December 2018

desks in a classroom
According to federal data, during the 2015-16 school year, Arizona students missed at least 3 million days of school. The problem of chronic absenteeism is one districts face across the state.
December 26, 2018
broken road earthquake
President Donald Trump campaigned on a promise that he would deal with the country’s infrastructure. During the course of his administration, there’s been optimism about getting a deal done with Congress. But so far, that hasn’t happened.
December 26, 2018
E. coli
2018 has been a terrible year for food recalls and related concerns in the U.S. Is the issue getting scarier? Or is there greater awareness?
December 26, 2018
People board a packed streetcar
Arizona has grown by almost 780,000 people in the past eight years, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Not only do those new residents bring more money to the state, they could bring one more congressional seat.
December 26, 2018
moon through trees branches at night
Have you ever wondered how “scary ghost stories” made it on the list of things in the song “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” or why Charles Dickens’ "A Christmas Carol” features so many ghosts?
December 21, 2018
"Christmas in America" From Jesse Rieser
This is the time of year when families can pile into the car and go driving around, looking at Christmas lights. And, the more, the better — the lights, the inflatable Santas and snowmen, the music — the whole bit.
December 21, 2018
Andrei Cherny with Hugh Hallman (on right)
Discussing the week in news with Arizona Democratic Party Chair Andrei Cherny and former Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman.
December 21, 2018
Sharon Elliott
One of the most intriguing unsolved mysteries in Arizona history is the case of the so-called "Hatbox Baby." Arizona Republic senior reporter John D’Anna has been working on this story for three decades.
December 21, 2018
Phoenix Suns President and CEO Jason Rowley
The city of Phoenix and the Phoenix Suns continue to move forward on trying to reach an agreement on how to fund repairs for the team’s home building — Talking Stick Resort Arena in downtown.
December 21, 2018
paying with cash
The new year means a new raise for many workers in Arizona. The state minimum wage will increase from $10.50 to $11 per hour, as part of a voter-approved goal of $12 by 2020. But the city of Flagstaff is already jumping up to $12 on Jan. 1, and the minimum wage will be $15 by 2021.
December 21, 2018

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