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March 11, 2014

  • AZ Giving & Leading: Florence Crittenton of Arizona  |   Video
    • Founded in 1896, Florence Crittenton is Arizona’s oldest social services agency. Florence Crittenton provides shelter, counseling, social support and education to nearly 1,200 girls and their families. The young women and girls served by Florence Crittenton have suffered from poverty, abuse, neglect, crime and homelessness. Florence Crittenton CEO Dr. Kellie Warren will discuss her agency’s programs.

March 4, 2014

  • Tempe LGBT Ordinance  |   Video
    • The City of Tempe has passed an ordinance that gives the LGBT community protection against discrimination. Tempe council members Corey Woods and Kolby Granville spearheaded the ordinance and will discuss it.

February 24, 2014

  • SB 1062  |   Video
    • Another controversial Arizona bill is making national and even international headlines. Senate Bill 1062 gives business owners protection from lawsuits when they deny service to anyone based on their sincerely held religious beliefs. Arizona State University Law Professor Zachary Kramer will sort out some of the legal issues regarding that bill.

February 3, 2014

  • CARE Team Report  |   Video
    • The CARE Team, formed by Governor Jan Brewer to look into uninvestigated child abuse cases, has issued its report. The 50-page report reveals that understaffing and lack of training led to the uninvestigated cases. Charles Flanagan, director of the new Child Safety and Family Services agency and head of the CARE Team, will discuss the report.
  • AZ Giving and Leading: Phoenix Indian Center   |   Video
    • Arizona is home to the nation’s first social service agency designed for urban American Indians. Nearly 70 years ago, the Phoenix Indian Center opened its doors in downtown. Today, the center serves about 7,000 people a year, offering a variety of services from workforce development and educational classes to cultural programs. We’ll hear from Chief Executive Officer Patti Hibbeler and Chief Operations Officer Karen Thorne.

December 2, 2013

  • AZ Giving and Leading: Acts of Simple Kindness   |   Video
    • An Arizona widow turns her grief into action by helping children who have lost parents. The nonprofit, “Acts of Simple Kindness,” provides financial grants to children so they can continue or pursue extracurricular activities like sports, music and the arts. Founder Karen Turner came up with the idea after she saw how sports helped her son heal after his father died.

November 18, 2013

  • Net Metering  |   Video
    • The Arizona Corporation Commission voted to add a fee for those using rooftop solar panels. The new fee is 70 cents per kilowatt hour, which will add about $5 a month for a typical rooftop solar user. The fee was much less than sought by Arizona Public Service, which is seeking to reduce the subsidy given to solar power users by about half. Pat Quinn, director of the Residential Utility Consumer Office, will discuss the commission’s decision.

November 12, 2013

  • Environmental Plan for Navajo Generating Station  |   Video
    • The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed new rules that will require owners of the Navajo Generating Station to pay $1.1 billion dollars to limit emissions from the plant. Owners of the plant say if approved, that will force them to shut down the power plant. Much of the electricity from the plant is used to pump water uphill in the Central Arizona Project Canal. A technical working group has come up with an alternative plan, and the CAP is asking members of the public to contact the EPA by January 6 to support their plan. CAP General Manager David Modeer will discuss the issue, along with Marshall Johnson of To Nizhoni Ani, a group with a mission to protect and preserve the environment.

September 30, 2013

  • Health Insurance Marketplace Navigators  |   Video
    • Over $5 million in federal grants have been awarded to community organizations in Arizona to help people enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace. The Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers has received over $2 million of that money. Tara McCollum Plese, Senior Director for External Affairs for the Alliance, will talk about her agency's role as a Marketplace Navigator.

September 24, 2013

  • Campaign Finance Lawsuit  |   Video
    • An Arizona Supreme Court ruling allowing higher limits on campaign contributions in Arizona is being appealed to the Court of Appeals. The Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission has filed the appeal, claiming that the new law allowing higher contributions violates the Voter Protection Act. Tom Collins, Executive Director of the Citizens Clean Elections Commission, and Arizona House Speaker Pro Tempore J.D. Mesnard, will debate the new law.

