supervisors has approved a permit for a medical marijuana dispensary near Maricopa despite the county attorney's recommendation that it be denied.County Attorney Lando Voyles recommended against approving the dispensary, worrying county employees who process paperwork for it, could be subject to federal prosecution.
A major labor leader is worried a merger between
US Airways and American Airlines could cause a battle between two unions that
represent ground workers. US Airways and American’s ground workers are represented by
two different unions.
Child welfare advocates went to the state capital Tuesday to urge lawmakers to increase funding for child safety services, citing a crisis in Child Protective Services and funding that
has failed to keep pace with growing need.
A young bear found roaming near an East Mesa neighborhood Tuesday night has been moved. Tom Cadden of the Arizona Game and Fish Department says the bear likely roamed into the residential area after being chased off by older and larger male bears.
Three years ago, Arizona voters approved Proposition 100,
which raised the state sales tax by a penny on the dollar for three years. Most
of the money has been set aside for education, with the rest going to health
and public safety.
The United States Treasury Department has levied sanctions against eight drug-cartel bosses who
operate south of the Arizona
border. The action means U.S. citizens who do any
kind of business with them can face serious charges.
Starting next week, Ballet Arizona will stage of series of performances, Topia, outdoors at the Desert Botanical Gardens.Ballet Arizona's Artistic Director Ib Andersen explained his inspiration for Topia and how the setting affects the dancers and members of the audience.
The Arizona Department of Economic Security is launching a pilot
program for 1000 people that sets up a one-stop shop for services to
ensure consumers get all of the benefits they are eligible for. It is the
first step in implementing a new vision in how the social safety net should work.
recipients may soon see a crackdown on their benefits, at least when it comes
to certain industries. The House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill Tuesday that prohibits the use of benefits at liquor, gambling and adult
In January, Republican Governor Jan Brewer surprised many by
supporting the expansion of Medicaid in Arizona known as AHCCCS. Four months later, she is still drumming up support for the
plan, but some legislators and voters are not sold on the idea.
An Arizona Congressman is asking the Interior Secretary to
cancel a pending rule that would de-classify many U.S. wolves as endangered.
The change would apply to all gray wolves in the Lower 48
states, although there would be an exemption for less than 100 Mexican wolves
in Arizona and New Mexico.
Arizona's Republican congressmen are pointing to what they
say is a culture of cover-ups by the Obama administration, including scandals
involving the IRS and the Associated Press. Congressman David Schweikert says
the incidents come on top of other scandals he claims have never been fully investigated.
A human-caused wildfire continues to spread in the Patagonia Mountains near Nogales. Since Friday, it has consumed more than 10,000 acres of mesquite trees, brush and grass. Officials say it is 55% contained.
Apache County Supervisors have passed an ordinance that prohibits state and federal government from releasing Mexican Gray Wolves in the county. But the measure is drawing criticism from environmentalists who want to protect the threatened wolf species.
Officials in Mexico
say the country has created a special investigative unit to search for missing
people.A list created by the administration of former Mexican President Felipe
Calderon and made public earlier this year included more than 26,000 people in the country who were missing.