COVID-19 on pace to become third-leading cause of death in state
Six months after the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Arizona, the disease is on pace to become the third-leading cause of death in the state this year, following only cancer and heart disease, according to state data.
Schweikert admits House ethics violations, agrees to reprimand, $50,000 fine
Rep. David Schweikert, R-Fountain Hills, has admitted to 11 counts of campaign finance violations, misuse of office funds and other charges, and has agreed to a reprimand and a $50,000 fine , the House Ethics Committee said Thursday.
On their way north, pregnant migrants brave a harrowing jungle crossing in Panama
BAJO CHIQUITO, Panama – Panama has been overwhelmed by the increasing numbers of migrants coming through the Darién jungle that separates it from Colombia – an increasing number of them are pregnant women.
Proposal to protect Joshua trees from climate change proves divisive
PHOENIX – A petition to list Joshua trees as threatened in California has residents of one small town in disagreement, with some arguing the protections will negatively impact the town’s economy.
With little guidance, schools offer range of ‘pandemic schooling’ plans
PHOENIX - With little guidance on how to meet a state order that schools open Aug. 17 for some type of in-person teaching, schools are scrambling to figure out safe options and coming up with a range of plans for what one official calls "pandemic schooling."
Head games: Former volleyball player believes concussions led to mental health issues
PHOENIX – Concussion education is important to Stephanie Cahill. She played high school volleyball from 14 to 16 years old and suffered five concussions, two of them while playing club ball. Now 23, she believes the anxiety and depression she has experienced since the injuries are related.
Arizona dairy farms pivot from restaurants to food banks as COVID-19 shifts demand
PHOENIX – The Arizona dairy industry has taken a major hit as a result of closing restaurants and fast-food chains that would typically be purchasing cheese and other dairy products in bulk.
DHS halts DACA applications, shortens renewals as program is ‘reconsidered’
PHOENIX - The Trump administration said it will stop accepting new DACA applications and will limit renewals to one year while it undertakes a "full reconsideration" of the policy - a move critics called little more than a ruse to renew efforts to kill the program.
ASU confirms students will return to campus in fall, anonymous account demands right to party
PHOENIX – Arizona County used federal stimulus money to increase contact tracing and COVID-19 tests; Navajo Nation extends the state of emergency through Aug. 16.
Efforts to cool Phoenix include pale pavement coating to reflect sunlight
PHOENIX – An off-white asphalt sealant could help mitigate Phoenix’s urban heat island troubles by reflecting sunlight instead of absorbing and holding it overnight.
Lawsuit claims concussions turned ASU linebacker Jason Franklin’s dreams to despair
PHOENIX - Jason Franklin was a walk-on football player for Arizona State University. Two years after he died by suicide, his family filed a suit claiming he received four concussions in practice that led to deteriorating mental health. Franklin’s brain showed signs of CTE.
30 years on, ADA changes minds along with limitations for Arizonans
PHOENIX - A lot has changed in the 30 years since passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which not only removed physical and legal barriers but forced Americans to see people with disabilities "as fully human" in the words of one Arizona advocate.