Farm Bill Expires Leaving Growers Uncertain About Future Crop Insurance Rates
Arizona farmers are upset with Congress for not approving an extension to the Farm Bill before the government shutdown. Some farmers are now worried about getting government loans for next year’s crops.
Oct. 3, 2013
Chinese Auctioneers Visit Phoenix For Training
China has often been accused of stealing information and technology from other countries, but now some Chinese entrepreneurs are blatantly “borrowing” from the United States. An Arizona firm is helping them learn more about the American auction industry.
Oct. 3, 2013
Some Services For Arizonans Not Available During Shutdown
The federal government shutdown has furloughed employees, forced some agency websites to go dark, and delayed funding for social services. The standoff is likely to hurt needy Arizonans. Many of Arizona’s 42,000 federal employees are considered essential and will still be showing up to work -- people like members of the military and border agents.
Oct. 3, 2013
Court Of Appeals Approves Public Education Funding Vouchers
Another court has given the green light for Arizona lawmakers to issue what amount to public education funding vouchers to parents to educate their kids at any private or parochial school they want. Parents of students with special needs and those in schools with a ‘D’ or lower rating, get what are called empowerment scholarships, amounting to 90 percent of state aid.
Oct. 3, 2013
Economists Say Arizonas Recovery Has Moved From Mediocre To Okay
Arizona’s recovery has moved from mediocre to okay. That is the word from economists Friday who spoke about the world, national and state economies at the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Annual Economic Outlook Breakfast.
Oct. 3, 2013
Raid At Phoenix Janitorial Business Results In 20 Arrests For Identity Theft
Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested 20 more workers at a Phoenix janitorial business for identity theft. Sheriff Joe Arpaio said deputies conducted the raid at Proserve, the same company it raided in August, arresting four suspects for stealing IDs.
Oct. 3, 2013
Arizona’s Military Installation In Partial Shutdown
The budget impasse in Washington has put Arizona’s military installations into a partial shutdown. At Fort Huachuca in Sierra Vista, spokeswoman Tanja Linton says about the vast majority of the 3,600 civilian workers on the base personnel have been furloughed.
Oct. 3, 2013
Loop 101 Bridge Freeway Closures Are Gone
The weekend is over, and that means some freeway closures are also gone. That includes the construction work over the Loop 101 in the East Valley. The Department of Transportation is closer to completing the Galveston Street Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge over the 101 Price Freeway.
Oct. 3, 2013
New Website Design Spares Some Users Trips To MVD
The Arizona Department of Transportation says recent improvements to the design of the servicearizona.com website should make it easier to skip a visit to the MVD for many common transactions. ADOT spokesman Harold Saunders said you will be able to get the answers you need without paying any more.
Oct. 3, 2013
AARP Wants Method For Calculating Cost-Of-Living To Remain The Same
Volunteers and staff of Arizona AARP are lobbying members of Congress this week to not change the way cost-of-living adjustments are calculated for Social Security recipients. A new report form the AARP Public Policy Institute calculates that every benefit dollar generates two dollars in spending by Arizona individuals and businesses, adding almost $30 billion a year to the state’s economy.
Oct. 3, 2013
Former Arizona Gaming Director To Challenge Horne For Attorney General
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne will have competition for the GOP nomination in next year’s Republican primary. Former Arizona Gaming Director Mark Brnovich has filed paperwork to run against Horne, less than a week after stepping down from his post.
Oct. 3, 2013
Reward For Information On Javelina Poaching
Arizona Game and Fish is offering up to $1,000 in reward money for information leading to an arrest in a javelina poaching incident over the weekend in the mountains west of Tucson. Spokesman Mark Hart said the animal was killed with a bow and arrow.
Oct. 3, 2013
Martha McSally Announces She Will Run Again For 2nd Congressional District
Retired United States Air Force combat pilot Martha McSally is again running for Congress. The unsuccessful 2012 Republican nominee in Arizona's 2nd Congressional District announced Tuesday that she will seek her party's nomination in 2014.
Oct. 3, 2013
Yuma Desalting Plant Could Boost US Water Supply To Mexico During The Drought
The severe drought that hit the Southwest 14 years ago is expected to continue to bring down water levels on the Colorado River.  Two large storage tanks at the Yuma Desalting Plant stand a few stories above ground.
Sept. 26, 2013