September 11, 2013

  • Health Insurance Marketplace  |   Video
    • The regional administrator for Arizona’s Medicaid program will be in the state Wednesday and Thursday to talk about the Health Insurance Marketplace. David Sayen’s agency will be in charge of the health exchange in Arizona, and he will discuss the Marketplace, how it works, and how Arizonans without health insurance, or who buy their own insurance, can get ready to enroll in coverage.

September 9, 2013

  • AZ Giving & Leading: Fresh Start Women’s Foundation  |   Video
    • Fresh Start Women’s Foundation is a Phoenix organization formed in 1992 by two women as a tribute to the life of their grandmother, who faced financial and emotional hardships. The mission of the foundation is to empower women to transform their lives through engagement and education. Some of the programs offered include career services, self-esteem and mentoring programs, and education services. Fresh Start President and CEO Susan Berman and a former client, Coleen Rossi, will talk about the organization.

August 19, 2013

  • E15 Gasoline Blend   |   Video
    • The Environmental Protection Agency recently finalized 2013 standards for the Renewable Fuels Standard program. It requires renewable fuels, such as ethanol, to be blended into gasoline in increasing amounts each year. One of these renewable fuels, E15, has been controversial. Linda Gorman of AAA Arizona will discuss the problems associated with E15 fuel.

August 13, 2013

  • Yarnell Hill Fire Aftermath   |   Video
    • The Federal Emergency Management Agency has declined to declare the Yarnell Hill Fire area a disaster area. Also, the family of one of the firefighter’s killed in the blaze is fighting to get death benefits. House Speaker Andy Tobin will address those issue

July 22, 2013

  • Campaign Contribution Limits  |   Video
    • State lawmakers passed a law that raises campaign contribution limits ten-fold. That law is now being challenged in court. The suit says the law violates the state’s Voter Protection Act, which prohibits lawmakers from making substantial changes to laws approved by voters. Louis Hoffman, a commissioner from the Citizens Clean Elections Commission will discuss the suit, along with Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery.

March 21, 2013

  • New EPA Haze Regulations  |   Video
    • New Environmental Protection Agency regulations on haze have some Arizona leaders saying that the regulations could lead to higher energy costs and a loss of jobs. State lawmakers want to allow states to set air standard regulations. Sandy Bahr of the Grand Canyon Chapter of the Sierra Club and Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne will discuss the issue of haze regulation.

November 1, 2012

  • Arizona State Parks  |   Video
    • Bryan Martyn, the new director of Arizona State Parks, talks about funding needs and strategies to improve the agency.

July 2, 2012

  • Fireworks Rules  |   Video
    • Certain consumer fireworks are legal in Arizona around the Fourth of July, but just because you can buy them doesn’t mean you can shoot them off. Brian Scholl, Fire Prevention Expert for the Phoenix Fire Department, explains the rules.

June 5, 2012

  • LISC Phoenix   |   Video
    • Executive Director of LISC Phoenix, Teresa Brice, talks about her organization that, for the past 20 years, has been helping Valley residents transform neglected neighborhoods into areas of pride by way of financial aid, technical assistance and advocacy.

April 11, 2012

  • Debt Collection Bill  |   Video
    • While creditors are supporting a bill (HB 2664) moving through the state legislature that deals with credit card debt, others are saying it’s a bad deal for consumers. Hear from attorneys on both sides of the issue.

April 2, 2012

  • AZ House Conflict of Interest Rule  |   Video
    • Representative Ruben Gallego wants to strengthen a House rule that requires lawmakers to abstain from voting on bills in which they have a personal financial interest. Representatives Gallego and John Kavanagh discuss the proposal.

January 23, 2012

  • Corporate Financial Disclosure  |   Video
    • A discussion about HB 2385, a bill introduced in the Arizona State House of Representatives, that is designed to strengthen corporate financial disclosure requirements, making it easier for the public to know the source of political ads.

