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Glendale Considers Divisive Non-Discrimination Bill for LGBT Residents

Posted by on Aug 29, 2015 in Local News | 0 comments

In 2014, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed the bill known as SB 1062 after a massive national outcry. The bill would have allowed business owners to cite their religious beliefs when denying service to customers, and critics said it was a thinly veiled attempt to legalize discrimination against the LGBT community. Now, the pendulum appears to be swinging the other way, with Arizona cities like Tucson, Phoenix, Flagstaff, and Tempe extending discrimination laws to include the gay community. Now, Glendale could be set to join their ranks as well; the city is considering legislation that would enact a non-discrimination statute that includes protections for genetic characteristics, veteran status, physical and mental disabilities, marital status, and controversially, sexual orientation and gender identification. At public meetings, the proposed measure has been divisive. Critics say the bill would have a “chilling effect”...

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New Polling Results Dub Trump the Favored Presidential Candidate in Arizona

Posted by on Aug 25, 2015 in Local News | 0 comments

Donald Trump knows a thing or two about real estate. For example, he could probably inform you that over 50% of home buyers and home builders seek a property with a two-car garage. Yet when it comes to politics, Donald Trump has an undeniably more questionable background. The real estate tycoon has been on the scene in the presidential primaries as a Republican candidate, and has thus far been received with less than open arms by most states. In Arizona, however, this is not the case at all. In a recent poll conducted by MBQF Consulting, a Phoenix-based consulting firm, Trump is showing up as one of the top 10 leading GOP candidates in Arizona. For the survey, participants were asked to give a choice among a list of top 10 candidates, as determined by a story recently published...

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Small Business Takes On Sleep Apnea

Posted by on Aug 12, 2015 in National News | 0 comments

Could a small business and a crowdfunding campaign be the right combination to build a better solution for people suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)? Entrepreneur Stephen Marsh thinks so. “Apnea” is taken from the Greek for “without breath,” and OSA refers to a condition in which a person involuntarily stops breathing while asleep because the soft tissue at the back of the threat collapses in and blocks the airway. The brain eventually wakes the person, but numerous events throughout the night make it nearly impossible to get rest that isn’t fragmented or low in quality. Sleep apnea is thought to affect around 18 million Americans, making it as common as diabetes, according to the American Sleep Apnea Foundation. Currently, one of the most common options for treating OSA is using a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machine each night....

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Arizona Cities Rank Among the Best Places in the Country for Retirees

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015 in Local News | 0 comments

A new ranking of the best places in the U.S. for retirees has placed Arizona cities in three of the top four spots, based on their crime rates, weather, taxes and a number of other factors. According to ABC15 Arizona, the ranking, conducted by Bankrate.com, looked at 196 cities across the country and evaluated them in seven liability categories. Mesa, Prescott and Tucson came in in first, third and fourth places, respectively. Arlington, VA, came in second place. Chris Kahn, a spokesman for Bankrate, said these Arizona cities possess a wealth of outdoor activities for seniors to enjoy, including golf courses, parks and cultural attractions. These recreational opportunities play a vital role in quality of life for retired individuals. “If you look at surveys from people of retirement age in Prescott and Mesa, you can see that they really...

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Combating Drunk Driving Just Got an Upgrade in Arizona

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015 in Local News | 0 comments

It’s something we see far too often: an innocent person killed due to someone who chose to drive rather than take a taxi after a night of drinking. It’s an unfortunate reality that many people get behind the wheel, believing that they’re fine to drive home, but they put not only themselves in danger, but others on the road as well. Take the example of an Arizona man, Abraham Delgadillo Castro, who is now charged with the death of his girlfriend Jeanette Ruiz and the injury of two others. According to the Arizona Republic, he ran a red light in Phoenix, resulting in a violent crash which fractured the vertebrae of the other driver and injured their passenger. Ruiz, who first suffered a head injury, died later. Castro’s blood alcohol level was .18%, which is more than twice the...

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