patient of Arizona’s flu season has been diagnosed. State and county health
officials have confirmed it was an unvaccinated child with influenza type B who
was not hospitalized. It is
impossible to know what shape this flu season will take.
Whether it is because of the success of "Avenue Q," Jason Segel’s character in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” or because it is just fun to watch cloth creations say unexpected things, the popularity of puppets appears to be climbing.
One of four Americans suffers with some form of mental
illness, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Media Relations
director Bob Carolla says one of the biggest challenges is that treatment and
services are more limited in lower-income areas.
Many people who traveled thousands of miles to hike, camp or paddle in a national park aren’t letting a government shutdown spoil their vacation. They’re finding there are ways around the park closures.
Arizona’s recovery has moved from mediocre to okay. That is the word from economists Friday who spoke about the world, national and state economies at the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Annual Economic Outlook Breakfast.
Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested 20 more
workers at a Phoenix janitorial business for identity theft. Sheriff Joe Arpaio
said deputies conducted the raid at Proserve, the same company it raided in
August, arresting four suspects for stealing IDs.
The budget impasse in Washington
has put Arizona’s
military installations into a partial shutdown. At Fort Huachuca in Sierra Vista, spokeswoman
Tanja Linton says about the vast majority of the 3,600 civilian workers on the
base personnel have been furloughed.
The weekend is over, and that means some
freeway closures are also gone. That includes the construction work over the Loop
101 in the East Valley. The Department of Transportation is
closer to completing the Galveston Street Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge over
the 101 Price Freeway.
The Arizona Department of Transportation says recent improvements
to the design of the servicearizona.com website should make it easier to skip
a visit to the MVD for many common transactions. ADOT spokesman Harold
Saunders said you will be able to get the answers you need without paying any
Volunteers and staff of Arizona AARP are lobbying members of
Congress this week to not change the way cost-of-living adjustments are
calculated for Social Security recipients. A new report form the AARP Public
Policy Institute calculates that every benefit dollar generates two dollars in
spending by Arizona
individuals and businesses, adding almost $30 billion a year to the state’s
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne will have competition for the GOP nomination in next year’s Republican primary. Former Arizona Gaming Director Mark Brnovich has filed paperwork to run against Horne, less than a week after stepping down from his post.
Arizona Game and Fish is offering up to $1,000 in reward
money for information leading to an arrest in a javelina poaching incident over
the weekend in the mountains west of Tucson.
Spokesman Mark Hart said the animal was killed with a bow and arrow.
Retired United States Air Force combat pilot
Martha McSally is again running for Congress. The unsuccessful 2012
Republican nominee in Arizona's
2nd Congressional District announced Tuesday that she will seek her party's
nomination in 2014.
SAT scores came out Thursday, and the results were pretty bleak. The College Board, which sponsors the SAT, said that about 60 percent of college-bound high school kids who have taken the test this year are not ready for the next level of studies.
Arizonans are driving fewer miles these days, and technology
and ride-sharing programs are making it easier to get around without relying
on a car. A report released Tuesday
by the Arizona Public Interest Research Group Education Fund said Arizonans have reduced their driving by
more than 9 percent per person since 2006.
A Utah judge will have two dozen candidates to pick from as she names a board to redistribute property in a polygamous Arizona town. The judge is preparing to name five to seven people for a board that will oversee the redistribution of homes and property in Warren Jeffs' polygamous sect on the Utah-Arizona border.