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The American Red Cross asks eligible blood donors to make a resolution to give blood regularly in 2015, beginning with National Blood Donor Month in January.
Rex Bowser sits down at a small table in the corner of a Starbucks in Chandler. The longtime Seton Catholic football coach sips his coffee in a laid-back, relaxed manner and begins to tell the story of his more than four-decade-long career.
PHOENIX -- A veteran state lawmaker is pushing his colleagues to triple the wages of some Arizonans. The issue is what is paid to minimum security inmates who are allowed to work outside the prison walls.
PHOENIX (AP) — A federal judge has ruled an Arizona law defining a political committee is unconstitutionally vague, but stopped short of barring authorities from enforcing it.
A federal judge late Friday voided state laws requiring groups to register before spending money on campaigns — and with it, the reports they're supposed to file on who is behind all that cash.
As the temperature gets colder and the fall sports finish, it becomes time for basketball and the rest of the winter sports to start. Girls basketball is strong in the East Valley and looks to be the same again this year as Desert Vista, Hamilton, Dobson and Mesquite look to rule Division I while Seton Catholic looks to continue its dominance of Division II and Valley Christian tries to finish what it started a year ago in Division III.
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's incoming governor may be faced with a lot of the same bills his predecessor passed on.
Sponsors of legislation that Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed said they see Gov.-elect Doug Ducey as a possible second chance. Lawmakers including state Rep. John Kavanagh and Rep. Warren Petersen say they are already making plans to resurrect certain measures.
"It's already written, so there's nothing to lose," Kavanagh told the Arizona Capitol Times .
The Republican from Fountain Hills, who is moving to the Senate in January, intends to revive a bill banning aggressive panhandling. Brewer said the bill didn't clearly address any statewide concern.
Petersen, a Republican from Gilbert, wants to sponsor an anti-regulatory bill that Brewer vetoed last year. The bill enforces civil penalties on government officials who make licensing decisions based on requirements that aren't permitted under state statute. Brewer had called the bill "punitive and unnecessary." Petersen said he is hopeful Ducey's business background will mean a shared opinion.
"What's great about Ducey is he knows what it's like to work in the real world and run a business and deal with red tape. So when it comes to government accountability, I see him signing anything in that fashion that crosses his desk," Petersen said.
Some high-profile bills that Brewer vetoed include legislation that would have given added protection from lawsuits to people who assert religious beliefs in refusing service to gays. She also denied a bill exempting ride-sharing businesses such as Uber from the same state-imposed requirements as taxis. She vetoed legislation three times that would allow people with concealed weapon permits to bring firearms into public buildings.
Ducey has already started getting in touch with legislative leaders, Republicans and Democrats. He said how much he communicates with them about legislation will depend on the issue, but he does plan to maintain good communication.
"I typically do like to operate from a standpoint of little to no surprises," Ducey said. "So I think that's how you build relationships and get things done."
Brewer vetoed 141 bills in her six years as governor. Only her predecessor, Democrat Janet Napolitano, has vetoed more.
PHOENIX (AP) — The reward has been increased for information leading to determining who shot and killed a desert tortoise near Fountain Hills.
PHOENIX (AP) — Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has sued the owners of a downtown Phoenix office building over a broken shoulder he suffered when he fell crossing a street.
Arpaio is seeking unspecified damages for his February 2013 injury and has alleged that the building's owners should have known about the dangerous conditions that led to the accident. The lawsuit against Hines GS Properties Inc. and the other owners was filed Oct. 29.
Hines GS Properties didn't immediately return a call Thursday afternoon seeking comment.
Mark Goldman, a lawyer representing Arpaio, said the lawsuit was filed after the sheriff made attempts to resolve the matter amicably.
"Joe Arpaio sincerely hopes that this lawsuit will cause the building owners to remedy these problems so that others are not injured," Goldman said.
The sheriff has said he tripped on a sidewalk near his headquarters as he headed to a restaurant to get a bowl of soup.
He fell on his shoulder, breaking it in two places. He spent about two days in a hospital and then two weeks recuperating at his home in Fountain Hills.
Arpaio posted images and video online showing him in the hospital in the days after his fall, including one with tubes in his nose. He sold a sling he wore during his recovery in an online charity auction.
A police dog trainer from Northern California paid $2,600 for the sling. The proceeds went toward buying equipment and food for a shelter run by the sheriff's office for abused animals picked up in cruelty investigations.
PHOENIX -- A federal judge is being asked to rule that "dark money'' groups who now don't disclose the source of their contributions can also legally hide how they're spending the money -- and on whose behalf.
A federal judge is being asked to rule that “dark money” groups that now don't disclose the source of their contributions can also legally hide how they're spending the money — and on whose behalf.
The small, white animals flood into Sharon Hampton’s living room in an instant. It’s Thursday morning at the Westie and Friends AZ Rescue dog shelter in Mesa.
