Arizona may hold a precarious place in the new health care system proposed by House Republicans. The reasons are the state’s aging population and higher than average insurance costs, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. The foundations says for most Arizonans, the tax credits they use to help pay for coverage will shrink. Dana […]
Today (Sept. 27) is National Voter Registration Day, a day when thousands of individuals, organizations, celebrities, businesses and elected officials are pounding home the message that Arizonans now have less than two weeks to register to vote in the presidential election. The deadline to register to vote is Monday, Oct. 10. Diane Brown, executive director […]
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has proclaimed June 12-17 Monsoon Awareness Week in Arizona in anticipation of the 2016 monsoon and summer severe weather season.
Arizona’s most active weather season is the monsoon, which begins in mid-June and ends in late September.
The monsoon is characterized not only by extreme heat like parts of the state experienced last weekend, but also an increase in moisture, which drives the humidity up.
These conditions can produce massive thunderstorms, including heavy rain, high winds and lightning and potentially trigger dust storms, flash floods and wildfires.
Between the extreme heat and threat of flash flooding, summers in Arizona can be dangerous, even life-threatening for uninformed people.
Know the signs of dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
People over 65, children under 5 and those with pre-existing medical conditions are at high risk for heat-related illnesses.
How do you get around, Arizona?
Spend a little time sharing what takes you from place to place and you’ll help inform how we all get around in the future.
The Arizona Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration are asking households, most of them outside of metropolitan Phoenix and Tucson, to participate in the National Household Travel Survey. Up to 30,000 Arizona households, chosen at random, will be contacted by letter over the next year.
It’s important that as many households as possible participate because the answers will help state, local and federal officials decide when, where and how to invest limited transportation funding to improve roads, public transportation, sidewalks, bike paths and more, according to a press release.
“Taking part in the National Household Travel Survey requires just a few easy steps with one purpose: We want to hear your travel story,” ADOT Director John Halikowski said in the release. “Your answers are valuable no matter how you get from place to place.”
For those who aren’t invited to participate in the National Household Travel Survey, ADOT has created an online survey available at azdot.gov/NHTS. Information gathered through this survey will also help create a more valuable transportation system for all.
The National Household Travel Survey, conducted every five to seven years, provides an essential snapshot of transportation behaviors and trends by asking how members of a household get around on one day.
Participation, which is voluntary, starts with filling out a brief survey that comes with the invitation letter and returning it in a prepaid envelope. That takes about 10 minutes. Participants receive travel logs to record where members of their household go on an assigned travel day. Then they provide the information online or by phone, a process that usually takes 20-25 minutes.
Using a federal grant, ADOT has commissioned extra survey responses from beyond the Phoenix and Tucson areas to learn more about travel behaviors and trends in rural Arizona. The goal is for about 80 percent of all participants to live beyond the Sun Corridor.
By law, all information provided is kept confidential, will be used only for research and cannot be sold. Names and other identifying information aren’t linked with the survey data used to create statistical summaries.
More information on the National Household Travel Survey and how it helps ADOT and all of Arizona is available at azdot.gov/NHTS.
Backlogged rape kits have become a problem rampant in city, county and state governments across the United States. In Arizona’s largest county there are 2,300 rape kits sitting in storage waiting to be tested. When it comes to the welfare of women in our state, there will be zero tolerance for men who victimize. Government’s greatest responsibility is to protect its people – in this instance, we must do better.
It is unacceptable that predators roam free, and women await justice while rape kits gather dust. On my watch, the state of Arizona will do whatever it takes to lock these criminals away. And we’re taking action.
I’ve established a special team to develop statewide, standard processes for testing and tracking protocols of the kits to ensure every single one is tested in a timely manner. I’m putting money behind this too. My budget includes dollars to help clear the backlogs and put these predators behind bars, where they belong.
I want these victims of sexual assault to know the state of Arizona supports you 100 percent. We are committed to solving this injustice once and for all.
Gov. Doug Ducey
Arizona had one of the highest rates of “bad apple” gun dealers – those with a disproportionate share of guns that later were used in crimes – according to a Brady Center analysis of unpublished ATF data. Darker states have higher rates. (Map courtesy Brady Center)
Arizona is among the top 10 states for “bad apple” gun dealers, the 5 percent of dealers who sold almost 90 percent of the traceable guns later used in crimes across the U.S., a new report says.
The Report by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence also said Arizona was the fifth-largest exporter of guns found at crime scenes in other states in 2013. Gun dealers in the state sold 2,026 guns that were used in crimes outside Arizona that year – 1,100 that wound up in California alone.
“There are a handful of bad apples out there,” said Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign. “They put their own profits over public safety.”
People in Arizona work out longer than those in almost any other state, according to an analysis of data from millions of users of a popular fitness app.
Arizona ranked fifth among states, with an average weekly workout of 79 minutes, said the analysis of data from the MapMyFitness app. California was first, at 87.4 minutes per week on average, followed by Colorado, Washington and Oregon.
Experts caution that the numbers don’t necessarily mean that Arizonans themselves are working out more – the app only records where a person works out at a given time, not where they live. But they also said that, current heat wave aside, the state’s standing makes sense given its climate for the rest of the year.
Central Arizona College, through the First Step and Early College programs, offers an avenue for students to earn college credit while still in high school. First Step is a summer program for Pinal County high school students. The program allows high school students to enroll in college courses the summer after their sophomore, junior or […]
The J.O. Combs Middle School team was awarded second place in its first middle school Rube Goldberg Machine Contest, in late February, according to a press release. The middle school Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math—STEAM—Club competed with an amazing chain reaction machine that took months to build, according to the release. The RGMC is […]
The Higley Unified School District Governing Board voted unanimously Tuesday, Feb. 24, to name Dr. Mike Thomason the next superintendent of the district. He will begin July 1. Dr. Thomason, the assistant superintendent of operations for Higley Unified School District, brings more than 20 years of education and leadership to the helm. He was selected […]