PHOENIX – Arizona’s growth continues to surge, with a 2019 census report estimating it was the fourth fastest growing state last year. The report, which estimates Maricopa County had reached more than 4 million people by 2016, said population growth in five Western states has surpassed other regions for seven decades. The growth of the.
SUPERSTITION MOUNTAINS – Green vegetation dots the mountain range from Quarter Circle U Ranch headquarters to the edge of the Superstition Mountains, where genetically selected black Angus cattle roam rocky trails, eating cacti and dry hay. Chuck Backus is a ranch owner cloaked in science, his background in engineering leading him to choose the right.
PHOENIX – Wildlife World Zoo officials have said the woman attacked by a jaguar Saturday was taking a selfie. The incident gained national attention, and the woman at the center of it has made various statements. She told azfamily.com she “never crossed the barrier” and was “not trying to get a selfie.” And in an.
WASHINGTON – A University of Arizona law professor cautioned members of a Senate panel Tuesday against rushing into data privacy laws that could wind up hurting consumers. Jane Bambauer said she was “delighted” to see lawmakers considering federal laws on data privacy, but said they should not follow laws in California and the European Union.
PHOENIX – Jan Vesely, superintendent of the Kyrene School District, asked middle school students in a focus group last year what their biggest concern was. Their answer surprised her. It wasn’t their friends, course work or teachers. The students told her how they go all day without using the restroom, fearful they’d encounter other students.
TUCSON – Researchers have forged a path toward mosquito birth control, manipulating DNA to fight such mosquito-transmitted diseases as Zika, malaria and West Nile virus. The 10-year battle involved raising swarms of lab-born female mosquitoes to test, figuring out how to get rid of mosquitoes that continuously build resistance to insecticides and finding a scientific.
WASHINGTON – Maricopa resident Akeala Edwards was a student and a parent when she took out an online payday loan to help her get by, electronically signing the accompanying documents with little thought. It wasn’t until after the lender renewed her loan without her knowledge that Edwards learned that the paperwork she signed included a.
WASHINGTON – The Food and Drug Administration wants to take a closer look at the ingredients and labeling for sunscreens, hoping to update regulations that the commissioner said have not been changed “in literally decades.” Among the proposed changes FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb outlined Thursday are limits on the upper end of SPF ratings –.
PHOENIX – Becky Caudle wanted just the right match. The relationship with her employer was about to change under new ownership, so the physician’s assistant wanted to make sure she was treated well. She called the State Bar of Arizona, one of 30,000 calls the bar gets every year seeking help finding legal representation. For.
Arizona offers more than 60 specialty license plates, according to ADOT. The state sold 495,617 specialty license plates during fiscal year 2018. Every plate cost $25, and is an additional $25 to renew annually. For every specialty plate bought or renewed, $17 goes towards charity. To create a new plate, a state lawmaker must introduce.
SURPRISE – A $20 bill. A rubber ducky. And grease – lots of grease. Money, toys and food byproducts clog wastewater systems in Surprise and other cities, costing time, wasting taxpayer dollars and frustrating workers dealing with the errors people flush down the drain, city leaders said. “We see everything – feminine products, we see.
PHOENIX – The specialty license plate “In God We Trust” has come under fire because the group behind the plate is designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center for its anti-LGBTQ views. Secular Coalition for Arizona, a nonprofit that promotes the separation of church and state in government, asks on its.
PHOENIX – Food banks across Arizona launched mobile services to help federal workers during the recent five-week shutdown, which taught them how to prepare for the possibility of another shutdown. Jerry Brown, spokesman for St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, said the organization distributed more than 100,000 pounds of food during three mobile drives for employees.
PHOENIX – The needs of military veterans have changed over the past two decades, expanding from housing to such services as a simple haircut, having a cavity filled or getting medical attention for PTSD. Stand Down, a nationwide event conducted in Maricopa County for nearly 20 years, once served only about 200 people, but in.
GLENDALE – On a cool winter afternoon, 208 skateboarders of all ages competed in the Cowtown Skateboards’ Union Hills Classic, eager for the chance to win bragging rights and an Arizona-shaped trophy. Others were stoked to win raffle prizes from such skate brands as OJ Wheels and Santa Cruz Skateboards. The competition, which included divisions.
PHOENIX – With significant decisions on the horizon for the future of the Diamondbacks and Suns in downtown Phoenix, some are concerned about what the future might hold if the teams leave. “It would be terrible. It gives people a reason to come downtown. It gives people a reason to come out, hang out, have.
PHOENIX – Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday proposed a fiscal year 2020 budget that would double the rainy day fund to $1 billion, put aside $165 million to hike teacher salaries and battle drought. Here are three key areas of the proposed budget, which still needs legislative approval: 1. Ducey wants to save for a.
PHOENIX – Head-high stacks of dog beds line the hallways, while row upon row of shelves in storage are packed with pet food. The barking quickly becomes deafening as hundreds of dogs, one after the other, join the cacophony, the sounds bouncing off the gray concrete walls and the steel kennels that are now their.
PHOENIX – Craig and Kathi Juntunen retired in 1998, leaving their successful consulting firm to live a life spent mostly on the golf course and ski slopes. “We were living a … very privileged life that we were lucky enough to stumble onto,” Craig Juntunen said. While golfing one day, he had a conversation with.
CAMP VERDE – Chip Norton has a message to promote the importance of river conservation: “I’ll say it both ways – Save water, drink beer. Drink beer, save water.” Norton, president and principal shareholder of Sinagua Malt, started his malt house in 2016 to help reduce water use from the Verde River. Norton and the.
PHOENIX – Environmentally speaking, it’s best to reuse your holiday lights for as long as possible, or to donate them. But for the first time, Phoenix is accepting strings of lights for recycling. Residents can drop off lights at one of two transfer stations, starting the day after Christmas. “This is the first year that.
TEMPE – As college football players, coaches and fans tune in to bowl games across the country, one select group is staying busy preparing for the big games: the groundskeepers. Meet Brian Johnson, Arizona State’s athletic grounds facilities manager. He spends the bulk of his time during football season caring for the fields at Sun.
LAVEEN – It’s nearing 7 p.m., into the evening hours of a long day of caregiving for the daughters of Santiago González – a life that has become routine in the decade since their father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Maury González asks her father if he’s ready for dinner. She spoon-feeds him applesauce while.
PHOENIX – Climate change could double your beer tab, according to a recent global study, and craft breweries fear they’ll be hurt the most. The study, published in October in the peer-reviewed online journal Nature Plants, suggests that the barley supply could decrease up to 15 percent over the next several decades due to ongoing.
PHOENIX – An estimated 5.7 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, and a great deal of research and support focuses on them. But their caregivers, who are often family and friends, also face devastating financial and lifestyle challenges. People with moderate and late-stage Alzheimer’s rely heavily on the supervision and care of loved ones. Generations of.
TEMPE – Summer in Phoenix made Weihan Chu feel dizzy as he came off of the plane at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport three years ago. He was thankful volunteers of Arizona State University’s Chinese Students and Scholars Association were there to greet him so he didn’t have to wait outside in the triple-digit swelter..
WASHINGTON – Shay Khatiri believes in the power of community, even if that community is hundreds of miles from where he is living and worlds away from the culture in which he was raised. So when Khatiri, an Iranian immigrant who is studying in Washington, learned that a gunman walked in to a Pittsburgh synagogue.
PHOENIX – The FBI hires special agents from a wide range of backgrounds: microbiologists, law enforcement officials, military veterans, computer scientists, teachers and wedding planners. “We are looking for everyone who wants to join our organization,” said special agent Erin Gibbs, applicant coordinator of the FBI’s Phoenix field office. But news reporters? Maybe. – Video.
PHOENIX – Law enforcement officials ask travelers to slow down and pack their patience as they drive Arizona roads during a busy and dangerous holiday season. Nearly 900,000 drivers were on the road over the five-day Thanksgiving holiday, and an AAA Arizona spokeswoman expects that number to increase from Christmas to New Year’s Day. Last.
MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. – Ten weeks ago, Mary Rotchford’s home was destroyed and her life upended by a hurricane, and she and her family found themselves sleeping for weeks on cots in a converted senior center in this coastal city. And yet she considered the experience a positive one. “People only get together at funerals.
WASHINGTON – The number of holiday travelers will be up this year in both the state and the nation, according to AAA, which estimates that 908,000 Arizonans will be among the 48.5 million Americans hitting the road for Thanksgiving. That’s about a 5 percent increase over holiday travel last year for both the state and.
MIAMI – The Arizona Department of Transportation is working with education and business leaders to change a dismal statistic – more than 90 percent of workers in the construction industry are men, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. ADOT is working with community college leaders and contractors to integrate more women and minorities into.
MESA – Pat Haggard spent almost his whole life in Arizona. It’s where he went to college at Arizona State University, where he met his wife, Jo, had three children and became a grandparent. Almost his whole life. Haggard, now 89, was 21 years old when he left the state to fight in a war.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The confetti shot into the air as the newly crowned 2018 United Soccer League Champions lifted the cup. After a playoff run that included hefty wins at home, the team held the league’s top trophy surrounded by fans and media. One of its team leaders had scored the game winner. Phoenix Rising.
IRVINE, Calif. — Phoenix Rising FC invaded Orange County and painted the O.C. red, advancing to the United Soccer League title game in the process. A Chris Cortez first-half goal and one by Didier Drogba in the second half gave the Rising the USL Western Conference championship as they eliminated Orange County Soccer Club 2-1.
PHOENIX – Researchers are turning to tech to help figure out why some people live long lives without brain problems while Alzheimer’s and similar forms of dementia rob others of their ability to form memories and perform daily tasks that once were routine. The Translational Genomics Research Institute, known as TGen, founded and conducts MindCrowd,.
SCOTTSDALE – Some of Arizona’s top sports figures came to watch the hottest team in the state Friday night. They weren’t disappointed. Phoenix Rising FC defeated the Swope Park Rangers 4-2 in the United Soccer League Western Conference semifinals in front of 7,707 fans at Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex. The crowd included the Cardinals’ Larry.
