What To Expect When Starting Your Online Marketplace Search
The online marketplace, introduced via the Affordable Care Act, went into effect Tuesday, and millions of Americans took a look as they tried to decide what health care coverage to purchase. What will you find as you start to search? Allen Gjersvig, director of health care innovation for the Arizona Alliance For Community Health Centers, gave some insight.
Oct. 3, 2013
U.S. House Passes Bill To Sharply Increase National Forest Logging
The U.S. House of Representatives has given a green light to a bill that would sharply increase logging in the national forests. Supporters of the measure, like Republican co-sponsor Paul Gosar of Arizona, say it will create jobs in rural communities, especially in the West.
Sept. 26, 2013
Opening New Parks Like Peorias Pioneer Community Park
Opening new parks, especially ones the size of Pioneer Community Park, is a big deal according to Dave Richins. Richins is a member of the Mesa City Council and is the Sun Corridor Legacy program director at the Sonoran Institute.
Sept. 26, 2013
Court: State Cannot Prosecute Tribal Members For Failure to Register As Sex Offenders
The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled Monday that tribal members living on tribal land cannot be prosecuted by the state for failing to register as sex offenders. The judges said state law registration requirements cannot supersede what is required by federal law.
Sept. 26, 2013
Flagstaff Will Stop Arresting Panhandlers
Police officers in Flagstaff will no longer arrest transients who ask for handouts. The City Council agreed this week to settle a suit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona, who said the arrests were an unconstitutional infringement of free speech.
Sept. 26, 2013
ADOT Aims To Hire Veterans
The Arizona Department of Transportation is the second state agency to become involved with the United States Army in a program aimed at hiring veterans as they leave the military. It’s called the PAYS program.
Sept. 26, 2013
Closing Arguments Set For Co-Defendant in Buddhist Temple Murder Retrial
Closing arguments begin Monday in the retrial of a man accused of murdering nine people at Buddhist temple more than two decades ago. Johnathan Doody’s defense team rested its case last week without calling any witnesses.
Sept. 26, 2013
EPA Fines BIA For Drinking Water Violations
The Environmental Protection Agency and the Bureau of Indian Affairs have settled a civil action over violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act. The settlement includes a major fine for the BIA.The EPA’s Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld says access to clean, potable drinking water remains a critical issue for many tribal communities.
Sept. 26, 2013
Lawmakers Acted Illegally When Refusing To Adjust Public School Aid, Says Arizona Supreme Court
The Arizona Supreme Court has reaffirmed the right of state voters to make their own laws, and they are telling state lawmakers they acted illegally in refusing to adjust state aid to public schools for inflation.
Sept. 26, 2013
Bennett Almost Ready To Announce Run For Governor
Secretary of State Ken Bennett is making no bones about his intention of running for governor and a newly approved law is allowing him to do it. The measure allows elected officials to be more vocal about their plans without being forced to resign, according to Matt Roberts of the Secretary of State’s Office.
Sept. 26, 2013
DPS Officer Recovering After Being Shot Over The Weekend
A Department of Public Safety Officer survived a highway shooting over the weekend  near Payson. Spokesman Carrick Cook says the officer was shot during a routine traffic stop Saturday night. “Our officer made a traffic stop just south of Payson and the officer approach the car,” Cook said.
Sept. 26, 2013
Study To Examine Most Effective Drug For Valley Fever
Federal health officials have announced a major study of valley fever in the hope of learning the best way to treat the potentially deadly illness. At a symposium on valley fever this week, the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the clinical trial will involve about 1000 patients with the most common form of the illness.
Sept. 26, 2013
Phoenix Chief Financial Officer To Move To Washington, D.C.
The mayor of Washington, D.C. is nominating the chief financial officer for the city of Phoenix to the same post in the District of Columia. In a statement accompanying the announcement, Mayor Vincent Gray called Jeffrey DeWitt a "skilled manager and leader," citing his experience working with the Wall Street credit-rating agencies to maintain and improve a large city’s bond ratings.
Sept. 26, 2013
Gas Prices Edge Down
Arizona drivers are paying a little less at the gas pump this week, according to AAA.  The cost of a gallon of unleaded gas is off two cents from a week ago, to $3.38. Spokeswoman Stephanie Dembowski credits relative stability in the Middle East and in the Mid-Atlantic states for the modest decrease.
Sept. 26, 2013
Teen Childbirth Rates In Arizona Drop To Historic Lows
New figures from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention show teen birth rates in Arizona and around the country have dropped to historic lows. They’re down nearly 40 percent since 2001 in Arizona, but still among the highest in the United States.
Sept. 26, 2013
Arizona Corrections Health System Broken, Says Former Service Provider
The company that once provided health care services for Arizona’s 33,000 inmates told state officials the corrections health system “is broken and does not provide a constitutional level of care.” That information came from records unsealed by a federal court on Tuesday.
Sept. 26, 2013