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August 20, 2014

  • Arizona Technology and Innovation: ASU/Mars 2020 Mission  |   Video
    • NASA has chosen Arizona State University to design and operate a camera system for the Mars 2020 mission. The University will design, deliver and oversee Mastcam-Z imaging, a pair of color panoramic zoom cameras for the next rover mission to be launched to the surface of Mars in 2020. Jim Bell, a professor in ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration, will be the principal investigator overseeing the project. He will discuss ASU’s involvement in the Mars 2020 Mission.

August 18, 2014

  • Streamlining the Adoption Process  |   Video
    • The Maricopa County Juvenile Court System is streamlining the adoption process to make it quicker and more efficient. To do that, the court has created the Maricopa County Juvenile Court Adoption Unit. Judge Bradley Astrowsky of Maricopa County Juvenile Court will discuss the changes.

August 12, 2014

  • ASU Ebola Virus Research  |   Video
    • An experimental treatment for the Ebola virus has been developed by an Arizona State University researcher. Charles Arntzen will discuss his work on a tobacco-derived drug being used to treat two Ebola virus patients flown to the U.S. for treatment.

August 11, 2014

  • Vote 2014: Independent Voters  |   Video
    • The number of independent voters participating in this year’s primary election in Maricopa County could double. That is causing Republican Party officials concern, because many independents are choosing to vote on the Republican ticket. Hank Stephenson of the Arizona Capitol Times will discuss his story on the issue.

August 4, 2014

  • Vote 2014: Early Voting  |   Video
    • Early voting is already underway, with the primary election set for August 26. Find out all you need to know to cast your ballot properly, whether you vote by mail, vote on Election Day or are registered as an independent. Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell will give us all the details.
  • Arizona’s Future: The Future of Medicine  |   Video
    • Much of the future of medicine is in determining how our genes contribute to sickness and how they can be used for wellness. Cutting-edge genomics research is being conducted on a daily basis in downtown Phoenix at the Translational Genomics Research Institute, or TGen. Dr. Michael Berens, TGen's deputy director for research resources, will discuss the myriad of research going on at the facility.

July 23, 2014

  • Driving Survey  |   Video
    • A new survey shows Arizonans are driving less and taking other forms of transportation more often. It was released by the Arizona Public Interest Research Groups Organization and St. Luke’s Health Initiatives. Jon Ford, communications director for St. Luke’s Health Initiatives, will discuss the survey.

July 10, 2014

  • Uncompensated Hospital Care  |   Video
    • A new survey by the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association shows that care given to those unable to pay their bill has fallen 31 percent for the first four months of this year as compared to the same time period last year. Jim Haynes, senior vice president and chief operating officer for the association, will talk about the new survey.

June 23, 2014

  • Maricopa County Update  |   Video
    • Maricopa County supervisors are working on a new budget. Board Chairman Denny Barney will discuss that and other county issues.
  • Custom Drug Treatments for Children  |   Video
    • Researchers from Phoenix Children’s Hospital, TGen, and the University of Arizona College of Medicine are working on developing individualized drugs for children with cancer and other diseases, with the drugs based on their genetics. Dr. Robert Arceci is the Division Chief of Oncology at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, and he will talk about the research.

June 18, 2014

  • Chemotherapy for Prostate Cancer  |   Video
    • Researchers have found a way to use an old treatment to extend the life of prostate cancer patients. Men who received a chemotherapy drug lived nearly 58 months versus 44 months for those not receiving it. The Mayo Clinic in Arizona was one of the sites for clinical trials for the drug study. Dr. Alan Bryce of the Mayo Clinic will discuss the treatment.

June 17, 2014

  • Five-Year Freeway Plan  |   Video
    • The State Transportation Board recently voted to move forward with Arizona’s Five-year Transportation Facilities Construction Program. The vote gives the go ahead to work on six major road projects in Pima County and four in Maricopa County. Scott Omer, Director of the Arizona Department of Transportation’s Multimodal Planning Division, will discuss the plans.

June 16, 2014

  • Medical Marijuana Rule Changes  |   Video
    • Several changes are being considered for Arizona’s Medical Marijuana program, including the possible use of the drug for those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Public input is being sought on the changes. Arizona Department of Health Services Director Will Humble will discuss the potential changes.

June 3, 2014

  • Downwinders  |   Video
    • They’re called “Downwinders”; people affected by the fallout from nuclear testing in Nevada during the 1950s and early 60s. Many of those impacted lived in Northern Arizona, like John Hanna Sr. of Prescott, who died this past October of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Hanna’s widow Sherrie Hanna will discuss the impact of nuclear fallout on Northern Arizona residents and what she’d like to see done to address the issue.

June 2, 2014

  • Veterans’ Affairs Controversy  |   Video
    • Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki has resigned, the latest in a series of events that started with allegations that 40 veterans may have died while waiting for medical care at the Phoenix VA hospital. Dennis Wagner of the Arizona Republic has been writing about the issue and will bring us up to date.

May 29, 2014

  • Special Legislative Session  |   Video
    • A special legislative session to revise Arizona’s system for protecting abused and neglected children was wrapped up. Jim Small, an editor with the Arizona Capitol Times, gives us an update.

May 28, 2014

  • AZ Giving and Leading: Fix.Adopt.Save. Campaign  |   Video
    • Nearly 90,000 dogs and cats came into Maricopa County shelters last year, the second highest county intake in the U.S. after Los Angeles County. There is a solution. The Fix.Adopt.Save. initiative is designed to increase spay/neuter surgeries and adoptions. Heather Sheston, project manager for Fix.Adopt.Save., and Melissa Gable, a spokeswoman of Maricopa County Animal Care and Control, will discuss the issue.

May 22, 2014

  • Intelliwound  |   Video
    • Every 20 seconds, a diabetes patient undergoes a limb amputation. We’ll show you how a new start-up company called “Intelliwound” is using tracking technology to combat diabetic complications before they become severe.

May 15, 2014

  • Deep Brain Stimulation  |   Video
    • For the first time in its history, the Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital performed an advanced form of brain surgery called deep brain stimulation on several children with dystonia. That’s a disease that produces chronic, involuntary contortions of the trunk and limbs. The procedure involves placing electrodes deep in the brain and then connecting them with a pacemaker-like device placed in the abdomen. The surgery has allowed children to walk again and perform everyday functions. Neurosurgeon Dr. Ratan Bhardwaj will discuss the procedure.

May 14, 2014

  • Historic Medical Donation  |   Video
    • The St. Joseph’s Foundation has been given a $19 million donation by Arizona philanthropists John and Doris Norton to establish the John and Doris Norton Thoracic Institute. The donation will help create centers for lung, heart and esophageal medicine at Dignity Health’s St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Ross Bremner, director of the lung transplant program at St. Joseph’s, will discuss this donation and what it means for healthcare in Arizona.

May 13, 2014

  • Full Body Skin Imaging  |   Video
    • A new technology has been developed by a Tucson company that provides a full body scan of a person’s skin, allowing doctors to track changes over time to detect skin diseases.

May 6, 2014

  • Killer Heat  |   Video
    • We are on the brink of summer, and the return of killer heat. Last year, 139 people died of heat-related causes in Arizona. Arizona Department of Health Services director Will Humble will talk about the killer heat, along with Arizona State University researcher David Hondula, who has a new report that studied the correlation between hospital room admissions and higher temperatures.

April 29, 2014

  • VA Hospital  |   Video
    • More members of Arizona’s congressional delegation are calling for the resignation of top administrators at the Phoenix Veterans Hospital. The hospital allegedly had a secret list of extremely long wait times for veterans seeking medical care, some so long that patients died waiting for treatment. Dennis Wagner of the Arizona Republic, who has been tracking the story, will discuss the issue.

April 21, 2014

  • Child Abuse in Arizona  |   Video
    • “Keeping Children Safe: Ask an Expert” is a show that will air on 8pm on Monday, April 21 on Eight Arizona PBS. During the show, viewers can call in and talk to an expert with their questions about child abuse and human trafficking. Leading up to that on Arizona Horizon, Maricopa County Juvenile Court presiding judge Colleen McNally will discuss the issue of child abuse in Arizona.

April 14, 2014

  • MAG Demographic Map Viewer  |   Video
    • The Maricopa Association of Governments has created several interactive maps that give a variety of key information for the Phoenix Metro area. Businesses and other groups can search individual areas to get information on land use, population density, percentage of minority groups, bikeways and much more. Anubhav Bagley, MAG Information Services Manager, will walk us through the map viewer.

April 10, 2014

  • Medical Marijuana Research  |   Video
    • Funding for medical marijuana research was blocked at the state legislature. Dr. Sue Sisley, a medical marijuana researcher, will talk about the issue.