PHOENIX – Rosa Gonzales was crying as she waited in the long line, waiting to eat her last meal at a Chinese restaurant closing its doors after nearly a century in business. She was grieving Sing High Chop Suey House, the downtown Phoenix fixture where she and her husband stopped for a meal every week..
Name: Kiana Sears Political party: Democrat Position sought: Arizona Corporation Commission City of residence: Mesa Occupation: Volunteer, Valley of the Sun United Way What is the greatest issue Arizona residents face? If elected, how would you address this issue? “The greatest issue for hard-working families in Arizona is the increase in electric bills,” said Sears,.
Name: Justin Olson Political party: Republican Position sought: Arizona Corporation Commission City of residence: Mesa Occupation: Member of the Arizona Corporation Commission What is the greatest issue Arizona residents face? If elected, how would you address this issue? “The Number 1 issue that’s before the commission is the affordability of our utilities,” said Olson, who.
Name: Rodney Glassman Political party: Republican Position sought: Arizona Corporation Commission City of residence: Phoenix Current job: Attorney and major in Air Force Reserve Judge Advocate General’s Corps What is the greatest issue Arizona residents face? If elected, how would you address this issue? Affordable and reliable energy and water, said Glassman, who has a.
PHOENIX – Amanda Blackhorse, grasping burning sage in one hand and a bullhorn in the other, prepared to protest at a costume company’s Phoenix headquarters. Blackhorse and her small group carried signs, shouting “People, not costumes!” and “You’re on stolen land!” as they walked around the parking lot, several of them wearing traditional skirts. They.
WASHINGTON – Arizona could see a wetter and warmer winter than usual, with a weak El Nino system bringing steady, mild rains to the state, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said. NOAA’s winter forecast, released Thursday, is just what state farmers are hoping for – rain, but not the recent torrential storms that made.
WASHINGTON – Talen Spitzer was a healthy 10-year-old from Queen Creek a little more than two years ago when, in a matter of minutes, he lost control of his muscles and his hands were paralyzed. His mother, Rochelle Spitzer, said doctors didn’t know what was wrong with him at first because everything else seemed normal..
PHOENIX — The expectations that come with being an NBA Draft lottery pick are something Devin Booker knows all too well. Selected 13th overall in the 2015 NBA Draft, the fourth-year wing has developed into a cornerstone of the Phoenix Suns franchise. However, it was at times a painful process. In his three years, Booker.
PHOENIX – When Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton and Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic see each other this week in the first game of their NBA careers, basketball may not be the first order of business. According to Ayton, Doncic has a debt to repay first. “He owes me a thousand dollars, too,” Ayton said..
TEMPE – A win against the San Francisco 49ers two weeks ago seemed to give the Arizona Cardinals a ray of hope. It was rookie quarterback Josh Rosen’s first win as a starter and gave coach Steve Wilks his first win as an NFL head coach. But a 27-17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on.
WASHINGTON — With teen use of cigarettes and other tobacco products declining, Arizona health officials say their “No. 1 priority” now is reducing e-cigarette use, or “vaping,” by high school and middle school students in the state. It comes as the Food and Drug Administration announced recent steps to reduce youth use of e-cigarettes, a.
PHOENIX – Arizona’s Medicaid agency has blended its health-care programs for mental and physical health for 1.5 million people in a move to increase efficiency and improve patient health. The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, known as AHCCCS, now contracts with organizations to manage coverage of such physical ailments as diabetes and heart disease,.
WASHINGTON – Health care premiums are expected to drop about 10 percent in Arizona next year, more than double the decline predicted just a month ago, federal officials reported Thursday. The report from the Centers on Medicare and Medicaid Services said Arizona is one of 17 states expected to see premiums in the Affordable Care.
PHOENIX – Monica Strauss pulls on a pair of plastic gloves every morning to dig through blue recycling bins set out on curbs in parts of the city. The Phoenix Public Works Department employee is methodical as she approaches each blue bin and sorts through the paper, cardboard boxes, plastic waste and other contents. She.
PHOENIX – Black-and-white portraits of people without homes, people who often are ignored and misunderstood, hang on a wall at André House. Each photo reveals a single moment in a singular life. Contentedness juxtaposed with melancholy. Silliness tucked beside seriousness. Samuel MacDonald started shooting the portraits in 2015 when he worked at André House, fitting.
PHOENIX – Remnants of Hurricane Rosa drenched most of Arizona on Tuesday, dumping more than 2 inches of rain on the Phoenix area, snarling traffic during the morning commute, closing several schools and spurring calls from people with water in their homes. A flash-flood watch for much of Arizona remains in effect through Wednesday morning,.
PHOENIX – Much of the state is under flash-flood warnings as Tropical Storm Rosa continues to churn north. Showers and thunderstorms are expected to last through Wednesday. Rosa will make landfall late Monday along the west coast of Baja California, Mexico. Tuesday morning, the storm will veer across the northern tip of the Gulf of.
PHOENIX – Forty-six years have passed since Title IX of the Education Amendments Act was enacted by the federal government, requiring equal opportunity for women in educational institutions. Although it opened doors for female athletes, women who coach women’s sports have not experienced the same growth. Just the opposite. When Title IX was passed in.
PHOENIX – As a pan sizzles, grins and laughter fill the room. Young chefs chop carrots and thinly slice onions. Besides a meal, the students in this cooking class are preparing for job potential. The teacher, Kris Mill, owner of Wok This Way, operates food trucks for a cause. Besides running a vegetarian and environmentally.
TEMPE — Arizona Cardinals coach Steve Wilks thought he had finally caught a glimpse of the offense he envisioned the Cardinals having in the 2018 season. Quarterback Sam Bradford had thrown for two touchdowns in the first half on Sunday, solidifying a commanding 14-point lead over the Chicago Bears going into halftime. That vision quickly.
SCOTTSDALE – Joe Casella opened the doors to his deli in 1976, just a few blocks from Saguaro High School. Forty-two years later, the two remain equally important to one other, with Casella’s Deli a mainstay in the lives of Saguaro High families for decades. That was evident after Casella learned in August that he.
WASHINGTON – One year after Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico, Arizona State University Professor Maria Cruz-Torres said her parents on the island are still struggling to complete repairs to their house after getting “no help from FEMA at all.” Her complaints were echoed at a Capitol Hill conference Thursday where experts called for a.
PHOENIX – Physical destruction from hurricanes is easy to see, but such disasters also bring psychological and emotional damage to victims. Lillian Ortiz was in Puerto Rico when Hurricane Maria struck just one year ago. “This is what was traumatic to me, leaving and knowing the conditions, wondering if I couldn’t survive a night, wondering.
CAMP VERDE – Zach Hauser, like many farmers in the Verde Valley, takes pride in his land and the crops he grows. Normally this time of year, rows of corn, alfalfa, carrots and watermelon would cover his acreage. But today, two large sections of his property look like a farmer’s worst nightmare: fallow land strewn.
PHOENIX – The city is making strides toward a more pedestrian-friendly downtown in a move to build community and boost business. Phoenix this summer opened a “more walkable” area along First Street just south of Roosevelt Street, where workers widened sidewalks, planted 125 shade trees and narrowed First Street from two lanes each way to.
TEMPE – A 34-0 loss against the Los Angeles Rams has Arizona Cardinals coach Steve Wilks scrambling for answers for the second consecutive week. It appears, however, that he has an answer for the fans that are clamoring for Cardinals rookie quarterback Josh Rosen to replace nine-year veteran Sam Bradford. “If I thought it was.
PHOENIX – America had just entered the “war to end all wars” in Europe. Demand for metal ore was rising. Unionists and radical socialists of the International Workers of the World – known as the Wobblies – were demanding better wages and conditions from corporations across the country. A strike against copper giant Phelps Dodge.
TEMPE – One run. One run was all it took to grab the attention of Arizona State football fans. With that 19-yard touchdown run against Colorado in November, true freshman Eno Benjamin showed ASU fans what life after Demario Richard and Kalen Ballage could look like. The Wylie, Texas, native was a U.S. Army All-American.
PHOENIX – Grand Canyon University is the definition of a mid-major school. The Lopes, with an on-campus population of about 20,000 students, do not have a football program and the rest of their Division I sports compete in the Western Athletic Conference. So how does a school with a still-growing athletic profile post some of.
TEMPE – Arizona State’s road trip to San Diego State this weekend carries more meaning than most regular-season matchups for coach Herm Edwards and members of his staff. For Edwards, he won’t just be facing an opponent but revisiting his past. The coach played for the Aztecs his senior year after bouncing around from school.
WASHINGTON – After several years of double- and triple-digit increases in health insurance premiums, Arizona could see premiums fall more than 4 percent in 2019, one of only 11 states looking at a drop, according to a new analysis. It’s a sharp turnaround for Arizona, a state where a premium increase of 116 percent in.
PHOENIX – For the second year in a row, gamers can hit the virtual hardwood with such WNBA superstars as Diana Taurasi and Breanna Stewart. But NBA Live 19 – released today on Xbox One and Playstation 4 – allows them for the first time to “create a female” player of the same height and.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — No matter where Grant Hill looked, he saw a familiar face. “The thing that’s unique is that I feel like I have a connection, a relationship or was a fan of all of them in some capacity,” Hill said Thursday. “Them” are the four others with Phoenix Suns connections that are representing.
PHOENIX – He just did it. Colin Kaepernick may never suit up for another NFL game, but that hasn’t stopped the quarterback from being the center of debate. This time, it is as the face of Nike’s 30th anniversary celebration of its “Just Do It” marketing campaign. The ad includes a close-up of Kaepernick’s face.
PHOENIX – The term “clutch” has no single definition. Fitting, given one of the most broad characteristics in sports has numerous interpretations. But throughout the WNBA and across basketball as a whole, Diana Taurasi continues to redefine “clutch” and at 36 years old, she shows no signs of slowing down. “What amazes me about Diana.