December 15, 2011

  • Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Investigation  |   Video
    • The U.S. Department of Justice has accused the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office of engaging in a pattern of unconstitutional policing, including racial profiling. Those are some of the findings from the Justice Department’s ongoing civil rights investigation of the agency led by Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Former U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona, Paul Charlton, provides his perspective on this story.

November 30, 2011

  • Arizona Counties: Financial Challenges  |   Video
    • Navajo County Supervisor David Tenney, who also serves as President of the County Supervisors Association of Arizona, and Maricopa County Supervisor Andy Kunasek discuss the financial challenges facing Arizona’s 15 counties and their legislative priorities for 2012.

November 28, 2011

  • State Parks   |   Video
    • Arizona State Parks Director Renee Bahl is leaving the agency next month to pursue other career opportunities. Before she leaves, we ask her about the current state of Arizona’s Parks System.

August 31, 2011

  • Child Protective Services  |   Video
    • Director of the Arizona Department of Economic Security Clarence Carter discusses his department’s division of Child Protective Services.

August 23, 2011

  • BLM Arizona  |   Video
    • Jim Kenna, the state director for the Bureau of Land Management in Arizona discusses issues related to the natural resources that are managed by his agency.

August 22, 2011

  • Metro Phoenix Business Climate  |   Video
    • Business executives whose companies have recently established a presence in Metro Phoenix talk about the region’s strengths and weaknesses. Guests include Doug Schendt, Power-One; Scott Jenkins, Chief Financial Officer for DIRTT Environmental Solutions and Barry Broome, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council.

July 26, 2011

  • Housing Vacancy Rate  |   Video
    • The latest census data show a staggering number of vacant homes in the Valley. East Valley real estate broker Cindy Sessions and Fletcher Wilcox, a vice president and real estate analyst for Grand Canyon Title Agency, discuss what the numbers say about the area’s real estate market.
  • New Normal  |   Video
    • National Weather Service meteorologist Michael Bruce talks about the new set of data the agency is using to calculate normal temperatures.

July 7, 2011

  • Use Tax  |   Video
    • Anything that you buy online is subject to a use tax, and Stefanie Campbell, EA of the Campbell Tax and Financial Services, talks about the not new, but soon to be strongly enforced tax.

May 26, 2011

  • Arizona ArtBeat: Saving the Ice House  |   Video
    • The Ice House, a unique art space and gallery in Phoenix’ warehouse district, is on the verge of closing due to financial challenges, but a group of local artists is trying to rescue the place. We’ll show you what they’re doing to help.

May 3, 2011

  • Department of Economic Security  |   Video
    • Clarence Carter, the new director of the Arizona Department of Economic Security, outlines his plans and priorities for the agency.
  • Arizona State Parks  |   Video
    • After several years of substantial budget cuts, Arizona State Parks are facing significant financial challenges. The agency’s director, Renee Bahl, discusses the impacts of budget cuts and strategies to keep the parks open.

April 21, 2011

  • Arizona ArtBeat: Phoenix Symphony  |   Video
    • Interim President and CEO Jim Ward is putting the Phoenix Symphony on solid financial ground. Hear his plans to create a collaborative and sustainable future, not only for the Symphony, but for other arts organizations as well.

April 14, 2011

April 6, 2011

  • Gifts to Legislators  |   Video
    • Amid reports that some state lawmakers accepted gifts from the Fiesta Bowl that were not reported on their financial disclosure statements, we learn about Arizona’s laws regarding gifts to lawmakers from Secretary of State Ken Bennett whose office maintains the financial reports of lawmakers and lobbyists.

April 4, 2011

  • AHCCCS Budget  |   Video
    • State lawmakers and the governor are proposing big cuts to the state’s health insurance for the poor. Tom Betlach, director of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, will talk about how those cuts will impact his agency and its clients. Kim VanPelt, associate director of Arizona Health Futures for St. Luke’s Health Initiatives, will explain what the proposed AHCCCS enrollment freeze will mean for Arizona’s Medicaid population and their health care providers.

