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Army National Guard
Chair of the Armed Services Committee, U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona, joined the chorus of voices this week expressing concern about the nomination of Mark Green for Army secretary. Green’s nomination has been controversial because of comments he’s made about the LGBT community, including calling transgender a “disease.”
May. 4, 2017
Kyrsten Sinema
We start today’s program by looking into a much-anticipated political battle that’s not going to happen. Arizona’s 9th District Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, one of the state’s acknowledged Democratic superstars, has decided not to challenge Sen. Jeff Flake next year when he’s up for re-election.
May. 4, 2017
paint horse
Listen to the sounds of Stacy Campo training horses at Turf Paradise Race Course in North Phoenix.
May. 4, 2017
Arizona DOT
The Arizona Department of Transportation will close a section of Interstate-10 starting Thursday night.
May. 4, 2017
ASU sign
Healthy forest initiatives, a cure for Valley Fever and minimizing war casualties with drone technology. These are all arguments Arizona’s three state universities are hoping will convince legislators to approve $1 billion in bonds as part of this year’s proposed budget.
May. 4, 2017
Planned Parenthood logo
Republican legislative leaders are using a provision buried in the state budget in an attempt to defund Planned Parenthood.
May. 4, 2017
ELL Teachers
Arizona schools serve will about 67,000 students considered English Language Learners this year. And how these kids learn a new language, as well as their grade-level curriculum, has been the subject of debate for decades.
May. 4, 2017
Red Cross cots
For more than a year, the city of Phoenix has been preparing for the worst, and it's focusing specifically on people with disabilities. The city is putting its plan to the test.
May. 4, 2017
Grand Canyon National Park North Rim
Grand Canyon National Park officials say the North Rim will be opening later this month. The North Rim will open as scheduled on May 15, but some services will be limited. Officials say trucks are hauling water to fill storage tanks while repairs are underway to a water supply pipeline that was damaged by rockslides over the winter.
May. 4, 2017
Border wall
Most of the nation’s 11 million unauthorized immigrants are concentrated among 20 major metro areas, including Phoenix. Jeff Passel, senior demographer with the Pew Research Center, says Phoenix is home to over half of Arizona’s undocumented population, which defies the population trend seen elsewhere.
May. 4, 2017
NHA home
The Navajo president has called for the removal of the Navajo Housing Authority leadership. He said in a letter to the NHA board they’ve mismanaged funds and failed to provide sufficient homes for a tribe living in mostly overcrowded and impoverished conditions.
May. 3, 2017
perscription drugs
Arizona will soon have a better idea of what’s causing people to die from drug overdoses. This week, Gov. Doug Ducey signed a new law that requires each fatality to be investigated.
May. 3, 2017
Napkins
Is it possible that some paper products may be too nice looking to actually use? New research suggests we’re less likely to actually use these tissues, napkins, paper towels and other products if they’re aesthetically pleasing, than if they were just plain, white ones.
May. 3, 2017
Spam
Cinco de Mayo will be celebrated later this week, and Memorial Day will be commemorated later this month. But a lesser-known holiday is being marked on Wednesday—International Spam Day. The so-called Father of E-Spam is a Valley resident. His name is Gary Thuerk, and we talked with him.
May. 3, 2017
Planned Parenthood logo
For more than thirty years, Title X funding — federal dollars set aside for services like birth control, breast cancer screening, STD testing — has gone to the Arizona Family Health Partnership. The Arizona Family Health Partnership then distributes the $4.5 million grant to providers around the state. Close to half of the money goes to Planned Parenthood. Republican state lawmakers want to change that.
May. 3, 2017
U.S. Supreme Court
California’s 2012 ban on licensed therapists trying to convert young people from gay to straight was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court this week. Supporters had said their religious beliefs were being restricted. Conversion therapy is a method that is still found in some areas of the country, but its validity is questioned by many observers.
May. 3, 2017
Screenshot of Peer Cities tool
The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago crunched some numbers from the Census Bureau and compiled a map of 300 cities, looking at which are peer cities in four categories: racial and socioeconomic composition, economic change and labor market conditions, demographic and economic future and housing.
May. 3, 2017
Student loan debt
It’s commencement season, which means lots of college students will soon be looking to enter the workforce, and lots of students are going to have to start paying back their college loans.
May. 3, 2017
graduation
Here’s the good news: in the last five years, high school graduation rates have increased in almost every state. But in some areas, there’s a long way to go. Rates remain especially low for certain subgroups of students, like those with disabilities or those learning English as a second language.
May. 3, 2017
Athena Salman
Humanism is a philosophy of life that is decidedly non-theistic. They believe in the responsibility to lead ethical lives, but they don’t believe in any kind of higher power. There’s actually a Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix that brings together humanists, atheists, agnostics and non-theists of all kinds.
May. 3, 2017

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