TEMPE — The start of the Herm Edwards era injected excitement into Arizona State football, but on Saturday it also inspired a huge sigh of relief for the Sun Devil faithful. ASU routed the University of Texas at San Antonio Saturday night 49-7. Many fans reacted by praising Edwards and the team for delivering a.
TEMPE – It’s 7 a.m. and Sun Devil Stadium is blanketed by shade, its stands deserted. Brian Johnson, who arrived two hours earlier, paces around the football field, marinating in sweat and camouflaged in maroon and gold paint. They are the same colors that have been tattooed on Johnson for 33 years, since he joined.
WASHINGTON – Gasoline prices are up, but that doesn’t seem to have put the brakes on Americans’ urge to travel this holiday weekend. Air carriers said this week that they expect a record high number of passengers for the three-day Labor Day weekend, with an estimated 16.5 million passengers expected to fly this holiday on.
TEMPE — Herm Edwards sat alone at the podium early Monday afternoon, hunched over, arms tucked tightly in, and armed with nothing but a single sheet of paper in front of him. It was Edwards’ first regular season press conference in 10 years, since he last served as head coach of the NFL’s Kansas City.
PHOENIX – The lights dim, halting the sound of clinking glasses. A spotlight pierces the darkness as whispers bounce around Club Hippo in Baltimore, then collide with a familiar voice. “What you want, baby, I got it. What you need, do you know I got it?” Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” fills the room as a statuesque.
TEMPE – Todd Graham was tasked with a difficult challenge when Arizona State hired him to coach football in 2012: Ignite a dormant donor base. When he walked into the ASU football facility on his first day on the job, he found 14-year-old carpet and horse troughs for ice baths in a badly outdated building..
CHANDLER – Every night, about two dozen men and women gather on a street corner and go through the same routine: A monitor searches their backpacks, suitcases and toiletry bags. They go over the rules, then board a bus to where they’ll “camp out,” eat dinner, say a prayer and bunk down for the night..
NOGALES – Some residents in Santa Cruz County are warning that the pipeline carrying raw sewage from Mexico into the United States could rupture as it did during last year’s monsoon, spewing millions of gallons of waste into the Nogales Wash over seven days. The wash is a main tributary of the Santa Cruz River,.
PAGE – The Bureau of Reclamation finished Glen Canyon Dam in 1963, obliterating one of the most spectacular red-rock canyons in the Southwest and altering the flow of the mighty Colorado River. The concrete-arch dam, just south of the Arizona-Utah line, was first proposed in the 1940s to store water and produce electricity for Western.
PHOENIX – J Carrillo’s house is covered in sneakers. Some pairs are scattered across the floor, permissible to be kicked out of the way by his girlfriend. Others have been worn once or twice and are stored in the man cave room of the house in individual, transparent display drawers. In this special room, Carrillo,.
WASHINGTON – Robocalls skyrocketed for every area code in Arizona in the first half of this year, reaching 78.3 million calls in June alone, according to data compiled by a firm that sells call-blocking software. The Arizona spike mirrored a national trend, with the total number of robocalls in the U.S. hitting 4.1 billion in.
PHOENIX – Thirty miles south of Phoenix, green fields of alfalfa and pima cotton stretch toward a triple-digit sun. Hundreds of yellow butterflies dance above the purple flowers that dapple the tops of the young alfalfa stalks – to expert eyes, the flowers signal that the plants are heat-stressed and should be harvested soon. Gila.
PHOENIX – Garrett Broshuis was nervous when he picked up his fiancee from the airport. It was her first time visiting since he had moved to Connecticut to play Double-A baseball. His fears, however, had nothing to do with their relationship or with baseball. “I was already worried about her seeing my (apartment) because the.
SCOTTSDALE – Eleven-time Pro Bowler Larry Fitzgerald, decked in a white chef’s jacket, proudly held a piece of beef he prepared at Dominick’s Steakhouse. Asked what was harder – hitting the links, hitting the gridiron or cooking a steak – the Arizona Cardinals wide receiver replied, “Definitely cooking a steak. … I burnt my fingers.
PHOENIX – Three people died every day on average on Arizona roads in 2017, and 152 people were injured, according to the Department of Transportation’s annual report on motor-vehicle crashes. Nearly three-quarters of accidents occurred from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The report, released Tuesday, draws a detailed picture of such things as how often.
PHOENIX – Phoenix is working with a California company to turn fronds into cattle feed, reducing landfill trash. The partnership with Palm Silage Inc. will divert 34,000 tons of palm trimmings annually from city landfills. The company is leasing 10 acres at a city trash-recycling center in southwest Phoenix, city spokeswoman Brenda Yanez said. The.
TUCSON – This used to be a city of lawns. Patches of Bermuda grass lined residential neighborhoods, kept green — even in blazing summer months — with diligent watering. Over the decades, that has changed. Most Tucson residents eschew lush lawns in favor of landscaping more in tune with the city’s desert setting — although.
TACOMA, Wash. – With a thunderous crack of the bat, Andrew Aplin jolted the baseball high into the clear cool Tacoma night sky. But the ball’s flight peaked in right field and plummeted back to earth, caught well short of the warning track for the final out of the night, sealing an extra-inning loss for.
PHOENIX – Parents pay boys a weekly allowance twice as high as they give girls, according to a study from a Phoenix-area company that sells an app to track children’s chores, allowances and finances. Boys averaged nearly $14 a week, while girls averaged almost $7, according to a data analysis of BusyKid’s app’s 10,000 users..
LONGMONT, Colorado – Throughout the Western U.S., water conservation is in the toilet. And that’s a good thing. Since the 1990s, a strange phenomenon has emerged in arid urban areas: Populations are booming while overall water use is staying the same or going down. The trend is clear in Denver, Albuquerque, Las Vegas, San Diego.
PHOENIX – Arizona’s wettest month is upon us, but rain won’t be the only thing that arrives with these August monsoon storms. Standing rainwater provides optimum breeding conditions for mosquitoes, which have the potential to cause serious illnesses, including the West Nile virus. “It’s really important that after a rainstorm comes through that you clean.
LAS VEGAS — What we now know as Hoover Dam was one of the most impressive and recognizable feats of engineering of the 20th century. And in the 1930s, the construction of Boulder Dam and Boulder City helped put southern Nevada on the map. But some of the people who helped build the dam and.
TEMPE – Tempe Meals on Wheels depends on volunteers to make deliveries and run the organization, but Arizona’s summer heat creates challenges – mainly, a shortage of hands. That can have dangerous consequences to elderly clients, many of whom live alone. “Everybody heads for the hills in the summer,” said Gwen Hanna, president of the.
SCOTTSDALE – With the Discovery Channel airing the 30th incarnation of its popular Shark Week television event this week, interest in the predator is high. The shows attract millions of viewers, and their popularity has led to multiple Sharknado movies and shark-themed items in popular video games. Businesses in Arizona are capitalizing on the shark.
PHOENIX – The Arizona Department of Transportation is pushing ahead on construction of the South Mountain Freeway, even through 115-degree temperatures, by ensuring its workers remain safe and hydrated. The long-envisioned project, which began in early 2017, is meant to cut congestion and drive times in central Phoenix by diverting traffic off Interstate 10 onto.
PHOENIX – This week is forecast to be a scorcher in the Valley, and city officials are asking for more water donations to help those in need through the rest of the summer and into the fall. The goal is at least 300,000 bottles of water. Temperatures are expected to climb as high as 115.
PHOENIX – As new apartment buildings crowd the downtown skyline and rents rise across Phoenix, low-income residents continue to rely on decades-old public housing. But that’s beginning to change: In June, the city announced that the A.L. Krohn East apartments in central Phoenix will be completely replaced with new units. Access to affordable housing is.
WASHINGTON – The White House’s decision to suspend billions in Obamacare “risk adjustment” payments to insurance companies could hit tens of thousands of Arizonans in the pocketbook, as insurance companies grapple with new market uncertainty. That was the assessment of advocates and insurers both after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service this month stopped.
PHOENIX — Just a year after hosting its first Final Four, Phoenix has landed the mega-event again. The NCAA awarded the 2024 Final Four Monday and also granted Houston (2023), San Antonio (2025) and Indianapolis (2026) the right to host college basketball’s largest championship event. Like many across the country, Debbie Johnson was glued to.
PHOENIX – Heat is killing more people in the United States every year. And as temperatures rise with climate change, that’s only forecast to get worse. In Phoenix, the problem is especially pressing, and the city’s trying to do something about it. ‘It becomes too late very quickly’ There’s a moment as heatstroke sets in.
PHOENIX – Monsoon rains have reduced the danger of wildfires in Arizona, prompting forest officials Wednesday to lift the ban on campfires in the Coconino National Forest and reduce fire restrictions in parts of the Kaibab and Tonto national forests. Other federally controlled forests kept fire restrictions in place because of wildfire risks spurred by.
WASHINGTON – Arizona State University grad Breanne McNitt said Thailand went from a country “on edge” to one feeling “lots of relief, everywhere” when 12 boys and their coach were rescued Tuesday from the cave where they had been trapped. McNitt teaches in the same region in northern Thailand where the boys and their soccer.
WASHINGTON – For people like Ray Keeler, a seasoned Arizona caver, there is an important lesson in the headline-grabbing story of the boys trapped in a cave in Thailand: Be prepared. “You’re taking three lights per person and a helmet,” said Keeler, who served as an underground rescue coordinator for the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department..
BUCKEYE – A handful of residents remained without power almost 18 hours after a violent monsoon storm swept through the West Valley on Sunday evening. Winds reaching 60 mph brought down a number of APS power lines and other electrical infrastructure around metro Phoenix, temporarily shutting off power to about 21,000 Arizonans, including 14,000 people.
LAS VEGAS – At his pre-draft workout with the Phoenix Suns, Marvin Bagley III reminisced about watching his hometown team and seeing the players he emulates today – such as Amar’e Stoudemire and Jason Richardson – go against the Los Angeles Lakers in the playoffs. That day he was wearing purple and orange, sitting behind.
