International events over the last few days have continued to surprise politicians and pundits alike. For more on this and other world events coming up this week, we’re joined now by our colleague at the BBC, Rob Hugh Jones.
So far, just two months into the fire season, 800 wildfires have burned across our state and crews are working almost 30 as of today. For comparison, 294 fires burned in the first quarter of 2016. So how is the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management dealing with the demanding conditions?
When there’s not enough of a product to meet our demand for it in the produce aisle, prices go up. That’s what’s happening right now with lettuce in Arizona. Yuma and Maricopa County grow approximately 90 percent of the winter lettuce crop for the U.S., but a voracious disease is threatening the crop — and driving up prices.
U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona has faced a lot of criticism for how he handled his opportunity to question former FBI Director James Comey last week. In its Viewpoints section, The Arizona Republic’s Editorial Board took on the issue. To learn more, we spoke with Editorial Department Director Phil Boas.
The annual KidsCount Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows Arizona with some areas of improvement, but overall conditions for kids here are still 46th in the country. To talk about the latest numbers, we spoke with Dana Naimark, president of Children’s Action Alliance.
The Arizona Department of Economic Security — or DES — has more than 7,000 employees who handle the state’s clients in categories as broad as unemployment, child care and adult protective services. Earlier this month, DES got a new director. His name is Michael Trailor.
They will be the first crew to sail in a ship named for a living woman in more than a 100 years. “This is an incredible honor," Giffords told the crowd. "The USS Gabrielle Giffords is strong and tough just like her crew."