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Conservation Center Rehabilitates Animals, Returns Them To Wild
Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center and Salt River Project teamed up to release rehabilitated animals back into the wild. They include coyotes, foxes, raccoons and even a badger.
7 hours ago
Minorities, Underserved Communities Risk Late Reception, Distrust Of Coronavirus Vaccine
As expectations are growing that COVID-19 vaccines will be available sometime next month and could be given to the general public by next spring, some are worried about how quickly the vaccines will make it to underserved communities.
2 hours ago
AZ Public Health Experts Fear Bed Shortage, COVID-19 Surge
The head of the state’s largest hospital system is warning that they’ll surpass their bed capacity by Dec. 4. And ASU is predicting that without more public health measures, holiday gatherings are likely to cause hundreds more deaths by February.
3 hours ago
CDC Committee Expected To Address Vaccine Distribution Questions
Will Humble, former Department of Health Services director, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will meet Tuesday to discuss population prioritizations, including who gets the vaccine first.
7 hours ago
Serious Water Contamination In Rio Sonora Communities Confirmed
Mexican authorities have confirmed widespread heavy metal contamination in wells in the Sonora River Valley. Residents in the region have been redress for more than six years, since a 2014 mining spill considered the worst in Mexican history.
7 hours ago
Researchers Call For 3-Week Arizona Stay-Home Order
As coronavirus cases surge throughout the state, university researchers are recommending a three-week stay-home order.
7 hours ago
Q&AZ: Do Grocery Workers Have To Tell Customers To Mask Up?
Masks still offer the first line of defense against the spread of COVID-19. One listener through our Q&AZ project wanted to know if current regulations require Mesa grocery store employees to inform unmasked customers about mask mandates.
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Nov. 26, 2020
Scientists Find First Known Case Of Biomineral Armor In Insects
For more than 500 million years, animal bodies have incorporated minerals to build tough structures like bones, teeth and armored shells. But no one has ever seen such armor in insects — until now.
Nov. 26, 2020
Arizona Stops Some Transfers Of Patients From Other States
With Arizona hospitals admitting increasing numbers of COVID-19 patients, state health officials said Wednesday that they suspended some transfers of patients from other states.
Nov. 26, 2020
Worst COVID-19 Wave Yet Looms Over Thanksgiving Holiday
As Arizonans prepare for Thanksgiving, the state faces a coronavirus surge as high as the Fourth of July. But with Gov. Ducey declining to close bars or issue a statewide mask mandate, experts fear this wave will hit harder.
Physicians Concerned Over Availability Of Equipment, Beds
Nov. 25, 2020
How Hotter Weather, Drier Monsoon Seasons Affect Forests
Wildfires have burned more than 950,000 acres across Arizona so far this year, according to the state Department of Forestry and Fire Management. And Arizona has also seen lower than normal monsoon activity over the last two seasons, which Don Falk says is a problem for those parts of Arizona’s forests that need to recover from wildfire.
Nov. 25, 2020
UA Professor: Travel-Related Testing Doesnt Really Make One Safe
Last week, Gov. Ducey announced he had ordered the Department of Health Services to work with airports on offering voluntary rapid COVID-19 testing. The Show spoke with Bonnie LaFleur, professor at University of Arizona, about whether or not airport testing can actually make a difference.
Nov. 25, 2020
Physicians Concerned Over Availability Of Equipment, Beds For COVID-19 Patients
The current surge in COVID-19 cases in Arizona has medical officials concerned about whether there will be enough health care workers and enough beds to care for people who develop the most serious symptoms.
Nov. 25, 2020
Banner Health Official: Please Be Cautious This Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is almost here and despite warnings from health officials, many Americans are still choosing to travel. That leaves Arizona hospital workers bracing for a possible surge in COVID-19 patients.
Nov. 25, 2020
River Runners Race To Document Long-Hidden Rapids
Climate change and overuse are causing one of the Colorado River’s biggest reservoirs, Lake Powell, to drop. While water managers worry about scarcity issues, two Utah river rafters are documenting the changes that come as the massive reservoir hits historic low points.
Nov. 25, 2020
A Third Of Arizona Is In Exceptional Drought
At the start of this year, less than a third of Arizona was experiencing drought conditions. Now, the entire state is.
Nov. 23, 2020
Biden To Include Special Envoy For Climate On Security Council
Climate change is an ongoing — and growing concern — around the world, and particularly here in the Southwest as we recently emerged from the hottest summer on record in Phoenix. The Trump administration hasn’t made dealing with climate change a priority, but there are already signs the incoming Biden administration will.
Nov. 24, 2020
ASU Students Make Top 10 In Mask Design Challenge
A team of students at Arizona State University has made it to the top 10 in a worldwide mask design competition. The goal is to build a better face mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by making it comfortable, functional and affordable.
Nov. 24, 2020
Maricopa County Seeking Volunteers To Administer Vaccine
With more than 6,400 Arizona coronavirus deaths, and counting, Maricopa County is seeking medically certified volunteers to help administer vaccines when they become available.
Nov. 24, 2020
Ducey Expects COVID-19 Vaccine In Arizona By December
Drugmakers Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca have all reported promising results from trials of COVID-19 vaccines. Gov. Ducey tweeted Monday that he’s optimistic the first doses of a vaccine will arrive to Arizona by mid-to-late December.
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Nov. 23, 2020
Official: COVID-19 Spread In Tucson Area At All-Time High
Pima County’s seven-day average is 439 cases a day, a significant jump from from mid-October when the county's daily rolling average was just 59 cases, which was still too high, but manageable for public health workers, Cullen said.
Nov. 23, 2020