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Az’s 13 JTEDs offer vocational alternative to traditional high schools

Joint technical education districts offer Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses, which will help provide workers for jobs that are projected to grow by 2020, according to a study by the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University. ... Read more»0

ASU study suggests almonds can help prevent heart damage in diabetics

An ASU study, published in Journal of Functional Foods, showed that eating 1.5 ounces of almonds can reduce levels of C reactive protein, which is part of a chain that can lead to heart disease, in people with progressed Type 2 diabetes.... Read more»0

Some banks pulling back from doing business on border

In late September, U.S. Sen. McCain wrote letters accusing Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Chase and Citigroup of scaling back services and closing branches in communities along the U.S.-Mexico border. ... Read more»3

Would Douglas’ stand against Common Core doom the standards?

If her current lead holds, Arizona will elect as superintendent of public instruction a Tea Party Republican who has made eliminating the state’s version of the Common Core central to her campaign. Diane Douglas’ stance on the standards has aroused concerns among education advocates and contributed to the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s decision to endorse Democrat David Garcia.... Read more»1

Mesa firm connects service dogs with those needing assistance

Cole Ludwig’s closest friend is Bandit, a German shepherd who fetches tennis balls the 8-year-old pushes off his wheelchair and playfully takes off his owner’s socks when Cole’s mother isn’t looking – and even when she is. When Bandit barks, as he is trained to do, Cole’s parents know they need to get to their son quickly. Suffering from cerebral palsy and epilepsy, Cole has silent seizures up to 10 times a week that can cause him to stop breathing.... Read more»0

Ebola unlikely in Arizona, but state is ready

With Texas seeing the nation’s first case of the Ebola virus, which is often fatal, health officials say Arizona has the right procedures in place in the unlikely event that a case turns up here. ... Read more»0

Suicide rate rising for Az middle-aged men

Arizona has had one of the nation's highest rates of suicide in recent years, and while that rate has barely climbed for the state's overall population one segment has seen a substantial increase: middle-aged men. Experts say the state's poor economy has been a factor. ... Read more»0

Schools look to first payment on $1.6B ruling

Gov. Jan Brewer has said the state will appeal a judge's decision that Arizona must make a first payment of $317 million to make up for shorting school districts during the Great Recession. ... Read more»0