January 4, 2011

  • Greenhouse Gas Regulation  |   Video
    • The start of a new year finds the Environmental Protection Agency taking over regulation of greenhouse gas emissions in parts of Arizona. The move was made after Arizona refused to provide a program of its own to deal with the gasses. Henry Darwin, the acting director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, discusses the situation.

September 7, 2010

  • Bashas’ Emergence from Bankruptcy  |   Video
    • The Bashas’ family of stores has emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Edward “Trey” Basha discusses the Chapter 11 process and future plans for the Arizona company.

August 30, 2010

  • Child Protective Services  |   Video
    • Arizona Republic columnist Laurie Roberts talks about instances when Arizona’s Child Protective Services fails to protect children in its care from further abuse. She discusses her struggle to gain access to records in cases of a fatality and near fatality that, if made public, can help hold the agency accountable by giving the public a better understanding of what went wrong.

August 30, 2010

  • Dust Pollution Sanctions  |   Video
    • Lindy Bauer, Environmental Director for the Maricopa Association of Governments, discusses the severe financial sanctions Maricopa County will face if the EPA disapproves a MAG dust reduction plan that’s been in effect since 2007.

July 19, 2010

  • Financial Regulation Reform  |   Video
    • Wayne Stutzer, Senior Vice President and Financial Consultant for RBC Wealth Management, discusses the federal financial reform legislation.

July 8, 2010

  • Consumer Financial Protection Agency  |   Video
    • Andrei Cherny, a Democratic candidate for State Treasurer and former White House adviser, is credited with helping to develop the idea of the Consumer Financial Protection Agency. Hear what he has to say about this key part of financial reform legislation that’s currently making its way through Congress.

June 2, 2010

  • Mortgages Ltd. Properties  |   Video
    • The collapse of the real estate and financial markets sent Mortgages Ltd., a real estate investment firm, into bankruptcy. The company has emerged from Chapter 11 and is now selling off assets to try to recoup money for investors. We’ll hear from former Arizona Land Commissioner Mark Winkleman who has been hired to oversee that process. And we’ll go inside two premier properties: the Centerpoint Towers in downtown Tempe and the Chateaux on Central brownstones in central Phoenix, which were recently sold to a company that plans to put them on the market by the end of the year.

May 4, 2010

  • Ballet Arizona  |   Video
    • A conversation with Ib Anderson, artistic director of Ballet Arizona. He’ll discuss the new production, "Play" and the Ballet’s financial situation.

April 13, 2010

  • State Spending Limits/Voter Protection   |   Video
    • State lawmakers are working on a bill that would tie future state spending increases to population growth and inflation. They’re also considering sending measures to the ballot that would allow the state to spend money that’s currently off-limits and voter protected. Learn more about the legislation from Representative John Kavanagh, House Appropriations Chairman, and Representative David Schapira, Appropriations Committee member.

January 26, 2010

  • Voter Protection  |   Video
    • The state legislature is considering bills that would reform Arizona’s voter protection law, which restricts the legislature from changing voter- approved laws beyond their original intent. Representatives John Kavanagh and Kyrsten Sinema will debate the proposed changes, which would give the legislature more leeway to change voter-approved laws.

December 9, 2009

  • Data Protection  |   Video
    • In an effort to cut down on the theft of personal data, the new Privacy by Design Research Lab at Arizona State University will establish a virtual environment to work with industry leaders to create guidelines for businesses worldwide. Julie Smith David of ASU will talk about the new Privacy by Design Research Lab.

November 19, 2009

November 10, 2009

  • Weatherization  |   Video
    • Federal stimulus dollars are providing a huge financial lift to a program that helps low income Arizonans save money on their utility bills while making their homes more energy efficient. We'll take a look at this program that saves energy, lowers utility bills, makes homes safer, and keeps people employed.

