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Arizona Arts Programs Threatened By Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts

Posted by on Apr 13, 2017 in Local News | 0 comments

In 2011, a University of London study discovered that when subjects looked at a beautiful painting, blood flow to the “joy response” portion of the brain increased by 10%. When you experience art that touches you in some way — be it sculpture, dance, theater, music, or any other kind — the brain reacts as if you’re looking at a loved one. But if Trump’s proposed cuts to arts funding go through, that elation may be much harder to come by in Arizona. In the budget blueprint that was released on March 16, Trump outlined his plans for cuts to federal funding. The blueprint eliminates the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. This means that arts, culture, and even public radio...

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Arizona Sephora Stores to Offer Free Beauty Classes For Cancer Patients

Posted by on Apr 11, 2017 in Featured News | 0 comments

Nearly 21 million women throughout the U.S are experiencing some degree of hair loss. Women who lose their hair due to chemotherapy and other cancer treatments often find it a struggle to feel attractive or feminine. To help these women regain their confidence, popular beauty retailer Sephora is offering free classes for cancer patients at 40 of their nationwide locations, including those in Arizona. Approximately 39.6% of women and men receive a cancer diagnosis at some point during their lives. While invasive cancer treatments can fight the disease, they take a physical toll on the body. Those who undergo these treatments are often left to grapple with significant physical changes, including hair loss, changes in weight and skin, and scars from surgery. Unsurprisingly, many experience decreased self-esteem as a result. Now, Sephora’s Classes for Confidence will include a free,...

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Arizona’s Construction Worker Shortage : A Homebuilder’s Headache

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017 in Featured News | 0 comments

Arizona is not keeping up with national construction job growth, recent data shows. This is according to a report by KTAR News. The United States broke this decade’s record by adding 58,000 construction jobs nationally, according to the most recent Employment Situation Summary, while the number of Arizona construction workers has actually gone down. While the 2006 housing boom sparked the hiring of more than 240,000 construction workers statewide, this number is now down to 134,000, according to the news report. Citing economist Rick Merritt, KTAR News reports that this has caused builders to pay higher wages. It has also caused the actual building process to take longer. This increase in time and money could outweigh money-saving techniques such as the installation of vinyl siding, which costs 11% less than cedar siding and 26% less than aluminum siding. “The...

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Up in the Air, Flight Instructor’s Speech Impediment Disappears

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017 in Featured News | 0 comments

In the early 1920s, planes began using trailing banner advertisements as a way for businesses to promote their products and services more clearly and boldly. For Jonathan Smith, getting up in the air had always been a dream — but he had no idea that once he achieved his goal, flying would allow him to communicate his message more clearly. Smith suffers from a severe stuttering disorder, which he later learned would make it impossible for him to get his pilot’s license. After reaching out to multiple flight schools in 2010, and being subsequently turned down by each one, Smith all but gave up on his aviator dreams. “I became interested in flying as a kid, but was told time and time again that, due to my stuttering, I could never be a pilot,” Smith said. “The stuttering made...

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The London Bridge Is Falling Down, Falling Down

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in Featured News | 0 comments

London Bridge might actually be falling down. No, this isn’t a nursery rhyme. According to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), of the 8,154 bridges across the state, 214 are structurally poor. This includes the well-known London Bridge of Lake Havasu City, which has been deemed “functionally obsolete.” So what does this mean? According to Mark Clark, the maintenance services division manager for the city, it means that the bridge isn’t up to the same safety code that it would be if it was built today. “It’s not something you would say is inherently unsafe, either from a structural or safety standpoint; it’s doing its job, it’s just not doing its job as well as it would if it was engineered to the newest safety or design standards,” Clark explained to Havasu News. The culprit behind this bad safety...

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