Back in 1990, Arizona had the 12th-largest share of immigrants in its population.More than two decades later, Arizona now has the 11th-largest share of immigrants among the 50 states, according to the Pew Research Center.
A large majority of Arizonans think the land of SB 1070 is a "good place for minorities."Gallup polled residents of all 50 states, asking, "Is the city or area where you live a good place or not a good place to live for racial or ethnic minorities."In Arizona, 84 percent of residents said it's a goo ... More >>
Arizona is leading the nation in both cuts to higher-education funding and increases in tuition costs since 2008.The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities looked at pre-recession levels of higher-ed funding and tuition costs in all 50 states. While a vast majority of states made both funding cuts a ... More >>
There are a lot of people in Arizona who'd rather live somewhere else.According to polling done by Gallup, 38 percent of the Arizonans they polled said they'd like to move to another state. There were only 11 other states where higher percentages of people wanted to leave.
Governor Jan Brewer signed SB1397, nicknamed the "Liquor Omnibus" bill, into law on Wednesday and while you might not realize it yet, the new law could directly impact you -- particularly if you like to drink craft beer. That's because one of the biggest changes the bill will bring to the state co ... More >>
There's going to be a new design for Arizona driver's licenses, starting June 16.As you can see from the sample above, it's hideous.
Last night the Arizona Restaurant Association announced the winners of the second annual Foodist Awards during an event at the Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale. The awards celebrate "the most amazing tastes, faces and places in Arizona food and beverage." Finalists were announced in early April wit ... More >>
People who text and drive are notoriously bad drivers, but according to recent crash statistics, most accidents caused by distracted driving don't involve cell phone use.As part of Distracted Driving Awareness month, the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) released the results of car accident ... More >>
If you've always wanted to own a farm but don't have a good idea of where to start, this University of Arizona Cooperative Extension workshop would be a good place. The annual Turning Dreams into Reality: Starting a Farm in Arizona workshop will cover everything from what equipment a future farmer w ... More >>
The laser-cut state love fad isn't going anywhere quick. We've seen Arizona-shaped cookie cutters at ABC Cake Decorating Supplies, but now you can get your chop on Grand Canyon State-style, thanks to Epicurean. Whether you love the trend or are completely fed up with it, these home state pride kitsc ... More >>
Arizona still has the third-highest rate of uninsured children in the nation.However, that rate is dropping, and a report released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provides some insight into what type of kids are getting insured.
Summers in Northern Arizona are some kind of magical. I spent my childhood helping my dad load our battered red farm truck up with alfalfa bails, unloading them under building monsoon clouds, racing from the barn to the house as the rain fell, hay hooks in hand. As idyllic a scene as that is, that's ... More >>
No surprise here: Phoenix isn't exactly one of the safest cities in Arizona.Read on to find the 10 safest cities in Arizona, where you might die of boredom, but most likely not as a result of a violent crime:
Arizona Barbecue Festival Saturday, April 5 This Saturday the "Biggest Honky Tonk in Town," the fifth annual Arizona Barbecue Festival will take over Scottsdale's Salt River Fields. The event will bring together more than 25 top barbecue purveyors, local restaurants, and numerous bars for an event ... More >>
The Center for Reproductive Rights announced that it's appealing a federal judge's decision earlier this week that allowed new abortion regulations in Arizona to take effect.As of yesterday, doctors in Arizona who prescribe the pills for medicated abortions must do so within FDA guidelines, rather t ... More >>
With all these awards flying around this week, it's getting hard to keep it all straight. So here's a refresher: The Arizona Restaurant Association created the Foodist Awards last year to celebrate "the most amazing tastes, faces and places in Arizona food and beverage." Last year, the list of fin ... More >>
A report from a child-welfare foundation says Latino kids in Arizona face more obstacles to opportunity than Latino kids in almost every other state.The "Race for Results" report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation compares various measures of obstacles for children of different races. Nationwide, wh ... More >>
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Check, Please! Arizona Festival Sunday, March 30 This weekend brings the second annual Check, Please! Arizona Festival to CityScape in downtown Phoenix. The event, hosted by Channel 8 and co-sponsored by Chow Bella, will bring more than 30 local independent restaurants together for an afternoon of ... More >>
Arizona spends the fewest dollars per student on education than any other state in the country, according to an estimate.People often mention that Arizona's per-pupil spending rate is the third or fourth-lowest in the nation, based on census information that is usually about two years old by the tim ... More >>
Arizona lawmakers love to fight the federal government -- to an extent.By one measure, there are only nine states that are more dependent on the federal government than Arizona.