March 27, 2014

  • Maricopa County Regional Behavioral Health Authority  |   Video
    • The organization that provides behavioral health services in the Maricopa County region is switching from Magellan, a Connecticut-based company, to Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care April First. Mercy Maricopa is a non-profit organization sponsored by Maricopa County’s public health-care system. The switch comes at a time when coverage for the mentally ill will be enhanced by the settlement of a decades old lawsuit, Arnold versus Sarn. Charles Arnold, the lawyer who represented the mentally ill in the lawsuit, will discuss the case, along with Eddy Broadway, CEO of Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care, and Cory Nelson, Deputy Director for Behavioral Health for the Arizona Department of Health Services.

March 25, 2014

  • ACA Deadline  |   Video
    • The March 31 deadline to enroll for insurance under the Affordable Care Act is fast approaching. Cheryl O'Donnell of Enroll America will bring us up to date on the latest in efforts to enroll Arizonans for health insurance.

March 24, 2014

  • Maricopa County Sheriff Hearing  |   Video
    • Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and one of his top deputies were called into court for comments the deputy made about federal oversight of the department. JJ Hensley of the Arizona Republic will give us an update.

March 11, 2014

  • Voucher Expansion  |   Video
    • A bill has been proposed that would expand Arizona’s voucher system to pay for private schools and make it available to 73 percent of the state’s students. The bill’s sponsor, Representative Debbie Lesko, will discuss her bill with Representative Eric Meyer, who opposes it.

February 20, 2014

  • Intergenerational Award  |   Video
    • The Greater Phoenix area has been named one of the best intergenerational regions in the country. MetLife Foundation and Generations United have announced the Maricopa region will receive one of four Best Intergenerational Communities Awards on March 25 in Washington, D.C. Maricopa Association of Governments Human Services Director Amy St. Peter and Jacky Alling, Senior Program Officer at the Arizona Community Foundation, will discuss the award and why the Phoenix area is receiving it.

February 4, 2014

  • Flu Update  |   Video
    • The flu has turned deadly in Arizona, with at least one adult and one pediatric death being reported in Yuma County. State health officials say it is widespread in the highest category possible. Jessica Rigler, Bureau Chief for the State Bureau of Epidemiology and Disease control, will give us a flu update.

February 3, 2014

  • Arizona State of Education  |   Video
    • Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal delivers his Arizona State of Education speech, Monday, February 3, and will discuss the status of our education system on Arizona Horizon.

January 28, 2014

  • Arizona Culinary Ambassadors  |   Video
    • Five Arizona chefs have been given the “Ripe Award” at an event at the Phoenix Art Museum. The award requires them to represent Arizona food culture to the rest of the nation and world in 2014. Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Chucri, who has served as the president and CEO of the Arizona Restaurant Association, will talk about the awards and the mission of the awards. Joining him are Chefs Justin Beckett of Beckett’s Table, and Gio Osso of Vitru, both 2014 “Ripe Award” winners.

January 6, 2014

  • Social Services/Legislature  |   Video
    • Budgets for social services in Arizona have been hard-hit in the past few years. Join social services advocates as they talk about what they would like to see from the Arizona legislature in its upcoming session. Dana Naimark, president and CEO of the Children’s Action Alliance, Andrew Morrill, president of the Arizona Education Association and Tara McCollum Plese of the Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers will discuss issues important to social services advocates.

December 18, 2013

  • Aging Initiatives Grants  |   Video
    • Valley communities will be better able to fight social isolation and strengthen the connections that older adults have, thanks to two new grants awarded to the Greater Phoenix Age-Friendly Network. The funding will help three pilot communities launch new programs to help older adults live independently. Amy St. Peter, the Maricopa Association of Governments Human Services manager, will talk about how the money will be used.

December 11, 2013

  • Healthcare Marketplace   |   Video
    • The Healthcare Marketplace will be available until Dec. 23 for those seeking insurance coverage by Jan. 1 under the Affordable Care Act. Pati Urias of AZ Enroll America will talk about the “Get Covered America” campaign, an effort to get people enrolled in health care coverage.

December 4, 2013

  • Around Arizona: Yarnell Hill Fire Report  |   Video
    • The Arizona Division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is releasing its report on the Yarnell Hill Fire, which killed 19 firefighters. Jim Cross, who covers wildfires for KTAR radio, will discuss the report.

December 2, 2013

  • School Funding Lawsuit  |   Video
    • Some charter school students and their families are asking that the Arizona Court of Appeals reverse a Maricopa County Superior Court ruling from last April that upheld the current funding system for K-12 schools. Those filing the suit say that system gives much more money per pupil to traditional public school students. The plantiff’s attorney, Korey Langhofer, and Arizona Education Association President Andrew Morrill, will discuss the case and school funding for charter and traditional public schools.

November 27, 2013

  • ASU Indian Legal Program  |   Video
    • Arizona State University’s Indian Legal Program is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The program was established in 1988 to provide legal education, scholarship in the area of Indian law and public service to tribal governments. Regents' Professor of Law and Executive Director of the Indian Legal Program Rebecca Tsosie, and Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community President Diane Enos, an Indian Legal Program alumna, will talk about the program and its impact on both tribes in Arizona and the state as a whole.

November 21, 2013

  • Winter Air Quality  |   Video
    • Get an update on winter air quality in Maricopa County with Arizona Department of Environmental Quality director Eric Massey and Maricopa County Air Quality director Bill Wiley.

November 14, 2013

  • Health Insurance Marketplace Update  |   Video
    • It’s been more than a month since the Affordable Care Act was launched. The web site used to sign up for health insurance under the plan has been plagued with problems. The Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers received the biggest amount of money granted by the federal government to Arizona “Navigators,” who are charged with helping people sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Senior Director for External Affairs of the Alliance Tara McCollum Plese give us an update on her organization’s experiences in helping people sign up for insurance.

November 7, 2013

  • Piper Charitable Trust Encore Career Prize  |   Video
    • The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust will honor an inspiring encore career leader who is addressing a major social need in Maricopa County with a second career. We will talk Mike McQuaid, winner of the inaugural Piper Trust Encore Career Prize.
  • Arizona Town Hall  |   Video
    • The latest Arizona Town Hall focuses on early childhood education. More than 170 Arizona leaders, businesspeople, educators, elected officials and students hammered out the latest town hall report to lay out ideas to foster improvements in our education system. President of Arizona Town Hall Tara Jackson and President and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Todd Sanders will discuss the report.

October 23, 2013

  • School Overrides  |   Video
    • More than 30 school districts in Maricopa County will turn to voters this year in school override elections which, if approved, allow schools to override their budget. Some district officials say they need money from local taxpayers to make up for cuts in state funding. Scottsdale Superintendent David Peterson and John Fischer, executive director of Stand for Children in Arizona, will discuss overrides and the reasons schools seek them.

October 15, 2013

  • Sustainability: Manufactures Air Quality Conference  |   Video
    • The Arizona Manufacturers Council and the Maricopa County Air Quality Department will be holding an air quality conference for the first time in several years. The conference will feature information regarding air quality standards crucial to manufacturing and the future of air quality regulations. Bert Acken, an environmental attorney for the firm Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite, will discuss the conference and air quality issues important to manufacturers.

October 9, 2013

  • Flu Season  |   Video
    • Flu season has started in Arizona. The Arizona Department of Health Services confirmed the first flu case of the season. Health Services director Will Humble will talk about the flu and what you can do to avoid it.

October 3, 2013

  • Arpaio Monitor  |   Video
    • A federal judge has appointed a monitor to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office to watch progress on efforts by the department to stop racial profiling. The judge also issued other orders for the department. Former Arizona U.S. Attorney Paul Charlton will discuss the case.

September 30, 2013

  • Affordable Care Act   |   Video
    • Registration for the Health Insurance Marketplace starts October 1. The regional administrator for Arizona’s Medicaid program, David Sayen, will discuss the Marketplace, how it works, and how Arizonans without health insurance can get ready to enroll in coverage.
  • Health Insurance Marketplace Navigators  |   Video
    • Over $5 million in federal grants have been awarded to community organizations in Arizona to help people enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace. The Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers has received over $2 million of that money. Tara McCollum Plese, Senior Director for External Affairs for the Alliance, will talk about her agency's role as a Marketplace Navigator.

September 19, 2013

  • Rodel Education Forum   |   Video
    • The Rodel Foundation of Arizona, which is committed to helping create a world-class system of public schools in Arizona, is hosting an education forum to foster a conversation about better education. Education leaders will act as “table hosts” to facilitate discussions with leaders from the business and education worlds. Also, a panel will discuss education reform. Jackie Norton, President & CEO of the Rodel Foundation will share details.

September 11, 2013

  • Health Insurance Marketplace  |   Video
    • The regional administrator for Arizona’s Medicaid program will be in the state Wednesday and Thursday to talk about the Health Insurance Marketplace. David Sayen’s agency will be in charge of the health exchange in Arizona, and he will discuss the Marketplace, how it works, and how Arizonans without health insurance, or who buy their own insurance, can get ready to enroll in coverage.

