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Teen Childbirth Rates In Arizona Drop To Historic Lows
New figures from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention show teen birth rates in Arizona and around the country have dropped to historic lows. They’re down nearly 40 percent since 2001 in Arizona, but still among the highest in the United States.
Sept. 26, 2013
Arizona Corrections Health System Broken, Says Former Service Provider
The company that once provided health care services for Arizona’s 33,000 inmates told state officials the corrections health system “is broken and does not provide a constitutional level of care.” That information came from records unsealed by a federal court on Tuesday.
Sept. 26, 2013
Failed Beauty Shop Inspections Risk Public Health
A new report says lax inspection procedures by the state Cosmetology Board put public health at risk. The Auditor General says a review of 54 beauty shops licensed over a 6-year period found 22 of them had still not been inspected.
Sept. 26, 2013
State’s Forecast Shows Cooler Temperatures Across Arizona
Yesterday was the first day of fall, and the state’s forecast is reflecting that. There is a freeze warning in Flagstaff until 8 a.m. Monday, and the temperature there got down to 32 degrees Monday morning.
Sept. 26, 2013
JPMorgan Chase To Lay Off More Mortgage Workers In Phoenix Area
Arizona’s mortgage industry is suffering more job losses. JPMorgan Chase said it will lay off an additional 500 employees at its refinancing division in the Phoenix area. Chase spokesperson Suzanne Ryan said the company has sent out pink slips to a total of 720 mortgage processors since August.
Sept. 26, 2013
St. Patricks Day DUIs decrease from 2012
The Governor's Office of Highway Safety says DUI numbers for the St. Patrick's Day holiday were down from last year with 273 people arrested, compared to 289, a year ago. Office Director Alberto Gutier says the numbers show the effort to combat drunk driving, is working.
Sept. 20, 2013
Former Suns and Diamondbacks owner says the combination of sports and business in Phoenix is working
Jerry Colangelo brought the Phoenix Suns and Arizona Diamondbacks to the Valley and continues to be influential in the worlds of sports and business.Colangelo explains how Grand Canyon University's leap into Division One athletics--and the hiring of former NBA star Dan Majerle as its head men's basketball coach--will be a plus for the Valley sports scene.
Sept. 20, 2013
Report: One out of six Arizona teens use tobacco products
New research from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids finds it's getting tougher to keep kids away from tobacco, and the Centers for Disease Control say more than one in six Arizona teens either smokes or chews tobacco products.
Sept. 20, 2013
Tucson mail to be directed through Phoenix sooner
Mail heading for Tucson will be processed in Phoenix starting this year.  The U.S. Postal Service originally planned on the change next year, but moved up the date, as part of a its plan to save money.
Sept. 20, 2013
Scientists to temporarily lose contact with Mars rover Curiosity
NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity will be on its own for a little while starting next week. Jim Bell, a professor for Arizona State University's School of Earth and Space Exploration, told us why and what it will be doing in the interim.
Sept. 20, 2013
Longer, hotter days means ozone season is here
April marks the start of Ozone Season in the Valley, which runs through September -- a longer-than-average season for higher levels of ozone pollution. Ozone is produced when heat and sunlight interact with vehicle emissions and other chemicals in the air, so the long, hot days of summer are prime conditions for producing elevated ozone levels.
Sept. 20, 2013
Louis Taylor looks ahead
One day after his release, Louis Taylor says he’s trying to adjust to his freedom. Taylor was released from prison on Tuesday, after serving 40 years behind bars. Louis Taylor breaks down as he talks about when he was convicted in 1973 of setting the Pioneer Hotel fire and responsible for the deaths of 29 people who died in the blaze.
Sept. 20, 2013
Defense Department to give $250 million to Tucson?s Raytheon for new missiles
Tucson-based defense contractor Raytheon Missile Systems was awarded more than $250 million in two Defense Department contracts Friday, which fulfill commitments from the Army and the US Missile Defense Agency.
Sept. 20, 2013
Whole Foods to require GMO labels on foods
A grocery chain with outlets in Arizona says it will start requiring the labeling of genetically modified foods in its stores. Whole Foods is the first major retailer in the country to announce the change, but it won’t take effect until 2018.
Sept. 20, 2013
Attorney General opposes polygamists in northern Arizona, civil unions in southern Arizona
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne is planning to file a lawsuit challenging the city of Bisbee's new civil union ordinance. He's also continuing efforts to challenge marshals in the polygamous community of Colorado City.
Sept. 20, 2013
StoryCorps Phoenix: Amy Donohue and James Pietragallo
We are pleased to share the voices and conversations of our community from StoryCorps Phoenix. StoryCorps Phoenix is the project that records the stories of everyday people and archives them at the Library of Congress.
Sept. 20, 2013

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