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona lawmakers are considering taxes on electronic cigarettes as a way to help cover a $1 billion budget shortfall, a central Arizona weekly has reported.
"It's one option of many that we should look at at the Legislature," said state Democratic Rep. Stefanie Mach of Tucson, who serves on the House Appropriations Committee. "It certainly isn't going to come close to the amount of money that we need to make up the deficit, but any little bit helps."
Some legislators are lighting up at the idea of taxing e-cigarettes to cover a huge deficit expected by fiscal year 2017, but how to regulate the devices has been a source of debate.
Legislators in dozens of states last year were faced with bills related to electronic cigarettes. Two states have already enacted "sin taxes" on them, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. On the federal level, the Food and Drug Administration has struggled since 2011 to implement rules on how to categorize and regulate them as well as liquid nicotine.
Republican Rep. John Kavanagh, of Fountain Hills, told the Arizona Capitol Times taxing e-cigarettes could discourage people from using them in an effort to quit smoking.
"The e-cigarettes, I am told, are not nearly as damaging to the body as tobacco is, and part of the reasoning for the tobacco tax is to compensate society for the additional costs in medical care that smokers cause," said Kavanagh, who also serves on the House Appropriations Committee and running for a Senate seat.
The financial impact for Arizona from e-cigarette taxes is difficult to determine since proposals vary and cigarettes have about $2 in additional taxes per pack.
Arizona so far hasn't enforced many restrictions on the electronic devices. Last year, the state made it illegal to sell them to minors. But Attorney General Tom Horne recently said e-cigarettes do not fall under the Smoke Free Arizona Act. Thus, patrons can smoke them inside restaurants, bars and other public places. However, cities such as Tempe have banned them.
The battery-powered devices heat liquid nicotine and create a vapor that the user can inhale. They are available at most convenience stores and "vape shops."
Ben Denny, who works at a downtown Phoenix vape shop called Butt Out, said the industry would be open to some reasonable taxes but not to the same degree as cigarettes. The growing e-cigarette community would likely fight any legislation that advocated otherwise.
"Nobody serious is even getting close to claiming that (e-cigarettes) do similar harm (as smoking tobacco), so by attempting to tax them the same way, lawmakers are making a claim nobody else is making. And really, they're just saying they want to bring in more money," Denny said.
PHOENIX (AP) — A science teacher and volleyball coach at Fountain Hills High School has resigned after it was revealed she lied about having a doctorate and an Olympics medal.
Phoenix TV station KPHO reports the Fountain Hills Unified School District Governing Board unanimously accepted Christie Slegers' resignation Wednesday night.
Slegers was hired as a teacher in 2013 and began coaching girls' varsity volleyball this fall.
She told the school and her team she was an Olympic silver medalist in the sport.
USA Volleyball says Slegers "was not a member of the official delegation/team for the 1984 U.S. Women's Olympic Volleyball Team.
Slegers' employment application with the school district states that she has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hamline University and there is no mention of a Ph.D.
Craft beer fans in the East Valley will have another option to taste a wide variety of brews with the grand opening of a new brewery this fall.
When East Valley residents are looking for a brief getaway to decompress and escape the sweltering summer heat, they usually turn their eyes northward to the cooler climes of Prescott, Flagstaff or the Mogollon Rim. However, they’re doing themselves a disservice if they chose to ignore our neighbor to the south.
While the concepts differ, the three finalists for the redesigned City Center in Mesa all have one thing in common: a reinvigoration of the heart of Mesa.
Rejecting a last minute plea for a reprieve, a Maricopa County Superior Court judge ordered state officials to immediately start coughing up more than $300 million for public schools.
We need a strong council going forward that will continue to lead this great city. For that reason, I am supporting Kevin Hartke, Rene Lopez and Terry Roe. I have worked with Kevin as a fellow council member for the last four years, so I know his ability to do what is best for Chandler. I have worked closely with Terry and Rene on various city issues over the years and have full faith and confidence in their ability to lead Chandler forward. These individuals are ready to serve our community in a meaningful way. They are people of integrity and character and, therefore, have my unequivocal support.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. Since July is National Ice Cream month, here are the top places to get ice cream in the Valley.
The East Valley Institute of Technology is still accepting enrollment for the 2014-15 school year in most classes, including the new Future Engineers program at the East Campus.
NEW YORK — Family travel falls into three distinct phases. First, there's the exhausting period of travel with crying babies who need diapers, bottles, strollers, car seats and naps. Then come the golden years, when kids can handle long rides and long walks, when they actually think scavenger hunts are fun, and when they bask in their family's love and attention.
Rejecting arguments the state cannot afford it, a judge has ordered Gov. Jan Brewer and the Republican-controlled Legislature to come up with an extra $316 million immediately — and potentially $2.9 billion over five years — to make up for aid to schools they illegally withheld.