homeless, lawsuit, Tucson
Sep 22, 2023

Republican leaders file brief aimed at protecting lawmakers’ ability to clear homeless encampments

Republican legislative leaders are spending $15,000 to file a legal brief designed to protect the ability of state lawmakers to enact laws to clear homeless encampments and cite those who are living on the street.

Uber, guilty plea, autonomous vehicle, Tempe
Jul 28, 2023

Backup driver in 1st death by fully autonomous car pleads guilty to endangerment

The backup Uber driver for a self-driving vehicle that killed a pedestrian the Valley in 2018 pleaded guilty Friday to endangerment in the first fatal collision involving a fully autonomous car.

Census, population growth, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, Phoenix, Tempe, Goodyear, Yuma, Florence
Jun 26, 2023

Quarters bounce: Cities win appeals of Census’ count of group quarters

Population growth is nothing new in booming Arizona, but that growth usually comes with moving trucks. Over the past year, however, five Arizona cities and towns managed to add 10,000 residents without a moving truck or a packing box in sight.

jobs, unemployment rate, Office of Economic Opportunity, Kaiser, Cook
Jun 15, 2023

Arizona’s unemployment rate at historic lows, jobless benefits won’t be cut

The state's unemployment rate remains at historic lows. But those Arizonans who do find themselves out of work through no fault of their own won't see their benefits cut, at least not this year.

light rail, sales tax, transportation, Hobbs
Jun 2, 2023

Hobbs negotiating with GOP lawmakers to try to ask voters to extend transportation tax

Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs is directly negotiating with Republican lawmakers who control the Arizona Legislature to try to craft a deal to ask Maricopa County voters to extend a half-cent sales tax that for nearly 40 years has paid for new freeways, bus routes and light rail transportation projects.

Hobbs, Prop 400, Maricopa County, ridership, light rail, Valley Metro
Jun 2, 2023

Arizona pauses home development in some parts of Phoenix area 

Arizona will tap the brakes on new development in some parts of Greater Phoenix, Gov. Katie Hobbs announced on Thursday. 

Uber, Waymo, Kate Gallego, Phoenix, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
May 23, 2023

Waymo, Uber set aside past rift to team up on robotaxis in Phoenix

Self-driving car pioneer Waymo is teaming up with ride-hailing leader Uber in the Phoenix area to transport passengers and deliver food in robotic cars that triggered a bitter technological dispute between the two companies.

Coyotes, Tempe, referendum
May 17, 2023

Arizona Coyotes’ bid for new arena appears to be rejected by voters

The Arizona Coyotes' bid for a new arena appears to be dead.

water, drought, city of Phoenix, water rates, Colorado River
Apr 28, 2023

Phoenix residents could see water bill increases coming soon

Phoenix residents could see an increase in their water bills soon. Although the Valley has seen more rain than normal this winter, with almost an inch more than the average in March, it wasn’t enough to combat the ongoing drought in Arizona.

Tempe, special election, Arizona Coyotes, Montenegro
Apr 28, 2023

Tempe assures lawmaker city is funding election  

A Republican legislator rescinded a request asking the Attorney General’s Office to investigate the city of Tempe’s upcoming special election where voters will decide if they want to fund a $2.1 billion hockey arena and entertainment district.   

Coyotes, Montenegro, Tempe, voters, special election
Apr 25, 2023

Montenegro files complaint over Tempe’s special election for Arizona Coyotes arena

A Republican legislator is asking the attorney general’s office to investigate the city of Tempe’s upcoming special election where voters will decide if they want to fund a $2.1 billion hockey arena and entertainment district.

Uber, trial, autonomous vehicle, negligent homicide
Apr 25, 2023

Driver in fatal Uber autonomous crash set for June trial

An Arizona Uber driver involved in the first death connected to a fully autonomous vehicle will be tried in June on a negligent homicide charge.