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 >>
The Arizona Legislature has proven to be incapable of sneaking craziness past the Daily Show.Although Governor Jan Brewer announced yesterday evening that she had vetoed SB 1062, the so-called "religious freedom" bill, the Daily Show and host Jon Stewart already had their smack-down of Arizona ready ... More >>
Let's face it, it's been a rough week for Arizona, even with that veto. SB 1062 has made our fair state the butt of jokes across the country. Many of us are responding to pleas from our friends elsewhere to get out of here, what were we thinking, moving to this bass-ackwards state? I'd like to tak ... More >>
Less than half of Arizona students meet the standards for attending Arizona universities, according to a recent report.The "Arizona Minority Student Progress Report 2013" prepared by the University of Arizona's Center for Education also cites a warning from ASU's Morrison Institute: "Arizona is at r ... More >>
In addition to protests at the state capitol over Arizona's Senate Bill 1062, activists have now taken to the office of the lobbying group that developed and pushed the bill, the Center for Arizona Policy.Citizens for a Better Arizona led a delegation of people to CAP's Phoenix office today, to dema ... More >>
Merriam-Webster tends to be bland sometimes, so we consulted the Urban Dictionary to define some Arizona-related things.Check out our top 10 finds (which doesn't include any grotesque sexual acts!):
If Arizona's anti-immigrant law wasn't enough to tarnish the state's reputation, the state's "religious freedom" bill is already causing plenty of damage.Despite a huge outpouring of opposition toward the bill from Arizona residents, business groups, and even Republican lawmakers not in the state Le ... More >>
A march at the state Capitol in protest of Arizona's Senate Bill 1062 is taking place later today.There already have been protests against the "religious freedom" bill in Flagstaff, Phoenix, and Tucson, but several local groups have been trying to get people out to the Capitol today for a large prot ... More >>
The Arizona House of Representatives passed the anti-LGBT "religious freedom" bill, which now heads to Governor Jan Brewer for her approval.Despite House Democrats putting up a strong fight against the bill, just one of their colleagues on the other side of the aisle voted against the bill, which th ... More >>
Arizona legislators have proposed regulations for ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft, which would help legitimize their operations in the state.The system of using an app to find a ride from a private driver might sound like a taxi service, but these companies aren't registered with the state ... More >>
Arizona Matsuri Festival Saturday, February 22 The annual Arizona Matsuri Festival will take over Heritage Square in downtown Phoenix this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days. The event includes three stages with live entertainment, arts and crafts, bonsai displays, and Japane ... More >>
Weed-infused sweets like brownies and lollipops have been around long enough in home kitchens and dispensaries, but the newest pot treat out of Santa Cruz will surely win over for savory snackers. According to marijuana.com, Reef Jerky, produced by Badfish Extracts, will hit shelves in California an ... More >>
Artisanal Spirit and Cocktail Market Today Don't get us wrong, we love regular farmers markets, too. But when we have the chance to hit up a market full of artisan spirits and other cocktail-related products, you can bet a bottle of 30-year-old scotch we're going to go. The Artisan Spirit and Cockt ... More >>
Get this: Arizona voters want to vote.After Arizona's Republican-led legislature passed a series of elections changes in one bill last year, it hardly took any time for non-Republican groups to band together and collect enough voter signatures to put the issue on the ballot.Republican lawmakers are ... More >>
A national highway-safety group says Arizona's road-safety laws are not very good.Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety says Arizona is one of 11 states with "a dangerous lack of basic safety laws."
Kratom probably won't be added to Arizona's list of banned drugs after all.Kratom, an herb with painkilling properties, been for sale legally in certain stores around Phoenix for several years now, but the annual proposed update of Arizona's banned-drugs list originally included two substances found ... More >>
Fantasy football fans, time to rejoice: All fantasy sports competitions may soon become legal in Arizona.Although fantasy sports competitions are legal under federal law, Arizona is one of five states where they are prohibited because it's considered a "game of chance," which is illegal under Arizon ... More >>
Arizona's list of illegal drugs could soon include kratom, an herbal product that's been used as medicine in certain Asian countries for centuries.Kratom's been legally for sale in certain stores around Phoenix for several years now, but the annual proposed update of Arizona's banned drugs includes ... More >>
A Washington Post opinion piece penned by a pair of Yale University law professors argues that anti-gay legislation enacted in Russia isn't that different from laws in some American states.Russia's ban on promoting homosexual propaganda in front of children isn't that different from the so-called "n ... More >>
The number of people apprehended by Border Patrol agents in Arizona last year was the lowest in 20 years.U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced today that there were 125,942 apprehensions last year, which still amounts to an average of 350 people per day.
There's no exact formula for starting your own wine company. You could buy land and plant grapes, but then you'd need a place to make the wine. Or you could have the winemaking facility, but you'd need the fruit. Or you could have none of those things but the burning desire to make wine. The basics ... More >>
Arizona voters "narrowly oppose" marijuana legalization, according to the latest poll on the issue.Scutari and Cieslak Public Relations' poll is the fourth poll conducted on the issue in the last year, all by different polling companies. Two of the polls have showed voters supporting legalizing mari ... More >>
Arizona is joining a growing number of states where legislators are seeking to criminalize so-called "revenge porn.""Revenge porn" typically comes about after nude images are shared, in confidence, with lovers. When that relationship turns sour, and one decides to share their ex-lover's nude images ... More >>
Women's-health experts have issued guidelines that allow women to chose the option of a medicated abortion at up to nine weeks of pregnancy, but Arizona doctors won't be able to follow the protocol anymore.The Arizona Department of Health Services released new rules to comply with House Bill 2036, s ... More >>
A group of 36 Republican Arizona lawmakers and one Democrat have signed on to a resolution supporting nullification of all Environmental Protection Agency rules. The move comes just weeks after a chemical spill in Elk River, West Virginia, spoiled the water supply of 300,000 people, in part due to ... More >>
Last year, the Arizona Restaurant Association honored restaurants, chefs, and other food service professionals whose talents set them apart as industry leaders with the inaugural Foodist Awards. The association defines "Foodists" as "a collective of like-minded food worshipers. A Foodist breathes an ... More >>