August 27, 2013

  • Sheriff Arpaio Poll  |   Video
    • The latest Rocky Mountain Poll by the Phoenix-based Behavior Research Center shows Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio with the lowest positive approval rating since the poll began tracking him in 1996. Jim Haynes of the Behavior Research Center will discuss the poll.

August 22, 2013

  • Income Tax Reform  |   Video
    • An Arizona legislative committee started meeting this week on ideas to reform the state’s income tax system. Representative J.D. Mesnard, the vice-chair of the committee, Economist Jim Rounds, who is a committee member, and House Minority leader Chad Campbell will talk about the committee’s goals.

August 21, 2013

  • Danny’s Car Wash Immigration Raids  |   Video
    • Sixteen Danny’s Car Washes were raided by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents over the weekend. That occurred after a two-year investigation which alleges the company hired back many of the 900 employees they fired two years ago following a federal audit that revealed those workers were in the country illegally. The 78-count indictment alleges document fraud and i.d. theft, and targeted managers of the company. That is different than previous raids conducted by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, which targeted workers. Here to talk about the raids is immigration attorney Liz Chatham, who is also the Arizona Chapter Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

August 20, 2013

  • Colorado River System Reservoirs  |   Video
    • Lower water levels in Lake Mead are expected to trigger a water shortage for 2016. If there is a Colorado River shortage then, no direct impact is expected for cities, residential water users, and Native American Indian Tribes served by the Central Arizona Project. Sandra Fabritz Whitney, Director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources, and David Modeer, General Manager of the CAP, will discuss the possible water shortage.
  • MCSO Racial Profiling  |   Video
    • Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has refused to have a monitor watch his department after a judge rules that the sheriff’s office engaged in racial profiling. Negotiations continue on that issue. Arizona Republic reporter JJ Hensley brings us up to date.

August 19, 2013

  • Salt and Verde Reservoirs  |   Video
    • Reservoirs for the Salt and Verde Rivers, such as Roosevelt Lake, have been refilled to levels they were at last year, thanks to snowmelt. Salt River Project, which manages the system, reports the reservoirs also received a boost from a better-than-average monsoon season. Charlie Ester, SRP’s manager of Water Resource Operations, will discuss the status of water levels in the reservoirs that supply much of the water for the Phoenix area.
  • Affordable Care Act  |   Video
    • University of Arizona health policy expert Dr. Dan Derksen will talk about some of the basics of the Affordable Care Act, as enrollment in Health Care Marketplaces for those without insurance starts October 1.

August 12, 2013

  • Beatitudes Dementia Care  |   Video
    • A long-term care community in Arizona is receiving national recognition for its best practices in dementia care. Beatitudes Campus has created replicable ways to decrease drugs prescribed, eliminate physical restraints, stop adult diaper usage and increase the comfort of patients. Arizona Horizon visited the Beatitudes Campus to see the ground-breaking principles in use.

August 1, 2013

  • Putting the Brakes on Inflammation  |   Video
    • A team led by a University of Arizona researcher has discovered a previously unknown mechanism that prevents the immune system from going into overdrive. That could shed light not only on how our body controls its response to pathogens but on conditions such as autoimmune diseases, allergies and chronic inflammation. The group found a protein previously believed to only play a role in blood clotting acts to tell defense cells to slow down, thereby preventing an immune reaction from spiraling out of control. Sourav Ghosh, assistant professor in the department of cellular and molecular medicine at the UA College of Medicine, and Dr. Jonathan Leighton of the Mayo Clinic will discuss the new findings.

July 24, 2013

  • Medical Marijuana Lawsuit  |   Video
    • The Arizona Department of Health Services has set an August 7 deadline for medical marijuana dispensaries to open after receiving their certificate for operation. Several dispensaries say they have been bogged down by court fights over medical marijuana, and have sued to get more time to open. Three days of hearings are being held to determine if those operators will get more time. Department of Health Services Director Will Humble will talk about the hearing and give us an update on medical marijuana.

July 22, 2013

  • Campaign Contribution Limits  |   Video
    • State lawmakers passed a law that raises campaign contribution limits ten-fold. That law is now being challenged in court. The suit says the law violates the state’s Voter Protection Act, which prohibits lawmakers from making substantial changes to laws approved by voters. Louis Hoffman, a commissioner from the Citizens Clean Elections Commission will discuss the suit, along with Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery.

July 17, 2013

  • Janet Napolitano  |   Video
    • Former Arizona governor Janet Napolitano has resigned as Secretary of Homeland Defense to take a post running California’s University System. Arizona State University pollster Bruce Merrill will talk about Napolitano’s latest career move.

July 15, 2013

  • Arizona State Retirement System  |   Video
    • The Arizona State Retirement System is a $28 Billion system with over half-a-million members. Its ten-year-rate of return has been over six percent. Paul Matson, the Chief Executive of the Arizona State Retirement System, will give us a status update on the pension system and will talk about a plan being proposed in congress that would uses private insurance companies to pay out annuities for public pensions.

July 8, 2013

  • Legislative Environmental Issues  |   Video
    • The state legislature is not getting good marks for its work on the environment from one local organization. Sandy Bahr of the Grand Canyon Chapter of the Sierra Club will talk about legislation she says put at risk health and safety; public lands, wildlife habitat, and cultural resources.

July 2, 2013

  • Legislative City Issues  |   Video
    • The state legislature made big changes to the state’s sales tax system, changes that will affect cities. Ken Strobeck, Executive Director of the Arizona League of Cities and Towns, will talk about the sales tax changes and other legislative issues that impacted cities.

June 24, 2013

  • Health Care Study  |   Video
    • The University of Arizona Integrative Health Center in Phoenix is undertaking a new study to determine the effectiveness of a whole-person approach to health care. The three-year Integrative Medicine Primary Care Trial (IMPACT) will compare outcomes for patients treated using integrative care with patients treated using solely conventional medical care. Dr. Heidi Rula, medical director for the U of A Integrative Health Center, will discuss the study.

June 20, 2013

  • Medicaid Expansion  |   Video
    • Now that state lawmakers have approved expanding Medicaid to add more than 300,000 people, it is up to the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System to implement the new plan. Tom Betlach, the director of AHCCCS, will discuss what’s next for the state’s health care plan for the poor.

June 17, 2013

  • Arpaio Racial Profiling Update  |   Video
    • A hearing was held Friday by a federal judge who ruled Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office was racially profiling Latinos. At the hearing, lawyers who filed the racial profiling lawsuit were expected to ask for more training for officers, better record keeping for traffic stops and a monitor to make sure the racial profiling stops. Arizona Republic Reporter JJ Hensley will give us an update.

June 12, 2013

  • AZ Technology & Innovation: Desert Silicon  |   Video
    • Tempe-based Desert Silicon is a global supplier of materials and services used by the semiconductor industry to make integrated circuits. Desert Silicon President Tom Brown will discuss his company’s products and mission.

June 11, 2013

  • No Housing Bubble  |   Video
    • Housing prices in Maricopa and Pinal Counties are up 30 percent from last year, but a local housing expert doesn't see a housing bubble on the horizon. Mike Orr, director of the Center for Real Estate Theory and Practice at the Arizona State University W. P. Carey School of Business, will talk about why he thinks there won’t be a housing bubble.

June 3, 2013

  • AZ Hospital Compare  |   Video
    • The Arizona Department of Health Services is launching AZ Hospital Compare, an online searchable database to help consumers make educated decisions about their healthcare. The new website will allow patients and their families to explore the care, costs and charges of Arizona’s licensed hospitals. Donna Courtney of the department of health services will talk about the system.

May 28, 2013

  • Arpaio Racial Profiling  |   Video
    • A federal judge ruled that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office engaged in racial profiling. He also ordered the sheriff’s office to stop the practice. JJ Hensley has been covering the story for the Arizona Republic and will tell us more.

May 16, 2013

  • Alzheimer’s/Blood Sugar Link  |   Video
    • A new University of Arizona study suggests a possible link between elevated blood sugar levels and risk for developing Alzheimer's disease. Christine Burns, a researcher at the U of A, will talk about the study.

May 14, 2013

  • Focus on Sustainability: Maricopa County Sustainability  |   Video
    • Maricopa County has launched a new phase of its six-year-old Green Government Program. The county has implemented hundreds of green measures, such as recycling, energy conservation and installing four megawatts of solar panels. Jonce Walker, the sustainability manager for the county, will talk about sustainability efforts by the county.
  • Ozone Levels Alert  |   Video
    • Temperatures are soaring, and that brings on an increase in ozone, which is created in a chemical reaction spurred by heat. Excess ozone levels can cause health problems. Randy Cerveny, a weather expert and professor of geographical sciences at Arizona State University, will explain how ozone is formed and talk about the heat.

May 13, 2013

  • DES Restructuring  |   Video
    • The Department of Economic Security plans to reinvent the safety net system. The changes will emphasize how DES can help its clients and also reduce their dependency. Arizona DES Director Clarence Carter will discuss the changes.

