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Coal Industry On Navajo Nation Could End With Plant Closure
The closure of a coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation sooner than expected will be a major blow to a region where coal has been a mainstay of the economy for decades. The Arizona Public Service Co. now plans to shutter the Four Corners Power Plant near Farmington, New Mexico, in 2031 when its coal contract expires rather than wait until 2038.
Jan. 24, 2020
Flags At Half-Staff For Arizonan Killed In Australia Crash
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey ordered that flags at all state buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset Friday to honor a Buckeye man killed in a plane crash while fighting wildfires in Australia. Paul Clyde Hudson, 42, was a “hero who represented Arizona's very best,” Ducey said in a statement released by his office Friday.
Jan. 24, 2020
Arizona Unemployment Rate Slips To 4.6% In December
Arizona's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 4.6% in December, down from 4.7% in November as the state's economy added 6,500 non-farm jobs. The month-to-month jobs increase was higher than the 10-year average gain of 4,500 jobs in December, the Arizona Commerce Authority reported Thursday.
Jan. 24, 2020
Controversies In Mexico As Migrant Caravans Arrive
Caravans of thousands of Central American migrants are crossing Mexico on their way to the American Dream. But the Mexican government is trying to stop them and sending many back to their homeland. Is Mexico still honoring its open-door policy to refugees or following instructions from Washington?
Jan. 24, 2020
Court: Divorced Woman Cant Use Frozen Embryos
The Arizona Supreme Court ruled Thursday a woman will not be allowed to use her frozen embryos to have a baby after her ex-husband objected. The court’s ruling is based on the couple’s signed contract with a fertility clinic stating both parties must agree to implantation if they separate or divorce. Otherwise, the embryos must be donated.
Jan. 23, 2020
Study Says Faking Your Feelings At Work Could Backfire
Anyone who's waited tables or sat through a performance review knows the importance of projecting positivity. But new research in the Journal of Applied Psychology suggests faking your feelings can sometimes do more harm than good.
Jan. 23, 2020
Maricopa County Elections Department Launches New Voter Dashboard
The Maricopa County Elections Department has launched a new website to help voters prepare for the 2020 election season. Spokesperson Erika Flores says the county elections department is expecting a historic voter turnout for the March 17 presidential preference election.
Jan. 23, 2020
Water Rule Leaves Ephemeral Streams Unprotected
The Trump administration made final its definition for Waters of the United States. And it has big implications for Arizona. “EPA and the Army [Corps of Engineers] are providing much needed regulatory certainty and predictability for American farmers, landowners and businesses to support the economy and accelerate critical infrastructure projects."
Jan. 23, 2020
Arizona Firefighters To Help Battle Australian Bushfires
At least 10 Arizona firefighters traveled to Australia this week to help battle devastating bushfires that have burned millions of acres. The United States hasn’t sent firefighters to Australia since 2010, but recent devastation amid record-breaking heat has prompted Arizona and other states to assist in the relief effort.
Jan. 23, 2020
Tusayan Town Council OKs Latest Development Application
The Tusayan Town Council plans to vote Thursday on a permit application that would allow a developer to build a large-scale residential and resort area south of Grand Canyon National Park.
Jan. 23, 2020
Official: Oft-Delayed Sonoran Highway Project Expected This Spring
The major infrastructure project is all but finished, with most remaining work between Nogales and Ímuris. Mexico’s current President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and his predecessor Enrique Peña Nieto both have promised to finish that highway, but the expected completion dates have repeatedly come and gone.
Jan. 23, 2020
Bill To Outlaw Nonconsensual Pelvic Exams Passes Health Committee
A bill that would make it illegal to perform pelvic exams on unconscious patients without medical need or consent has unanimously passed the Health Committee of the Arizona House. For years, OB/GYN training for some medical students has included performing pelvic exams on women under anesthesia for unrelated medical procedures.
Jan. 23, 2020
Ex-Insys Billionaire Sentenced For Pushing Opioid Spray
The founder of Chandler-based Insys Therapeutics was sentenced Thursday for orchestrating a bribery and kickback scheme that prosecutors said helped fuel the opioid crisis. The embattled opioid maker and its principals have faced several million in fines and were the first company to be convicted on criminal charges related to the drug epidemic.
Jan. 23, 2020
The Takeaway: House Managers Begin Their Case Against President Trump
Each of the seven managers will present different aspects of the case. They will do so without any challenge from Trump’s lawyers or GOP senators, who will get a chance to weigh in next week.
Jan. 23, 2020
Parents Clash Over Equity Training In Chandler Schools
The issue of equity has moved front and center in the Chandler Unified School District, as two groups of parents debate a training program for teachers and staff the district has implemented.
Jan. 23, 2020
Adolescence For Humans, Animals Isnt As Different As You Might Think
It sounds like the punchline of a joke: Teenagers, it turns out, are a lot more like animals than we might have thought. Well, according to Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, it’s actually true. From peer pressure and impulse decisions to cliques and irrational risk-taking, Natterson-Horowitz found the experience of adolescence is truly universal.
Jan. 23, 2020
Will Sales Taxes Help Tribes Bounce Back From A Development Ban?
The Navajo Nation and the Hopi Tribe were, until recently, subject to a ban on development under what was known as the “Bennett Freeze.” To find out more out that piece of history and how it’s impacted communities, The Show spoke with Mark Trahant, editor of Indian Country Today.
Jan. 23, 2020
How A Southern Arizona School District Deals With A High Poverty Rate
A new report looks at the boundaries that create steep economic divides between neighboring school districts. No. 11 on the list is right here in Arizona — the line between Nogales Unified School District on the border in southern Arizona and Sahuarita Unified.
Jan. 23, 2020
As Uranium Cleanup Continues, Whats Next For Red Water Pond Road?
Uranium mining waste continues to cause upheaval in the village of Red Water Pond Road in the southeast corner of the Navajo Nation. The pollution has caused the relocation of some residents. Eric Jantz, interim executive director of the New Mexico Environmental Law Center, talked about what could be next for the village and the people who live there.
Jan. 23, 2020
Reporter Examines Waymos Cozy Relationship With Chandler Police
Parts of the Phoenix area have essentially been used as training areas for autonomous vehicles, and that has led to some interesting developments. One that happened in the spring of 2019 involving a Waymo vehicle caught the attention of Phoenix New Times reporter Meg O’Connor.
Jan. 23, 2020

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