October 28, 2009

  • State Parks Funding  |   Video
    • Arizona’s system of 31 state parks is in poor financial shape. Historic buildings are in disrepair, and budget cuts have forced some parks to close. An ASU report released this month is recommending a variety of options to raise revenue for state parks. Topping the list is a surcharge on vehicle license plates. Hear from House Appropriations Committee Chair, Rep. John Kavanagh who is opposed to the idea, and Rich Dozer, Chairman of the Governor’s Sustainable State Parks Task Force.

October 22, 2009

  • SETI  |   Video
    • Seth Shostak, the senior astronomer at the SETI Institute in California, talks about his agency's search for extraterrestrial life.

October 19, 2009

  • DPS Budget  |   Video
    • A report out on the Arizona Department of Public Safety's budget indicates the agency could be forced to lay off one-third of its patrolmen. DPS Director Roger Vanderpool will talk about the budget.

August 18, 2009

  • State Parks  |   Video
    • Renee Bahl, Director of Arizona State Parks, explains how budget cuts have affected her agency's ability to properly care for Arizona's parks system.

July 30, 2009

  • Foreclosure Law Amendment  |   Video
    • Recent changes to a state foreclosure law may have unintended consequences. The changes were an attempt to protect banks from financial losses when they foreclose on homes purchased by speculators. Critics say the changes go too far and may cause a new wave of bankruptcies. Tanya Wheeless of the Arizona Bankers Association and Scottsdale-based bankruptcy attorney, Randy Nussbaum discuss the law set to take effect September 30th.

July 14, 2009

  • Bashas’ Bankruptcy  |   Video
    • The Arizona owned Bashas’ grocery store chain has filed for Chapter 11 protection is federal bankruptcy court. Later this month, the company plans to close ten stores and shed 1,000 jobs. ASU Economist Matthew Croucher discusses the economic impact of the bankruptcy on the State of Arizona.

July 1, 2009

  • Weatherization Assistance Program  |   Video
    • Federal stimulus dollars are providing a huge financial lift to a program that helps low income Arizonans save money on their utility bills while making their homes more energy efficient. We'll take a look at this program that saves energy, lowers utility bills, makes homes safer, and keeps people employed.

May 27, 2009

  • Residential Utility Consumer Office (RUCO)  |   Video
    • When utilities ask the Arizona Corporation Commission for permission to raise rates, RUCO goes to work to protect the interests of residential electric, natural gas, telephone and water utility ratepayers. Learn more about this state agency and what it does to protect Arizona citizens from excessive utility costs.

April 30, 2009

  • ADOT Director  |   Video
    • Interim Director of the Arizona Department of Transportation John Halikowski discusses the challenges and opportunities facing his agency.

October 1, 2008

  • Financial Bailout  |   Video
    • ASU finance professor, Herbert Kaufmann talks about the revised plan for rescuing U.S. financial markets.

September 30, 2008

  • Cronkite-Eight Poll  |   Video
    • The latest Cronkite/Eight Poll reveals where Arizona voters stand on the presidential election, the November ballot proposition that calls for banning same-sex marriage and the federal government bailout of the financial industry. Poll Director Dr. Bruce Merrill and Associate Director Dr. Tara Blanc discuss the results.

September 25, 2008

  • Financial Bailout  |   Video
    • Members of Congress and the President have been discussing plans to rescue the nation's financial system. Arizona State University professor Herbert Kaufman discusses bailout plans

September 24, 2008

  • Proposition 200: Payday Loan Reform Act  |   Video
    • Arizona's law that allows payday loan companies to operate is set to terminate on July 1, 2010. Prop 200 repeals that termination date, allowing payday loans to continue indefinitely. The proposition also makes various changes to how payday loan companies may do business. Former state lawmaker Stan Barnes (�Yes on 200�) and an opponent of the proposition debate its merits.

July 30, 2008

  • The Cost of School Utilities  |   Video
    • Facing the loss of $94 million they use to pay utility bills, some Arizona school districts were concerned that they would have to cut teachers and programs. But now, a provision in the new state budget provides financial relief. We take a look at how it helps.