May 8, 2013

  • AZ Technology & Innovation: Athena Wireless   |   Video
    • Athena Wireless is a manufacturer of high capacity wireless connectivity systems that give fiber-like speeds without the fiber. The company’s radio systems are about the size and shape of a stereo speaker. Athena Wireless is the first company to be born at the AZ TechCelerator incubator in Surprise, and is currently located in the city. It was founded by Eduardo Tinoco and Terry McManus. Tinoco will talk about his company’s innovative wireless connection system.

April 18, 2013

  • Toll Roads  |   Video
    • A transportation panel of the Maricopa Association of Government voted to move ahead with a study on how to make toll roads work in the Valley. Arizona Republic reporter Sean Holstege will talk about the issue.

March 25, 2013

  • Common Core Education Standards  |   Video
    • A bill being tied into the new “Common Core” education standards is facing strong criticism from those who see it as a national takeover of education. The bill, while not mentioning Common Core, would allow the state to transition from the AIMS test to another as a high school graduation requirement. Representative Heather Carter and Laddie Shane of the Maricopa County Republican Party discuss the pros and cons of the issue.

March 14, 2013

  • Medicaid Expansion Bill  |   Video
    • Governor Jan Brewer has introduced a bill to expand Arizona’s health coverage for the poor to include 300,000 more people. Hear the pros and cons of the idea. Representative John Kavanagh will speak about the cons of the bill.

March 13, 2013

  • Sheriff Arpaio Recall Update  |   Video
    • A group trying to recall Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has gathered 120,000 signatures, so far. The group, Respect Arizona, needs to gather 335,000 valid signatures by May 30 to get the recall on the ballot. Arizona Republic columnist Laurie Roberts will talk about the effort.

February 28, 2013

  • ASU President Crow on Medicaid Expansion  |   Video
    • Arizona State University President Michael Crow has come out in favor of Governor Jan Brewer’s plan to expand Medicaid in Arizona. President Crow and ASU Economist Dennis Hoffman will discuss the issue.

February 27, 2013

  • Trauma System Report  |   Video
    • The American College of Surgeons has a new report out on Arizona’s hospital Trauma System. The report makes five major recommendations for improving our trauma system. Arizona Department of Health Services Director Will Humble will give us the details.

February 25, 2013

  • Medicaid Expansion/Hospital Assessments  |   Video
    • Governor Jan Brewer has proposed allowing the director of the state’s health care plan for the poor to assess a levy on hospitals to pay for an expansion of Medicaid in Arizona. Byron Schlomach of the Goldwater Institute and John Arnold, Governor Brewer’s Budget Director, will discuss the pros and cons of the idea.
  • Flu Shot Effectiveness  |   Video
    • A new government report shows the flu shot was effective only nine percent of the time in those 65 or older against the most common and dangerous flu bug. Dr. Cara Christ, the Chief Medical Officer for the Arizona Department of Health Services, will discuss the flu shot and its effectiveness.

February 12, 2013

  • Mental Health First Aid  |   Video
    • In light of recent gun violence, an Arizona lawmaker is introducing a bill to help render mental health first aid to those in need. Representative Victoria Steele will discuss her bill with Barbara DiClemente, a Mental Health First Aid Specialist from First Presbyterian, a behavioral health organization.
  • Focus on Sustainability: Maricopa Solar Power Plant   |   Video
    • A hearing was held recently on a proposed 300-megawatt solar power plant in Maricopa. The Maricopa Solar Park Project would be built on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management. BLM Arizona representative Dennis Godfrey will discuss the idea.

February 11, 2013

  • Betsey Bayless Pay Raise   |   Video
    • Betsey Bayless, the head of the Maricopa Integrated Health System, a public hospital system for the poor, received a $125,000 raise, bringing her salary to $500,000. Arizona Republic Columnist Laurie Roberts will discuss the raise.

February 5, 2013

  • Election System Reform  |   Video
    • Several bills have been introduced to reform Arizona’s election system. Senator Michele Reagan and Representative Chad Campbell will discuss their bills.
  • Child Welfare Reform  |   Video
    • Maricopa County and its court system have come up with a new plan to deal with infants and toddlers who go through the child welfare system. The new system strives to help the parents of infants and toddlers with parenting skills and make sure that the babies receive the care they need. Judge Aimee Anderson will discuss the new “Cradle 2 Crayons Child Welfare Center.”

February 4, 2013

  • Circle the City Medical Respite Center   |   Video
    • Circle the City Medical Respite Center is a place where the homeless in Phoenix can go to recover following treatment at a hospital instead of having to recover on the streets. The visionary behind the center, Sister Adele O’Sullivan, and Marisue Garganta, the director of Health Integration for St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, will discuss Circle the City.

January 21, 2013

  • Giving & Leading: An Arizona Horizon Special  |   Video
    • Visit SpoFit, a Valley fitness center designed for people with disabilities; see what Native American Connections is doing to help Native Americans in need of housing and other critical services; the leader of the Veterans Medical Leadership Council explains how the VMLC improves the health and well-being of veterans in need.

January 17, 2013

  • Fix the Debt  |   Video
    • Arizona has joined Fix the Debt, a nonpartisan campaign to encourage our leaders in Washington, D.C. to reach a comprehensive agreement on reforms that will improve America’s fiscal health. Learn more about the campaign from members of the Fix the Debt Arizona Steering Committee, former Arizona Attorney General and new CAP Board member, Terry Goddard, and Glenn Hamer, President and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

January 10, 2013

  • Flu Cases on the Rise  |   Video
    • Maricopa County Public Health Director Dr. Bob England provides an update on the spread of flu in Arizona, which is now categorized at the highest level of activity.

January 8, 2013

  • Sustainable Health Care   |   Video
    • Dr. Denis Cortese, MD, director of ASU’s Healthcare Delivery and Policy Program, talks about his recent report “A Roadmap to High Value Healthcare Delivery” and what it suggests should be done to make the nation’s healthcare system more economically sustainable.

January 2, 2013

  • Legislative Priorities  |   Video
    • LIVE AT 5:30 p.m. - The state legislature hears from many different types of advocates who express their desires for state funding and legislation. Hear from several of those advocates as they talk about what they would like to see from the upcoming legislative session. Joining us will be Andrew Morrill, President of the Arizona Education Association, Glenn Hamer, President and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Tara McCollum Plese, Senior Director for External Affairs of the Arizona Association of Community Health Centers and Amy Kobeta, Vice President of the Children's Action Alliance.

December 12, 2012

  • Medical Marijuana update  |   Video
    • Will Humble, Director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, discusses his department's oversight of the State’s medical marijuana program and provides an update on this year’s flu season.

December 11, 2012

  • Suicide Prevention Award  |   Video
    • The Arizona Department of Health Services and Magellan Health Services of Arizona are recipients of a national award from the Council of State Governments for the Arizona Programmatic Suicide Deterrent System which launched in 2009. Dr. Karen Chaney of Magellan provides an overview of the program.
  • Alzheimer’s Prevention Cookbook   |   Video
    • Dr. Marwan Sabbagh, Research Medical Director at the Banner Sun Health Research Institute talks about his book of recipes that promote a healthy brain.

December 4, 2012

  • Arizona Health Insurance Exchange  |   Video
    • ASU Professor Marjorie Baldwin, who teaches in the Economics Department for the W.P. Carey School of Business, explains the ramifications of Arizona’s decision not to create a State-run health insurance exchange under the Nation’s health reform law.

November 20, 2012

  • VOTE 2012: Election Process  |   Video
    • Two weeks after the election, Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett and Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell look back at what worked, what didn’t, what was learned and what can be done to improve the voting process.

November 15, 2012

  • Child Fatality Report  |   Video
    • 837 Arizona kids died last year according to the Arizona Child Fatality Review Program’s 19th annual report. The overall number of child deaths continues to decline, but homicides and suicides are on the rise. Find out more about the report from Will Humble, Director of the State Department of Health Services, and Dana Wolfe Naimark, President and CEO of Children’s Action Alliance.
  • Arizona Health Insurance Exchange  |   Video
    • Arizona Governor Jan Brewer must decide soon Arizona will establish a state-run health insurance exchange or let the federal government be in charge of providing that service to Arizona residents. It’s a key part of the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s health-reform law. Suzanne Kinney, Executive Director of the Arizona Chamber Foundation, a research and education arm of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, explains how a health insurance exchange works and what happens if Arizona decides not to operate its own exchange.

November 5, 2012

October 31, 2012

October 29, 2012

  • Giving and Leading: Native American Connections  |   Video
    • President and CEO of Native American Connections Diana Yazzie-Devine talks about her nonprofit that provides behavioral health services, affordable housing and economic development opportunities to Native Americans in the Phoenix area and tribal communities.

October 15, 2012

  • Mayo Clinic Telestroke Program  |   Video
    • A recent agreement between Tuba City Regional Health Care and Mayo Clinic in Arizona will bring state-of-the-art stroke care to Navajo and Hopi patients through telemedicine. Dr. Bert Vargas, a Mayo Clinic telestroke neurologist, will talk about the new program, set to start in November.

