Former intelligence analyst Edward Snowden caused a massive
controversy—and a national debate—when he leaked classified documents
revealing the extensity of NSA surveillance programs. But according to an exclusive report by Reuters, for the past two decades another U.
A man convicted of murdering nine people in a West Valley Buddhist temple in 1991 is being tried again for those murders. A federal appeals court ruled that Johnathan Doody’s confession before his first trial was not voluntary.
Arizona could be the new home a large astronomy project. Cherenkov Telescope
Array 40 telescopes could generate more than $100 million for the area. Potential
sites for the array of 40 telescopes include Mexico and the Spanish Canary
Islands, but the big news in Arizona is that spots around Seligman and Meteor
Crater are also in the running.
We are exploring the new, up and coming or otherwise unique and
interesting neighborhoods around the Valley in an occasional segment
we are calling the Hot Corner.
Gwen Ashley Walters says Old Town Scottsdale has added several independent, locally-owned restaurants over the past couple of years.
Arizona has selected its first-ever poet laureate. The title goes to English professor and Nogales native Alberto Rios. Alberto Rios has taught at Arizona State University for three decades and was just selected as Arizona's first-ever poet laureate.
Arizona’s Attorney General and Secretary of State have filed
suit against the Elections Assistance Commission to allow the state to require
residents to prove they are United States citizens when they register to vote.
A federal appeals court has ruled the state cannot cut
Planned Parenthood out of the Medicaid program just because it also provides
abortions. State and federal law already ban public funding for elective
Deregulating Arizona’s electric market may change
how much you pay for electricity. Later this year, the Arizona Corporation
Commission will hold hearings on this issue. The Residential Utility Consumer Office heard from business and residential users this morning.
Gov. Jan Brewer has selected a new leader of the Arizona National Guard. He will replace a general who ran the agency for five years. Brewer appointed Col. Michael McGuire as the next adjutant general of the Arizona National Guard.
Three people have been arrested for defrauding the food
stamp system out of nearly $600,000.
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne says the suspects all worked in the
same convenience store in Phoenix
and would allow a person to buy inexpensive items with food stamps, and then
deduct a higher amount from their food stamp cards.
We have already seen some early morning thunderstorms across
the metro area, and we could be in for more stormy weather over the next few
days.Meteorologist Chris Kuhlman of the National Weather Service in Phoenix said there is
still moisture left from last week's influx of warm, tropical air that could
trigger storms just about anywhere.
The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture got its formal start in 1932 when Wright had 23 apprentices living at Taliesin in Wisconsin. The school now operates in Spring Green, Wis. and about 20 miles away from us in Scottsdale.
A town hall on Thursday with Arizona Sen. John McCain
became contentious, as many in attendance made it clear where they stand on a
military strike against Syria.“You don’t respect our view,” one attendee said.
The Scottsdale City Council will consider changes to its public safety ordinance later this week. The action comes after two stabbings at downtown clubs earlier this year. Under the proposed ordinance, clubs will have to file new safety plans that include minimum standards for security personnel.
The recreational use of marijuana will be legalized in Arizona, if a national advocacy group can get voters behind the proposal. The same group that helped Arizona get medical marijuana passed announced a campaign Tuesday to get recreational pot on the 2016 ballot.
Arizona’s Medicaid expansion plan officially went into
effect Thursday, but a lawsuit filed this morning hopes to block it. A day after expansion opponents failed to turn in enough
signatures to put the law on hold until next November’s election, the Goldwater
Institute filed a lawsuit, arguing the plan is unconstitutional.
An Arizona House committee next week will take the first steps toward possible action on changes to the way seasonal firefighters get benefits. It has been a contentious issue since 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew died fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire in June.
is borrowing $200 million this week in a bid to save business owners money. The
state’s jobless fund is supposed to support itself with a tax on employers, but
during the recession it went broke.
Money is a big part of political campaigns. It is nearly impossible to win a council or legislative seat without cash, and it is completely impossible to win a statewide or congressional race. Clean Elections was supposed to level the playing field to some extent by providing public financing for candidates and offering matching funds for people who were running against opponents with a higher level of private money, but Clean Elections has been defanged by the US Supreme Court, and a Maricopa County superior court judge declined to issue a temporary injunction blocking higher private contribution limits from going into effect.
( Phoenix, AZ ) In this AZ-Edition of StoryCorps, Cassie Campa has a candid discussion with her friend and mentor Heather Walsh about escaping abusive relationships and self-loathing to discover purpose and love.