LAS VEGAS – The scene at Cox Pavilion Friday mimicked the boarding of an airplane: slow, confusing and frustrating. The coach watched the cross traffic flow behind the scorer’s table, looking ahead to see what the hold up was. As people started to scoot by him and head to better seats, the whispers to their.
LAS VEGAS – The Phoenix Suns have been the NBA’s catfish for years: bottom-feeders that rarely draw a crowd. Friday in Las Vegas felt different. Fans packed UNLV’s Thomas and Mack Arena for a chance to see the new-look Suns, led by this year’s No. 1 and No. 10 picks, Deandre Ayton and Mikal Bridges,.
PHOENIX – Another attempt to legalize recreational marijuana in Arizona went up in smoke Thursday when Safer Arizona missed the 5 p.m. deadline to file petitions to get on the Nov. 6 ballot. A representative of the grassroots group said Thursday afternoon that it had collected about 75,000 of the 150,625 signatures needed to qualify.
WASHINGTON – Rabies cases in Arizona have risen sharply this year compared with the same time last year, and state health officials said the problem is only likely to get worse as the temperatures rise. There were 81 confirmed rabies cases in animals reported to the Arizona Department of Health Services through May, up from.
WILLCOX – It was time to bring the sheep in for a drink. “Go to water, go to water!” shouts Rusty Cocke, who owns about 200 head of sheep that act as living lawn mowers on a solar farm about 20 miles west of Willcox. The sheep have spent the morning munching through mesquite saplings.
PHOENIX – A group of Arizona Realtors on Tuesday delivered more than 400,000 signatures to the state Capitol in support of a ballot measure to constitutionally prohibit the state from imposing a sales tax on services. The group, Citizens for Fair Tax Policy, which was created by the Arizona Association of Realtors, says it opposes.
PHOENIX – Add Prescott Valley, Show Low and Heber-Overgaard to the list of cities that have canceled their annual firework shows because of extreme fire danger. That makes seven communities that will celebrate the Fourth of July without the red, white and boom. Flagstaff, Williams, Prescott and Cave Creek all have canceled their shows in.
PHOENIX – In the land of year-round lawns, gasoline-powered mowers are ubiquitous, and they’re a major source of the ozone and other pollutants that foul our air, experts say. To address the problem, the Maricopa County Air Quality Department has partnered with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality to persuade homeowners to switch from gasoline.
PHOENIX — In a city filled with transplants, Arizona’s professional sports teams are left fighting for the fandom and support of those who have already pledged their allegiances to others. Luring those who don’t have a particular rooting interest in the building is tough. Luring them to come back is even harder. That’s why the.
PHOENIX – Fun is the focus of Fourth of July festivities, but the Consumer Federation of America reminds that July 4 is the deadliest day for drivers of ATVs, quads and other types of off-highway vehicles. The federation’s OHV Safety Coalition has analyzed fatalities involving off-highway vehicles (OHVs) from 2013 through 2017. In that span,.
FLAGSTAFF – Fire restrictions have doused the city’s Independence Day fireworks show, but officials stress there still are plenty of ways to celebrate. The city has imposed stage 3 fire restrictions banning the sale and use of commercial-grade fireworks. This is the highest stage Flagstaff has seen in a few years, and fire officials cite.
LAVEEN VILLAGE – It wasn’t even 7 a.m. when Adrian Zarate took a gulp from his red plastic cup and watched more Mexico soccer fans file into the Pancho Villa’s Army watch party at Native Grill and Wings. “If we win,” he shouted, “this place will go nuts.” Although Mexico didn’t win, the place went.
PHOENIX – There’s a small window in Arizona when it’s legal to set off fireworks – but even the legal ones make public-safety workers nervous. About 280 people on average go to emergency rooms nationwide with fireworks-related injuries in the month surrounding the July 4 holiday, according to U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The Phoenix.
QUEEN CREEK – Pyrotechnic flames shoot into the air as cars cross the finish line in the first heat of the Father’s Day weekend races at Arizona Speedway. Up next is Abby Meulebroeck. She climbs into her silver, steel-clad No. 67 car, tucks her long, brown hair under her white helmet and hits the gas..
CHANDLER – Jose Alvarez, a supervisor at R.H. Dupper Landscaping, stood up from changing a sprinkler nozzle on a large grassy area managed by a homeowner’s association in Chandler. He surveyed the turf, a patchwork of green and brown. “It looks terrible,” he said. “The sprinklers, they don’t have enough pressure, and they spray, like,.
WASHINGTON – Navajo officials and residents urged a Senate committee Wednesday to expand coverage of a fund that compensates uranium miners and “downwinders” – people who lived downwind from Cold War nuclear tests. “I had a good job supporting my family,” said Leslie Begay, a uranium miner who said he faces high medical costs from.
PHOENIX – Metro Phoenix was among the Top 5 largest metro areas with the most days of smog in 2016, according to a national study released Wednesday by an Arizona research group. Experts say that’s a serious health concern for the 4.6 million people who live in the area because breathing contaminated air increases the.
PHOENIX – Arizona anti-abortion activists hailed a U.S. Supreme Court ruling supporting pregnancy centers as a win for free speech and religious rights. “The ruling means that Arizona city government will not be able to compel a pro-life pregnancy center to communicate a message that violates their deeply held convictions,” said Cathi Herrod, president of.
YUMA – An E. coli outbreak that sickened people in 35 states and led to a recall of romaine lettuce farmed in Yuma clipped a billion-dollar industry that reaches to Europe, with farmers now working to rebuild consumers’ trust. “After it was announced that Yuma was the source of the lettuce causing the outbreak, it.
Politics are confusing. Help us design the perfect political affairs show to change that. There were more than 3.6 million registered voters in Arizona in March, the most recent month for which figures are available from the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office. With the midterm elections just five months away, Arizona voters face a plethora.
PHOENIX — The jumbotron and screens the Suns set up for their draft party Thursday flipped to ESPN. The fans who filled up about three-quarters of Talking Stick Resort Arena’s lower bowl kept quiet. They didn’t move as the pre-draft montage flipped from Duke’s Marvin Bagley to Real Madrid’s Luka Doncic to Michigan State forward.
BROOKLYN, N.Y. – For the first time in franchise history, the Phoenix Suns had the first pick at the NBA draft Thursday and they looked close to home, choosing the University of Arizona center Deandre Ayton. The choice came as no surprise to analysts who called it “the worst-kept secret” this year, to the characteristically.
PHOENIX — Following his pre-draft workout with the Phoenix Suns, the one and only team he worked out for this offseason, the NBA draft’s No. 1 overall pick, Deandre Ayton, was asked which player’s game his most resembled. “Kevin Garnett,” Ayton said. Although most basketball pundits heralded Ayton as the top prospect in this year’s.
PHOENIX – Problems can’t be managed unless researchers have accurate measurements. For example, would planting a million trees reduce the ambient temperature in Phoenix by a tenth of a degree Fahrenheit or 10 degrees Fahrenheit? Researchers would need valid data to answer that question, said David Sailor, director of Arizona State University’s Urban Climate Research.
PHOENIX – The Phoenix City Council on Wednesday agreed to proceed with the development of the South Central light-rail extension, however, the council also approved a motion directing Valley Metro to evaluate the possibility of maintaining four lanes of surface roads along portions of the $965 million project. The number of lanes is a major.
PHOENIX – Some animals at the Phoenix Zoo come from cooler, wetter climates, which is a challenge for zookeepers to keep them cool in the scorching desert heat. Many of the animals have access to air-conditioned indoor spaces, but some, including the Bornean orangutans, prefer to be outside, said Jessica Petershick, a senior keeper of.
PHOENIX – Monsoon season is a time of peril in the Southwest. Summer storms develop quickly and play out furiously, and it’s important to know what to do when conditions turn dangerous. Monsoon storms spawn dust storms (sometimes called haboobs), lightning, torrents of rain and the resulting flash flooding. Stay safe this season with tips.
SCOTTSDALE – In its quest to join Major League Soccer, Phoenix Rising FC continues its push to grow its brand locally, and that includes tapping into the area’s large population of Latinos. Maricopa County is home to just more than 1.3 million Latinos, slightly less than a third of the county, according to 2017 U.S..
PHOENIX – Wildfires have burned through about 75,000 acres in Arizona already this year, but experts say those numbers aren’t bad compared with last year. At this time last year, large fires had burned about 130,000 acres, according to the National Interagency Fire Agencies Southwest Coordination Center. The agency considers “large” fires anything that has.
WASHINGTON – Tens of thousands of Washington Capitals fans celebrated the team’s Stanley Cup victory Tuesday – but not all of those cheering were Washingtonians. “I was excited (when they won),” said Linnette Klinedinst, a former Arizona resident who has lived in the District for four years. “I stayed up later after traveling to watch.
PHOENIX – Food banks across Arizona struggle to keep milk on the shelves, with 95 percent of food banks surveyed by the Arizona Milk Producers saying they can’t meet demand. To help, the Arizona Diamondbacks, in partnership with Shamrock Farms, held the second-annual Grand Slam Give Back milking contest Tuesday at Chase Field. The team.
PHOENIX — Phoenix Rising FC coach Patrice Carteron is leaving the local club for another head coaching job. Carteron has left the club to sign with top Egyptian club Al Ahly, the team announced Tuesday morning via a release. Assistant coach Rick Schantz will take over as interim head coach and will lead the team.
PHOENIX – The Obama Foundation launched its first Community Leadership Corps in Phoenix over the weekend, a six-month program designed to help young people bring about change in their communities. “It’s exciting, the idea of building something from the ground up,” said Breeonna Combs, one of 35 young people chosen to participate in the program..
PHOENIX – The Boeing 757 is minutes from takeoff to the Grand Canyon, but the interior lacks that airliner feel – its silver insulation is exposed, its overhead luggage bins and row upon row of seats gone. The exterior also is different: A third engine is mounted midway on the fuselage. Even the preflight patter.