October 8, 2012

  • Vote 2012: Prop 117 (Property Value Taxes) Debate  |   Video
    • Prop 117 is a constitutional amendment referred to the ballot by the Arizona Legislature that would limit - to 5% - annual increases in property value which is used to calculate property taxes. Hear from Arizona Tax Research Association President Kevin McCarthy, who supports Prop 117, and Maricopa County Treasurer Charles “Hos” Hoskins, who is opposed to the measure.

October 3, 2012

  • Medicaid Coverage for Childless Adults  |   Video
    • Arizona Republic reporter Mary K. Reinhart explains why thousands of childless adults could lose their Medicaid coverage under the State’s AHCCCS program at the end of 2013.

September 24, 2012

  • Vote 2012: Prop 121 (Top-Two Primary Initiative)  |   Video
    • A constitutional amendment on this November’s ballot would create a “top-two primary” in Arizona, where the two candidates with the highest number of votes in the primary election would face off in the general election, regardless of party affiliation. Paul Johnson of the Open Government Act initiative will speak in favor of the top-two primary, while Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery will speak against it.

September 18, 2012

  • Vote 2012: Proposition 115 (The Judicial Department)  |   Video
    • Proponents and opponents of Prop 115 debate the merits of this constitutional amendment that was referred to the ballot by the Arizona State Legislature. The measure would revise procedures for appointing judges and make various other changes to the judicial system.

August 23, 2012

  • Voter Initiative Short on Valid Signatures  |   Video
    • The “Top Two Primary” initiative designed to change how Arizona’s primary elections are conducted might not make it to the ballot after the Maricopa County Elections Department found a high percentage of petition signatures are invalid. County Elections Director Karen Osborne explains what her department found during the signature verification process.

August 8, 2012

  • Medical Marijuana Legal Concerns  |   Video
    • This week the State Health Department held a lottery for applicants wanting to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Arizona. 97 of 433 applicants were awarded dispensary registration certificates, but it’s unclear if they’ll ever get to open for business. Attorney General Tom Horne has issued an opinion that the State’s medical marijuana law is preempted by federal law. Hear from Horne and Andrew Myers who managed Arizona’s Prop 203 (medical marijuana initiative) campaign.

August 2, 2012

  • MCSO Racial Profiling Trial  |   Video
    • Testimony ended today at the federal trial accusing the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office of racial profiling. Arizona Republic reporter JJ Hensley and Scott Halverson, a defense and civil rights attorney, offer their observations of the trial and lawsuit, which they have been following closely.

August 1, 2012

  • 47 Years of Medicare & Medicaid  |   Video
    • 47 years ago the nation’s Medicaid and Medicare programs were born. We’ll take a look at the history and evolution of those programs and the challenges they’re facing today with a special emphasis on Arizona’s Medicaid program, the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), which is now in its 30th year. Guests include AHCCCS Director Tom Betlach and AARP Arizona State President Dr. Leonard Kirschner who is a former AHCCCS Director (1987-1993).
  • New Arizona Booster Seat Law  |   Video
    • Starting August 2, Arizona law requires children riding in a motor vehicle to be seated in a child restraint system, such as a booster seat, until their 8th birthday or until they’re at least 4 feet 9 inches tall. AAA Arizona spokesperson Linda Gorman discusses the new law.

July 26, 2012

  • 2012 KIDS COUNT: Child Well-being Data  |   Video
    • Dana Wolfe Naimark, President and CEO of Children’s Action Alliance, discusses the 2012 KIDS COUNT report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation that ranks Arizona in the bottom 5 states for child well-being.

July 24, 2012

  • Expanding Medical Marijuana  |   Video
    • The Arizona Department of Health Services has decided not to expand Arizona’s medical marijuana program to include new ailments. Hear what ADHS Director Will Humble and UA assistant professor Dr. Sue Sisley have to say about the decision.

July 18, 2012

  • Racial Profiling Lawsuit  |   Video
    • JJ Hensley of the Arizona Republic provides an overview of the racial profiling lawsuit against the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office that goes to trial Thursday, July 19th.

July 17, 2012

  • Maricopa Community College District  |   Video
    • As the Maricopa Community College District is celebrates its 50th anniversary, Dr. Rufus Glasper, the Chancellor of Maricopa Community Colleges, talks about the role of community colleges in Arizona.

July 9, 2012

  • Medicaid Expansion  |   Video
    • Arizona has to decide if it will expand Medicaid eligibility to Arizonans with incomes up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level. We’ll take a look at the costs and benefits of participating in this voluntary portion of the Affordable Care Act.

July 2, 2012

  • Health Insurance Exchanges  |   Video
    • The Affordable Care Act requires every state to have at least one health insurance exchange in place by 2014. The Arizona Chamber Foundation Executive Director Suzanne Kinney talks about the issues and opportunities facing Arizona as it considers how to establish an exchange.

June 28, 2012

  • Supreme Court Ruling: Affordable Care Act  |   Video
    • ASU Law Professor Andy Hessick explains the High Court’s rationale for finding the Affordable Care Act constitutional.
  • Health Care Reform  |   Video
    • Former AHCCCS director Dr. Leonard Kirschner and Dr. Daniel Lieberman, a Phoenix neurosurgeon, share their views on ObamaCare and what it will mean for Arizonans with and without health insurance.

June 27, 2012

  • College Football Playoffs  |   Video
    • Fiesta Bowl Executive Director Robert Shelton talks about the new college football playoff system that’s set to begin in 2014 and what it could mean for the Fiesta Bowl.

June 21, 2012

  • Affordable Care Act  |   Video
    • Health care expert Susan Gerard explains what’s at stake for Arizonans as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to release its ruling on the Affordable Care Act.

May 30, 2012

  • Smoke-Free Arizona Act  |   Video
    • In 2006, Arizona voters passed an initiative that prohibits smoking in most public places. We take a look at the impact of the Smoke-Free Arizona Act five years after it went into effect. Guests include Bill Pfeiffer, President and CEO of the American Lung Association of the Southwest and Harmony Duport who is responsible for enforcing the Act for the Arizona Department of Health Services.
  • Expanding Medical Marijuana  |   Video
    • The Arizona Department of Health Services recently took public testimony about adding debilitating medical conditions to the state’s medical marijuana program. ADHS Director Will Humble provides an update.

May 21, 2012

  • Agreement in Lawsuit Over Services for the Seriously Mentally Ill  |   Video
    • Governor Jan Brewer and plaintiffs in the 1981 Arnold v. Sarn lawsuit have signed a 2-year agreement that creates a framework for improving services for people who have serious mental illnesses. Dr. Laura Nelson, Director of the Division of Behavioral Health for the Arizona Department of Health Services, and plaintiffs’ attorney Anne Ronan discuss details of the agreement.
  • Arnold v. Sarn Lawsuit History  |   Video
    • Mental Health Attorney Charles “Chick” Arnold explains how his name became associated with the class action lawsuit Arnold v. Sarn. Filed in 1981, the lawsuit seeks to force the State of Arizona to provide the community-based system of care for individuals with serious mental illnesses that is promised in state statute.

May 16, 2012

  • Alzheimer’s Prevention Drug Trial  |   Video
    • The Banner Alzheimer’s Institute in Phoenix is involved in a groundbreaking clinical trial to test an Alzheimer’s prevention drug on people who are genetically likely to get the disease. Learn more about the trial from the Institute’s director Dr. Pierre Tariot.

May 10, 2012

  • U.S. Justice Department Sues Sheriff Joe Arpaio  |   Video
    • The Justice Department has filed a federal civil lawsuit against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio seeking remedies for what it claims is a pattern of discrimination by the Sheriff’s Office against Latinos. JJ Hensley of the Arizona Republic talks about the lawsuit and dueling press conferences held earlier in the day by the Justice Department and the MCSO.

May 9, 2012

  • Stroke Awareness  |   Video
    • Strokes are one of the leading causes of death and disability. Dr. Dan Capampangan of the Mayo Clinic explains how to recognize and respond to symptoms of stroke and how the Mayo Clinic is using robots to help stroke patients in rural Arizona .

May 3, 2012

May 1, 2012

  • BCS Championship  |   Video
    • The BCS has recommended a four-team championship series to replace the current controversial system to determine a champion in college football. Robert Shelton, Executive Director of the Fiesta Bowl, will talk about the new plan and how the Fiesta Bowl may be involved.
  • Aging in Place Pilot Project  |   Video
    • The Maricopa Association of Governments and the Greater Phoenix region is one of five areas in the country invited to take part in the Aging Pilot City Leaders Institute on Aging in Place, a new national pilot project striving to help people aged 65 years and more to live independently in their homes. Amy St. Peter of MAG and Joe LaRue of Sun Health Senior Living explain how Valley residents will benefit from the project.