You can't buy a Tesla in Arizona, but you can get it charged here.Despite Arizona's law preventing Tesla from using its sales model in the state, the company is opening its latest "supercharger" tomorrow in Flagstaff.
More than 2,800 charges of workplace discrimination were filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission last year by Arizona workers.Although Arizona is home to about 2 percent of the country's population, 3 percent of the employment discrimination charges in 2013 came from Arizona.
The Arizona Supreme Court won't hear an appeal of a ruling that upholds the state's "empowerment scholarship accounts."The Arizona Supreme Court has struck down voucher-program laws in the past, and although these accounts are similar to vouchers, they're not quite the same.
All nine U.S. Representatives from Arizona signed on to a letter to Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, asking that the company open its new factory in Arizona.Telsa plans on opening its "Gigafactory" to mass-produce batteries for its electric vehicles, and Arizona's one of four states the company's conside ... More >>
If you'd like to make your blood boil, crack open the opinion pages of the Arizona Republic.You know the people who like to camp out in the left-hand lane of the highway, impeding people who'd like to drive faster than them? This guy writing to the Republic admits that he does it on purpose.
While the bill proposed at the Arizona Legislature to legalize the sale of Tesla vehicles in the state essentially died, it's suddenly been brought back to life.This move happens to come just as Arizona and Texas are considered two of four finalists for a large battery factory planned by electric ca ... More >>
Since the beginning of Arizona's medical marijuana program, people have petitioned the state health department to add post-traumatic stress disorder as a qualifying condition for medical pot.However, PTSD and other conditions aren't added to the list, due to a lack of scientific research on the risk ... More >>
Independent voters now outnumber Republicans in Arizona.According to voter registration statistics released today, more than 10,000 people have registered as an independent since January. The total number of Arizona independents is 1,134,243, surpassing the 1,130,170 Republicans.
The thousands of ignored allegations of neglect and abuse that went uninvestigated isn't the only crisis Arizona's Child Protective Services is dealing with.This morning, the CPS oversight committee at the Legislature brought in a child-welfare expert to explain some statistics surrounding the numbe ... More >>
It can be difficult to keep up with all the lawsuits surrounding Arizona's litany of recent laws imposing restrictions on abortions.In one of those lawsuits, filed over Arizona's 2011 law banning sex- and gender-based abortions, the plaintiffs are appealing the dismissal of their challenge to the la ... More >>
A group of same-sex couples have filed a federal lawsuit challenging Arizona's ban on same-sex marriage.Several Arizona laws outlaw aspects of same-sex marriages in the state, including Proposition 102, passed by voters in 2008, which states that the only recognized marriages in the state are "a uni ... More >>
Yes, horse and dog massages are real services offered by real people who operate businesses in Arizona.However, according to two women who have filed a lawsuit in Maricopa County Superior Court, the state veterinary board has told them to stop providing their services, insisting that the women need ... More >>
It's no secret that I'm a big supporter of Arizona wine. I feel like we are in the neonatal ICU in terms of birthing a vibrant wine industry here. There are currently almost 90 licensed and bonded wineries in Arizona, some of which buy grapes and make wine; others grow grapes and sell to winemakers; ... More >>
Yet another new Arizona abortion law has resulted in a lawsuit.The latest lawsuit, filed by Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Center for Reproductive Rights, alleges a new regulation that restricts how medicated abortions are administered is unconstitutional.David Brown, a staff attor ... More >>
The percentage of money that Arizona school districts are spending on actual classroom instruction hit a new low in 2013.The Arizona Auditor General has only been monitoring this figure since 2001, but Arizona districts combined spent less than 54 percent of their available operating dollars in the ... More >>
In case you missed any news action this week, we've got you covered.Here's our recap of the most-read news stories of the week:
Governor Jan Brewer signed the repeal of last year's House Bill 2305, a bill that made several controversial changes to the elections process in Arizona.After a coalition of non-Republican groups quickly gathered enough signatures to put the issue to voters after the bill's passage last year, the Re ... More >>
Last year Channel 8 hosted the first Check, Please! Arizona Festival at CityScape in downtown Phoenix. The event, which New Times co-sponsors, is back this year on Sunday, March 30 and will again bring out more than 30 local independent restaurants and three of the Valley's James Beard Award winning ... More >>