October 2013

Phoenix City Council Approves Electronic Recycling Contract

The city of Phoenix already recycles cans and cardboard. Now it will also recycle electronics.

The city council approved a contract with Phoenix based eGreen-IT Solutions on Wednesday evening to recycle electronics. Spokeswoman Karin Harris said there are two ways to recover electronics.

“If an item is able to brought back to a viable IT market then we are able to remarket that. If it is not able to be brought back to a viable IT product we dismantle it into commodities," said Harris. 

Expanded Medicaid Enrollment In Arizona Is A Success

The issues plaguing the Affordable Care Act have not affected expanded enrollment for Medicaid in Arizona. More people are signing up for the state’s Medicaid program known as AHCCCS.

Earlier this year, Gov. Jan Brewer made a controversial decision to accept federal funding to expand Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act. The expanded AHCCCS enrollment for Arizonans started Oct. 1. Since then, outreach groups have enrolled almost 8000 residents.

Lake Havasu City Ranked One Of The Poorest Cities In US

The Lake Havasu City and Kingman area is among the poorest in the country.

24/7 Wall St., a financial research website, reported Lake Havasu City as the fifth poorest city. The report is based on U.S. Census 2012 American Community Survey data. The report identified areas with the most number of residents living below the federal poverty level.

America’s other poorest cities are in in southern states. The study also showed the top 10 wealthiest cities. Those are located in California, the north East Coast, Hawaii and Alaska.

Air Force Nurses Training In Emergency Trauma In Scottsdale

Nurses serving in the United States Air Force are now training in intensive and emergency care in the Valley. It is the only program of its kind at a civilian hospital.

Hospital, military and political leaders kicked off the Critical Care and Emergency Trauma Nursing Fellowship at Scottsdale Healthcare on Thursday morning. During the year-long program, Air Force nurses get classroom and hands-on training in specialties like emergency trauma and burn and pediatric intensive care.

Phoenix City Council Votes To End Pension Spiking

The Phoenix City Council on Thursday approved a plan to end pension spiking by city workers. That means employees can no longer artificially increase their salaries with unused vacation time and sick leave to boost their pensions.

The measure starts next July and affects all current and future city workers. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton called it “a tough and responsible” measure that will save taxpayers a lot of money.  

Third Trial In 1991 Buddhist Temple Killings Set For December

The man charged with killing nine people at a West Phoenix Buddhist temple more than 20 years ago will face trial for a third time in December.  

A jury found 39-year old Jonathan Doody guilty of the crime in 1993. He was sentenced to 281 years in prison, but an appeals court threw out the conviction in 2011, after ruling Doody had not been read his rights before confessing.

Arizona Federal Voter Lawsuit To Be Heard In December

A federal judge has scheduled a mid-December hearing on a suit filed by the states of Kansas and Arizona over enforcement of citizenship requirements to vote.

The two states want to require new voters to prove they are United States citizens, even when they use a federal registration form.

Federal District Judge Eric Melgren in Wichita will hear the states’ arguments for a preliminary injunction to force the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to modify its national voter registration form.