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ASU machine dispenses meds, not snacks

ASU students on the Tempe campus might grab potato chips or pop from vending machines on their way to class. And now they’re also able to grab prescription drugs from a machine.... Read more»

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Chandler company turns worn out blue jeans into insulation

They’ve been sung about by Neil Diamond, Flo Rida and Blur. They’re worn until they rip and tatter, then worn some more. They are your jeans. When your denim is worn to the point where it’s no longer useful as clothing, it can serve another purpose. A company in Chandler is taking this evergreen apparel and recycling it to make bedding, wall insulation and soundproofing products.... Read more»

Report: Az ahead of the game on after-school programs

Arizona was sixth in the nation on a national ranking of states for the quality of their after-school programs. The state’s ranking was boosted by the relatively high number of low-income students in such programs and the near total support of the programs by parents surveyed.... Read more»

Forecast: Phx commercial real estate to improve slowly in 2015

The commercial real estate market in Phoenix will continue to improve slowly in 2015 with promising growth in residential rental housing, an Arizona State University real estate professor said.... Read more»

Scientists aim to build communication with parents about vaccines

A group of scientists at ASU are working to improve their communication skills to find common ground among parents who feel their concerns about vaccinating their children aren’t being heard by the health care providers.... Read more»

Az traces alcohol sources in underaged drinkers' accidents, deaths

TRACE, or Target Responsibility for Alcohol Connected Emergency, is the investigation unit of the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control. The investigators are called when underage drinking is involved in a serious accident or death, and their job is to work backward from the time of the incident to find out who supplied the alcohol.... Read more»

Seeking more impact at polls, Az groups working to register Hispanics

With the general election approaching, Mi Familia Vota and 11 other organizations that are part of the coalition One Arizona are trying to get Hispanics to commit to voting and get them on the permanent early ballot list. Their goal: turning this demographic’s numbers – an estimated 30.3 percent of all Arizonans – into voting power.... Read more»1

ASU to return M-16s obtained from military surplus program

Arizona State University plans to return 70 M-16s obtained a year and a half ago under a Department of Defense program that distributes surplus weapons to law enforcement agencies. The weapons will be replaced with standard, newer rifles that could be used to confront an “active shooter.” a spokeswoman said Monday.

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NCAA committee evaluates Phx as Final Four site

The countdown to Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium in February is in full swing. One year later, that same venue will host the College Football National Championship game. If things go well this week, the stadium in Glendale may be on its way to a third consecutive year hosting one of the nation’s biggest sporting events.... Read more»

A question of economic impact: What if Cardinals make Glendale’s Super Bowl?

Come February, thousands upon thousands of fans and their wallets will flock to the Valley for Super Bowl XLIX and activities surrounding it, buying hotel rooms, meals and more in the process. But what becomes of the estimated $600 million economic impact from all of those visitors if the Super Bowl becomes a home game for the Arizona Cardinals, whose fans don’t necessarily have to travel?... Read more»

Balance-testing app helps trainers assess possible concussions

Sway Balance, a Barrow Neurological Institute app used by dozens of high schools, is free and more accurate than usual ways of measuring players’ balance. It uses technology in smartphone and tablet operating systems that measures acceleration.... Read more»

Gun Wars

Gun groups working for concealed carry on college campuses

College students nationwide clash over the right to bring concealed guns on campus.... Read more»1

PCC, ASU, other campuses stock up on military rifles under federal program

While campus police say the military rifles enhance public safety and protect officers, a representative of the ACLU of Arizona says the weapons speak to an alarming militarization of police.... Read more»

Bear down, or bottoms up?

Playboy ranks UA as one of nation's top party schools

The University of Arizona’s making news for something other than President Ann Weaver Hart’s imperious ways, with Playboy ranking the “wet and wild” college as the No. 4 party school in the United States. The magazine’s staff may have also been partaking: the report refers to Tucson’s “Fourth Street bar scene.”... Read more»2

Az obesity levels off, but minorities still suffer

Obesity rates among Arizona adults appear to have stabilized after years of steady increases, according to a new report, which said 26.8 percent of Arizonans were obese. But state health officials said the obesity rates among minority groups remained high.... Read more»

Spending on Arizona primary topped $43.5M

Driven by the race for GOP nomination for governor, politicians and independent committees spent a “staggering” sum on the primary, according to the most-recent campaign filings. That number is likely to go up, and millions more are likely to be spent before the Nov. 4 general.... Read more»

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