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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
Dr. Joseph Sirven: Artificial Intelligence And Malpractice
As artificial intelligence continues to permeate significant areas of our lives and businesses, it’s time to consider to what extent that’s happening to physicians and other medical professionals. Medical commentator Dr. Joseph Sirven of the Mayo Clinic talked about where he stands on the issue.
Dec. 23, 2019
White Christmas May Have Been Written In Phoenix
Did you know that the song “White Christmas” was born right here in Arizona? At least that’s the story. To help separate fact and from fiction about the classic holiday song by Irving Berlin, Jason Woodbury of Zia Records joined The Show.
Dec. 23, 2019
Some California Tesla Drivers Saw Holiday Charging Bottleneck
If you’re hitting the road for the holidays, and have an electric vehicle, you may not love the story about the bottlenecks at California charging stations over the Thanksgiving weekend. Jim Stack, president of the Phoenix Chapter of the Electric Auto Association, doubts that’ll be a problem here.
Dec. 23, 2019
BBC Look-Ahead: Hong Kong Protests To Continue — In Shopping Malls
Protests in Hong Kong that’ve been going on for months are not expected to stop this week. That’s one of the top international stories of the coming days. The BBC’s Rob Hugh-Jones joined The Show to talk about what's happening around the world.
Dec. 23, 2019
Excused Mental Health Days Could Be Good For Arizona Students
Two states — Utah and Oregon — have passed laws giving students the opportunity to relieve some of that pressure by taking “mental health days” off. To learn more about the idea — and whether it could make sense in Arizona — The Show spoke with Amber Gould, a high school teacher in Glendale, and Dean Aslinia, president-elect of the Arizona Counseling Association.
Dec. 23, 2019
Report: ADEQ Faces Among Deepest Budget, Staffing Cuts In Country
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has seen some of the deepest budget and staffing cuts of any state environmental agency in the country. That’s according to a new analysis from a group called the Environmental Integrity Project.
Dec. 23, 2019
Bill To Reduce Prescription Drug Prices Will Benefit Seniors
Earlier this month, while we were all focused on impeachment proceedings in Washington, D.C., House Democrats passed another major piece of legislation: a sweeping bill aimed at reducing prescription drug prices. Steve Jennings is with the AARP Arizona says it will make a big difference for seniors.
Dec. 23, 2019
Public Health Officials Concerned About Rising Flu, Mumps Cases
Dr. Rebecca Sunenshine, medical director for Disease Control at Maricopa County Department of Public Health, joined The Show to discuss the public health threat flu and mumps pose.
Dec. 23, 2019
Heres What To Expect During Arizonas 2020 Legislative Session
Next year’s Arizona legislative battles are taking shape ahead of the start of the 2020 session. Lawmakers have already filed more than 100 proposed bills, and many more are coming.
Dec. 23, 2019
The Takeaway: 1 Year After The First Step Act
Dec. 21, 2019, marked a year since the initiation of the First Step Act. The groundbreaking bipartisan law authorized the early release of federal prisoners who have worked through reforms and are considered low-risk.
Dec. 23, 2019

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