Briefs

Bolles car headed for storage, no new home found

BY: - January 2, 2020

A piece of Arizona history will once again go into storage and out of the public’s view. The 1976 Datsun 710 that Arizona Republic reporter Don Bolles was driving when he suffered fatal injuries from a car bomb has been on display at the Newseum, a journalism museum in Washington, D.C., since 2007. A prosecutor […]

Navy names new nuclear sub USS Arizona

BY: - December 23, 2019

The United States Navy has named one of its two newest nuclear submarines after the battleship USS Arizona, which was destroyed in the Pearl Harbor attack.  “The commissioning of a new warship named Arizona honors our past—including those who have given their lives in service to our country—and our future and recognizes Arizona’s important contributions […]

Kavanagh targets Tesla drivers who bypass safety features

BY: - December 23, 2019

Rep. John Kavanagh has proposed legislation that would allow police to ticket Tesla drivers who attempt to circumvent safety features that are part of the electric vehicles’ self-driving modes. Kavanagh, a Fountain Hills Republican and a Tesla owner himself, sponsored House Bill 2060, which states that a person may not override the safety features of […]

Secretary of state issues cybersecurity tips to candidates

BY: - December 20, 2019

The Arizona Secretary of State’s Office recently issued a packet to candidates, political parties and political action committees of cybersecurity tips ahead of next year’s elections. In 2016, criminals attempted to hack into voter databases but were unsuccessful. The state has since enhanced its security measures and created a new voter registration database.  The Fulcrum, a […]

West Valley Loop 202 extension to open by end of year

BY: - December 18, 2019

Gov. Doug Ducey, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell and a host of other elected officials and dignitaries gathered gathered to celebrate the completion of the final stretch of the Loop 202 freeway, which is slated to open sometime by the end of the year.

Following deadly flood, lawmakers seek Tonto Creek bridge funding

BY: - December 17, 2019

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is trying to get the state to pay for a bridge over Tonto Creek in eastern Arizona, where three young children drowned last month after their car was submerged trying to cross the creek in a flood.

ICE whistleblower alleges systemic inadequate medical care and oversight: report

BY: - December 16, 2019

A whistleblower working for Immigration and Customs Enforcement has alleged the agency “systematically provided inadequate medical and mental health care and oversight” to children and adults in immigration detention centers, Buzzfeed News reported last week. 

Poll shows support for impeaching Trump, but not removing him from office

BY: - December 16, 2019

The majority of voters in a poll on impeachment opposed removing President Donald Trump from office over his efforts to use national foreign policy to bolster his 2020 re-election campaign.

Tax credit review panel will meet, but after legal deadline to do so

BY: - December 12, 2019

Earlier today, I wrote about the possibility – nay, the likelihood – that a dormant panel charged with reviewing tax credits might actually meet in 2019 and fulfill its statutory duties. It turns out I was partially correct.

Will the legislative tax credit review committee actually meet in 2019?

BY: - December 12, 2019

A legislative panel meant to annually scrutinize income tax credits and determine whether they are working as intended might meet this week for the first time since 2015.

Supervisors delay decision on Petersen suspension after testy hearing

BY: - December 11, 2019

A hearing to determine whether the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors would rescind its suspension of indicted assessor Paul Petersen ended early after his lawyer said an adversarial attitude by an attorney for the county made it pointless to continue.

Correctional officers cite low pay as top reason for leaving

BY: - December 10, 2019

For the first time in two years, the Arizona Department of Corrections hired more correctional officers than it lost – but those who left cited low pay as a primary reason they took other jobs.