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Black Cats Arent Victims Of Halloween Horror
There are lots of scary stories this time of year, but one story that might be completely untrue — and should be buried — is the one about how black cats are snatched or adopted out for nefarious rituals.
Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment Starts Sunday
For the millions who have lost their jobs — and employee health benefits — to the economic turmoil caused by COVID-19, this Sunday marks the kickoff of an important season: open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act Marketplace.
Oct. 30, 2020
ASU Professor Discusses What The History Of Zombies Can Reveal About America
ASU professor Emily Zarka is the creator, writer and host of the series "Monstrum" on PBS. Her new special "Exhumed: A History of Zombies" traces the zombie from its beginnings in the spiritual beliefs of West African slaves through modern pop culture.
Oct. 30, 2020
Program Helps Spread Joy Of Birding To People With Disabilities
The weather is officially inviting in Arizona — to humans and to birds. Virginia Rose fell in love with birding — thanks in no small part to the species found in Arizona’s skies — years ago. And now, she has made it her mission to share it with others who may have thought birding was out of their reach.
Oct. 30, 2020
Doctors Urge Arizonans To Vote Safely As COVID-19 Spreads
Friday is the last day for early in-person voting in Arizona. A group of doctors is encouraging voters to use early voting options and to remember health precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
Oct. 29, 2020
What AZ Should Be Doing To Fight The COVID-19 Surge
The virus is surging again in Arizona and elsewhere. Gov. Doug Ducey appears unwilling to consider another stay-at-home order as healthcare workers are bracing for another wave of patients and deaths.
Oct. 29, 2020
November Temperatures In Phoenix Forecasted To Heat Up
This week’s cold front brought not only chillier temperatures to the state but also some strong polar winds up north with gusts reaching close to 60 miles per hour. Predicting the weather can sometimes be nothing more than a guessing game with your fingers crossed, but the National Weather Service is forecasting that we’ll be back up to 90-degree weather again by the weekend.
Oct. 29, 2020
Phoenix ER Doc Reflects On Whats Changed
The Show spoke with Valley emergency room physician Dr. Benjamin Reeser five months ago when hospitalizations here were rising. And this week, as Arizona is facing a second wave of COVID-19, This Show is going back to some of those voices heard early on on this pandemic, including Dr. Reeser.
Oct. 28, 2020
Can Southwest Produce Enough Locally Grown Food For Its Population?
Many parts of the Southwest would not be able to meet their food needs just from food grown within 155 miles. That’s among the findings of new research, which looked at whether more than 370 metro areas across the country could grow all the food they’d need locally.
Oct. 28, 2020
AZ Mental Health Care Providers See Uptick In Cases
As the pandemic drags into its eighth month, the mental health implications of it for millions of people are becoming more clear.
Oct. 27, 2020
Thousands Of Chiricahua Leopard Frogs Released Into The Wild
So far in 2020, it seems if it’s not one thing, it’s another. It may feel like there’s been nothing really worth celebrating. At times like these, we need to take the small victories as they come — such as saving endangered animals.
Oct. 26, 2020
U.S. Grants Broadband Licenses To Native American Tribes
The Federal Communications Commission has granted broadcast licenses ideal for high-speed wireless internet to rural tribal governments in New Mexico, Arizona and elsewhere. The 2.5 GHz licenses have been granted to 154 Native American communities so far, the commission announced in a statement Friday.
Oct. 26, 2020
Masks Could Save 130,000 U.S. Lives By End Of February
With coronavirus vaccines and treatments still in development, states must rely on social policies to bring the current surge under control. Now, a new study shows universal mask-wearing could make a huge difference — especially in Arizona.
Oct. 23, 2020
Study Says Airplane Cleaning Products Kill COVID-19
Even as airlines post billion-dollar losses, the U.S. Department of Transportation has declined to mandate mask-wearing on airplanes. But a study of cleaning methods by Boeing and the University of Arizona could offer some hope for the future of flight.
Oct. 24, 2020
Study: Fears Of A Rare Side Effect Unfounded In Coronavirus Vaccines
Almost half of Americans say they would not get a COVID-19 vaccine if it were available today, according to a September poll by the Pew Research Center. A new study might help allay those fears.
Oct. 24, 2020
Pinal County Sues Family Members Of Purdue Pharma Owners Over Opioid Epidemic
The deal reached this week between the U.S. Justice Department and the maker of OxyContin, Purdue Pharma, does not end the legal issues for the pharmaceutical company. Other states, counties and cities — including Pinal County — have legal claims against the firm and its owners.
Oct. 23, 2020
Expert Explains So-Called Super-Spreaders Effect On Coronavirus Transmission
Most of the country is seeing a strong surge of COVID-19 cases. Arizona is no exception, with the number of cases here nearly doubling in recent weeks. But we may have additional insight into who’s causing that spike — so-called “superspreaders” — which can be people and events.
Oct. 23, 2020
Forest Management Easier Said Than Done
In June of 2002, nearly half a million acres burned in the Arizona high country. At the time, the Rodeo-Chediski Fire was the largest wildfire in the state’s history. There was too much fuel in the forest, a buildup that began more than a century ago. Enough people saw the record-breaking fire and agreed that something needed to be done to prevent the next big fire.
Oct. 23, 2020
Director: Surge Concerning, But Its Not A Time To Panic
Public health experts are warning the rising daily new cases mirrors what we saw in mid-June before the state experienced a massive surge. And the state recently submitted its COVID-19 vaccination plan to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for review.
Oct. 22, 2020
In Grasslands, Wildfires Fuel Calls For New Solutions
In the West, wildfires don’t just happen in forests. Researchers are looking at how fighting invasive species could help prevent drought-fueled fires on the range. Our look at where water and fire intersect across the region continues.
Oct. 22, 2020
AZ COVID-19 Case Rates Approach Early Summer Levels
After clawing back from leading the world in COVID-19 cases per capita, Arizona is once again accelerating toward summer levels.
Oct. 21, 2020