April 26, 2012

  • Arizona Town Hall: Civic Engagement  |   Video
    • The 100th Arizona Town Hall is exploring the topic of civic engagement and how to get citizens more involved in their government and their communities. Guests include: Kelly Campbell Rawlings, an assistant Research Professor and Co-Director of the Participatory Governance Initiative for ASU’s School of Public Affairs; Jane Prescott-Smith, Managing Director of the National Institute of Civil Discourse at the UofA; and Alberto Olivas, Director of the Center for Civic Participation for Maricopa Community Colleges.

April 24, 2012

  • Doctor Residencies Report  |   Video
    • A new report highlighting physician residency programs and the role they play in economic development, ensuring Arizona’s health care workforce is robust enough to meet the State’s health care needs. Guests include: Suzanne Taylor, Senior Vice President of Public Policy for the Arizona Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Michael Grossman, Director of Medical Education for Maricopa Integrated Health System; and Dr. Michael Whitcomb, a Flinn Foundation Medical Innovation Visiting Scholar at the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix.

April 12, 2012

  • Feds Approve “KidsCare” Funding Plan  |   Video
    • Federal officials have approved a plan that makes about 22-thousand low income Arizona children eligible for Arizona’s “KidsCare” health insurance program. In addition, the plan helps three of the State’s largest hospital systems cover costs of providing uncompensated care. Maricopa Integrated Health System CEO Betsey Bayless explains how the plan is designed to work.

April 10, 2012

  • Andrew Thomas is Disbarred  |   Video
    • Legal ethics attorney Karen Clark discusses the decision by a three-member disciplinary panel to disbar former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas.

April 4, 2012

  • Sheriff Arpaio & U.S. Justice Department  |   Video
    • Talks between the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Department of Justice broke-down this week as they were trying to resolve a dispute over Justice Department allegations that the Sheriff’s Office engaged in a pattern of racial profiling. Arizona Republic reporter JJ Hensley provides details of the story.

April 3, 2012

  • Autism Increase  |   Video
    • New Numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate more children than previously thought have autism. The increase is attributed to wider screening. Dr. Bryan Davey of the Arizona Autism Coalition Board and Director of Behavioral Services at ACCEL (Arizona Centers for Comprehensive Education and Life Skills) will discuss the new numbers.

March 26, 2012

  • Personnel Reform  |   Video
    • Nick Dranias of the Goldwater Institute talks about his investigation of Arizona’s personnel system and how the Governor’s personnel reform proposal would address some of the issues highlighted in his report.

March 22, 2012

  • Ex-lawmaker’s Legal Troubles  |   Video
    • Former State lawmaker Richard Miranda resigned from the legislature in February citing health and family reasons. Since then, he has pleaded guilty to charges of fraud and tax evasion. Learn about the details of the story from Arizona Guardian reporter Dennis Welch.

March 8, 2012

  • Living with a Serious Mental Illness  |   Video
    • Randye Kaye, the author of “Ben Behind His Voices: One Family's Journey from the Chaos of Schizophrenia to Hope”, talks about her family’s struggle to help their son recover from a serious mental illness.

March 5, 2012

February 22, 2012

  • METRO Light Rail  |   Video
    • An update on future expansions of the Valley’s light rail system with METRO Light Rail CEO Steve Banta.

February 21, 2012

  • Municipal Aging Services Project  |   Video
    • The Valley’s 65 and over population is expected to double in size by the end of this decade. Find out what “MAG”, the Maricopa Association of Governments, is doing to help local governments determine how to best serve this growing population. Guests include MAG Human Services and Special Projects Manager Amy St. Peter, Carol Kratz of Piper Trust, and Michelle Dinisio, the President and CEO of Benevilla, a nonprofit that provides services to seniors.

February 7, 2012

  • Clean Elections  |   Video
    • A new online system is helping candidates collect the $5 contributions they need to qualify as a publicly-funded candidate. Executive Director of the Citizens Clean Elections Commission Todd Lang explains how the system works.

January 24, 2012

  • Medical Marijuana  |   Video
    • The Department of Health Services Director Will Humble provides an update on Arizona’s implementation of its voter-approved medical marijuana program.

January 19, 2012

  • Piper Trust Investment in Health Outcomes at ASU  |   Video
    • Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust President and CEO Dr. Judy Mohraz and ASU President Dr. Michael Crow discuss the $10-million dollar investment fund Piper Trust has established at ASU that the university will use to improve the delivery of health care.

January 5, 2012

  • Public Safety and Mental Illness  |   Video
    • It's been a year since the tragic shooting in Tucson that left six people dead and many others injured, including U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords. Experts explore the challenges they face when mental health, criminal justice and public safety are intertwined.

January 4, 2012

  • Sheriff Arpaio Update  |   Video
    • The Arizona Republic reporter J.J. Hensley provides an update on legal problems facing the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

December 15, 2011

  • Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Investigation  |   Video
    • The U.S. Department of Justice has accused the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office of engaging in a pattern of unconstitutional policing, including racial profiling. Those are some of the findings from the Justice Department’s ongoing civil rights investigation of the agency led by Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Former U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona, Paul Charlton, provides his perspective on this story.

November 30, 2011

  • Arizona Counties: Financial Challenges  |   Video
    • Navajo County Supervisor David Tenney, who also serves as President of the County Supervisors Association of Arizona, and Maricopa County Supervisor Andy Kunasek discuss the financial challenges facing Arizona’s 15 counties and their legislative priorities for 2012.

November 29, 2011

  • Arizona Health Insurance Exchange  |   Video
    • Arizona has received a $30 million federal grant to create a health insurance exchange to help individuals and small businesses find affordable health insurance. The Governor’s Director of Health Care Policy, Don Hughes, explains how the money will be used.

November 28, 2011

  • State Parks   |   Video
    • Arizona State Parks Director Renee Bahl is leaving the agency next month to pursue other career opportunities. Before she leaves, we ask her about the current state of Arizona’s Parks System.
  • Governor’s Health Care Initiative  |   Video
    • 19-thousand kids would be enrolled in Kids Care and hospitals would get help covering costs of care for the uninsured if the federal government approves a plan to allow Phoenix Children's Hospital, Maricopa Integrated Health System, and the University of Arizona Health Network to use their own money to draw down federal matching funds. Betsey Bayless, President and CEO of MIHS, discusses the details of the proposal.

November 23, 2011

  • Family Caregivers  |   Video
    • November is National Family Caregiver Awareness Month. David Besst, Co-chair of the Arizona Caregiver Coalition and Dr. David Coon, Associate Vice Provost for Research Collaborations at Health Outcomes @ ASU talk about the valuable service family caregivers provide and the services available to help them.

November 22, 2011

  • Arizona Child Safety Task Force  |   Video
    • Task force chairman Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery and vice chairman DES Director Clarence Carter, outline the issues the Task Force is dealing with.

November 21, 2011

  • Controlling Diabetes  |   Video
    • Tim Vaske, head of the Bureau of Tobacco and Chronic Disease for the Arizona Department of Health Services, talks about the incidence and impact of diabetes in Arizona and programs that help control the disease.

November 16, 2011

  • Personalized Medicine  |   Video
    • The Greater Phoenix Economic Council is hosting a summit on the future of the personalized medicine industry in Arizona. GPEC President and CEO Barry Broome; Richard Mallery, Founder and Chairman of the International Genomics Consortium; and ASU Professor Anna Barker director of the university’s Transformative Healthcare Networks initiative talk about Arizona’s growth opportunities in personalized medicine.

November 9, 2011

  • AZ Senator-Elect Jerry Lewis  |   Video
    • It appears as if State Senate President Russell Pearce lost his recall election. Victorious challenger Jerry Lewis discusses his win.

November 8, 2011

  • Andrew Thomas Ethics Hearing  |   Video
    • Testimony has ended in the ethics hearing for former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas. Legal Ethics attorney Karen Clark offers her expert analysis of the hearing.

October 26, 2011

  • Andrew Thomas Ethics Hearing  |   Video
    • Facing possible disbarment, former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas took the stand to testify in his ethics hearing. Arizona Republic reporters Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and Michael Kiefer provide an update on the hearing.

October 24, 2011

  • Medicare Study  |   Video
    • New research from the W. P. Carey School of Business at ASU is shows that the Medicare Part D program is preventing wasteful spending on health care. The study’s lead author, Jonathan Ketcham, talks about the research and its implications for health care in general.

October 6, 2011

  • Olivia Cortes’ Withdrawal from LD18 Recall Election   |   Video
    • Ballots for the election to recall Senator Russell Pearce are already printed, and they include the name of candidate Olivia Cortes who has withdrawn from the race. Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell explains how the election will be conducted, and votes counted, now that Cortes is no longer a candidate in the legislative district 18 recall election.

October 5, 2011

  • University Funding  |   Video
    • Arizona Board of Regents Chairman Fred DuVal talks about the Board’s $800 million budget request to fund Arizona University System operations in fiscal year 2013.

