Because of more than $100 million dollars in budget cuts to K-12 public schools across Arizona, many districts are facing tough decisions and the Peoria Unified School District is one of them. The district was considering going to a four day school week, but may be looking at other options.
Friday kicks off the 11th Modern Phoenix Week, a celebration of all things mid-century modern in the Valley. It includes tours, talks and presumably a lot of discussion of the last season of “Mad Men.”
This month the Navajo Nation started taxing junk food and soda. No other tribe and only one city has successfully passed such a law. Navajo leaders are trying to trim obesity rates that are almost three times the national average. But half of the tribe is unemployed and say they can’t afford more expensive food.
The Arizona Auditor General released the findings of its audit this week of the Arizona Medical Board, saying progress has been made to improve doctor licensing procedures but there’s still more work to do.
A debate is brewing over whether facilities that house unaccompanied migrant girls must provide them with access to emergency contraception or abortion. A major Catholic organization refuses to facilitate that access, including in cases of rape.
A conservation group has named the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon as the most endangered river in the United States. The ranking is based on two large-scale development projects as well as the potential for future uranium mining.
The question of faith and medicine is complicated for all physicians; yet this question seems to be increasingly common during my clinic and hospital visits. Like most American doctors, I’ve been trained to separate faith and science at the exclusion of faith.