PHOENIX – High suicide rates have largely been associated with younger populations, but middle-age suicides are beginning to rise throughout the country, a new report says. In 2016, the population group at the highest risk for suicide was 45 to 54, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The U.S. recorded 8,437 suicides.
SCOTTSDALE – One-third of recreational waterborne disease outbreaks occur at hotel pools or hot tubs, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that urges people to take precautions regardless of where they swim over the summer. More than half of the outbreaks occur during the summer, but they also spike in March..
GRAND CANYON – Thousands of years ago, in what’s now Turkey, someone bred a horse with a donkey. The mule was born, and the sturdy hybrids soon were put to work across the globe. Cars and trucks have replaced mules in most places, but the beasts of burden still reign supreme at the Grand Canyon..
PHOENIX – Temperatures have soared above average for early June, and the National Weather Service has issued excessive heat warnings for parts of central Arizona. Local nonprofits are helping to combat the scorching conditions by providing water and air-conditioning to those in need. The Salvation Army’s Red Shield Survival Squad has set up hydrations stations.
PHOENIX – Sexually transmitted diseases reported in Arizona from January through April have increased 19 percent over the same period last year, possibly because of increased awareness and improved treatment, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. Nicole Capone, spokeswoman for DHS, said 15,710 cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were reported from January.
PHOENIX – Arizona’s unemployment rate remains at 4.9 percent, while the national average is 3.8 percent, its lowest since 2000. State officials say our population growth could be behind the stagnation. Employers added 223,000 jobs in May, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retail, health care, transportation and construction in particular have seen.
PHOENIX – Hungry, thirsty black bears are making their way from the wilderness into the city, and it hasn’t gone well for the animals. In the past week, the Arizona Game & Fish Department has put down three bears that posed threats to public safety. State wildlife officials are patrolling Show Low, Yarnell, Pinetop and.
PHOENIX — In March, 2017, Tom Burnett arrived in Phoenix to experience the Final Four as a fan. He had visited many times before on business but had never seen the state come alive for a mega-event. The Southland Conference commissioner and member of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Committee member was running out of adjectives.
WASHINGTON – For Dan Grannan, an Air Force veteran from Tucson, the rush and the camaraderie that he experienced at his first Rolling Thunder Run more than a quarter-century ago has kept him coming back since. “I remember the very first time I went on this ride in ’92 and when I went across that.
WASHINGTON – Our social media platforms are bombarded with images showing seemingly perfect people living seemingly perfect lives. What they don’t show is the effect that mental health experts say can come with that torrent of images: Increased social media use can be tied to depression and anxiety, they say. Dr. Brian Primack, a researcher.
PHOENIX – Participants in Phoenix Comic Fest have had to rethink some of their props, thanks to new security changes. Arizona’s largest pop-culture convention, which opened Thursday at the Phoenix Convention Center, does not allow items such as replica firearms, bladed knives or solid wood weapons, said a spokeswoman for Square Egg Entertainment, which is.
PHOENIX – The American flag doesn’t always bring people together. Old Glory was burned to protest the Vietnam War in the ’60s and, more recently, used by the “alt-right” and its opponents, and in demonstrations against police injustice toward people of color. But residents of one north-central Phoenix street, 11th Avenue just south of Northern.
PARADISE VALLEY – The NFL’s attempt to resolve the national anthem debate has sparked more controversy. League owners Wednesday approved new standards that allow players to stay in the locker room while the anthem is played before games, but if they’re on the field they must “stand and show respect for the flag and the.
PHOENIX – Meika Lively has her own language, understood by family members and others close to her. As a 33-year-old with Down syndrome and the speech and hearing problems common for those with the condition, she’s found a way to communicate, sometimes using hand signals or props. She expresses disgust, a universal “Eeckk,” as her.
TEMPE – Arizona State University scientists will work with Tempe to detect opioids and other drugs in city wastewater, an exploration that could serve as an early-warning system in the ongoing opioid crisis. The city and the ASU Biodesign Institute each will contribute $35,000 to study wastewater for opioids, cocaine, marijuana and other drugs as.
WASHINGTON – Gayatri Kaimal grinned and immediately scribbled down an answer when she heard the question: What species of cactus has a national monument named for it at the U.S.-Mexico border? Then again, the Tucson middle schooler may have had a homefield advantage over the other contestants in the final rounds of the National Geographic.
WASHINGTON – When Brophy College Preparatory student Diego Morris needed a life-saving experimental treatment that was not available in the United States, he and his family did the only thing they could do. They moved to London for a year where the drug regimen had already been approved. “It was time-sensitive,” said a cancer-free Morris,.
PHOENIX – For the fourth time, the Super Bowl will come to Arizona. The NFL on Wednesday announced that Super Bowl LVII, to be played in 2023, will return to the Arizona Cardinals’ home field, University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. It will be the third time the venue has hosted the event; Super Bowl.
PHOENIX – When 7-year-old Monibelle Townsend heard her family’s smoke alarm go off and smelled smoke, she said she knew what to do, thanks to training she had received at school just days before. She woke up her grandmother and 6-year-old brother and escorted them to safety. Her home was destroyed by the fire, but.
PHOENIX – A frenzied crowd of 11,000 piled into Talking Stick Resort Arena to watch Diana Taurasi, Brittney Griner and Skylar Diggins-Smith, three of the WNBA’s most-recognizable players, tip off the 2018 season. Meanwhile, in New York, league officials were celebrating. The WNBA considers last season one of its most successful, with average game attendance.
SCOTTSDALE — A new app connects Scottsdale parents with baby sitters, part of an ongoing trend in the tech service industry that brings strangers into the home. Location-based apps, whether it be for rides, deliveries, games, dating or babysitting, have accelerated human behavior and social conventions, Arizona State University law professor Diana Bowman said. “This.
SCOTTSDALE – Managers of dockless bike-share services say they’ve seen exponential growth since two companies arrived in the city late last year, and they’re addressing the main complaint: Bikes ditched where they shouldn’t be. Dockless bikes do not require a docking station like those used by the Grid bike-share program, which allows customers to leave.
PHOENIX – Between Prescott Valley, where the G League Northern Arizona Suns play, and Phoenix is 92 miles of highway. Danuel House and Alec Peters are quite familiar with a route that is their regular commute to play for the Suns. It’s just another day in the life of a two-way player. The two-way contract.
PHOENIX – The job involves working on a 400-horsepower truck weighing more than 20 tons with a full payload, driving on the right side of the vehicle and collecting garbage while much of the world still sleeps. Being a sanitation worker is no easy task, but someone has to do it. For those who think.
PHOENIX – Like many NBA standouts, Suns guard Devin Booker has come a long way. After moving to Mississippi to live with his father during high school, he worked hard, earned a scholarship to play at Kentucky and after one season on the bench, declared for the NBA Draft. The Suns’ 13th overall pick in.
TONOPAH — About 50 miles west of downtown Phoenix, three massive concrete domes, spaced side-by-side on a 4,000-acre plot of land, dominate the skyline. The Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station is the nation’s largest power producer, serving 4 million people across the Southwest and providing about 35 percent of Arizona’s electric power, according to the.
TUCSON – Michael Dixon has been interested in music for as long as he can remember. First, it was listening to his parents’ Creedence Clearwater Revival albums. Then, it was performing in bands that “weren’t very good.” Today, the Tucson entrepreneur owns five music-related businesses. Dixon has worked with such popular artists as Justin Timberlake,.
MESA – As the Flying Fortress thunders to life on the runway, Jeff Cook runs to warn visitors to avoid the danger zone. The roar of the propellers drowns out his voice and the prop wash nearly blows off his cap. It’s a typical day at the Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum in Mesa, where.
PHOENIX – Roman Coppola and Benjamin Strouse lift a piece of roofing, Charlie Ellis uses a drill and Jimmy Montgomery saws strips of siding into perfect lengths. They’re all volunteers, working to transform a vacant lot into a small enclave for military veterans who need homes. Tiny homes. The three homes in the development, called.
PHOENIX – Heather Grimes is a 24-year-old vegan who enjoys painting, making jewelry and playing in a band. She’s also a taxidermist. “I just appreciate animals,” Grimes said. “Especially if they’re already dead.” Grimes isn’t alone in her interest for the art of preserving, posing and mounting dead animals for posterity. Robert Mead, president of.
MESA – The odds of a college athlete making it to the NFL are slimmer than ever. In 2016, just 1.5 percent of college football players were drafted by the league, a 2017 NCAA study revealed. But what happens to standouts that do not make it to the NFL? At this time of year, many.
PHOENIX – A model in a pink bodysuit and a red, high-waisted couture skirt glides gracefully across the runway. But her elegant attire takes fashion beyond the traditional, featuring smart technology designed to ease a woman’s menstrual cramps. The bodysuit, called Empowerment, is one of several cutting-edge garments made this spring by students in Arizona.
PHOENIX – Rudy Soliz was happy, enjoying the life of many Americans, with a good job in construction, a family, a house and cars. “I was living the dream,” Soliz,58, said of the time before he landed where he is today. He works at Justa Center, which helps people 55 and older who are homeless.
SUN CITY – Computers lining the rickety plastic shelves in Steve Irwin’s garage make him $450 a day – and eat energy that could power four homes every month. Irwin tinkers with the machines once in a while to monitor their operating temperature but mainly leaves them to do their job of mining for online.
MESA – “Oh, cool, is this our room?” Kevrie Howard, lead singer and bassist of local band Fear and Love, asked with a laugh. He’s looking around a cramped, former dental-exam room in west Mesa that’s been refurbished to serve as a recording studio. In early April, Fear and Love – Howard, guitarist Rob Dinuto.
PHOENIX – The Arizona Department of Revenue is reminding businesses to renew their Transaction Privilege Tax license, as about 98,000 businesses have yet to renew as of April 25. The tax serves as Arizona’s alternative to sales tax: Instead of taxing the consumer, the state taxes businesses on their sales. However, most businesses pass this.
