Charter schools sue over reduction in voter-approved education funds
A group of charter schools is suing the Arizona Department of Education, alleging it is illegally reducing voter-approved funds for teacher pay raises and the classroom.
Citing security, county attorney opts out of email
CASA GRANDE — Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles is balking at using the county government’s general email system, saying he’s not confident it’s secure.
Fight over solar panel incentives heads to regulators
For months, Arizona’s largest utility provider and the solar industry have waged a public relations war over the future of the state’s solar energy incentives.
That fight now moves to the Arizona Corporation Commission, as the energy regulator formally begins consideration of opposing proposals from each side.
Pentagon furloughs will cut pay for thousands of Arizona defense workers
WASHINGTON – Defense Department furloughs that took effect Monday will mean about a 20 percent reduction in pay for the rest of this fiscal year for the roughly 8,400 department civilian employees in Arizona.
Brewer to get new policy adviser for public safety
Joseph Cuffari is joining Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s staff as a policy adviser for public safety.
The move was announced Monday by Brewer.
Gov. Martinez orders NM flags flown at half-staff
SANTA FE, N.M. — Gov. Susana Martinez has ordered that New Mexico state flags be flown at half-staff until sunset Friday in honor of the firefighters killed while fighting an Arizona wildfire.
Portable shelters couldn’t save 19 firefighters
PRESCOTT — In a heartbreaking sight, a long line of vans from a coroner’s office carried the bodies of 19 elite firefighters out of the tiny mountain town of Yarnell on Monday, as the wind-driven wildfire that claimed the men’s lives burned out of control.
About 200 more firefighters arrived to the scorching mountains, doubling the number of firefighters battling the blaze, ignited by lightning.
Arizona ‘Hotshots’ lived the meaning of the word
PRESCOTT — They were fathers and expectant fathers. High school football players and former Marines. Smoke-eaters’ sons and first-generation firefighters.
What bound the members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots together was a “love of hard work and arduous adventure,” and a willingness to risk their lives to protect others. And now, 19 families share a bond of grief.
Hotshots killed in Ariz. fire remembered, mourned
PRESCOTT — Nineteen members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, based in Prescott, Ariz., were killed Sunday when a windblown wildfire overcame them north of Phoenix. It was the deadliest single day for U.S. firefighters since Sept. 11. Fourteen of the victims were in their 20s. Here are the stories of those who died:
US report positive on proposed new Arizona mine
TUCSON — A new report by the U.S. Forest Service offers a favorable assessment of a proposed southern Arizona mine, saying it would comply with key environmental requirements and should be approved.
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