A private Christian university in Arizona has announced that it will now be extending employee benefits to lawfully married same-sex spouses of employees, but assured that it will continue to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, a school that was founded by Southern Baptists in 1949, issued a statement last Friday explaining that the school has altered its employee benefits package to include lawfully married same-sex couples.
After the United States Supreme Court ruling in June legalized same-sex marriage throughout the country, the institution evaluated its employee benefits policy and felt that in order to demonstrate "grace and compassion" toward married same-sex employees, employee benefits needed to be extended to their partners. more >>
Is there anything cuter than a group of furry little baby otters?
That's what newscasters at ABC Channel 15 in Arizona get to see up-close when the Wildlife World Zoo brings four of the little creatures for a visit.
"We are really cranking up the cute factor," says one anchor, whose words are likely the understatement of the day. more >>
Federal District Court Judge David Bury held an evidentiary hearing in Tucson last Monday to consider new evidence that prosecutorial wrongdoing took place during the criminal prosecution of imprisoned former Congressman Rick Renzi.
Specifically, the judge considered whether the the FBI had offered money to the one "victim" Renzi had allegedly extorted, to change his testimony and make it unfavorable toward Renzi in order to ensure a conviction.
As the hearing was ending and the shocking bribery exposed, Bury told chief DOJ prosecuting attorney Gary Restaino he wrongly violated Renzi's rights. more >>
On Sunday, Daylight Savings Time (DST) will come to an end for most states in America but for Arizona, a state that doesn't practice the tradition that has gone through generations for over a century, people don't need to tick clocks back.
For the last 40 years, Arizona has not observed DST, unlike almost the rest of states in the U.S., according to a report by Chris Kline of ABC 15. The outlet says the reason behind Arizona's decision is because of the extreme heat in the state, which other states do not experience.
An Arizona editorial dating back to 1969 reads, "[Data] clearly shows that we must wait until about 9 p.m. DST to start any night-time activity such as drive-in movies, moonlight rides, convincing little children it's bedtime, etc. And it's still hot as blazes!" more >>
After news surfaced about a baby being left in a shopping cart outside a grocery store, social media went on fire and condemned the infant's mother, Cherish Peterson, who admitted that she made a "mistake."
Peterson, mother of four, is now being charged with a misdemeanor of child endangerment, though initially, numerous outlets reported that police believed she made a mistake.
Local news stations reported that police took the abandoned baby to a nearby salon wherein a witness said the Arizona mom came back after two hours. Peterson said she came back to the grocery store in a frenzy, 40 minutes upon realizing that 2-month-old baby Huxton wasn't in the car with her other three children. more >>
Rosa Robles Loreto, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, has spent over a year living inside a Tucson Presbyterian Church because she fears U.S. immigration officials will deport her.
Robles Loreto has received sanctuary at Southside Presbyterian Church (USA) since Aug. 7, 2014, and vows to stay until immigration officials provide assurance that they will not deport her and separate her family.
"It's like I lost a year," she commented in a Fox News Latino report. The 42-year-old woman has two sons, ages 9 and 12, who were born in Mexico and have grown up in the U.S. She has lived in Tucson since 1999, but returned to Mexico to give birth to them. Her husband and sons are all living in Arizona illegally, but do not face deportation because no one has reported them to immigration officials. more >>