September 29, 2011

  • ASU and Mayo Clinic  |   Video
    • The latest news on the partnership between ASU and the Mayo Clinic with ASU President Dr. Michael Crow and Dr. Wyatt Decker, CEO of the Mayo Clinic in Arizona.

September 21, 2011

  • Andrew Thomas Ethics Hearing  |   Video
    • An update on the ethics hearing for former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and two of his former deputies with attorney Karen Clark who specializes in legal ethics and attorney discipline cases.

September 19, 2011

  • Arizona Health Insurance Exchange   |   Video
    • 40 Arizona organizations are backing the creation of a health insurance exchange to make health care more affordable for more Arizonans. Dana Wolfe Naimark, President and CEO of Children’s Action Alliance and Jack Beveridge, CEO of Empowerment Systems, describe the proposal.

September 13, 2011

  • Flu Shots  |   Video
    • Director of the Arizona Department of Health Services Will Humble talks about strategies to encourage people to get their flu shots.

September 12, 2011

  • Same Sex Health Benefits for State Employees  |   Video
    • State Representative John Kavanagh shares his views on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that agrees with a lower court decision to block an Arizona law from taking effect that would have eliminated same sex health care benefits for domestic partners of state government employees.

September 7, 2011

  • Health Benefits for Same Sex Partners of State Employees  |   Video
    • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals judges upheld a lower court decision to block an Arizona law from taking effect that would have eliminated same sex health care benefits for domestic partners of state government employees. Dan Barr, the plaintiffs’ attorney in the legal challenge to the law discusses the case.

August 31, 2011

  • Andrew Thomas Ethics Hearing  |   Video
    • Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas faces an ethics hearing that’s scheduled to start September 12th. Attorney Karen Clark, who specializes in legal ethics and attorney discipline matters, explains what Thomas faces and how the attorney discipline process works.

August 29, 2011

  • Arizona School Nutrition   |   Video
    • Mary Szafranski, Deputy Associate Superintendent in charge of Health and Nutrition Services for the Arizona Department of Education talks about school nutrition in Arizona.

August 23, 2011

  • Medical Marijuana Certifications  |   Video
    • According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, eight doctors have issued nearly half of all medical marijuana certifications in Arizona. DHS Director Will Humble discusses his response to the data.

August 17, 2011

  • AZ Technology & Innovation: Hydro Technology  |   Video
    • Hydration Technology Innovations has developed a forward osmosis water filtration system that can produce clean drinking water from just about any water supply. Walter Schultz, President and CEO, explains how the technology works.
  • Child Well-Being in Arizona  |   Video
    • Dana Naimark, President and CEO of Children’s Action Alliance, discusses the 2011 Kids Count Data Book just released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and what it says about the well-being of children in Arizona.

August 3, 2011

  • Stressed-out Kids in School  |   Video
    • While some kids can't wait to go back to school, others get stressed-out by the very thought. Erika Feldpausch, a behavioral health therapist, informs us what parents should look for and how they can help.

August 1, 2011

  • Rural Health Conference  |   Video
    • A preview of the 38th annual Rural Health Conference sponsored by the University of Arizona’s Rural Health Office. UA Professor Lynda Bergsma, Director of the State Office of Rural Health and Jim Dickson, the CEO at Copper Queen Community Hospital talk about health issues pertaining to rural Arizona.

July 21, 2011

  • Border Fence Donations  |   Video
    • The State of Arizona has a new website that’s seeking donations to build additional fencing along the U.S. – Mexico border. It’s the result of a bill sponsored by state senator Steve Smith who explains how the program will work.
  • Fish Consumption Advisory  |   Video
    • Due to rising mercury levels in some species of fish, the Arizona Game and Fish Department warn that eating too much of the fish could make you very sick.

July 19, 2011

  • Nonpartisan “Open” Primary Elections  |   Video
    • Former Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson is leading an effort to put a proposition on next year’s general election ballot calling for nonpartisan “open” primary elections. Johnson and State Representative John Kavanagh debate the plan that supporters say will help elect more mainstream candidates.

July 14, 2011

  • Economic Growth: New WESTMARC CEO  |   Video
    • Michelle Rider, formally a Senior Vice President of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, is the new President and CEO of WESTMARC, an organization that promotes growth and development in the west Valley. Rider will discuss the opportunities and challenges she faces in her new role.

July 7, 2011

  • Medicaid Enrollment Freeze  |   Video
    • Anne Ronan from the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest discusses the impact of freezing enrollment for childless adults in the AHCCCS program.

July 6, 2011

  • Clean Elections Ruling Impact  |   Video
    • The United States Supreme Court ruled that the matching funds provision of Arizona’s Clean Elections public campaign financing system is unconstitutional. That means publicly-funded candidates will no longer get extra public money to match spending by privately-financed candidates. Political analysts Bob Grossfeld of the Media Guys and Stan Barnes of Copper State Consulting Group talk about the decision will change Arizona’s political landscape.

June 29, 2011

June 28, 2011

  • Restoring Competency to Stand Trial  |   Video
    • Accused of the mass shooting in Tucson, Jared Loughner was found mentally incompetent to stand trial. He is now undergoing treatment in an attempt to restore competency. Phoenix-based forensic psychologist Michael B. Bayless discusses what it means, and what it takes, to restore mental competency.

June 27, 2011

  • DPS Computer Hack  |   Video
    • Ken Colburn, the CEO of Data Doctors, discusses the recent breach of the Arizona Department of Public Safety’s computer system.
  • Cause of the “Yips”  |   Video
    • The Yips are a sudden twitch or jerk that strikes a golfer as he prepares to take a swing. Now, researches at the Mayo Clinic have looked into the cause of the yips and are closer to figuring out what causes that annoying jerk or twitch in some golfers. Dr. Charles Adler of Mayo Clinic will discuss his research.

June 21, 2011

  • Clean Car Program  |   Video
    • Clean air advocates respond to proposed changes to rules that govern vehicle emissions in Arizona.

June 14, 2011

  • Men’s Health  |   Video
    • Wayne Tormala, Men’s Health coordinator for the Arizona Department of Health Services, talks about nationwide health indicators that show Arizona men leading and lagging in various categories.

June 13, 2011

  • Forest Health  |   Video
    • Experts say Arizona’s catastrophic wildfires are the result of unhealthy, unnaturally dense forests that are the product of America’s forest management policies. The Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI) is an effort to create healthier ecosystems on parts of four Arizona forests. Learn about the challenges facing 4FRI from stakeholders Wally Covington, Regents’ professor of Forest Ecology and executive director of the Ecological Restoration Institute at Northern Arizona University; Henry Provencio of the U.S. Forest Service; Ethan Aumack of the Grand Canyon Trust and a representative of the Center for Biological Diversity.

June 1, 2011

May 31, 2011

  • Medical Marijuana Lawsuit  |   Video
    • Arizona’s Governor and Attorney General have filed a lawsuit to determine if Arizona’s medical marijuana system violates federal law. Will Humble, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services talks about how the lawsuit will impact the medical marijuana program.

May 23, 2011

  • Veterans Health Report  |   Video
    • After veterans return home from active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, they all too often experience substance abuse and mental health problems. Kim Van Pelt of St. Luke’s Health Initiatives and Wendy Wofersteig of ASU’s Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center discuss a new report that examines the problem and the related health care challenges facing Arizona.

May 10, 2011

  • Report on the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office  |   Video
    • Arizona Republic reporters JJ Hensley and Yvonne Wingett Sanchez provide an overview of what an investigation conducted by the Pinal County Sheriff’s office has revealed about operations at the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

April 28, 2011

  • Legislative Wrap-up: Social Services  |   Video
    • Find out how state budget cuts to Medicaid, child care and cash assistance may affect Arizona’s most vulnerable populations. Guests include Jacki Taylor, CEO of Save the Family; Eddie Sissons, Executive Director of Arizona Foundation for Behavioral Health; and Timothy Schmaltz, director of the Protecting Arizona's Family Coalition.

April 25, 2011

  • Economic Future of Indian Lands  |   Video
    • ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law is hosting a conference that examines issues of economic development on Indian lands. Carl Artman, director of the College of Law’s Tribal Economic Development Program, and Diane Enos, president of the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community, discuss some of the issues that impact tribal land management and strategic development.

April 4, 2011

  • AHCCCS Budget  |   Video
    • State lawmakers and the governor are proposing big cuts to the state’s health insurance for the poor. Tom Betlach, director of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, will talk about how those cuts will impact his agency and its clients. Kim VanPelt, associate director of Arizona Health Futures for St. Luke’s Health Initiatives, will explain what the proposed AHCCCS enrollment freeze will mean for Arizona’s Medicaid population and their health care providers.

March 30, 2011

  • Medical Marijuana Rules  |   Video
    • The State Department of Health Services has issued the final rules that will govern Arizona’s medical marijuana program that starts in mid-April. DHS Director Will Humble explains how the system will work.

