A project called Desert Initiative: Desert One takes a look at the culture and environment in the nation’s four desert regions. Greg Esser, associate director of the Desert Initiative Project, says they’re looking at the arts as a way to investigate the desert in new and innovative ways.
The Arizona Supreme Court is set to rule today on the appeal of Isiah Patterson. Patterson was sentenced to death in 2009 in the fatal stabbing of his girlfriend in Mesa. A jury convicted Patterson of first-degree murder, and they found the 2006 killing was especially cruel and that there were no circumstances warranting a lenient sentence.
DENNIS LAMBERT: We’ve been reporting all week on the impact of climate change in the Southwest. One way the City of Mesa is responding is by installing electric vehicle charging stations at the Art Center, the Main Public Library and the Convention Center.
Homeowners in Maricopa County might see their property taxes drop by up to $20, and that means less money for the county. The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 Monday to keep the current property tax rate.
Three experts discuss why people protest and how the successes of protests are measured. Tom Jenney, the Arizona Director of Americans for Prosperity, and his fellow demonstrator. (Photo by Tracy Greer - KJZZ)Tom Jenney is the Arizona director of Americans for Prosperity, a group which organizes grassroots support for various causes.
The U.S. Department of Justice has announced it will monitor polling places in Maricopa County for discrimination during Tuesday’s primary election. Under the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Justice Department is authorized to send federal observers into certain jurisdictions -- including Arizona -- to monitor polling locations.
Mesa businessman Bob Worsley has defeated former State Senate President Russell Pearce in the GOP primary by a large margin. KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports.MARK BRODIE: Worsley says he’s not surprised by the margin of the win -- he says internal polls showed him up by as much as 15 percent against the man behind Arizona’s immigration enforcement law, SB 1070.
After last week’s primary election there were winners and losers. The winners move on, the rest clean up and state law says they have to do it quickly. Campaign signs in Phoenix (Photo by Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez - KJZZ)By September 12 political candidates not moving on to the general election must remove their campaign signs from the public rights of way.
Phoenix’s city golf courses are in a serious financial hole, according to a new study. There are several possible solutions, and the city is looking for the public’s input. Papago Golf Course in Phoenix, one of the city's eight municipal courses.
A recent report from a left-leaning think tank looks at the potential impact on Arizona’s economy of legalizing or deporting undocumented workers. As of 2010, there were an estimated 211,000 undocumented immigrants working in Arizona.
Former Fiesta Bowl chief operating officer Natalie Wisneski likely won't receive jail time for her involvement in an illegal campaign-contribution scheme, the U-S Attorney's Office announced Monday. Wisneski faced up to one year in jail for her felony conspiracy charge, but may instead receive probation because she is cooperating with authorities.
The Tempe Police Department will be looking for violators of Arizona’s new booster seat law, starting this Sunday. KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports. MARK BRODIE: Kids between 5 and 8 years old, and shorter than 4'9" now have to be in child restraint seats in Arizona.
Judge Susan Bolton has allowed what's considered the most controversial part of Arizona's SB1070 immigration enforcement law to take effect. It's the so-called 'show me your papers' provision, and now law enforcement officers in the state are going to have to figure out how to apply it properly and without racially profiling anyone.
A recent study by the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, says the number of obese adults is likely to increase dramatically in the next 20 years. In Arizona, it says if the current trajectory continues, nearly 59 percent of the adult population will be obese by 2030.
Legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright is associated with several places in the U.S., but perhaps none so unique as Taliesin West in Scottsdale. Wright made it his winter haven from 1937 until his 1959 death, describing the mostly untouched area near the McDowell Mountains as the top of the world.
According to a survey of ten states with large Latino populations, Democratic candidates for federal office are spending twice as much as their Republican counterparts on Spanish-language political ads.
Valley home prices rose in August, but not by much, according to new numbers from ASU. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports. MARK BRODIE: The median home price was up about one percent, to $150,000.
This week, the U.S. Fish and WIldlife Service proposed adding two cacti to the endangered species list. The Acuna cactus (L) and Fickeisen plains cactus (R) could both get federal protection. The photo on the right is actually of 13 Fickeisen cacti specimens.
After weeks of commercials painting a softer picture of “America’s Toughest Sheriff,” Joe Arpaio has gone on the offensive. The new ad makes issue of an incident in his opponent’s past. The commercial refers to a decade-old dispute involving Arpaio’s Democratic foe Paul Penzone, a former Phoenix Police Sergeant who ran the Silent Witness program.
Trine University will open a branch campus in the city of Peoria starting in 2013. As KJZZ’s Peter O’Dowd reports, the city is looking to expand its skilled workforce.PETER O’DOWD: If this sounds familiar, it’s because Mesa officials have already announced five new universities coming to that East Valley city since the start of the year.