The Arizona Senate has reversed itself and voted to approve
a plan to revamp the retirement system for new elected officials and judges. On Tuesday, the Senate defeated the bill, but during the
vote, Senate President Andy Biggs predicted it would pass before the end of the
There is a dispute brewing over a lease agreement for a coal-fired power plant that provides electricity to millions of people in Arizona, California and Nevada. A co-owner of the plant is at odds with the Navajo tribe over water rights and other issues.
A new report from the Arizona PIRG Education Fund says the state's driving boom
is over. It says total vehicle travel miles peaked in 2007, and PIRG's Serena
Unrein says driving is likely to decline
further because of demographic changes involving the Millennial
generation: those people born between 1983 and 2000.
If you think shelling out the big bucks for law school is a fast-track to success (or at least a hefty salary) you may need to think again. Prospective law students in Arizona face a big bill and a rough job search, and law schools nationwide are facing far lower application rates.
Arizona's unemployment rate remained at 7.9 percent for the third consecutive month in April. Department of Administration economist Aruna Murthy said while there were month-to-month job gains, they become less impressive compared to the post-recession years of 2010 to 2012.
Tuesday, a scandal-plagued restaurant in Scottsdale is set to reopen. The case has generated social media buzz, but it has also raised important legal questions about employees who receive tips. NICK BLUMBERG: Amy’s Baking Company shot to infamy after appearing on the FOX reality show “Kitchen Nightmares.
Fire restrictions go into effect throughout much of the
state Wednesday and Thursday. They generally apply to both state and federal land. Under the Stage One restrictions, campfires are not allowed,
except in some developed campgrounds, and smoking is only allowed inside
vehicles, or in areas with three feet around them without flammable materials.
Firefighters are getting the upper hand on a human-caused wildfire that has been burning in the Coronado National Forest, east of Nogales. Spokeswoman Michelle Fiddler says the Soldier Basin Fire is now 70 percent contained after charring nearly 11,000 acres of grass and brush.
Maricopa County Sheriff's Office is getting a donation this week, in
recognition of National Safe Boating Week. The life jackets are being
contributed by Native Air, an Air Ambulance company. Sheriff's Office spokesman
Chris Hegstrom says life jackets are major
More people statewide were
charged with drunk driving over the Memorial Day weekend compared to last year,
and the Governor’'s Office of Highway Safety is concerned. Director Alberto Gutier said
he would like to see the number of traffic stops go up and the number of DUI
arrests go down, but just the opposite happened this Memorial Day.
American Airlines parent company, AMR Corp. reported a net loss of $105 million for April. The company’s top executives said it is a favorable sign for the future. The
figures are an improvement over last April’s $142 million loss.
The state health department wants to make
it easier to compare health care at hospitals around Arizona.
Hospital Compare is an online tool that’s set to go live Monday. The website is
managed by the Arizona Department of Health Services and uses federal and state
The U.S. Forest Service has moved a large
water tanker to the Valley to prepare for wildfire season.
A DC-10 that is usually based north of San Bernardino, Calif. is now at Phoenix-Mesa
Just seven days into June, and Phoenix is already
experiencing temperatures 10 degrees above normal. Highs for Friday are
expected to jump to 112 degrees, and most of that warm weather will transfer
over to the weekend.
A federal jury convicted former U.S. Representative Rick Renzi on Tuesday of corruption charges. Renzi was charged with 32 felony counts of wire fraud, conspiracy and extortion. Renzi, a Republican, represented Arizona's 1st Congressional District from 2003 until 2009.
Firefighters continues to battle a wildfire that has been burning in the
Coronando National Forest.Spokesman Gerry Perry said the Chino Fire
has charred over 50 acres but is now more than 50 percent contained
since being spotted on Tuesday.
Even though tomorrow is the “official” start of Arizona's summer monsoon season, a few thunderstorms have already popped up near the New Mexico border. Chris Outler of the National Weather Service in Flagstaff said the rains were spotty but could be a preview of things to come.
Governor Jan Brewer said she is glad the political fight over Medicaid expansion is finally over. The governor signed legislation Monday that adds 300,000 low-income people to state Medicaid under the federal Affordable Health Care Act.
Sundome Center for the Performing Arts opened in 1980, the sounds of Lawrence
Welk and his big band filled the 7,000-seat theater.
The Sundome Center for the Performing Arts will soon be demolished.
Nik Wallenda is scheduled to make the big walk across a northern Arizona canyon Sunday at 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time. The Florida daredevil will attempt to cross a portion of the Little Colorado River on a wire tightrope.