Students are returning to classes across the Valley this week, and dealing with the summer heat is an issue for many schools.In the Madison School District, officials are using solar panels to provide shade and save money at three of the district's eight schools.
An apparent E. coli outbreak has been linked to a Mexican restaurant
in Litchfield Park. So far, 11 people have been hospitalized who ate food from
Frederico’s Mexican restaurant around July 23. Jeanene Fowler is with Maricopa
County Public Health.
Paradise Valley’s police department was the first in the country to use cameras to determine whether you were driving too fast and deserved official punishment. You will see photo enforcement vans in a number of Valley communities, but the 101 Freeway in Scottsdale turned its cameras off after a pilot program.
School starts this week for several Valley districts.The Phoenix Union High School District is looking at a spike in enrollment this year with as many as 500 new students. While some students may end up as no-shows once school starts, the influx may signal overcrowding.
Tempe is primed for new development projects in and around downtown. The city has long used infill development as a way to boost its tax base, but now some other Valley cities are looking to use the same approach.
The union representing striking bus drivers and the operating company both expressed optimism Friday that they would be able to reach an agreement to end the strike that started Thursday. KJZZ’s Steve Shadley has been out and about, talking to people affected by the strike.
A Valley-based medical school is trying to help reduce the shortage of primary care physicians. The new program is taking a unique approach to medical residencies.
El Rio Community Health Center in Tucson is taking part in a new residency program.
A tiny red squirrel on the brink of extinction is keeping wildlife biologists busy. Scientists are trying to catch some Mount Graham Red Squirrels for a breeding program, but doing that will not be easy.
Cicadas were all over the news this summer when people on the East Coast were simultaneously horrified and delighted by a flood of insects emerging from the ground. Those bugs had been hiding for 17 years just waiting for a chance to mate, but Did You Know Arizona is home to a completely different kind of cicada? Cicadas up close at the Arizona State University Hasbrouck Insect Collection.
State health officials said the number of abortions performed in Arizona was down 7 percent from 2011 to 2012. The annual report from the Department of Health Services said 13,340 elective abortions were reported last year.
Arizona schools are getting better grades. That is according to a report released on Thursday by the state department of education. More schools received A’s on their annual report card, based on the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards or AIMS test.
A new study from Pew Research Center said in 2012 more 18 to 31 year olds or millenials, were living with their parents now than in the past four decades. The study, based on Census Bureau data, showed that 36 percent of young people are stay at home children.
Phoenix’s City Manager is
stepping down to take a job in Orange County.
Santa Ana, Calif. is a fraction of Phoenix’s
size and has about one-fifth its population. And that’s where David Cavazos is taking
a job, pending the approval of the Phoenix
More than a dozen quagga mussels have been discovered in two Valley canals after a routine inspection by Salt River Project officials last month.
Quagga mussels attach to hard surfaces like boats and water pipes.
Shares of Phoenix-based Sprouts Farmers Markets more than doubled in value on their first day of public trading. The company’s ticker symbol SFM opened trading on the NASDAQ stock exchange at $18 a share.
The number of firearm homicides in the Phoenix area dropped between 2006 and 2007 and 2009 to 2010, according to new numbers from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Between 2006 and 2007, there were nearly seven gun-related homicides per 100,000 residents in Phoenix, Mesa and Scottsdale.
Some of the first medical marijuana dispensaries the state licensed will get more time to open their doors. The Department of Health Services had given dispensaries a year to open saying their authorizations would expire unless they met the deadline, but attorney Paul Conant filed suit to stop that saying some of his clients could not comply, in part because some communities failed to provide the needed zoning.
Thousands of people in the southeast valley are looking for ways to get around town Thursday as a bus strike continues. About 400 bus operators with the Valley Metro system stopped work after midnight Thursday.