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 Mexican Tomato Deal Signed Despite Inspection Concerns
A new deal on Mexican tomato imports puts an end to months of uncertainty. But not everyone is satisfied with the outcome. The Florida Tomato Exchange called the deal a “step in the right direction.” But the Nogales-based Fresh Produce Association of the Americas says it’s a “step backward.”
Sept. 20, 2019
Ducey Stands Behind AZ Supreme Courts LGBTQ Ruling
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey says he's against discrimination of all forms. However, he is backing this week's Arizona Supreme Court ruling allowing a Phoenix calligraphy company to refuse making wedding invitations for a gay couple.
Sept. 20, 2019
U.S. Recycling 18 Months Later: Who Is Paying The Bill?
It was June 2018 when Arizona felt the initial blow of a recycling system breaking down. Flagstaff, a city known for its environmental focus, became the first city in the state to stop recycling some items. Since then, Page, Casa Grande, Surprise and Sierra Vista have either reduced or stopped programs altogether — as have several dozen cities across the United States. Recycling has become a national crisis and 18 months later, local governments are still on their own to navigate through it.
Sept. 20, 2019
Q&AZ: How Did Holbrooks Bucket Of Blood Street Get Its Name?
From Bloody Basin to Skull Valley, Arizona is full of towns, roads and landmarks that bear ominous names. A listener asked how one spooky-sounding street in Holbrook got its label.
Sept. 20, 2019
Mexican Military Finds Synthetic Drug Lab Near AZ Border
Mexican officials shut down a drug laboratory just south of the Arizona border this week. It’s one of a growing number of drug labs discovered in Mexico in recent months.
Sept. 19, 2019
Committee On Abuse Of Vulnerable Adults Meets Again
Nine months after an incapacitated woman gave birth to a baby at a Phoenix long-term care facility, advocates, lawmakers and officials continue to look at the issue of abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults. Loopholes and lack of funding appear to be part of the problem.
Sept. 19, 2019
Mesa Students Learn The Gifts Of U.S. Citizenship
“We thought this would also be a good emotional experience for them and they tend to take that with them long after they graduate high school,” said East Valley Academy teacher Jarrett Garcia.
Sept. 19, 2019
Arizona Faces 5th Consecutive Year Of Teacher Shortage
Arizona has reported its fifth consecutive year of a teacher shortage, with 21% of vacant positions remaining unfilled weeks into the school year.
Sept. 19, 2019
Whiskey Fire, The Latest In A String Of Blazes, Caused By Lightning
Visible from both Sedona and Flagstaff, the Whiskey Fire is the latest in a string of blazes caused by lightning. The Whiskey Fire grew to more than 5,800 acres and is now 34% contained.
Sept. 19, 2019
New Study Examines Rate Of Jail Incarceration In 44 States
The authors of a new report on jail populations say previous estimates have underestimated the impact of incarceration on states and counties.
Sept. 19, 2019
Who Are The Front-Runners For Maricopa County Attorney?
Eight people have applied to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to be named the new county attorney — at least through the 2020 election.
Sept. 19, 2019
Diné College, UA To Train Future Neuroscientists
 The National Institutes of Health has awarded Diné College and the University of Arizona a $1.3 million grant to train future Native American neuroscientists.
Sept. 19, 2019
Fewer Arizona High Schoolers Pursuing Post-Secondary Studies
A goal for 60% of Arizona high school graduates to obtain post-high school education or training appears unattainable. That’s because fewer high schoolers are going on to college or vocational training than previous generations of Arizonans.
Sept. 19, 2019
Vaping Illness Increases In Maricopa County
So far, there are three confirmed cases of vaping-related respiratory illness in Maricopa County as medical professionals brace for more. Nationwide, seven people have died and the Center for Disease Control reports more than 380 cases of vaping-released hospitalizations in 37 states.
Sept. 19, 2019
Undocumented Immigrant Asks What Defines An American
The question of who is an American should be relatively easy to define, because it’s different than asking who is an American citizen. Clashes over immigration policy, though, have made the conversation much more dramatic and uncomfortable.
Sept. 19, 2019
Maricopa Has One Of The Highest Rates Of New HIV Infections
When Dr. Ann Khalsa walks through the halls of the McDowell Healthcare Center in downtown Phoenix, she’s sometimes overwhelmed by the number of people coming in who are newly infected with the virus.
Sept. 19, 2019
Study Finds Phoenix May Benefit From Micromobility
Phoenix this week launched its six-month electric scooter pilot program in a part of downtown. Over that time, up to 300 of the scooters will be allowed in the area. At the end of the six months, the city will decide to either extend the pilot, make it permanent or let it end.
Sept. 19, 2019
Professor: Arresting Domestic Violence Victims Doesnt Help
Last week, a man and woman were arrested for living inside a Chandler home that was vacant and up for sale. When police arrived, Adriana Gamboa was found giving her child a bath upstairs in the master bathroom. Another child was running around still wet.
Sept. 19, 2019
Sounds Of The City: Tearing Apart Tech At A Makerspace In Mesa
Listen to Andrew Lewton showing Giles Johnston how to tear apart technology at HeatSync Labs in Mesa. If you have suggestions or hear things that make Phoenix, Phoenix, send us a note at [email protected]
Sept. 19, 2019
Brnovich Asks State Supreme Court To Revive Suit Against Universities
Attorney General Mark Brnovich is making a last-ditch effort to get the right to sue the Arizona Board of Regents over what he contends is the unconstitutional tuition at the state's three universities.
Sept. 19, 2019

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