PHOENIX – After trial, error and more than a decade of innovation, self-driving cars are being tested alongside human-driven vehicles in dozens of U.S. cities. Companies like Uber and Waymo – a subsidy of Google – have made the Phoenix area a hub for testing their autonomous vehicles, drawn by permissive state regulations. Successes include.
PHOENIX – Sister Adele O’Sullivan, a nun and doctor, once treated a homeless man who had scorched his feet walking on hot pavement. She took care of his burns, then realized she didn’t have shoes to give him. “We take care of whole people,” she said. “Bodies, minds, spirits. It didn’t take me long to.
WASHINGTON – Arizona had the fifth-highest fatal hit-and-run rate among states in 2016, a year that saw the most hit-and-runs fatalities nationwide, according to a new report by the AAA. The report found that pedestrians and cyclists are the two most likely victims of hit-and-run accidents, accounting for 19.5 percent of all pedestrian fatalities between.
PHOENIX – Businesses and research groups know a lot more about you than you might think. The recent Cambridge Analytica data breach at Facebook, where a political data firm connected to Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign was able to access private information on millions of users, shows the immediacy and power of data-collecting and aggregating.
PHOENIX — Gene therapy could be the key to curing rare and life-threatening diseases, but high costs and potential negative effects are slowing the fledgling field, experts say. In gene therapy, normal genetic material replaces missing or defective genes to cure disease. In December, the Food and Drug Administration approved Luxturna, the first commercial gene.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Gloomy skies and a rain-soaked field did not stop Republican lawmakers from returning to practice Wednesday at the baseball field where a gunman opened fire last summer, wounding House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and three others. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, who was on the field last June when the shooting began, said.
PHOENIX – Chronic sleep disorders can lead to heart attacks, hypertension, stroke and other major illnesses, according to sleep specialists. Insomnia and sleep apnea are familiar to most Americans, and up to 70 million adults in the U.S. are affected by sleep disorders, according to the federal Institute of Medicine. Aside from illnesses, sleep deprivation.
CHANDLER — With Major League Baseball back in action, the crack of a wooden bat returns as one of the soundtracks of summer. Some of that sound is courtesy of Valley-based Zinger Bats. The company provides bats for all levels of baseball, including the major leagues. “I’ve enjoyed them,” Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Godley said. “They.
PHOENIX — Concussions in athletes have received attention in recent years, but experts are now looking to also address the needs of a large, yet overlooked, population – domestic abuse victims. One in three women and one in four men have been physically abused by an intimate partner in their lifetime. There are 10 million.
PHOENIX – A controversial new law will levy a $250 fine on people who misrepresent their pets as service animals in such businesses as restaurants and stores. The law is meant to deter pet owners from abusing a system that protects people with disabilities, even though the lawmaker who sponsored the bill said it will.
ORANGE COUNTY, California – A company that manufactures workbenches and lab furniture is relocating to Goodyear to save money, while creating 30 new jobs in Arizona. Matt McConnell, director of sales and marketing for IAC Industries, said the move will increase the stability and longevity of his business. IAC is located in Brea, California. “The.
PHOENIX – Federal guidelines that govern genetic testing were relaxed last year, raising concerns about safety and accuracy, an Arizona legal expert says. “To be able to understand our own bodies and our own futures is wonderful. It’s just a matter of us making sure that we aren’t getting ahead of the science – that.
PHOENIX – Stroke victims who have only minutes to get treatment before their brains suffer permanent damage are getting help faster through the eyes of cameras on a mobile stroke van, doctors at Barrow Neurological Institute said. “The fact is, we know time is brain,” said Gabriel Gabriel, a registered nurse who oversees the unit..
PHOENIX — Doctors can misdiagnose Valley fever, a fungal disease that lurks behind such common symptoms as coughs, headaches and fatigue, because they’re not familiar with the respiratory disease, medical experts say. That could prolong patient suffering and even result in death. Misdiagnosis not only hinders recovery, it can worsen Valley fever, said John Galgiani,.
PHOENIX – The number of homeless people not in shelters has increased by 27 percent in the past year, according to preliminary numbers released Wednesday by the Maricopa Association of Governments. The numbers are from the annual Point-in-Time homeless count, which is conducted in accordance with federal regulations. Each January, volunteers take to the streets.
CHANDLER – Joanna Sweatt is familiar with fear. Still, strapped into a race car with engines revving up in the desert, the Marine vet is a little nervous. Her fingers dig into her thighs and her face tightens as she sits in the passenger seat. Beside her is a professional drift-car driver who has done.
WASHINGTON – Despite a “rough year for airlines in the public’s eye,” the industry had the best year ever in terms of passenger service in 2017, according to an annual airline quality report released Monday. The 28th annual Airline Quality Rating said the industry improved in the number of denied boardings, mishandled baggage and consumer.
PHOENIX — On Opening Day, 750 players began the season on an active roster in Major League Baseball. Among them, only 10 total native Mexicans started the 2018 season in such a position. The Arizona Diamondbacks boast two of them in their bullpen: left-handed pitcher Jorge De La Rosa and right-hander Fernando Salas. The veteran.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – It’s spring, which usually means a change in the weather. But long-range forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are saying that folks in Arizona may not see much change this year. Experts at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland, are calling for a spring with above-average temperatures.
PHOENIX – The first openly-gay active NBA player called on current players to show their support and be allies to the LGBT community. Basketball first showed a tendency toward progress when center Jason Collins came out after the 2012-13 season. Collins worked with Sports Illustrated writer Frank Lidz in crafting his story about coming out.
PHOENIX – The technology behind bitcoin and other cryptocurrency could change lifestyles and livelihoods, leading to cheaper, more efficient ways to ship packages, buy homes, access medical records and even build a secure vault of personal information. The little-understood and often misunderstood system of virtual money, known as cryptocurrency, is based on something called blockchain,.
PHOENIX – When the Arizona Diamondbacks took the field against the Colorado Rockies in their season opener, a new piece of equipment made its debut behind the scenes. The humidor. The team is storing baseballs in a climate-controlled chamber, which will alter their weight because of extra humidity, general manager Mike Hazen said. Based on.
PHOENIX – Salvador Macias knows all too well the lengthy, complicated and expensive process becoming a U.S. citizen can be. The DACA recipient now is a Phoenix attorney who has dedicated his life to helping others navigating the road to citizenship. Macias began his own journey when his parents brought him to the U.S. from.
PHOENIX – The Trump administration has proposed a policy change that could disqualify some foreigners seeking permanent residency in the United States if they or family members have used government benefits, such as the children’s health insurance program, Medicaid and the Earned Income Tax Credit. According to the National Immigration Law Center, the rule change.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This story is part of Elemental: Covering Sustainability, a new multimedia collaboration between Cronkite News, Arizona PBS, KJZZ, KPCC, Rocky Mountain PBS and PBS SoCal. PINE – The Salt River Project’s annual water expo this year featured a “snowpack simulator” – a pile of cold, wet, white stuff on a hot, sunny day.
MESA – Brenton Simmons has found his place in the burgeoning fitness industry. The founder and face of LFTD.Lifestyle – a fitness supplement and lifestyle brand – said his desire to get into the profession was driven by reasons much deeper than financial gain. Simmons was born with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, a congenital disorder of the.
GLENDALE – Sandra and Dylan McKee looked around and saw a vegan wasteland in metro Phoenix. The longtime vegan couple capitalized on the trend toward a more healthful, plant-based diet to open Veggie Rebellion, the first vegan-only grocer in Arizona. They hope the tiny store in downtown Glendale will attract customers from across the Valley..
PHOENIX – Hours after Gov. Doug Ducey suspended self-driving Uber cars on public roads, Waymo on Tuesday announced plans to begin ride-hailing service in metro Phoenix by the end of the year. Ducey’s order came in response to the release of a dash-cam video of a fatal pedestrian accident March 18 in Tempe involving a.
PHOENIX – “I will not be next! I will not be next!” Thousands of people of all ages chanted their retort to gun violence at the Arizona Capitol on Saturday, a massive protest connected to hundreds of thousands of March for Our Lives activists in Washington, D.C., and across the nation. They stood shoulder-to-shoulder, carrying.
NIPTON, Calif. – A Phoenix company is using trash from the 2015 Super Bowl hosted in Phoenix to make durable, energy-absorbing concrete to rebuild a small township in the Mojave Desert. American Green Corp., which builds vending machines for marijuana products, purchased the small township last summer for $5 million. The company is investing in.
PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks have added a popular coffee shop and Italian cuisine to their ballpark options this season. Fans will also be able to stroll down memory lane in the center field concourse with the addition of a food stand named after a World Series hero and a makeshift museum reflecting key franchise.
WASHINGTON – Maricopa County once again saw the largest population gains among the nation’s nearly 3,200 counties, according to 2017 population estimates released Thursday by the Census Bureau. The county added an estimated 73,650 new residents between 2016 and 2017, well ahead of Clark County, Nevada, the second-biggest gainer with 47,355 new residents last year..
TEMPE — Arizona Cardinals quarterback Sam Bradford’s career has been highlighted by one thing over the rest: injuries. When the newest Cardinals player was introduced at the team’s practice facility Friday, he gave perspective on how those ailments have impacted him moving to his fourth franchise in five seasons. “It’s frustrating,” Bradford sighed. “There’s been.
PHOENIX – Arizona’s bridges generally are safe, experts say, even though the federal government says nearly 400 of them are in poor or “structurally deficient” condition. Bridge safety gained national attention Thursday when at least six people died after a pedestrian bridge collapsed on the Florida International University campus in Miami. The bridge collapsed while.
DAYTON, Ohio — Once the top story in college basketball and nearly the top-ranked team, Arizona State made the NCAA Tournament by the skin of its teeth. All the naysayers and critics didn’t matter, just the fact that the Sun Devils had at least one more game to prove themselves. But although you can wipe.
DAYTON, Ohio — A weekend in December could hold the key to success in March for Arizona State. The Sun Devils will face off with the Syracuse Orange tonight, just over 72 hours after finding out when and where the game would be. The winner will head to Detroit and play TCU in the Round.
