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.
The Arizona Supreme Court has reversed a lower court
decision, in a case involving the rules about drawing blood from juveniles.
Last year, a school monitor in Pima County smelled marijuana
on a student, and saw drug paraphernalia in his car.
Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett will be in
Washington, D.C. Tuesday morning to testify before a Congressional committee.
Bennett will address members of the Committee on House
Administration, during a hearing on a bill known as the “Voter Registration
Phoenix Suns President Lon Babby talked about the franchise's efforts to rebuild following its second-worst season. He also discussed his pre-sports career as a Washington, D.C. attorney who was on the defense team for John Hinckley Jr.
Arizona Game and Fish is prepared to kill mountain lions in
the Catalina Mountains – if the animals kill bighorn sheep first. The
department is trying to protect its reintroduction of bighorns outside Tucson.
Firefighters in Show Low had their hands full with a blaze at a wood pellet manufacturing plant Tuesday. Fire Captain Brent Mix says they brought in air tankers to put slurry on it to prevent the flames from spreading, and to the scrub brush and propane tanks nearby.
State House members have given their approval to a new state budget, and it includes Medicaid expansion. The $8.8 billion spending plan was approved during a long session in which many Republican lawmakers, like Warren Peterson of Gilbert, protested that with only $8.
Arizona’s rural counties are pleased they will be getting a larger share of lottery revenues in the new state budget. Lawmakers stopped sharing the money with counties during the height of the recession.
A fire burning west of Prescott has charred 6,732 acres, so
far. Firefighters say the blaze, which
is 0 percent contained, has forced the evacuation of some 460 homes. One of those homes is owned by John Sears.
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors is scheduled approve a $2.2 billion budget Monday for the next fiscal year starting July 1. The budget will include raises for the county’s nearly 13,000 employees, their first in more than five years.
For the second time in as many weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court has handed down an opinion that could have a big impact on elections in Arizona. As KJZZ’s Nick Blumberg reports, the court’s conservative justices
struck down a key part of landmark civil rights-era legislation.
After Wednesday's Supreme Court ruling, married same-sex couples in Arizona are one step closer to receiving the same federal benefits afforded to heterosexual couples, but uncertainty remains, and any changes will take awhile.
Arizona drivers are seeing
continued price stability with the statewide average now at $3.49-a-gallon or
about the same as a week ago. AAA Arizona spokeswoman Michelle Donatti says
that's mainly the result of the slow
rise in the price of crude oil.