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RefugeeMade
Much of what we hear about refugees today focuses on policies. How many refugees will be taken in? How many more are waiting for their day in court? But, for those refugees who have fled their home countries and settled here in the United States, the road is far from easy. For many refugees here in the Valley, that’s where Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest comes in.
Feb. 6, 2020
Peoria Testing Self-Driving Electric Shuttle Service
Peoria will be the testing ground for an autonomous shuttle service later this month. The Peoria City Council on Tuesday unanimously voted to fund a pilot program with Beep, a Florida-based autonomous mobility solutions company.
Feb. 6, 2020
Arizonas Teacher Shortage Means Schools Must Get Creative
Arizona is in the midst of a severe teacher shortage that has been steady — if not growing — for years. And some schools have had to get creative to fill the gaps. But thousands of teachers in classrooms don’t meet state certification requirements.
Feb. 6, 2020
Drivers Could Soon Pay Traffic Fines With Community Service
Arizona drivers who are fined for traffic violations could soon have another option for paying their fines. On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee voted to approve legislation allowing those drivers to work off at least part of their fine.
Feb. 6, 2020
House Panel Moves Food Tampering Bill Forward
The House Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday to make it a felony to tamper with food products and post a video online. This comes after a video went viral last year, showing a Texas shopper licking a carton of ice cream and putting it back on a store shelf.
Feb. 6, 2020
GOP Bill Protecting Pre-Existing Conditions Refuses To Cap Premium Hikes
Republicans have led the charge to repeal the Affordable Care Act — also known as Obamacare — which could be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court later this year. Now in Arizona, some of those same Republicans say they are building a "safeguard" to replace the ACA's popular protection for those with pre-existing medical conditions.
Feb. 6, 2020
WATCH: Trump Speaks Following Acquittal
President Donald Trump addressed the nation a day after the Senate acquitted him of both articles of impeachment.
Sinema Votes To Convict; McSally To Acquit
Feb. 6, 2020
Bill Aims To Improve Assisted Living Training Standards
A bill at the Arizona Capitol is aimed to protect the rapidly growing number of patients needing assisted-living care. Sen. Tyler Pace's Caregiver Training Bill would tighten the licensing process by requiring assisted-living caregivers receive no less than 62 hours of on-the-job medically supervised training before being certified to work solo at an Arizona facility.
Feb. 6, 2020
Legislature Releases Complaints Against Rep. Cook
An Arizona lawmaker arranged for the Pinal County sheriff to cancel a property seizure in exchange for a campaign contribution, according to one of two ethics complaints released on Wednesday.
Feb. 5, 2020
Flagstaff, Tucson Get Funds To Combat Human Trafficking
Transit agencies in Flagstaff and Tucson were among two dozen organizations across the country to receive federal funds to combat human trafficking.
Feb. 5, 2020
Trump Impeachment: Sinema Votes To Convict; McSally To Acquit
One of Arizona’s U.S. senators voted to acquit President Trump in his impeachment trial today. The other voted to convict.
Feb. 5, 2020
GCUs Canyon Ventures Offers Space For Startups, Interns
Grand Canyon University opened Canyon Ventures, an innovation space where startups and students collaborate. The university offers free workspace for the startups in exchange for paid student internships. More than 30 startups have claimed space so far to teach students marketing, coding and other skills. Students also can work on their own startups at the center.
Feb. 5, 2020
Atari Hotel Coming To Downtown Phoenix
If you’re from a certain generation, the name Atari means early-age video games and memories of Asteroids, Space Invaders and Pac-Man. And now Atari is being attached to a string of hotels — one of which will be based in Phoenix on Roosevelt Row. With The Show to talk about it is Napoleon Smith, who informally calls himself chief creative dude for the Atari Hotels.
Feb. 5, 2020
Lobbyist Accuses Sen. Ugenti-Rita Of Sexual Harassment
An Arizona state senator who became the face of the state’s #MeToo movement in 2018 is now facing accusations that she sexually harassed a female lobbyist. Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita was among legislators, lobbyists and others who accused former Rep. Don Shooter of misconduct that eventually led to his expulsion.
Feb. 5, 2020
Nonprofits Group: Bill To Fund Arizona 211 Could Have Unintended Future Consequences
The group that represents more than 1,000 nonprofits says a bill that’s moving through the Arizona legislature that would fund the Arizona 211 information and referral system could have unintended consequences for other nonprofits in the future.
Feb. 5, 2020
Changes To Medicaid Could Impact Patients, Services In Arizona
The Trump administration is pushing a plan to change the way Medicaid is funded. The system covers low-income Americans, generally including kids, the disabled, pregnant women and in some cases, so-called childless adults. It’s paid for based on per-income capita for each state, with the state putting in a certain amount of money, and the feds matching that.
Feb. 5, 2020
Heres What Happened When Reporters Tested Electric Vehicles Around The World
Electric vehicles aren’t a new development. General Motors introduced the EV1 in 1996, but a lot of consumers have been drawn in by the style and limited availability of Tesla. Recently, a team of eight Wall Street Journal reporters decided to actually experience the cars and find out just how usable they really are. The results were a little mixed.
Feb. 5, 2020
Do Legislative Debates Change Lawmakers Minds?
We are now solidly in the midst of the legislative session, when residents show up at committee hearings to testify in favor or against certain bills and lawmakers themselves try to convince their colleagues of their point of view through debate on the House or Senate floor. But how much convincing and mind-changing actually happens?
Feb. 5, 2020
Arizona Health Department Monitoring Coronavirus
It’s been almost two weeks since someone in Arizona was diagnosed with the coronavirus. Jessica Rigler joined The Show to talk about what's happening. Rigler is assistant director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, the public health agency that’s monitoring the coronavirus in Arizona.
Feb. 5, 2020
What Trumps State Of The Union Could Mean For Arizona
President Donald Trump delivered his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, taking time to make his case for another term in office, boasting of a strong economy and — perhaps — encouraging a bit of drama along the way.
Feb. 5, 2020

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