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Finally! Arizona Fights Back Against Moving Fraud…

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

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, moving fraud is a growing problem around the nation, but this June the Arizona Attorney General’s office helped one family fight back. An Illinois family who recently moved to Arizona faced a discouraging welcome when their moving company held all of their belongings for ransom. American Home Movers from Las Vegas allegedly demanded the family pay them an additional $3,100, or else they would never receive their belongings. The family contacted the Better Business Bureau, who contacted the Arizona Attorney General, who sent state investigators to assist the family. Investigator J.J. Stroh helped set up a sting operation, and when the moving truck finally arrived, the family had their possessions unloaded free of charge. Stroh says the driver was given 14 violations. “People moving in and out all the time. We...

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Melanoma Cases Are on the Rise in the United States, CDC Says

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in National News | 0 comments

A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that melanoma rates in the United States have doubled over the past 30 years. The Arizona Republic reports that the CDC is concerned that melanoma, a particularly fatal form of skin cancer caused by overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) light, will continue to rise among the American population if Americans aren’t more careful about sun exposure. More than 90% of melanomas are caused by UV radiation exposure. Dr. Robin Harris, a professor of epidemiology and co-director of the University of Arizona Cancer Skin Cancer Institute in Tucson, says apathy, denial, and even arrogance are just as accountable for the spike in melanoma cases as UV radiation itself. “There’s still a belief that ‘it’s not going to happen to me and this is something I don’t have to...

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Viral Video Star with Autism Trained Her Service Dog to Snap Her out of ‘Meltdowns’

Posted by on Jun 22, 2015 in Local News | 0 comments

Twenty-four-year-old Danielle Jacobs is one of 3.5 million Americans with an autism spectrum disorder — in her case, Asperger’s Syndrome. But she also has a service dog to help her in her daily life, and together they went viral in a video that Jacobs filmed to show people what it’s like to have Asperger’s. On June 1, Jacobs posted a video of herself having a depressive episode, or “meltdown,” on YouTube. But her 120-pound Rottweiler, Samson, is trained to respond to certain behaviors typical for Jacobs and others like her on the autism spectrum. Just a couple of weeks later, the video has gone viral and been viewed more than 3.6 million times. In the video, Jacobs is seen crying and hitting herself, but Samson uses his paws to stop her from self-harming and then rests on her when...

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Are Arizona’s Farmers Prepared for a Water Shortage?

Posted by on Jun 19, 2015 in Local News | 0 comments

At an event on Tuesday, June 9, Gov. Doug Ducey offered praise for Arizona’s past water planning and conservation efforts while also urging the importance of addressing water levels in Lake Mead, which continue to drop. According to the Arizona Daily Star, Ducey also reinforced the need for federally-financed water saving efforts to help avoid over-tapping the Colorado River. “Uncertainty and vulnerability surrounding our water supply remain,” Ducey explanied. “Despite the uncertainties, vulnerabilities and challenges we face, Arizona does not face an immediate crisis. And we won’t, as long as we follow the examples of those before us: good planning, good management and good policy.” But are Arizona’s farms — 97% of which are family-owned and operated — ready to cut down on their water usage? Currently, irrigated agriculture accounts for approximately 70% of Arizona’s water use, but experts...

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The Battle For Marijuana Legalization Blazes in Arizona

Posted by on Jun 11, 2015 in Local News | 0 comments

Many people in Arizona have already begun a campaign to legalize marijuana. Proponents are working hard to collect enough signatures to get it on the ballot in 2016. There’s just one issue. Matforce, a substance abuse coalition, has put up billboards warning that using marijuana could be dangerous. One billboard near the highway I-17 claims, “Regular long-term marijuana use, lowers IQ, marijuana harmless? Think again.” Another says “Would your child know if this cookie has pot in it?” Some believe that the billboards are an effort to oppose the ballot initiative to legalize marijuana, but Matforce claims they’re not against it. The group insists they’re only focused on youth substance abuse. Whatever their intention, the billboards are definitely going to influence the public. According to PsyBlog, the human brain analyzes and stores visual information many times faster than anything...

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