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National Geographic Photographer Tracks Down Black Panther
Photographer and cinematographer Shannon Wild spent 18 months in southern India to produce a documentary about the black panther. It was the only one in a 250-square-mile range of forest.
Jan. 22, 2020
The Takeaway: Mexican Officials Attempt to Stop Migrant Caravan, Indicative of U.S. Pressure on Mexico
As more than 4,000 Central American migrants and asylum seekers attempted to cross into Mexico on their northbound journey to the United States, they were met by force from Mexican security forces. The Mexican National Guard deployed teargas, attempting to prevent the group from entering Mexico.
Jan. 22, 2020
What A $1 Billion Budget Surplus Means For Arizona
The legislative agency that tracks state revenues and spending came out with a very optimistic forecast. Arizona is on track to have a budget surplus of $1 billion come July.
Jan. 22, 2020
Groups, Democratic Lawmakers Host Reframing Justice Day
Democratic state representatives introduced a slate of criminal justice reform legislation at the Capitol on Tuesday. Despite Republicans still controlling the chamber, Rep. Kirsten Engel is one of several House democrats proposing ambitious criminal justice reform legislation. One of the advocates for criminal justice reform, Matthew Charles, is one of the first people released from prison due to the First Step Act.
Jan. 22, 2020
Banner Healths Paired Kidney Exchange Program Changing Lives
In Arizona, more than 1,800 people were waiting for a kidney transplant last year. It’s a wait that can be many years long. And, even for people who think they’ve found a living donor, they often find they’re not a match. So Banner Health is doing something to help everyone involved.
Jan. 22, 2020
Southern Ocean Has Climate Change Clues For Arizona
New research from the Southern Ocean has some important news about climate change for Arizona. Scientists say their ability to do more work in that area will likely mean better climate change models for other parts of the globe, including the Sonoran Desert. Joellen Russell, an oceanographer and climate scientist at the University of Arizona, is one of the researchers working on this.
Jan. 22, 2020
Ex-ASU Coach Todd Graham Hired By University Of Hawaii
Hawaii hired former Arizona State University coach Todd Graham on Tuesday to lead the Rainbow Warriors. Graham replaces Nick Rolovich, who left Hawaii after four seasons to become Washington State head coach.
Jan. 22, 2020
Scientists Explain How Stress Can Turn Hair Gray
From Marie Antoinette to late Arizona Sen. John McCain, history and folklore teem with tales of trauma turning hair gray. Now, Harvard scientists have discovered how stress can suddenly sap hair of its color.
Jan. 22, 2020
Groups Suing Over Law Dictating How Candidates Appear On Ballot
Democrats are challenging the way candidates are listed on the Arizona ballot. Under state law, 2020 Republicans will be listed ahead of Democrats in 11 of the state’s 15 counties.
Jan. 22, 2020
Larry Fitzgerald Buys Minority Stake In Phoenix Suns
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has purchased a minority stake in the NBA's Phoenix Suns, joining an ownership group that also includes the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury.
Jan. 22, 2020
New Arizona Bill Targets Viral Wannabes Who Tamper With Food
You might have seen a viral video last year that showed a Texas shopper licking a carton of ice cream and putting it back on a store shelf. Now an Arizona lawmaker wants to make that illegal. Republican Rep. T.J. Shope of Coolidge says his bill would protect consumers.
Jan. 22, 2020
Lawmakers Advance Bill To Fund Tonto Creek Bridge
Rather than wait for the federal government to cough up the funds, some Arizona lawmakers voted Tuesday to spend state dollars on a bridge over Tonto Creek.
Jan. 22, 2020
House Panel Approves Faster Vote Counting Process
The House Elections Committee voted unanimously to support a bill that will allow Maricopa County officials to resolve ballot issues digitally. Ballots often need correcting when minor errors, like a smudge, make it impossible for machines to count the vote. Sponsored by Rep. Kelly Townsend (R-Mesa), the bill clarifies those corrections can be made digitally.
Jan. 22, 2020
MCCCD Governing Board Names Interim Chancellor
The Maricopa County Community College District Governing Board has named Dr. Steven Gonzales as the interim chancellor of the Maricopa Community Colleges. Gonzales is currently president of GateWay Community College and will assume the role of interim chancellor on Jan. 25, 2020.
Jan. 21, 2020
2019 Was Mexico’s Most Violent; Murders Up In Sonora
Mexico had a record-setting number of murders last year. And Sonora, the Mexican state to Arizona’s south, saw a particularly grisly jump in homicide. The murder figure rose just 2.5% nationally but nearly 60% in Sonora since 2018.
Jan. 21, 2020
Dairy Industry To Convene In Phoenix As Milk Consumption Plummets
The dairy industry’s nationwide conference is coming to Arizona next week, at a time when Americans are dropping dairy. Since 2000, U.S. milk consumption has dropped 25% and the decline is hurting major milk producers.
Jan. 21, 2020
ASU Report: Climate Restoration Will Net Trillions
Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Global Management has released a report projecting multi-trillion-dollar opportunities and benefits they say could accrue from climate restoration efforts.
Jan. 21, 2020
Chris Herstam: Spending Proves AZ Is A Purple State
Any election year brings spending by the tens of millions of dollars, and a presidential cycle increases that exponentially. And the estimated numbers for the spending we can expect in Arizona this year are remarkable and stunning.
Jan. 21, 2020
Why Geriatrics Isnt Attracting Enough Young Doctors
The U.S. continues to see a growing population of older adults and that means there’s an increased need for senior-specific health care providers. But just as we’ve seen a general physician shortage, that also applies to the field of geriatrics — which could mean that more seniors are lacking the type of perspective they need from their doctors.
Jan. 21, 2020
Renting A Home Is Cheaper Than Buying In Phoenix
ATTOM Data Solutions compared buying a median-priced three bedroom house vs. renting a three bedroom property, and found in 53% of the more than 850 counties they looked at, buying was the cheaper option. Maricopa County was in the minority, though, where renting was more cost-effective.
Jan. 21, 2020

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