TUCSON – University of Arizona men’s basketball coach Sean Miller discussed a variety of topics Monday afternoon, but it was the topic Miller didn’t discuss that likely will get the most attention. With the Wildcats preparing for Thursday’s matchup against Buffalo in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Miller was asked Monday if he.
TEMPE — Tra Holder cried. Kodi Justice found Bobby Hurley and gave him a hug. The Arizona State men’s basketball team jumped into their head coach’s pool in elation. For the first time since the 2013-14 season, the Sun Devils are going to the NCAA Tournament. On Sunday, it was announced that ASU earned a.
WASHINGTON – The tips Jonathan Teslevich earns are “crucial to my life,” which is why the Phoenix bartender worries that a new Labor Department rule on tip pooling could cost him the majority of his income. The proposed rule change would reverse decades of departmental policy by letting employers pool tips received by any workers.
PHOENIX — One decision can have a profound effect on a career. For Suns standout Devin Booker, his came the summer after his freshman year in high school. He moved 1,000 miles from Grandville, Michigan, to Moss Point, Mississippi, to live with his father. “Culture shock for me,” Booker said. Adapting has clearly been Booker’s.
PHOENIX – A business that started in a driveway more than a decade ago is paving the way for other women to be part of the automotive industry. “Tell me I can’t and I will show you I can,” said Bogi Lateiner, owner of 180 Degrees Automotive in central Phoenix. Lateiner did a 180 turn.
PHOENIX – For two days, Margaret T. Hance Park became the epicenter of Chinese culture and traditions, as the 28th annual Chinese Cultural and Cuisine Festival took over the public space in February, offering Valley locals an opportunity to see, hear and taste what the Asian country has to offer. Jeffrey Chow, a resident of.
PHOENIX – David LaRue, owner of Legendary Guns Inc., wondered Friday how his central Phoenix store might be affected by the recent decision by several major retailers to end the sale of firearms and ammunition to anyone younger than 21. “I don’t know if it’s the right thing to do, but I can understand why.
SURPRISE – Thirty-six hours. Thirty-six hours of Rangers outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. lying on his stomach waiting for a tattoo artist to complete the work covering almost every inch of his back. “I’m a beast. I see the end, and I just want to get it done,” DeShields said. The words from Psalm 23:4 appear.
WASHINGTON – Arizona residents Crystal Van Dyke and Jamie Wooldridge were among the first in line Wednesday morning to pay respects to the Rev. Billy Graham as the renowned evangelist was lying in honor in the Capitol Rotunda. Graham, known as “America’s Pastor,” died Feb. 21 at 99 after nearly half a century of advising.
TEMPE – Kroger Co., the nation’s largest grocery chain, on Thursday announced its Fred Meyer stores will discontinue the sale of guns and ammunition to customers younger than 21 years old. It’s the third major U.S. retailer in two days to also raise the purchase age. Kroger sells firearms at 43 Fred Meyer locations in.
TEMPE – City officials have opened a low-income housing development targeted to veterans and their families to give back to those who served their country. The 50-unit development, Valor on Eighth near downtown, already has been leased to 45 low-income residents, including 13 veterans and their families, said Tina Lopez, chief development officer for Save.
WASHINGTON – The Agriculture Department wants to make it harder for states to get around the rule that limits childless, able-bodied adults to three months of food stamp benefits unless they get a job. The USDA said Thursday that it plans to allow states to waive the work requirement only in counties with an annual.
CHINO VALLEY – Joseph Pravongviengkham slips a hood of red kangaroo leather over the head of his falcon, Sully. He wants to keep his bird calm for the 30-minute drive to an open field filled with quail, jackrabbits and cottontails. When they reach their destination, Pravongviengkham releases Sully from his box, removes the hood and.
TEMPE – Maybe you’re angry. Maybe a co-worker let lunch from last week fester in the break room refrigerator. Maybe a life partner, once again, after the 27th broken promise to buy groceries, acts as if ordering pizza is the same thing as a real dinner. Maybe a 16-year-old boy is angry his father died..
TEMPE – The #MeToo movement to raise awareness about sexual harassment has resonated with women around the world, exposing the pervasiveness of the problem and prompting more women to think about their own safety. Here in Arizona, some women are making moves, literally, to protect themselves using an Israeli self-defense system called Krav Maga, which.
Widespread flu activity has made the 2017-18 season one of the worst in years, especially in Arizona. Every county in the state has confirmed an influenza case this season, and about 19,000 more Arizonans have been infected compared with last year. The middle-aged and elderly in particular are being affected more than normal. Follow us.
PHOENIX – Members of a nonprofit environmental advocacy group on Thursday urged the public to pay closer attention to “regressive” governmental policies they say could damage the solar power industry in Arizona, and they warned against proposed budget cuts that could cripple the Environmental Protection Agency. Tempe-based Defend Our Future, a student engagement group, held.
WASHINGTON – Attorney General Jeff Sessions said authorities will not “cede a single community, one block or one street corner, to violent gangs and drug dealers” in the fight against opioids, a crisis that has claimed 910 lives in Arizona since June. Sessions’ remarks came during a wide-ranging speech to the Major County Sheriffs of.
PHOENIX – Dozens of states in the U.S. regulate the tattoo industry. They often require the businesses to have licenses and the customers to remain sober. Yet Arizona is one of the few states that has minimal restrictions. The state requires tattoo artists to use sterilized needles and prohibits minors from getting tattoos without an.
TEMPE – The opioid crisis in Arizona is likely to grow, a DEA agent warned Wednesday, praising the state’s efforts so far and saying it’s time to stop playing the blame game. “For right now, unfortunately, it looks like the problem is getting worse before it gets better,” said Doug Coleman, a special agent for.
PHOENIX – Tom Messier turned his Mesa home into a winery. Four-foot-tall metal buckets line his living room. A humidifier and two wooden barrels, covered by a plastic sheet, occupy a corner of his kitchen. Stacks of red, white and fruit wines in glass jugs decorate his spare room. Messier belongs to AZ WineMakers, a.
Charmaine Tyler curls a blanket around her shoulders as she sits on a curb in downtown Phoenix, bracing herself against a 37-degree predawn in three tattered sweaters, sweatpants, socks and sandals. Anne Scott approaches with a smile and a clipboard. Good morning, ma’am. I’m talking to people who may be homeless for our survey. Can.
PHOENIX – Arizona ranked 36 out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia for its residents’ “ability to save and build wealth,” according to Prosperity Now’s 2018 scorecard released earlier this week. This is the state’s best ranking in the study, which became an annual occurrence in 2012. Prosperity Now – formerly the.
PHOENIX – Nirvana Center, a medical-marijuana dispensary in Phoenix, sells products with such names as ice cream, bubble gum and vanilla bean – shying away from using harsher-sounding traditional names. “People definitely are becoming more accepting of cannabis and its uses,” said Max Schell, who helps run the center’s marketing team. “And I feel like.
PHOENIX – Nikola Motor Co. plans to build a 1 million-square-foot manufacturing plant for its hydrogen-electric semi-trucks in Buckeye, Gov. Doug Ducey announced Tuesday, and the company will move its headquarters to the West Valley from Salt Lake City later this year. Nikola chose Arizona after a 12-month search among nine states and 30 locations,.
SCOTTSDALE – Carlos Sugich saw a golden opportunity to represent the Hispanic community at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Sugich, the first Hispanic chairman of the tournament, created a Spanish-language website for the Phoenix Open to expand its reach toward Hispanics. “We thought there was a need so that we could reach a broader audience.
PHOENIX – Medical-marijuana businesses and advocates oppose a bill that would make it a felony to publish unverified information about dispensaries, saying it’s an effort to block business. Sen. David Farnsworth, R-Mesa, sponsored a bill to punish any “listing or menu service” in Arizona that publishes information about a dispensary without verifying its registration and.
PHOENIX – The year was 1997, and Tiger Woods, fresh out of Stanford, was brand new to the PGA Tour. Woods stepped up to the raucous 16th tee wearing a navy blue Nike hat and oversize polo shirt that probably would be considered drab by today’s fashion standards. What he did next became a legendary.
PHOENIX – News that the WWE’s Royal Rumble event will land in Chase Field next January pumped up local fans, including a World Series hero and local wrestling talent who could benefit from the visit. The professional wrestling organization announced Wednesday that the Arizona Diamondbacks’ home field will host the match on Jan. 29, 2019..
TEMPE – Arizona State wrestling has emerged as one of the leaders in the college landscape when it comes to producing mixed martial arts talent. It has delivered UFC veterans and contenders John Moraga and Aaron Simpson. Current and former champions Ryan Bader and Cain Velasquez spent years on the mats in Tempe. “We have.
WASHINGTON – New tariffs imposed Tuesday by the Trump administration on imported solar products will benefit domestic manufacturers, but could hit consumers and other parts of the solar energy industry hard, experts said.
TEMPE – A strong locker room culture defined Bruce Arians’ tenure with the Arizona Cardinals. The team knew the shoes Arians left to fill would be big, but president Michael Bidwill and general manager Steve Keim are confident they found somebody with the same discipline and pedigree to keep that culture running smoothly. Steve Wilks,.
WASHINGTON – Arizona was one of the worst states in the country for highway safety in 2017, based on the state’s comparative lack of driving-safety laws, according to a national report released Monday. The 2018 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws, by Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety, ranked states according to 16 laws, including.
PHOENIX — Devin Booker hopes to become the first Suns player in an All-Star Game since Steve Nash represented the team in 2012. Although landing on an All-Star roster and having the respect of others in the NBA is a big deal, a bigger issue is at hand: Booker’s brand. “(Booker) plays in an era.
SCOTTSDALE – Just as the ’56 Chevy Bel Air was about to rumble up the ramp, someone on the detail team noticed a dull spot on an otherwise gleaming tire. Time for more polish. Done and ready for auction. The 47th annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction offered more than 1,700 vehicles for sale in Scottsdale..