July 16, 2008

  • Protecting Arizona's Children: A HORIZON Special  |   Video
    • This special edition of HORIZON takes a look at Child Protective Services, the state agency responsible for protecting children from abuse and neglect. The agency is often in the crosshairs of critics who say it goes too far or not far enough in protecting children. This program examines the agency's strengths and weaknesses as well as efforts to make it better.

July 1, 2008

  • CPS Changes  |   Video
    • A package of four bills aimed at improving Arizona's Child Protective Services agency have been passed by the legislature and signed into law by Governor Napolitano. The new rules open the records of children who have died or suffered serious injuries after contact with CPS and also open disciplinary records of state employees. Ken Deibert, director of the Department of Economic Security's Division of Children, Youth and Families, which oversees CPS, talks about how the agency will implement the changes.

April 28, 2008

  • Protecting Arizona's Children Part 1
    • Child Protective Services is constantly under public scrutiny as it carries out its job of protecting Arizona�s children. Find out about the challenges CPS faces as we begin a four-part series about the agency. Department of Economic Security Deputy Director Ken Deibert and Janice Mickens, program administrator for CPS, will talk about how the agency does its job and what it does.

April 21, 2008

  • sB 1028 Loan Originator Licensing  |   Video
    • State Senator Jay Tibshraeny talks about his bill which would establish a loan originator program within the Department of Financial Institutions. A person would then be prohibited from acting as a loan originator unless licensed as one by the department.

April 14, 2008

  • Payday Loans  |   Video
    • state Senator Debbie McCune Davis, the chair of the Stop Payday Predators campaign discusses the proposed state initiatives and legislation dealing with payday loans with Stan Barnes, representing Payday Loan Reform.

April 2, 2008

  • School Utility Dilemma  |   Video
    • In the face of rising utility bills, Arizona school districts are becoming more energy efficient because the major source of money for paying utility costs ($85 million worth) will soon disappear. Without financial assistance, districts fear they may have to cut teachers, programs or both. Should the state help them out? Hear from two legislators with different ideas about how to deal with unfunded school utilities.

March 25, 2008

October 10, 2007

  • Horizon Special: The Cost of Teaching English
    • Learn about Arizonas legal and financial struggles to educate an English language learner (ELL) student. Is there a legislative solution? Discover the cost of ELL programs, and find out about models being developed to help lower costs.

June 7, 2007

  • DPS Director
    • Arizona Department of Public Safety Director Roger Vanderpool discusses the issues affecting the agency. Vanderpool will talk about how the DPS handles human smugglers and efforts to get more money for DPS officers.

May 16, 2007

May 10, 2007

  • DPS Director
    • We talk to the director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Roger Vanderpool, about issues affecting the agency. Vanderpool will talk about how the DPS handles human smugglers and efforts to get more money for DPS officers.

April 4, 2007

  • Arizona Veteran Home
    • state lawmakers begin investigating reports of patient neglect at the Arizona Veteran Home, a state-run nursing home for veterans. A local journalist talks about what went on during the first meeting of the Joint Select Committee to Investigate Operations and Conditions as the Arizona Veterans Home.
  • school Choice Debate
    • ASU law professor Paul Bender and the president of The Alliance For School Choice, Clint Bolick, debate the school choice issue. An excerpt will play on HORIZON, and the full debate can be seen on the HORIZON Web site.
  • Retirement Planning
    • AARP Financial Inc. recently conducted research on the investing habits of Phoenix-area residents who are age 50 and older. The survey found that many are not on track to achieve a secure retirement, feel overwhelmed by mutual fund choices and believe investing is too complex. We talk with Mac Hisey, Chief Investment Officer of AARP Financial about some ways to make retirement planning an simpler, more comfortable experience.
  • school Choice Debate - Full one hour debate
    • ASU law professor Paul Bender and the president of The Alliance For School Choice, Clint Bolick, debate the school choice issue.

