Phoenix, AZ – There already is a program allowing the state to turn some inmates convicted of minor crimes over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement after completing half their terms. Brewer's new order affects about 400 others ineligible for that release. And they would get out only 90 days early. Martin said that's still a mistake.
Phoenix, AZ – Buz Mills owns Gunsite, a firearms training facility just south of Paulden. He also is on the board of the National Rifle Association. But Mills, who garnered no attention last month when he declared his candidacy, suddenly became a player with the disclosure he has put $2 million of his own cash into the campaign. Mills was unavailable. But campaign manager Camilla Strongin said the move wasn't designed to scare others out of the race.
Phoenix, AZ – The state's two U-S senators took swipes today at how the Department of Homeland Security handled the effort by a Nigerian terrorist to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner.
John McCain said the fact the terrorist was subdued by passengers does not mean the agency, headed by former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano, was doing its job. He said they need to do more than just check passengers at the airport.
Phoenix, AZ – State health officials annually compile the most popular names for newborns. The new list, at least on the boys side, remains relatively static. Three decades ago the most popular name for boys born in the state was Michael. It also was the most popular in 1989 and in second spot 10 years after that. It remains popular, at No. 8 this year.
Phoenix, AZ – Well, it's official: Those boom times for population growth in the Grand Canyon State are over. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.
New figures from the Census Bureau show that year-over year growth for the period ending July 1st totaled less than 147,000. That's just a 1.5 percent increase from the prior year. That compares to a 3.7 percent annual growth rate just four years earlier.
Phoenix, AZ – State senators approved a plan Thursday to cut spending and sweep money from special funds in a bid to close a 1-point-6 billion dollar hole in the budget. But some funds got better treatment than others.
The reason is purely politics. Rep. Jerry Weiers said he wouldn't vote for the plan unless his pet fund was protected -- one that benefits users of off-road vehicles trails. He said it wouldn't be fair to take the money.
Phoenix, AZ – Lawmakers convene this morning in special session. But the big issues they were supposed to consider are gone.
One involved the push by Gov. Jan Brewer to ask voters for a temporary one-cent hike in the state sales tax to help balance the budget. The other dealt with a separate ballot measure to let lawmakers raid funds that belong to programs previously approved by voters. But House Speaker Kirk Adams said Wednesday a couple of things went wrong.
Phoenix, AZ – The state finally got some really good news today about the economy. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.
New figures from the state Department of Commerce show the jobless rate dropped four tenths of a point between October and November, to 8.9 percent. That is the first time since June the rate has been below 9 percent. But Aruna Murthy, the agency's director of economic analysis, said she's not ready to declare that the worst is over.