GLENDALE – The upcoming “Black Panther” movie, which had the highest first-day ticket presales of any Marvel movie, is one of the latest examples of what some say is a controversial push for diversity by major players in the comic book industry. The title character, Black Panther, was one of the first substantial black characters.
WASHINGTON – Arizona emergency management officials said Tuesday they have safeguards in place that should prevent a false alarm like the one that rattled Hawaii residents, who received an erroneous report Saturday of a ballistic missile attack. It takes more than one person in Arizona to trigger an alert like the one that caused widespread.
PHOENIX – Even before the news reports about problems with Apple’s iPhone X – one reviewer for Forbes called it the worst iPhone ever – some experts had reservations about the facial recognition technology that is one of the phone’s marquee features. Arizona State University professor Sonia Bovio recently bought an iPhone 8, mainly for.
PHOENIX — Every time Catherine Baimonte visited her mother at an assisted-living facility in Colorado, her mother’s health worsened. Baimonte, a retired Avondale teacher, remembers one of those visits. Her mother forgot how to shower. Do you need help? Baimonte asked. She stepped in and out of the shower to help. “Finally, we got out,.
TEMPE – On New Year’s Eve 20 years ago, Pat Tillman walked off a field in El Paso, Texas, representing Arizona State football for the last time. No one knew how the next 6½ years would unfold, that he would become a symbol of perseverance, of selflessness, of bravery, and, ultimately, of sacrifice. “I wasn’t.
GLENDALE — Three turnovers, a missed field goal and a chance for the opponent to tie the game. It looked like Penn State, after dominating most of the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, was setting up for heartbreak. However, on the final play, the Nittany Lions forced a turnover that secured a 35-28 victory over Washington Saturday.
SCOTTSDALE — Arizona State made headlines when it chose to fire football coach Todd Graham. Not only was the hiring of Herm Edwards a surprise but so, too, was the announcement of a new leadership model that would reflect an NFL structure. The decisions by Vice President of Athletics Ray Anderson attracted national attention. Some.
PHOENIX – Elyse Guidas wants to increase access to healthy foods in low-income areas. She works as the executive director of Fresh Express, a nonprofit that sells fruits and vegetables from a retired Valley Metro bus fitted as a mini grocery store. The truck sells the foods at cost, below market price. It makes 20.
GLENDALE – On a warm Saturday night in October, comic book fans traveled to Drawn to Comics in Glendale where local comic book artists promoted their work at the shop’s annual Halloween Comicfest. Young children in costumes darted around the adults. Young women waited in line to buy their comic books. It’s a scene some.
TEMPE – With their college football playing days coming to an end in Friday’s Sun Bowl, Arizona State seniors were melancholy about an ASU journey that will reach the finish line at the same time Todd Graham’s does. The coach was fired on Nov. 26 but opted to lead the team though its postseason game.
PHOENIX — As wedding prices rise in the Valley, Arizona couples and small businesses juggle costs, trends and constantly evolving technology. National average wedding costs have risen $12,333 from only five years ago, as millennial couples demand a custom tailored experience, shift from short videos to movies that tell the story of their romance and.
PHOENIX – The number of Latino-owned businesses in Arizona doubled from 2007 to 2015, according to recent data released by the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. And the group has more purchasing power than ever. Chamber spokesman James Garcia credited increases in entrepreneurism and economic impact to the population’s rise in size and education levels..
AVONDALE — Big changes are in the works at Phoenix Raceway. On top of its massive renovation, the track unveiled its announcement of a title shift on Sept. 26. The track has signed ISM Connect as its naming rights partner. The transition to becoming ISM Raceway, effective 2018, is the first time in the track’s.
WASHINGTON – Recovery from the Great Recession has been slow in much of Arizona, but in Indian Country the pace has been glacial. A decade after the start of the recession, Native Americans posted poverty and unemployment numbers that were more than twice the overall state average, and per capita incomes that were less than.
PHOENIX — Sporting events go beyond the boxscore. With increased in-home viewing options and rising ticket prices, sports franchises know they must complement competition on the playing field with cutting edge in-house entertainment. For an older generation, the constant music and in-house emcee might be a bit much. But for most others, a digitalized lifestyle.
WASHINGTON – Arizonans came out of the recession with more than twice the student debt that they carried 10 years ago, as economic forces that came with the recession created a “perfect storm” for rising debt. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York said Arizonans carried $4,690 in student debt per capita in 2016, up.
PHOENIX – It costs less to die in Arizona and in other nearby states compared to elsewhere in the nation – at least when it comes to funeral costs. Local experts say that’s because so many people here choose cremation over traditional burial. The national median cost of a funeral, which includes viewing and burial.
WASHINGTON – Unemployment rates in Arizona inched down to 4.5 percent in October, falling to the lowest rate since the start of the Great Recession and capping one of the longest recoveries on record in the state. Some experts said there may yet be improvements in the overall jobless rate, but all agreed that employment.
PHOENIX – Melissa de la Rosa has been boxing at Jabz Boxing in Arcadia for just under a year. The women-only facility fulfills more than de la Rosa’s desire to amp up her cardio and relieve stress. “I’m an Orthodox Jew, and I can’t work out uncovered around men,” she said. “So, I come here.
PHOENIX — Imagine watching a NASCAR race from a comfortable couch above Turn One. Or, with drink in hand and perched high above the tee box, observing a top PGA Tour pro take on one of the most exciting holes in golf. Both options are available to Valley sports fans. Corporate sponsorship are a large.
WASHINGTON – The global scale of the so-called Great Recession that began 10 years ago in the U.S. may have been illustrated best by the steep drop in remittances, or money that immigrants send to family back home. “For the first time in recorded history, remittances to developing countries actually declined,” during the recession, said.
PHOENIX – Fan is short for fanatic for a reason. That zeal is what keeps the heart of the sports memorabilia world beating. The reasons for the multi-billion dollar industry’s popularity range from nostalgia to pursuit of financial gain to desire to feel a connection with a player. In the Valley, it is the signature.
WASHINGTON – It was what one expert called “the mother of all booms.” Just over a decade ago, Arizona’s construction industry was leading the country in residential and commercial building. People were waiting up to a year for a house, even as builders were throwing new homes up on spec for the residents who were.
PHOENIX – When the officials at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Phoenix found out they won a quarter million-dollar grant to improve their urban farm, they already had a plan to install an irrigation system, plant fruit trees and add shade to extend the growing season. Those improvements will help the nonprofit.
PHOENIX — For many, sports serve as an escape from everyday life, a chance to engage with others who share a common interest. Throw in high-level competition and a large student enrollment and Arizona State seems like an ideal setting for a strong football fan base. Yet the largest public university in the country should.
PHOENIX — Once upon a time, the Suns were the face of the Valley. They were the community’s first major sports team, beginning play in the 1968-69 season. In 1988, the NFL’s Cardinals relocated to Tempe from St. Louis, and in 1996, the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets became the Phoenix Coyotes. Two years later, the Diamondbacks.
PHOENIX — It’s a Saturday evening at Gila River Arena in Glendale and the Arizona Coyotes are hosting the Winnipeg Jets. A few minutes into the opening period, fans continue to find their seats and settle down for a night of hockey. As the puck finds the back of the net and the horn sounds,.
PHOENIX – A number of telephone history museums – which celebrate everything from telegraphs and telephone booths to rotary and flip phones – have closed in the past few years. Museums in Houston, Oregon and Tucson couldn’t keep their doors open, according to media reports. In Phoenix, Joe Hersey worried the collection he had curated.
WASHINGTON – With one week left to sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act, advocates are urging Arizona consumers to “window shop” for insurance plans that may be cheaper than they expected or, in some cases, essentially free. “People don’t know about the discounts until they try,” said Allen Gjersvig, director of navigator.
SCOTTSDALE – Mother Teresa, the Roman Catholic nun who devoted her life to serving the poor, was exorcised on her deathbed in late 1996, according to published reports, because the Archbishop of Calcutta feared she was “being attacked by the devil.” Exorcisms, the religious practice of driving the evil spirit or demon out of someone.
BISBEE – The students digging beneath the stands at Bisbee’s Warren Ballpark have unearthed a few artifacts that provide a glimpse into what life was like for fans of the century-old ballpark: firearm cartridges, broken glass bottles, bus tokens. Robert Schon, an associate professor of archaeology at the University of Arizona, leads the archeological dig,.
TEMPE – Arizona State University recently added an interfaith reflection room and ablution rooms to its Memorial Union to accommodate students who want to practice their religious beliefs. Muslim students had asked for a place to cleanse themselves before prayer. “What the students desire is really the driver for this project and so it’s paid.
PHOENIX – Craig Turner opens one of many cardboard boxes that had just arrived at the Talking Book library early one October morning. He finds a surprise among them: A thank you note from a patron. He opens another. This note says one of the library’s patrons has passed away. “On a personal level, I.
PHOENIX – It’s a Saturday morning in downtown Gilbert, and, for September, temperatures are still sweltering. The sun beats down as a local farmer’s market sells homemade jams and families walk their dogs. The buzz of couples chattering over brunch can be heard from the sidewalk. But, tucked just behind the restaurants that line Gilbert’s.
PHOENIX – Several Arizona funeral home directors say a new online system to process death certificates has led to delays in cremations and burials. One funeral administrator said Messinger Mortuaries used to handle about 30 cremations a day, but that dropped to four per day after the Arizona Department of Health Services launched the system.
On the final episode of Season 2 of In Focus, we went to the Musical Instrument Museum for a different approach on the Arizona music industry. Our opening song is “Take You Home Tonight” by Vibe Tracks and our closing song is “Scarlet Fire” by Otis McDonald. This episode also featured an acoustic guitar solo.
PHOENIX — Arizona’s current Christmas tree shortage began 10 years ago when the recession hit. “I’m expecting that we’ll run out of trees early this year,” said Mel Cooper, owner of Arizona Valley View Christmas Tree Lots. Christmas tree production was at a peak in the winter of 2007, which was right at the start.