February 7, 2007

  • Prop 207 Waivers
    • Private property activists are crying foul as valley cities hand out waivers to prop 207 to development planners and others seeking zoning changes. Ken Strobeck, Executive Director of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns, and Lori Klein, the Executive Director of Arizona Homeowner Protection Effort are guests.
  • south American Art
    • Arizona is playing host to a rare look at the old masters of South America. This is the first North American exhibition to focus exclusively on the paintings of South America's Visceregal period.
  • Phoenix Firefighter's go back to the classroom
    • Phoenix Firefighters are going back to the classroom to become bilingual.
  • M.C.C. Resignations

November 16, 2006

  • Fuel Mileage
    • since 1996, nine of the 13 major car manufacturers selling cars in the United States have actually had a decrease in the average gas mileage of the vehicles they sell. Phyllis Rowe of the Arizona Consumer Council will talk about a grassroots effort to increase fuel mileage of vehicles.

September 28, 2006

  • Proposition 300
    • Proposition 300 was put on the ballot by the legislature to expand proposition 200 which was passed 2 years ago to deny government services to illegal aliens. It would ban illegal immigrants from taking adult education classes offered by the Arizona Department of Education. It would not allow illegal immigrants to pay instate tuition at colleges. It would ban illegal immigrants from getting state financial aid or child care subsidies and requires that the measure be administered, discrimination-free.

September 26, 2006

  • Propositions 201 and 206
    • Two competing anti-smoking measures will be on the November ballot and both say they work in the interest of helping to protect people from secondhand smoke. Prop 201, Smoke Free Arizona, is backed by a coalition of health organizations and would ban smoking in most public spaces and workplaces, including restaurants, bars, arenas, offices, bowling alleys and nursing homes. Prop 206 from the Arizona Non-Smoker Protection Committee would ban smoking in most enclosed public places and places of employment but allow smoking in freestanding bars, and bar areas that are closed off and separately ventilated from adjacent non-smoking areas.

September 19, 2006

  • Proposition 105 and 106 - StateTrust Land
    • The battle between preserving or developing State Trust is heading for a ballot showdown this November. Prop 105 comes from the Legislature, allows 400,000 acres to be saved and limits how the land can be used. It calls for preserving as much as 400,000 acres in state trust land, every acre or parcel of which would have to be approved by the Legislature. Prop 106 is a citizens initiative and would automatically preserve 259,000 acres and set aside an additional 358,000 acres that could be purchased by cities and set aside for conservation. The measure would also revamp the state agency with a board of trustees. If ballot measures are approved at the polls, the one with the most votes wins. Parts of the other plan could become law should the winning measure not have the same provision. We hear from supporters of both propositions.

August 28, 2006

  • school Redistricting
    • During the 2005 legislative session, a bill established a 13-person School District Redistricting Commission. The commission meets on Monday to continue its work on crafting K-12 unification redistricting plans that will be placed on the November 2008 ballot. Commission Chair Marty Schultz and Commission member Rita Leyva of the Yavapai County Education Service Agency join the studio discussion.

July 11, 2006

  • Consumer fraud lawsuit filed against Wal-
    • The Arizona attorney general filed a consumer fraud lawsuit against two major retailers: Wal-Mart and AutoZone. They are charged with intentionally defrauding customers by posting inaccurate product prices, or not posting prices at all. The state's consumer fraud act carries stiff penalties, $10 thousand per violation. Hundreds of violations were found by the State Department of Weights And Measures. The companies could face millions in fines.

May 22, 2006

  • southwest Human Development
    • For 25 years now, Southwest Human Development has been helping children ages newborn to five and their families with a multitude of services. Ginger Ward, director and founder of the agency, tells us more about its mission.

May 17, 2006

  • Adjustable Rate Mortgages
    • Interest rates are on the rise and homeowners who took advantage of Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARM) in recent years are feeling the financial pinch. And according to experts, foreclosures in the Valley are climbing at an alarming rate. Jay Butler, Director of the ASU Real Estate Center, will talk about today's housing market and the numerous homeowners left reeling.

