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Phoenix To Reopen Mexican Trade Offices, Create Global Strategy
Phoenix recently closed the city’s trade offices in Mexico City and Hermosillo, Sonora. Rather than continue longer-term contracts with Phoenix-based firms that hosted dignitaries and trade missions, the council directed staff to solicit companies with a presence in Mexico and a focus on smaller businesses.
Dec. 24, 2019
Sentencing Reform Advocates Planning Potential 2020 Ballot Measure
A prison reform organization wants voters to allow judges to impose lower prison terms for non-dangerous offenses. The proposal would end the practice of stacking charges by some prosecutors, allowing someone to be sentenced as a repeat offender even if they have no prior convictions.
Dec. 24, 2019
Itll Be A White — And Rainy — Christmas In Arizona This Year
It will be a white Christmas at higher elevations in Arizona — and a wet one everywhere else. Meteorologist Matt Pace, who tracks weather for the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, joined The Show to talk about the rare holiday weather.
Dec. 24, 2019
Phoenix Embracing Some New Parks Trends
The city of Phoenix manages more than 45,000 acres of parks and mountain preserves.The Parks and Recreation Department is responsible for everything from repairing trails and replacing playground equipment to maintaining sports fields and adding new facilities.
Dec. 24, 2019
Author Examines History, Humanity Of Frank Lloyd Wright
Frank Lloyd Wright is arguably the most famous architect in American history. But Wright’s long life was also full of tragedies and resets. Best-selling author Paul Hendrickson examines Wright’s history and tries to dig deeply enough to learn more about his humanity and some of what may — or may not — have been tall tales.
Dec. 24, 2019
Why Free Shipping Isnt Really Free
But that free shipping isn’t so free — and the online retailers that offer it are playing marketing games to get us to spend more. These free shipping practices are having a deleterious effect on smaller retail sites and independent artisans selling products on the internet. That’s what Amanda Mull has written about in the Atlantic.
Dec. 24, 2019
Giving The Gift Of Secondhand Items Becoming More Acceptable
A survey of 1,500 hundred consumers by the consulting firm Accenture PLC found almost half would consider giving secondhand clothing as gifts. And 56% said they would be happy to receive a pre-owned gift. Courtney Nelson with Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona joined The Show to talk about it.
Dec. 24, 2019
New Policy Could Cost Thousands Of Arizonans Food Stamp Benefits
A change in the rules governing the country’s food stamp program could cause 700,000 Americans to lose their benefits. That number is expected to be in the thousands in Arizona. Angie Rodgers, president and CEO of the Arizona Food Bank Network, joined The Show to talk about the possible impact of this new rule.
Dec. 24, 2019
ASU Students Reimagine Toys For Kids With Disabilities
Here’s a holiday story to warm your heart. Students from Arizona State University teamed up with some high school students to help kids with physical disabilities celebrate the holiday. Together the students worked on making interactive toys more accessible for those kids who might have trouble operating them.
Dec. 24, 2019
The Pulse: The Future of Trees
California forest fires seem to get bigger and more destructive every year. But climate change isn’t the only culprit — 150 years of bad forest management have changed the very structure of the wildlands, and not for the better. According to scientists, what they actually need is more fire and maybe a little help from some forest-loving lumberjacks. Daniel Merino reports.
Dec. 24, 2019
Phoenix LGBTQ Youth Center Holds Queermas On Christmas
For some LGBTQ youth, the holidays can be a tough time of year. They could be disconnected from family or experiencing homelessness. But one Phoenix organization is making sure everyone they serve gets their Christmas wish.
Dec. 24, 2019
Area Agency On Aging Purchases Phoenix Building To Save Justa Center
The Area Agency on Aging has purchased a building that houses a partner group catering to homeless seniors to ensure the center remained open. The Justa Center in downtown Phoenix provides critical services for homeless seniors. But it was at risk of closing, due to financial problems.
Dec. 24, 2019
Advocate: Marshallese Women Have Given Birth, Left AZ
Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen is accused of running an illegal adoption scam. The founder of a Arizona advocacy group helping Pacific Islanders says the pregnant Marshallese women police found when they arrested Petersen have all given birth to healthy babies and left Arizona.
Dec. 24, 2019
Tales From Cryptsmas: Exploring The Scary Stories Of Christmas
Halloween is likely a distant memory as you amble around crossing off those final items on your holiday gift list. But even though yuletide decorations abound and the sound of Santa’s sleigh is heavily anticipated, the history of telling ghost stories during the Christmas season is a tradition many also celebrate.
Dec. 24, 2019
Spending Bill Includes $152.4 Million For San Luis Port Of Entry
The federal spending package signed Friday includes millions of dollars for infrastructure improvements at Arizona’s second-busiest port of entry at the U.S.-Mexico border. Modernization of the port has been years in the making.
Dec. 23, 2019
Watchdog: No Misconduct In Deaths Of 2 Migrant Children
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's internal watchdog says it found no evidence of misconduct or wrongdoing by immigration officials in the deaths of two migrant children last December. Both children died of bacterial infection during a time when a high number of asylum seekers were crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.
Dec. 23, 2019
Flagstaff Hungry Increase During Holidays
During the holidays, soup kitchens see an increase in the number of people in need, along with the number of volunteers. The Flagstaff Family Food Center serves as many as 1,500 people a day. And that number jumps 25% to 35% this time of year.
Dec. 23, 2019
Q&AZ: How Did Tonto National Forest Get Its Name?
Through our Q&AZ reporting project, a listener asked how the Tonto National Forest got its name. In short, it’s because the Tonto Basin lies at the forest’s core. But, that still leaves the question: Where did Tonto come from?
Dec. 23, 2019
Mary Jo West Reflects On Her Time On TV And On Stage
Mary Jo West is name you might know — especially if you’ve been in the Phoenix area for a while. She has been called the “First Lady of TV News” here. But, even as she worked to gain respect as an anchorwoman, West couldn’t help but give in to another love of her life: the theater.
Dec. 23, 2019
Boas: Push To Legalize Pot Wont Be A Big Factor In U.S. Senate Race
A recent poll by Valley-based OH Insights shows that Mark Kelly — expected to be the Democratic U.S. Senate nominee — leads Sen. Martha McSally by about three points. But what intrigued Abe Kwok of the Republic in his latest column was the possible connection between Kelly voters and this cycle’s push to legalize recreational marijuana.
Dec. 23, 2019

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