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How Outbreaks Can Give A Platform To Prejudice
As fear of the new coronavirus continues to spread, Chinese and other Asian Americans have been feeling the impact. The Phoenix Chinese Culture and Cuisine Festival celebrated the Chinese New Year over the weekend. Meng Ansley was one of the organizers, and she said news of the coronavirus did have an effect on this year’s festivities.
Feb. 10, 2020
Rep. Raul Grijalva: Border Wall Construction Doing Irreparable Damage
News broke late last week that the Trump administration is blasting through a national monument in pursuit of new wall construction. Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is a UNESCO International Biosphere Reserve and home to sacred burial sites to the Tohono O’odham people.
Feb. 10, 2020
Page Turner: All The Stars And Teeth
Whether you prefer your books in hardcover, paperback or on a tablet screen, there are thousands and thousands of choices. Our Page Turner series asks Valley bookstores for their recommendations, and this morning’s selection comes from Brandi Stewart, children’s book buyer at Changing Hands. The book is "All the Stars and Teeth" by Adalyn Grace, who graduated from ASU.
Feb. 10, 2020
Phoenix Plans Cool Housing Development In Hot Neighborhood
Phoenix is aiming to redevelop one of its worst nighttime heat islands into a "heat-resilient, affordable" neighborhood. The plan is to build different kinds of housing on what is now an empty lot at 19th and Garfield streets, renovate a park across the street and work on other nearby housing.
Feb. 10, 2020
Research: Closing Coal Power Plants Benefits People, Crops
Last year's coal-fired power plant closures include the Navajo Generating Station in northeastern Arizona. New data from the University of California San Diego shows benefits to both human health and agriculture in the areas around those shuttered plants.
Feb. 10, 2020
New Designation Gives Border Patrol More Secrecy
Earlier this month, the Nation broke a story that shows immigration authorities will have increased secrecy from the public. The Trump administration designated Customs and Border Protection as a “Security Agency,” according to an internal memo the Nation obtained.
Feb. 10, 2020
The Takeaway: Will Radical Resistance Movements Reach The U.S.?
In April 2019, people in Sudan took to the streets, leading a movement that deposed a dictator who had ruled for 30 years. In October, what began as a protest against subway fare hikes, led to a nationwide movement in Chile that continues to this day. But in the U.S., social movements have looked a little bit different.
Feb. 10, 2020
More Counties OK Sanctuary Resolutions On Gun Rights
Two more rural Arizona counties have declared themselves to be “Second Amendment sanctuary counties,” taking stances in favor of gun rights even as some supporters of the measures acknowledge they'll have no or little real legal effect.
Feb. 10, 2020
Disability-Related Bills Stemming From Hacienda To Get Hearings
Last December, two Arizona lawmakers issued a handful of recommendations aimed at keeping people with disabilities and senior citizens safe from abuse. Since then, legislation has been drafted and some of those measures, will be getting a hearing this week.
Feb. 10, 2020
AAA Study: Buyers Hesitation For Driving Electric Is Charging Convenience
A new study by the American Automobile Association has found that fear of running out of power and not finding a charging station are the two biggest misgivings car buyers have about investing in electric vehicles.
Feb. 10, 2020
Arizona Storytellers: Niki Cuccinotto
Niki Cuccinotto says her large, loud Italian family has always been Cubs fans. From a very young age, Niki remembers seeing her Grandpa Joe in a crisp blue Cubs jersey while the whole family cooked on the grill during the game. He was a thin man confined to a wheelchair who couldn't speak, and Niki says it's because Grandpa Joe had Huntington's disease.
Feb. 10, 2020
2020 New Hampshire Primary Results And Analysis
Follow NPR's coverage of the 2020 New Hampshire Primary, including results and analysis.
Feb. 10, 2020
Bacanora Gains Protected Status In European Union
A regional liquor produced in neighboring Sonora, Mexico is being recognized in the European Union as a unique regional product. That could increase the spirit’s value on the international market.
Feb. 10, 2020
Phoenix Company Promotes Prison To Workforce Pipeline
A Phoenix company says it's tackling the talent shortage, turning a profit and saving taxpayers money. When Michelle Cirocco took the stage at the Arizona Good Business Summit last month, she shared how a felony conviction sent her to state prison for seven years.
Feb. 10, 2020
Business Leaders, Nonprofits Find Takeaways From Cultural Competence Training
Accusations that a white author stole from Mexican culture to write a novel about immigration led to the publisher canceling a book tour. As the controversy spread a group of local business owners and nonprofit leaders went to cultural competence training at the Arizona Good Business Summit.
Feb. 10, 2020
Freestanding Emergency Departments Might Drive Up Medical Costs
Unlike urgent cares, freestanding emergency departments (FrEDs) are equipped to treat life-threatening conditions. Proponents have hailed FrEDs as faster, more convenient alternatives to crowded hospital emergency departments, but a new study suggests they might in fact drive up costs.
Feb. 10, 2020
Ancient Skeleton In Mexico Could Mean More Than One Group Populated Prehistoric Americas
In recent years, tools, bones and other remains have challenged the dominant theory of how and when humans first populated the Americas. Now, a new skeleton from a cave in Mexico further complicates the prevailing story.
Feb. 10, 2020
Book Sale Raises Hundreds Of Thousands For Charities
For more than 60 years, the Arizona State Fairgrounds have become the temporary home to a different kind of fair: one that favors books over rides. Last year, close to 15,000 people purchased 500,000 books and raised more than $340,000 for charity.
Feb. 9, 2020
Heres What Happened This Week In Arizona History
This week in 1912, President William Howard Taft signed the Statehood Bill making Arizona the 48th state of the United States. Here's a collection of more interesting — and sometimes unusual — events that happened this week in Arizona history.
Feb. 9, 2020
Volunteer Election Monitors Preparing For Contentious Elections
The past four election years in Maricopa County have seen widespread problems at polling stations. In 2016, some voters had to wait upwards of five hours to mark their ballots — others faced intimidation from groups trying to suppress their votes. A group of volunteer election monitors is trying to stop that.
Feb. 9, 2020

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