Phoenix, AZ – While the prison in Kingman is owned and operated by Management and Training Corporation, there is supposed to be state oversight. Ryan said the last evaluation, done in two years before the breakout, gave the facility high marks. But he said that system, in place since 2005, is flawed.
Phoenix, AZ – The 9.7 percent unemployment figure is just 0.1 percent below what it was in August of 1983. That was at the end of a recession which actually shot the state jobless rate as high as 11.5 percent. It also compares sharply with the state's 3.6 percent unemployment rate in mid 2007, just before the Arizona economy peaked, the real estate bubble burst and companies began shedding workers. Aruna Murthy, an economist with the state Department of Commerce, said the problem remains lack of consumer confidence.
Phoenix, AZ – Republican state senator John Huppenthal said it's wrong to assume that someone who has a degree in education will be a better teacher.
(The tragic fact is they've now shown the college of education degree doesn't show higher academic gains when you compare them with long-term substitute teachers, there's no difference. And that's a tragedy.)
Phoenix, AZ – The Department of Weights and Measures is working to teach police and private security personnel about skimmers. These are unahtorized electronic devices which can read the information from credit and debit cards that gasoline customers insert into the pump. Agency director Kevin Tyne said that information then can be used by thieves to make purchases.
Phoenix, AZ – Ronald Brewer was indicted in 1989 on two charges of sexual assault and one count of kidnapping after forcing his way into a woman's home. He eventually was found not guilty by reason of insanity. Those court records were open until last year, just days before Brewer became governor, when her son had his attorneys successfully get an order having them sealed. The governor, in a pair of interviews with Arizona Public Radio, said she played only an indirect role in that decision.
Phoenix, AZ – The suit was filed by a law firm which represents Democratic Party interests. Attorney Paul Eckstein said that several of those who became Green Party nominees were enticed to run for office by Republicans.
(The candidates that were recruited had no ties to the Green Party beforehand and they were asked to run as Greens for the purpose of diluting Democratic Party votes for the offices that were at issue.)
Phoenix, AZ – Under state law, a candidate can become the official nominee for a minor party by simply registering as a write-in and then voting for himself or herself. Keith Beauchap, attorney for the Green Party, said several people made a last-minute registration change from being Republicans, voted for themselves, and are now official nominees. He said his party doesn't want them, saying they don't represent the party principles, with one even having a swastika on his web site. And Beauchamp said this really is a