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Photo Sparks Increased Concern Over Fishing In Vaquita Refuge
Fishermen in the uppermost part of Mexico’s Sea of Cortez returned to a protected area for the world’s most endangered marine mammal. Now, a rare photograph of the small porpoise spotted just feet from a fishing boat is sparking concern among scientists and activists.
Oct. 24, 2019
Decade-Long Global Project To Sequence Plant Genes Bears Fruit
Over the past decade, scientists, students and a supercomputer at the University of Arizona have contributed to a massive global project to gene-sequence 1,000 plants. Now the venture has published its findings.
Oct. 24, 2019
Kansas Transfers 120 Inmates To Private Arizona Prison
Facing a rising prison population, Kansas has transferred 120 inmates inmates to a private prison in southern Arizona. The Kansas Department of Corrections said private prison operator Core Civic recently flew the medium- and maximum-custody inmates to its Saguaro facility in Eloy.
Oct. 24, 2019
Newly Naturalized Citizens Could Help Swing 2020 Election
In fiscal year 2018 alone, more than 750,000 foreign born citizens were naturalized, earning the full legal rights afforded to natural born citizens. As that trend continues, those numbers could spell trouble for President Trump.
Oct. 24, 2019
Mesa Court Works To Break Homeless Out Of Cycle
Low-level crimes can be more than an inconvenience for both the system and the person in trouble. If that person is living on the streets or experiencing extreme poverty, a minor infraction can mean a quick descent into the criminal justice system that is hard to recover from.
Oct. 24, 2019
Sounds Of The City: Building Wheelchair Vans
Listen to Brian Crowe overseeing the production of wheelchair accessible vans at the VMI factory in Phoenix. If you have suggestions or hear things that make Phoenix, Phoenix, send us a note at [email protected]
Oct. 24, 2019
Sonoran Arcana: The Wine Selection
And now it's time for the next edition of Sonoran Arcana, our monthly dive into the margins of Arizona food. The Arizona wine industry has grown exponentially in the last decade or so, and there are several regions of the state where you can’t turn a corner without running into a vineyard.
Oct. 24, 2019
ASU-Led Project Looks For New Uses For Solar Power
A new project led by ASU is looking to increase the use, and the kinds of uses, of solar power. ASU is working with MIT and schools in Ireland on the multi-year project, which focuses on manufacturing, materials and other aspects of photovoltaic devices.
Oct. 24, 2019
Extra Funding Unclear For ESA Program
The Arizona Department of Education says it doesn’t have enough money to administer the Empowerment Scholarship Account program — and many lawmakers appear to agree. That, however, doesn’t necessarily mean the agency will get extra cash next year.
Oct. 24, 2019
500,000 Temp Workers Needed For 2020 Census Count
The 2020 Census starts January, launching a massive effort to count the country’s population that determines federal funding levels and states’ seats in Congress. But to do that accurately, census officials will have to employ about half a million temporary workers nationwide. The U.S. Census Bureau officially launched its Phoenix office Tuesday to prepare.
Oct. 24, 2019
Fired AZ Senate Staffer Is Negotiating Return
By this time next week, Talonya Adams should know whether she’ll go back to work at the Arizona Senate, and under what terms. Adams was a Democratic staffer there until 2015, when she was fired.
Oct. 24, 2019
Using Buildings To Create Cleaner Economy
How can the buildings where we live and work contribute to a “cleaner” economy? A conference that focused on connecting companies and cities around this idea wrapped up Thursday in California.
Oct. 24, 2019
New Arizona PBS Show Showcases Unseen Artists
The arts community in the Valley has undergone dramatic change in recent years. A program making its debut Thursday night on Arizona PBS Channel 8 aims to introduce its viewers to relatively unknown artists from unseen art communities.
Oct. 24, 2019
AZ Republicans Storm Closed-Door Impeachment Hearing
On Wednesday, dozens of Republican members of Congress stormed the closed-door proceedings of the House impeachment inquiry at the U.S. Capitol. The standoff caused what some witnesses said was a five-hour delay before Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper could bring her testimony behind closed doors.
Oct. 24, 2019
Santa Delivers 80-Foot Tall Christmas Tree To Arizona Mall
There’s exactly one week until Halloween and, in a couple months, it’ll be Christmas time — but you might not even need to wait that long. On Thursday morning, Santa delivered an 80-foot tall Christmas tree to the Outlets at Anthem.
Oct. 24, 2019
Mesa Reanimates Cemetery Tours Ahead Of Halloween
On Saturday, the Mesa Historical Museum is reviving its Mesa Cemetery Tour. The exclusive tour will wind around the cemetery’s more famous residents like Mesa settler, Daniel Webster Jones and Ernesto Miranda, whose legal case led to the establishment of the so-called “Miranda Rights.”
Oct. 24, 2019
Record Number Of California Condor Chicks Found In Southwest This Year
A record number of wild California Condor chicks have been documented in the Southwest this year. One of the formerly endangered birds hatched near the Grand Canyon earlier this month.
Oct. 24, 2019
School Voucher Program Struggles Due To Lack Of Funds
Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman said she needs more funding to carry out Arizona’s school voucher program. Parents have complained about slow responses, and missed deadlines to enroll their children.
Oct. 24, 2019
The Takeaway: Some Parents Are Saying
Many parents and teachers think homework needs to be reduced, or even eliminated, for elementary school children.
Oct. 24, 2019
Court Removes $100K Cap For AZ Car Crash Victims
The State Court of Appeals voided a law first enacted in 2006 limiting the amount victims may collect in restitution at $10,000. Last year, state lawmakers increased that amount to $100,000, but the court unanimously ruled that the cap, no matter how high, is unconstitutional.
Oct. 24, 2019

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