April 26, 2006

  • Power Hungry: Alternatives
    • Part three For more than 20 years Arizona has been one of the leading states in research and development of solar power. How does it work? And how accessible is it to consumers? A solar energy consumer helps us understand the importance of the technology.

April 24, 2006

  • Power Hungry: Demand
    • Part one HORIZON launches a four-part series that examines energy consumption and conservation in Arizona with a look at our states insatiable demand for power.
  • APS Rate Hike?
    • A discussion about whether the Arizona Corporation Commission should allow Arizona Public Service to raise rates.
  • George Hanson
    • HORIZON profiles the Music Director/Conductor of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.

April 4, 2006

  • Car Brokers and Dealers
    • A bill supported by car dealerships is working its way through the state legislature. The measure would limit what car brokerswho are hired by consumers to provide buying services and help them avoid car dealership sales officescan do. Car dealers say the bill is a necessary consumer protection measure. Brokers say they provide a valuable service. We discuss both sides of the issue.

February 13, 2006

  • Phoenix Bond 101
    • On March 14, Phoenix voters will be asked to approve $878.5 million dollars in bonds. HORIZON looks at the measures in a four-part series. Find out about the process and background of the bond election: how were the bonds and dollar amounts determined. Also, HORIZON examines Proposition 1 - For new fire and police buildings, and Proposition 2 - Using technology to improve police and fire protection, government efficiency, customer service and access to voting. Find out more, visit the companion Web site.

February 6, 2006

  • Credit Cards
    • Jeanine Lipka from Consumer Credit Counseling Services joins HORIZON to talk about recent developments that might cause credit card companies to increase your minimum payments.

July 27, 2005

  • Energy Demands
    • We hit a record for electricity demand last month and are just now coming into the usual normal summer energy-use peak time. HORIZON reports on the summer energy demand. Plus, the Arizona Corporation Commission has a proposal to increase the amount of renewable energy required of the state's utilities from 1.1 percent to 15 percent. It's controversial because solar, natural gas and other renewable energy costs more. Given our state's growth, the state agency says it is necessary. Guests include Corporation Commissioner Kris Mayes.

July 20, 2005

  • Housing Arizona: Housing & The Economy
    • The housing market drives our state's economy in many ways, from new home construction to financial institutions and everything in between. HORIZON profiles one Arizona-based company that both benefits from and contributes to Arizona's housing industry. Arizona Republic Real Estate Business Reporter Catherine Reagor Burrough joins the studio discussion.

May 31, 2005

  • school district controversies
    • The Arizona Attorney General is investigating reports of possible financial mismanagement in the Colorado City School District and the Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction says his investigation has confirmed allegations that Mexico residents are attending Arizona schools. Both Terry Goddard and Tom Horne will discuss these issues.

May 27, 2005

  • Journalists Roundtable
    • senator Jon Kyl talks about the details of his plan to deal with the issue of illegal immigration. Attorney General Terry Goddard had a search warrant served on the Colorado City school district as an investigation into financial mismanagement continues. And Senator John McCain played a key role in this week's compromise over filibusters in the U.S. Senate. That's next on "Horizon."

April 5, 2005

  • New DPS Director
    • The Arizona Department of Safety is responsible for much more than patrolling the state's freeways and highways. "Horizon" talks to the new DPS director about the issues affecting the state police agency, and the priorities for his administration.

February 7, 2005

  • Consumer Protection Week
    • From used cars to credit cards, consumers are complaining to the Attorney General's office after being victimized. Today, the office is kicking off consumer protection week. This year's theme, protecting your financial security, educate yourself, protect yourself, empower yourself.

January 20, 2005

  • Food for the Hungry
    • A Phoenix City Council member has just returned from a village hit hard by the tsunami in south Asia. Horizon spoke to her, and a representative of a local relief agency, about what they saw.

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