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Swears Or Slurs — Which Offends Us More?
More than 40 years ago, comedian George Carlin made waves with a bit in which he read aloud, as he called them, the “seven dirty words” you can’t say on television. Several of those words are still on the do-not-say list. Yet, the fact that not all of them are is significant, according to Ben Bergen, professor of cognitive science at University of California San Diego.
Feb. 21, 2020
Arizona Exports Reach All-Time High
Arizona is exporting more than ever. New data show the state reaching a record high for exported goods in 2019 and ranking sixth nationwide for states growing export dollars. Arizona's export total grew to $24.7 billion in 2019, a record high for the state and an increase of 9.7% from last year.
Feb. 21, 2020
Robrt Pela: 8 Things No One Tells You About Being A Caregiver
Friday is National Caregivers Day. Writer Robrt Pela has been taking care of his mother, who has late-stage Alzheimer’s disease, for the past 15 years. In honor of her birthday, and National Caregivers Day, he's made a list called: "Things No One Tells You About Being a Caregiver."
Feb. 21, 2020
Arizona Gets Court Order Blocking Vaping Companys Products
Arizona's attorney general has obtained an injunction against a New Jersey-based vaping company he recently sued that bars the company from marketing or selling any of its products in the state. The injunction against Eonsmoke was announced by Attorney General Mark Brnovich on Thursday.
Feb. 21, 2020
Word S3 E2: NaHaiWriMo 2020 — Part 2
KJZZ's second annual Haiku Writing Contest is underway as we celebrate NaHaiWriMo (National Haiku Writing Month) on Word--a podcast about the literary arts in Arizona and the region.
Feb. 21, 2020
Arizona Leads The Nation In Auto Glass Insurance Claims
Arizonans made more than 590,000 auto glass insurance claims last year — that’s the most in the nation. Over the past four years, 10% of the nation’s auto glass claims came from Arizona. National Insurance Crime Bureau government affairs director Howard Handler says these numbers raise fraud concerns.
Feb. 21, 2020
Plan For Governor To Appoint Corporation Commissioners Advances
Members of the Arizona House Commerce Committee voted Thursday to let the governor directly appoint the state's five utility regulators on the Arizona Corporation Commission. Members of the commission are popularly elected, but those who are heavily funded by utilities could have a conflict of interest in trying to regulate those organizations.
Feb. 21, 2020
Phoenix One Of 8 Cities Designated By DEA As Meth Hub
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has designated Phoenix and seven other cities as methamphetamine transportation hubs. The Department of Justice says Operation Crystal Shield will focus on parts of the country where meth is trafficked and distributed.
Feb. 21, 2020
Former Prison Water Source Tested Positive For Petroleum
State and county agencies are still trying to determine the cause of water contamination at a state prison in southern Arizona, four months after the issue was first reported by KJZZ. In October 2019, after inmates in the Douglas prison complained of brown, foul smelling water, the Arizona Department of Corrections confirmed water at the prison had a “noticeable petroleum odor and taste.”
Feb. 21, 2020
A warming climate is already causing river flows in the southwest’s largest watershed to decline, according to a new study from federal scientists. And it finds that as warming continues it’s likely to get worse.
Feb. 21, 2020
Untold Arizona: The Baron of Arizona
James Addison Reavis devised a grand scheme to take claim nearly 12 million acres of land through the heart of Arizona by becoming the Baron of Arizona. His plan took advantage of the United States’ recognition of Spanish and Mexican land grants after the Mexican-American War and relied on his talent for forgery.
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Feb. 21, 2020
Cactus League Baseball Games Start Today In Surprise
The first game of the 2020 Cactus League is scheduled for Friday afternoon in Surprise, but there’s also an unofficial start to Arizona’s annual springtime love affair with baseball.
Feb. 20, 2020
Time Running Out For Some Abuse Survivors To File Claims
A law passed last year in Arizona expanded the statute of limitations for victims of child sexual abuse to file a civil lawsuit. The Arizona law allows victims of child sexual abuse to sue up to the age of 30. But it also created a window through the end of the year allowing victims older than 30 to make a civil claim against their abusers.
Feb. 20, 2020
When Will Costco At Christown Spectrum Mall Close?
After nearly 20 years, the Costco at Christown Spectrum Mall in central Phoenix will close. Employees are telling Costco members the warehouse near 19th Avenue and Bethany Home Road will close this September. That’s the same month Costco is expected to open a new store in Surprise where some employees will be transferred.
Feb. 20, 2020
Arizona Governor, GOP Lawmakers End Push For Sanctuary City Ban
Gov. Doug Ducey and Republican lawmakers have pulled a contentious proposal to enshrine a ban on so-called sanctuary cities in the state constitution. The decision announced late Thursday comes on the eve of a House hearing on the proposal the Republican governor asked lawmakers to send to voters.
Feb. 20, 2020
Arizona Coronavirus Patient Remains In Stable Condition
The person, who is under 60 and has ties to Arizona State University in Tempe, remained in stable condition Wednesday, according to Sonia Singh, of Maricopa County Public Health.
Feb. 20, 2020
Arizona Lawmakers Consider Doubling Tax On Gas
Several Republican legislators have ignored their party's mantra and are rolling ahead with a proposal to double Arizona's gas tax. The House Transportation Committee unanimously voted Wednesday for a measure that would raise the gas tax from 18 cents to 24 cents per gallon on July 1, and climb to 36 cents per gallon by 2023.
Feb. 20, 2020
Uber Piloting Phone Number For Older Adults In Arizona
Uber is piloting a new toll-free number that will let people who don’t have a smartphone book a ride. The goal is to make the ride-sharing app more user-friendly, specifically among older adults who might not have a smart phone.
Feb. 20, 2020
Kurt Warner, Luis Gonzalez Team Up To Raise Money For Treasure House
Former Arizona Diamondbacks star Luis Gonzalez will be honored with a tribute Saturday in Scottsdale during Kurt and Brenda Warner’s Third Annual Celebrity Game Night. The event raises money for Treasure House — a West Valley residence that caters to young adults who are unable to care for themselves.
Feb. 20, 2020
Peoria Tests Out Free Driverless Shuttle
Peoria is trying out an electric, autonomous shuttle to transport people around a shopping and dining district off the Loop 101 and south of Bell Road. The shuttle will run on a fixed path through a portion of the sprawling P83 Entertainment District, with stops at Harkins Theatres, Huntington University and the Hampton Inn.
Feb. 20, 2020

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