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:
Phoenix's Public Transit Department scored a federal grant that city leaders see as a big step toward expanding light rail into South Phoenix. The South Phoenix expansion is still in the planning stages, but the $1.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation allows the city to get st ... More >>
Outside of California, there's no big city with worse roads than Tucson.TRIP, a transportation research group, says Tucson ranks fifth in the nation among large cities for highest percentage of roads in "poor" condition -- 53 percent.
Aviation officials are having a dogfight over the cost of a new train that will carry passengers through Phoenix International Sky Harbor airport.A U.S. Department of Transportation newsletter dug up by Emily Gersema over at the Repub states the cost of the PHX Skytrain would be about $2.3 billion. ... More >>
TheAtlantic.com released its list of America's 19 "Most Hated Companies" -- based on the American Customer Satisfaction Index -- earlier this month, four of which happen to be airlines (imagine that). Among them is Tempe-based U.S. Airways.The airline came in at the six spot on TheAtlantic's list ... More >>
Before the release of draft rules on Proposition 203, Will Humble, the director of the state Department of Health Services, estimated 100,000 people a year might qualify for medical marijuana.Now, under the proposed regulations, only 10,000 to 20,000 people a year would qualify, he said in a news ... More >>
Deer Tick with The Flagship, the tour bus the band is auctioning for charity.Benefit shows can be a dime a dozen. And, due to their ubiquity, that can be about as much as they raise sometimes. Rhode Island band Deer Tick's taking another route, auctioning off a tour bus to raise funds for OxFam I ... More >>
We loved the story in Saturday's Arizona Republic about Robert Trombley, the volcano "expert" who runs a research center out of his Apache Junction trailer. Photo Credit: http://www.intlvrc.org/rbt-bio.htm Robert Trombley's credentials weren't questioned the first time the Arizona Republic pu ... More >>
"Anti-Planner" Randal O'Toole of the Cato Institute will speak in Phoenix on Tuesday, May 4. Tired of traffic? Then lobby your government to add more toll roads, ditch long-range transportation scams, and buy more express buses instead of laying more railways. That's the educated opinion of ... More >>
Construction on a second lane into Mexico at the U.S. Port of Entry in Lukeville, the gateway to Rocky Point beaches, will begin by the middle of next year, state officials say. The easier cross-border access will be among the topics discussed this weekend at the Arizona-Mexico Commission Plenary Se ... More >>
A new survey by a Washington-based publisher puts Gilbert and Surprise among the safest cities in the country. The cities were ranked 24 and 27 by CQ Publishers. The group calculated FBI crime rates for 2008 and found both cities to have some of the lowest in the country... The ... More >>
When a new runway opened at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in 2000, it received the blessing of the Federal Aviation Adminstration. But a newly released report from another federal agency, the Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Transportation, cites that same r ... More >>
Continental Airlines had a cold-blooded killer on board but refused law enforcement's pleas to land
Could Arizona's 80,000 working and abandoned mines be the root of all evil?
Letters from the week of November 20, 2003
State prison officials wanted tons of deadly asbestos to disappar. So they made the inmates do the job.
Arizona Public Service's lax policies sent an APS serviceman, drunk and stoned, on a collision course with a Mesa family. Lucky for APS, the serviceman committed suicide.
The 51 may soon become just another crappy little freeway
In an unusual lawsuit, environmentalist says city is hoarding federal money
With arrests and civil pressures, police have reduced the terror inflicted by Eastside Los Cuatro Milpas. But conditions that gave rise to the gang in the first place still fester.
Tempe has long given the impression its Rio Salado project costs $45 million. The actual taxpayer tab could surpass $200 million.
State lawyers collide with ethics in $3.79 million suit over "bleeding asphalt" fatality
Arizona car owners register concern over online MVD snafu that posted their credit-card numbers on the Internet
State agencies are reeling in the after-Fife, the ballyhooed state-budget surplus is all but spent, and the government bureaucracy is bigger than ever. Now it's up to Jane Dee Hull to make it all make sense.
Contract for South Mountain tollway may depend on company's dumping of its president
Governor Symington says his massive tax cuts have brought prosperity to Arizona. Actually, they are bringing on a fiscal train wreck that could damage the state for decades.
Egoconsumed developers, lobbyists, flacks, detectives and lawyers generate fear and loathing a la Barbarians at the Gate. The reason? Two proposed outlet malls the Valley doesn't really need.
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