Mesa is looking at ways to trim its public-safety costs after a voters rejected a city-sales tax hike in November. In an effort to reduce costs associated with booking and housing offenders, the Mesa Police Department asked the City Council for permission to solicit bids from private contractors.
Arizona has the 12th-highest drug overdose rate in the nation, according to the latest state statistics. House Bill 2493 will allocate half-a-million-dollars to speed up and secure the drug database, which should help hospitals, pharmacists, and doctors check and balance patients to avoid an overdose.
A bill that would weaken Shannon’s Law, the landmark gun legislation passed in 2000, is effectively dead at the state Legislature this morning. Gerry Hills helped craft the original legislation, and I spoke with her earlier this morning to hear her reaction to today’s news.
Arizona Public Service and its parent company Pinnacle West were heavily involved in the 2016 campaign season — investing money on certain candidates in specific races. Now APS has come out publicly to say it will remain involved in political campaigns going forward, but it will also be more open about its contributions.
Some people who speak more than one language are great at navigating between them. But new research suggests there’s more to switching back and forth between languages. Nairan Ramirez-Esparza is an assistant professor of social psychology at the University of Connecticut, and she has done a series of studies on cultural frame switching.
A state Senate panel this afternoon is hearing a measure that would set up what critics are calling “predatory” loans. Cynthia Zwick is executive director of the Arizona Community Action Association and one of those critics calling this proposal a debt trap.
In one five-year period, college athletes suffered more than 10,000 concussions — one-third of them while playing football. But an unusual team-up has recently brought a new kind of concussion test one step closer.