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While it may be hard to imagine, soon we will be welcoming in a new year. As the clocks strikes midnight, many Arizonans will be able to celebrate having health insurance for the first time.
Gov. Jan Brewer is weighing whether the troubled Child Protective Services needs to be split into a separate agency headed by someone who reports directly to her.
My personal mission is to be a spark that ignites positive, sustainable change in the lives of youth. Thankfully, I have an opportunity to partner with key stakeholders in the process of fulfilling this mission (i.e. parents).
For years, Julie Fischer has devoted her life to trying to better young children in the realms of education and social behaviors.
National Adoption Month has special meaning to several Ahwatukee Foothills families who’ve chosen adoption to grow their families.
The Marketplace is open for business! Or is it?
Freshmen, it’s not too early to start thinking about your college plans. Your first step is to build a strong resume. If you establish high standards and work hard, you will set yourself up for unlimited opportunities when you apply to colleges in the fall of your senior year. Here are some tips to get you started:
In one of my past columns for the Ahwatukee Foothills News, I introduced you to an innovative approach to ending the bullying epidemic, called bully proofing. Instead of resorting to various punitive measures aimed at deterring future bully behaviors, bully proofing seeks to empower ALL students, giving them the necessary tools and strategies to be resilient in the face of a bully.
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have increased dramatically over the past few decades, the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC 2012) recently established the prevalence to be 1 in 88 American children and estimated 1 out of 54 boys being diagnosed with autism. ASD affects over 2 million individuals in the U.S. and is one of the fastest growing mental health concerns.
Assistant to Attorney General Rear Admiral Nadine Simmons spoke to Arizona State University students, faculty and staff Sept. 26 on the future of health care and the Affordable Care Act.
I know the challenges that Arizona faces. I have read the countless reports outlining the investments our state needs to make if we are going to have a bright future: education, business, infrastructure, research, transportation and job creation.
Each fall, after crossing the hurdle of back-to-school fever, parents of high school juniors and seniors have the added burden of facing the confusing college application process. News stories remind parents of the spiraling tuition costs and increased unemployment among college graduates while colleges sell parents on the need for a degree in today’s changing American economy.
When trying to make one universal statement about memory, one aspect comes to mind. Our memories and the brain structures that support memory are plastic, which means that memory expands and contracts over time and types of stimulation. That statement is true whether you are a child, adolescent, adult, or senior. Obviously the capacity tends towards enhancement when we are young and starts to decline around 50. We then begin to notice the loss of instantaneous recall. This may be especially true for names, titles, and places.
You’ve gotta hand it to Republican Gov. Jan Brewer. She cleverly played her politics over the past few months as she made her puzzling shift toward Obamacare in order to expand Medicaid, making Arizona the 24th state to do so.
This month, health insurance rate increases ranging from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona with a 10.9 percent average annual rate increase impacting 67,248 individuals to Aetna Small Group with a 14.1 percent rate increase impacting 46,916 individuals becomes effective.
Preparing teens for adulthood includes helping them navigate the ins and outs of social media. Sometimes teens don’t think before they act. But, this makes sense because the prefrontal cortex is not fully developed until the mid-20s. This part of the brain is responsible for “executive functions;” which includes the ability to organize thoughts, solve problems, foresee possible consequences and delay gratification. That’s why many times adolescents do things that simply don’t make sense to us. So, when it comes to social media they need to be educated.
Your political beliefs control your future. They will drive you to support the liberty offered by our constitutional republic or they will cause you to aid and abet the dreary mediocrity of the level playing field of the socialists who would destroy our constitutional republic.
After more than five hours of heated debate and public discourse, the Phoenix City Council amended the Phoenix City Code to ban discrimination in employment on the basis of “sexual orientation,” “gender identity or expression” and “disability.” Phoenix City Ordinance No. G-5780.
As part of the recently passed state budget which included an expanded Medicaid plan expected to reach some 350,000 Arizonans, local school districts are expected to receive inflation funding next fiscal year.
For the past two years, Desert Vista High School teacher Debra Benedict has seen her students grow in writing, leadership and in their understanding of the issues within education.
Take note. This is an excellent question, and it may be the relief you and your family have been looking for.
Centennials are normally cause for celebration, a chance to applaud some thing or person standing the test of time. But not so for the income tax. Even the IRS is declining to mention that this year is the 100-year anniversary of the 16th Amendment of the Constitution, which authorized the tax.
Pet rescue groups across the Valley are coming together with a three-year initiative to solve the problem of pet homelessness by fixing, adopting and saving Valley pets.
Domestic violence is a problem that hits all neighborhoods.