The Takeaway: The Aftermath of Soleimani
Congress is back in session today, facing the aftermath of a major shift in global geopolitics. Last week, President Trump ordered the assassination of Iran's top military leader, Major General Qassim Soleimani, who commanded the Islamic Republic’s feared Revolutionary Guard.
Jan. 6, 2020
Audit: NAU President Spent $40,000 In Policy Violation
Northern Arizona University paid out more than $40,000 in travel expenses that did not comply with university policies. A state audit shows the funds were given to Rita Cheng, the school’s president, and her husband. The report, released by the Arizona Auditor General on Friday, shows the school’s use of the money did not comply with policies established by the Arizona Board of Regents.
Jan. 6, 2020
This Years Flu Strain Affecting Arizona Children
Public health officials have reported more than 6,800 cases of the flu in Arizona so far this flu season. Terri Farneti is with the Yavapai County Health Department. She says the number of flu cases hasn’t peaked in that county yet, and the strain is affecting younger patients.
Jan. 6, 2020
Lawmaker: Property Owners Shouldnt Need Border Wall Permits
The top Republican in the Arizona House of Representatives wants property owners who live along the U.S.-Mexico border to be able to build a border wall on their property without being required to obtain permits or inspections.
Jan. 6, 2020
A Year After An Incapacitated Woman Was Raped, Where Are We Now?
A little over a year ago, a nurse at Hacienda HealthCare in Phoenix made a 911 call that made international news. An incapacitated woman had given a birth to a baby boy. Her alleged rapist was her caregiver. Since then, Arizona lawmakers, disability advocates and heads of state agencies have been trying to figure out how to keep this population safe.
Jan. 6, 2020
Citrus Greening Disease Claims More Acreage
Last week, California’s orange growers expanded a quarantine zone to cover over 1,000 square miles of infected land in Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles and Orange counties.
Jan. 6, 2020
Phoenix’s Scooter Program Shows Promise
After three months, Phoenix’s electric scooter pilot program is showing promise and challenges. The downtown program averages 4,435 trips per week.
Jan. 6, 2020
FTC Files Complaint Against Body Camera Maker Axon
A federal complaint filed Friday against body camera maker and manufacturer Axon said the Scottsdale-based company is breaking regulations on fair competition. The official filing by the Federal Trade Commission says Axon's acquisition of VIEVU, a competitor body-worn camera maker, should not have happened.
Jan. 6, 2020
Fewer Than Half Of CA Pharmacies Give Correct Info On Drug Disposal
Incorrect disposal of prescription drugs can contribute to antibiotic resistance, poisoning, water pollution and misuse. But a new study in the journal “Annals of Internal Medicine” reports fewer than half of California pharmacies give proper guidance.
Jan. 6, 2020
Phoenix To Bid On NCAA Women’s Basketball Final Four
As a host of mega sporting events, Arizona has welcomed Super Bowls, the PGA Tour, NASCAR and the NBA All-Star Game. Now, plans are underway to attract the NCAA Women’s Basketball Final Four.
Jan. 6, 2020
Arizona Is Facing A Critical Blood Shortage
Arizona is facing a widespread blood shortage as the holiday and flu seasons make it harder for people to donate. Sue Thew is with Vitalant, the blood provider that supplies 90% of blood in Arizona. She says the situation is dire and donors are needed as soon as possible.
Jan. 5, 2020
Arrest Made In Connection With Tucson Death
Deputies in Pima County have arrested a person they say is connected to the death of a man whose remains were found in Pima Canyon. The remains may have been partially eaten by mountain lions.
Jan. 4, 2020
How Phoenix Reduced Officer-Involved Shootings By 60%
In 2018, Phoenix police were involved in 44 shootings that took 22 lives, the most in the nation. But that changed drastically in 2019.
Jan. 3, 2020
Oil Prices Increase Following Drone Strike That Killed Irans Top Military Leader
A U.S. military drone strike that killed Iran’s top military leader is already leading to increased crude oil prices. While the price of Brent Crude, the international benchmark, is trading up, AAA Arizona said Arizonans should not expect to see immediate increases at the pump.
Jan. 3, 2020
DOJ, Immigration Judges Head To Hearing On Future Of Labor Union
The U.S. attorney general wields vast power over the immigration courts, and a labor union for judges who run those courts is headed for an existential showdown Tuesday with its members’ employer: the Department of Justice.
Jan. 3, 2020
What The New Solar Requirement Means For Housing In California
As of Jan. 1, every new home or three-story residential building in California has to have its energy powered by solar sources.
Jan. 3, 2020
BCBS Now Serves 200,000 Arizona Medicaid Patients
200,000 Medicaid patients will now be a part of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona. The patients had been served by Dallas-based Steward Health Choice Arizona, which was acquired by BCBS.
Jan. 3, 2020
How Trump Pushed The 9th Circuit To The Right
Long a target of conservatives, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has seen a shift during the Trump Administration, as a number of openings on the panel have been filled by more conservative Trump appointees.
Jan. 3, 2020
How Phoenix Could Embrace Its Extreme Heat
While national media outlets penned apocalyptic pieces about the heat here, professor and author Tom Zoellner completed a thru-hike of the Arizona Trail. He suggests Arizonans start thinking about summers differently.
Jan. 3, 2020
Trying To Even Out the Mullet Economy
Yancey Strickler, a co-founder and former CEO of the crowdfunding site Kickstarter, had noticed the neighborhood was changing. And that got him thinking about what that might mean. Those thoughts led to his new book, called "This Could be Our Future: A Manifesto for a More Generous World."
Jan. 3, 2020