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Black Hole Discovery Could Shed Light On Questions About Universe
The discovery of something that happened around 17 billion light-years away has caused quite a scientific stir on Earth. The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory last year detected the signal of two black holes merging into one massive black hole. This caught researchers off guard.
Expert Explains Realistic Expectations For Coronavirus Precautions, Vaccines
The pandemic has come with a series of assurances on how to combat COVID-19, but so much of what we’ve learned over the last six months has come with caveats. What is really possible in the near future? And what might still be different another six months or a year from now?
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Hoffman Calls For Mask Mandates, More Transparency As Schools Reopen
State Schools Superintendent Kathy Hoffman is calling on municipal leaders to keep mask mandates in place, as schools start to return to in-person classes. The Show spoke with Superintendent Hoffman more about these and other issues.
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Commissioners Take Opposing Stances On Renewable Energy Changes
Last week, there was another false start at the Arizona Corporation Commission on proposed changes to the state’s renewable energy standards. The commissioners could not agree on whether to focus on reducing carbon or actually mandating renewable sources. Now, they’ll have to revisit the matter next month — maybe.
Sep. 29, 2020
Banner CCO: How AZ Can Make Second Spike Smaller
If you’ve looked at your social media feeds lately, you may have noticed more people gathering — sometimes with safety in mind and sometimes not so much. Now, health experts worry that as we grow more lax, the virus could again spread at rates we saw in July.
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What Herd Immunity Is, Why It Isnt A Strategy For Handling COVID-19
Herd immunity is likely a term you’ve heard with respect to defeating the coronavirus pandemic. The concept recently has become synonymous with the idea of doing nothing and letting the virus just run its course which will leave a lot of deaths in its path. But public health experts in Arizona, in the region and at the federal level are warning against such misinformation.
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Sep. 13, 2020
Western Yellow-Billed Cuckoo To Remain Protected
Audubon experts are celebrating the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's recent decision to keep the western yellow-billed cuckoo under the Endangered Species Act, ruling against a petition for its removal, the Arizona Republic reported.
Sep. 28, 2020
CDC: More Than 275K  Known Cases Of COVID-19 In Kids Since March
Since the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, the age group with the lion’s share of COVID-19 cases has shifted from older adults to young people. Now, the CDC has delved into the demographics of these potential silent spreaders.
Sep. 28, 2020
Poll Finds Arizonans More Concerned About Health Insurance Than COVID-19
As the pandemic goes on with no end in sight, COVID-19 is not the top health care concern among voters in Arizona, according to a recent poll by the Commonwealth Fund. That’s especially noteworthy as new data shows more Arizonans have lost their health insurance recently.
Sep. 28, 2020
Nonprofit Finds Women, People Of Color Hit Hardest By Pandemics Economic Downturn
The pandemic has widened gaps that have long existed in our communities. Extensive reporting has revealed disparities in who has lost jobs, homes, access to health care and more. The 19th, the nonprofit newsroom, found that women have been hit hardest by the economic downturn caused by the pandemic. More than 800,000 women have already lost their public sector jobs, for example, and more will follow. Many of those are women of color.
Sep. 28, 2020
Nearly 400 Total COVID-19 Cases Reported At Correctional Center
As the coronavirus has continued to spread here and around the country, some of the most vulnerable people to exposure are those behind bars. In the La Palma Correctional Center in Eloy, Arizona, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has now confirmed a total of 366 cases of COVID-19 among its detainees — the highest number of any detention center in the country.
Sep. 28, 2020
Google Motions For Dismissal In Arizona Lawsuit
A lawsuit filed by Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich in 2019 accuses the company Google of misleading consumers about tracking. Google has now filed a motion to dismiss.
Sep. 28, 2020
Study: Massive Global Effort Needed to Reduce Plastic Pollution By 2030
Despite a growing roster of bans and global conventions that seek to stem the tide, plastic pollution still outpaces our ability to cope with it.
Sep. 25, 2020
Center Petitions For Protection Of Shovel-Nosed Snake
The Center for Biological Diversity has petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect a scorpion-eating snake.
Sep. 25, 2020
Its Like A Scorched Earth: Photographer Documents Border Wall Construction, Impact
John Kurc’s wheelhouse normally is rock stars, concerts or a bride and groom. But, when COVID-19 hit and all of those events stopped, he came to southern Arizona to document the construction of the Trump administration’s wall along our southern border.
Sep. 25, 2020
UA To Study Immunity Of Front-Line Workers
Researchers from the University of Arizona are studying frontline workers who have been infected with COVID-19, as well as those workers who are at increased risk of getting infected with the coronavirus. The goal is to understand immunity after exposure.
Sep. 25, 2020
Ducey Wont Shut Down Counties With Uptick In COVID-19 Cases
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said Thursday he would not order businesses to shut down again or impose new restrictions even as some areas in the state are likely heading back towards “substantial spread” for COVID-19 by next week.
Sep. 25, 2020
Schools Reopen For In-Person Classes Against State Health Guidelines
It’s about a month into the school year here in Arizona, and we are starting to see many schools begin to reopen in-person classes. But as Lily Altavena reports, it often goes against the state’s health guidelines.
Sep. 24, 2020
Valley Doctor Explains How A Hospital Visit Has Changed
Phoenix-area hospitals are generally starting to relax their restrictions on visitors, as the surge in the number of COVID-19 cases the state saw earlier this summer has eased. Valleywise Health is one of those systems that’s now allowing many patients to have a visitor.
Sep. 24, 2020
Scottsdale To Repeal Mask Mandate; County Rule Still In Effect
Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane announced Sept. 21 the city would be rescinding a mask mandate that had been put in place in mid-June. On Sept. 22, Honor Health — Scottsdale’s largest employer — as well as the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce issued statements criticizing the rollback of the mandate.
Sep. 24, 2020
For Some Scientists, Shutdown Is Not An Option During Pandemic
Neither pandemics nor natural disasters can stay one group of unsung essential workers from their appointed rounds: Scientists who work with living things.
The Impact Of COVID-19 In Arizona: 6 Months In
Sep. 23, 2020