Marco Rubio says a new immigration reform bill he helped write needs stronger
border security provisions or it will fail in the House and may even have
trouble getting through the Senate.
year, hundreds of young adults age out of Arizona’s foster care system. It is a
big transition that comes with very little support, but there is new
legislation intended to lighten the load, though it may only help a little.
The governor has signed legislation allowing medical marijuana onto university campuses, at least for research. The voter-approved medical marijuana law had stopped the efforts of physician Sue Sisley of the University of Arizona, who is looking at treatment-resistant post-traumatic stress disorder among combat veterans.
Firefighters are battling a 40 acre wildfire at Rincon Canyon near Safford in southeast Arizona. The so-called Marijilda fire is about 70 percent contained. Coronado National Forest spokeswoman Heidi Schewel said 30 firefighters are working the blaze that has spread in oak trees and brush.
Arizona's public schools continue trying to climb back from deep cuts to their budgets over the past several years. Their planning for the next fiscal year has not been helped by delayed state budget talks at the Capitol.
An economic forecast
is out for Arizona, and it looks hazy. According to experts at Arizona State
University’s W.P. Carey School of Business, the state’s economy is getting better, but it is happening
slower than expected.
Valley firm is holding the second of an expected six job fairs to take place this
year, later this morning. Ryan Naylor, founder and CEO of LocalWork.com says
one-thousand Valley jobs will be available at the Greater Phoenix Job Fair,
taking place at the Phoenix Airport Marriott.
Firefighters continue to battle a suspected human-caused wildfire that has charred more than 3,800 acres in the Coronado National Forest, east of Nogales. Spokeswoman Michelle Fiddler says the Soldier Basin Fire is now 8 percent contained.
Arizona State University is launching a free summer program offering mentorship and business training for inventors and entrepreneurs. ASU will provide a meeting space in downtown Tempe for those in the program to connect and collaborate.
As another dry and dangerous summer begins, Arizona’s response to wildfires is likely to include some high-tech elements. In the past, fire teams have used overnight infrared flights to find out how big a wildfire is, and how much of it is contained.
Last Friday a federal judge ruled the Maricopa County
Sheriff’s Office engaged in racial profiling against Latinos. The court ordered
the sheriff’s department stop those practices. Attorneys for the plaintiffs indicate
they will ask the court to appoint a monitor to make sure the sheriff’s office complies.
The WNBA's Phoenix Mercury has added top draft pick Brittney Griner to the lineup this season. The 6-foot-8-inch Griner is nationally known for her dunking and defense. Griner's
presence is expected to help the organization on and off the court.
The Arizona House continues to work behind closed doors to reach an agreement on Governor Jan Brewer’s proposal to expand Medicaid. The measure has passed in the Senate, but a Republican stalemate over the issue has forced the session into overtime.
A new study shows the nation’s high school
graduation rate continues to improve. Arizona,
California and New Mexico are
among 46 states reporting better numbers, but despite the boost, the Southwest still lags behind the national
Arizona's monsoon season gets underway
Saturday. State transportation officials are urging drivers to be
cautious during the summer storms, by reintroducing their dust storm awareness
campaign. The public awareness program reminds motorists of
what to do when trapped in a dust storm.
Arizona Congressman Trent Franks is being attacked for a comment during the latest skirmish over abortion in the U.S. House. A Republican from Arizona’s Eighth District, Franks is sponsoring a bill banning abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy.
Two Arizona Department of Public Safety helicopters were used to help a Cochise County Sheriff's search and rescue team find a family of three who became lost on a horseback ride in the Chiricahua Mountains.
A new poll shows there is strong support from across the political spectrum in Arizona, for the
so-called 'Gang of Eight' immigration reform plan, in the US Senate. The poll
from the conservative-leaning Harper Polling, shows 65 percent of state
residents of all political parties, favor the measure, which includes a path to
citizenship for undocumented immigrants already in the US.