In wake of shooting, educators look at social media impact on students

  Minutes after a gunman opened fire at a Florida high school last week, live images of the attack were being streamed into the phones of students across the country through social media. Within hours, those same social media accounts were being used by students to express grief, to send condolences and to rally people […]

What is Arizona doing about gun control?

This week’s deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, put the national debate about gun control back into the spotlight. But at least one Arizona lawmaker remained skeptical much would change in Arizona. “I don’t think there’s much appetite for addressing that given our current state Legislature, but I think common sense gun safety reform is […]

As monsoon storms grow stronger, county works to keep San Tan park trails safe for visitors

County supervisors will vote in late February on whether to increase park entry fees, with extra revenue to go to park maintenance     For the 500 miles of trails in the Maricopa County Park system, increasingly destructive monsoon storms are causing more erosion, more damage and potentially more costly repairs. Researchers predict the summer […]

Ducey signs sweeping law to confront Arizona opioid crisis

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday, Jan. 26, signed into law a sweeping plan to confront the opioid crisis that provides $10 million for treatment, restricts timetables for opioid prescriptions and protects from drug prosecution Good Samaritans who call for emergency help if someone overdoses. Gov. Ducey, in the Capitol rotunda, signed the Arizona Opioid […]

Facing fears: iPhone X’s new facial recognition raises concerns

‘What are we willing to give up for convenience in terms of privacy and security?’ ASU professor asks   Even before the news reports about problems with Apple’s iPhone X – one reviewer for Forbes called it the worst iPhone ever – some experts had reservations about the facial recognition technology that is one of the phone’s marquee features. […]

Arizona gets federal OK for work requirement for Medicaid recipients

Arizona is one of 10 states that got federal approval Thursday, Jan. 11, to move ahead on proposals to require that able-bodied Medicaid recipients are either working or involved in “community engagement activities” to be eligible for coverage. The guidance released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services clears the way for those states […]

Ending the stigma: Programs create conversations about mental health in Arizona schools

NAMI’s Ending the Silence is being used at some Tucson schools. The program needs funding to go statewide   About one in five, 43.8 million, or 18.5 percent: Those represent the number of people in the U,S, who experience mental illness in a given year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Suicide is the third-leading […]

As we live longer, what will happen to quality of life?

Research has shown physical, social and mental activities help with the longevity of life     Every time Catherine Baimonte visited her mother at an assisted living facility in Colorado, her mother’s health worsened. Ms. Baimonte, a retired Avondale teacher, remembers one of those visits. Her mother forgot how to shower. Do you need help? Ms. […]

Wedding-bill blues: As costs top $25,000, couples, small businesses adjust

As wedding prices rise in the Valley, Arizona couples and small businesses juggle costs, trends and constantly evolving technology. National average wedding costs have risen $12,333 from only five years ago, as millennial couples demand a custom experience, shift from short videos to movies that tell the story of their romance and extend the marriage […]

Millions of Americans turn to bottled water, but is it safer than tap?

Some tap water might smell like chlorine. Or it looks a little cloudy. Or maybe it doesn’t taste quite right. Those are just some of the reasons millions of Americans turn to bottled water. Bottled water has become the No. 1 beverage choice in the U.S., with 12.8 billion gallons sold in 2016, according to […]