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Tucked in: Digitally native mattress companies extend to brick-and-mortar retail spaces

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 Heritage Square, people line up to be one of the first 100 customers to claim a free Tuft & Needle pillow at the grand opening of its fourth brick-and-mortar location.


Tolleson high schools crack down on motorists who ignore stop signs on buses by installing cameras

TOLLESON – Tolleson Union High School District has installed cameras on 20 of its buses to deter motorists who ignore the stop signs that come down when students get on or off the bus. The district plans to add 18 more by the end of November.

Stop Sign

Officials hope new traffic light technology will reduce congestion on Bell Road

SCOTTSDALE – Fifty thousand vehicles drive on Bell Road every day, making it one of the busiest roads in the Valley. The road spans about 34 miles and crosses through several cities, from Surprise to Scottsdale.

Bell Road sign

In Focus, Season 2 Episode 3: Blaine Long

In the third episode of In Focus Season 2, we interview Arizona-based Americana musician Blaine Long, who released his latest album after appearing on NBC's The Voice.

Blaine Long

Valley Fever researchers use $4.8 million grant to speed development of vaccine for dogs

TUCSON – Researchers at the University of Arizona say they’ve made progress in developing a vaccine that could protect dogs from Valley Fever, a potentially deadly respiratory disease common in the Southwest.

Man in lab

Motorist in class action suit sees ‘justice’ in Arpaio criminal contempt verdict

PHOENIX - The driver who was at the heart of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio's contempt of court case said the sheriff's guilty verdict shows "justice is being served," but he is still affected by the encounter seven years ago.


‘It doesn’t bother me’: ASU football players react to eye-opening CTE study

TEMPE -- Despite an eye-opening study about trauma found in the brains of deceased NFL players, it won’t keep them from playing the sport they love, several Arizona State athletes said.


Young Tempe entrepreneurs create website to ease search for cheap parking

TEMPE - Two college entrepreneurs have started a website to help Tempe residents and Arizona State University students find parking quickly and cheaply at local homes.


Phoenix Councilman DiCiccio blocks constituents on Twitter

PHOENIX – Some Arizona residents have been blocked from the Twitter page of Phoenix Councilman Sal DiCiccio, who is running for re-election.


Dust storm detector will alert drivers to freeway hazards

PHOENIX – State safety and transportation officials are developing a detection system to warn motorists if dangerous dust storms are in the area.


New 911 text service helps people with disabilities get faster emergency response

LAKE HAVASU CITY – It’s dark. You’re hiding in your closet. Someone just broke in and you’re alone. You can’t call police because you don’t want the intruder to know where you are. You need to send a text.


Low pay for Arizona teachers lowers morale, retention

PHOENIX – Teacher salaries that are among the lowest in the nation drive down teacher morale and make retention difficult, education advocates say.