March 2017

Athena Tergis and Mick Maloney
“If It Wasn’t For the Irish and the Jews” … it sounds like the beginning of a joke. But in fact, it’s the name of a song from the so-called Tin Pan Alley era of American music in the late 19th century, when Irish and Jewish immigrants dominated the music industry in New York City.
March 22, 2017
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IBM said it’s created the world’s smallest magnet, using one atom. And the company said it can store a bit of data on that single atom. To find out how big a deal this is, we talk to Richard Kiehl, a professor in ASU’s School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering.
March 22, 2017
texting and driving
The Tucson City Council Tuesday night approved a new ban on drivers using cell phones and other handheld devices. State Sen. Steve Farley of Tucson has pushed statewide texting while driving bans for the past several years in the state Legislature.
March 22, 2017
desks in a classroom
The fate of a bill in the state Legislature to expand Arizona’s Empowerment Scholarship Accounts, or ESAs, to all public school students appears to be uncertain, with some senators expressing skepticism.
March 22, 2017
Supermarket competition in the Valley is continuing to grow, and that plethora of options is strongly affecting groceries’ bottom lines. To find out what’s in it for the groceries and consumers, we spoke with Phil Lempert. He’s the editor of Supermarket Guru and an industry analyst.
March 22, 2017
Christian Picciolini
Christian Picciolini left the White Power movement in 1995. In 2009, he met someone he had known in the movement, and found out they both had left and were both working to help others who had left extremist movements rebuild their lives. Together they founded Life After Hate and Exit USA, nonprofit organizations that work to help people who want to leave or have left hate groups.
March 22, 2017
Since 1994, just about half of the convicted murderers in Arizona who weren’t either sentenced to natural life in prison or death were given sentences of life in prison with a chance of parole.
March 22, 2017
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The city of Phoenix released its proposed 2017-18 budget on Tuesday. The budget proposal is now open for public comment and to talk more about what’s included in this budget, we’re joined by Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher.
March 22, 2017
The 99-year-old Edwards Hotel has been vacant for years, so the city wants to remove it. But preservationists say it has a character that deserves saving.
March 22, 2017
A small lobby at the Mexican Consulate in Phoenix feels a lot like the Motor Vehicle Division. It's where undocumented immigrants wait for a chance to tell their story to a pro-bono lawyer. They sit in hard plastic chairs, clutch official documents and stare at posters that explain how to act if the police pull them over.
March 22, 2017

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