March 24, 2011

  • Sentencing Reform  |   Video
    • A group of Arizona attorneys wants to reform Arizona’s sentencing laws. It's believed there are better, more cost effective ways to deal with non-violent offenders than keeping them in prison. Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery explains why he believes changes are not needed.

February 28, 2011

  • Sports Concussions  |   Video
    • Arizona State University quarterback Steven Threet is calling it quits because of multiple concussions. Dr. David Dodick of the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale is a nationally recognized expert on concussions, and will discuss the injury that is common to athletes in some sports.

February 21, 2011

  • Healthcare Safety Net  |   Video
    • As Arizona contemplates removing 280,000 people from its Medicaid rolls, we’ll take a look at the state’s health care safety net and whether or not it’s prepared for the additional caseload.

February 16, 2011

  • Medicaid Cuts  |   Video
    • Laurie Liles, President and CEO of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association, discusses the state’s proposed cuts to Medicaid and possible ways to avoid, or limit, those cuts.

February 10, 2011

  • State Pension Reform  |   Video
    • House Speaker Kirk Adams has introduced legislation to reform Arizona's public employee pension system. Among other things it would raise the retirement age, increase employee's payments and eliminate cost-of-living increases. Speaker Adams discusses.
  • African American Legislative Days  |   Video
    • State Senator Leah Landrum Taylor discusses the African American Legislative Days event which is focusing on education, economic development and the justice system.

February 7, 2011

  • Organ Transplants   |   Video
    • Last fall Arizona stopped funding certain kinds of organ transplants under the state's Medicaid program. State legislators promised to revised the issue following a few deaths that resulted from the decision. Representative Anna Tovar, a transplant recipient herself, discusses.

February 1, 2011

  • Sentencing Reform  |   Video
    • Reforming Arizona’s sentencing laws for non-violent offenders could save millions of dollars each year and reduce crime rates, according to a new study commissioned by the Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice. Guests include AACJ representative David Derickson, an attorney and former presiding criminal judge for Maricopa County.

January 31, 2011

  • Revised Medical Marijuana Rules  |   Video
    • The Arizona Department of Health Services released a set of revised rules regarding medical marijuana. The changes focus on a number of issues including doctor-patient relationships and the location of marijuana dispensaries. Will Humble, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, discusses.

January 27, 2011

  • Mental Health Assistance  |   Video
    • In light of the recent shootings in Tucson, the state's division of behavioral health has developed a mental health checklist that provides assistance and information to those that believe someone they know needs help. Dr. Laura Nelson, director of the Division of Behavioral Health, Arizona Department of Health Services, discusses.

January 24, 2011

  • Arizona's Mental Health Laws  |   Video
    • The tragic shootings in Tucson have raised questions and awareness about mental illness in Arizona's mental health laws. Medical health attorney Charles "Chick" Arnold discusses the issues.

January 6, 2011

  • State Health Care  |   Video
    • How state budget cuts are impacting services provided by AHCCCS, Arizona's Medicaid program, and how health providers can adapt to the changes. Guests include Banner Health CEO Peter Fine and Dr. Leonard Kirschner, President of AARP Arizona and a former director of AHCCCS.

December 28, 2010

  • Brain Special  |   Video
    • Researchers at Arizona State University and Phoenix Children's Hospital are working on a brain-computer interface that will allow people to control electronic devices directly with their brain. Stephen Helms Tillery of the ASU School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering will discuss the research on a special Technology and Innovation segment.

December 14, 2010

  • Brain-Computer Interface  |   Video
    • Researchers at Arizona State University and Phoenix Children's Hospital are working on a brain-computer interface that will allow people to control electronic devices directly with their brain. Stephen Helms Tillery of the ASU School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering will discuss the research on a special Technology and Innovation segment.

December 13, 2010

  • Thomas Allegations  |   Video
    • Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and one of his former deputies are facing serious ethics allegations in an investigation commissioned by the Arizona Supreme Court. Phoenix School of Law Associate Professor Keith Swisher talks about lawyer ethics and the attorney discipline process as they relate to the alleged ethical lapses by Thomas.
  • West Nile Virus  |   Video
    • Arizona is leading the nation for 2010 in cases of mosquito-spread West Nile Virus. Dr. Bob England, Director of the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, discusses this unusual phenomenon.

November 22, 2010

  • University Realignment  |   Video
    • The Arizona Board of Regents members Anne Mariucci and Fred DuVal discuss the Board’s plan to realign the Arizona University System into an enterprise model.

November 15, 2010

  • Medical Marijuana   |   Video
    • Arizona voters have approved Prop 203 which allows the use of marijuana for certain medical conditions. Will Humble, director of the Arizona Department of Health Service, talks about how medical marijuana will be governed.

October 28, 2010

  • Health Record Bank  |   Video
    • eHealthTrust is a health record bank that recently launched its service in Arizona. Dr. Bill Yasnoff, the company’s founder, explains the benefits of health record banking.
  • Renewable Energy Jobs  |   Video
    • Scottsdale-based Fluidic Energy is locating its manufacturing center in Maricopa County. Greater Phoenix Economic Council President and CEO Barry Broome talks about this development in Arizona’s ongoing effort to become a leader in renewable energy.

October 26, 2010

  • Election Preparations  |   Video
    • Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell talks about early voting and how to make sure your vote gets counted.

September 27, 2010

  • Public Health Law Network  |   Video
    • ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law has been named a regional office for the national Public Health Law Network. James Hodge Jr., who directs ASU’s Public Health Law and Policy Program, discusses the new regional office, which he will co-chair.

September 23, 2010

  • Arizona's Poor Civic Health  |   Video
    • The Arizona Civic Health Index finds that Arizonans are not as well informed as people in other states, voter turnout continues to decline and residents feel a disconnected with their elected leaders. Lattie Coor, of the Center for the Future of Arizona, discusses the report.

September 2, 2010

  • Joe Arpaio Lawsuit  |   Video
    • Paul Davenport of the Associated Press discusses the U.S. Justice Department's lawsuit against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Apraio is being sued for refusing to turn over documents regarding a civil rights investigation of the MCSO's Police & Jail Operations.

August 31, 2010

  • Prop 106: Health Care Freedom  |   Video
    • The pros and cons of Proposition 106, a measure on the general election ballot in November that amends the state constitution in an effort to ensure that no law shall infringe on a person’s freedom to choose the health insurance/system of their choice.

August 30, 2010

  • Dust Pollution Sanctions  |   Video
    • Lindy Bauer, Environmental Director for the Maricopa Association of Governments, discusses the severe financial sanctions Maricopa County will face if the EPA disapproves a MAG dust reduction plan that’s been in effect since 2007.

August 26, 2010

  • Processing Ballots  |   Video
    • With key primary election races too close to call, election workers continue to process and tabulate thousands of early and provisional ballots. Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell discusses the painstaking process.

August 19, 2010

  • West Nile Virus  |   Video
    • Arizona is leading the nation in reported human cases of West Nile Virus. Pinal County Health Department Director Tom Schryer talks about how to avoid becoming infected.
  • Domestic Partner Benefits  |   Video
    • The latest on the legal challenge to an Arizona law that denies state health benefits to domestic partners of state workers. Dan Barr, an attorney for the plaintiffs; and State Representative John Kavanagh discuss the case.

August 17, 2010

  • Election Preparations  |   Video
    • With the primary elections one week away, Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell has the latest on polling places and ensuring that your early ballot is counted.

August 12, 2010

July 26, 2010

July 15, 2010

  • Prop 302 – First Things First  |   Video
    • At the general election in November, Prop 302 will ask voters if they want to continue using tobacco taxes to fund early childhood development and health programs through the voter-approved program known as First Things First. Debating the proposition are Nadine Mathis Basha, a board member for First Things First; and Kevin McCarthy, President of the Arizona Tax Research Association.

July 12, 2010

  • Mental Health Funding  |   Video
    • State funding for the seriously mentally ill has been cut in Arizona. Richard Clarke, CEO of Magellan Health Services of Arizona, and Dr. Laura Nelson, interim deputy director of the Arizona Department of Health Services/Division of Behavioral Services, will discuss how people with serious mental illnesses will get the help they need after the reduction in funding.

June 28, 2010

June 22, 2010

June 21, 2010

  • Arnold v. Sarn Mental Health Lawsuit  |   Video
    • A three-decades-old lawsuit seeking to improve services for people with serious mental illnesses is all but dead. We’ll talk with Chick Arnold about the long, often frustrating, struggle to get people the care state law says they’re entitled to.

June 16, 2010

  • Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association  |   Video
    • John Rivers has served as the President and CEO of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association since 1986. Now, after more than two decades as an advocate for hospitals and improving health care, Rivers is retiring from his post. Join us as we talk to Rivers about his job and how it’s changed through the years.

June 1, 2010

  • Air Quality Violations  |   Video
    • Maricopa County is in danger of losing millions of dollars in federal funding because of repeated violations for dust in the air. Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Director Benjamin Grumbles explains the situation.

May 26, 2010

  • Heat Fatalities  |   Video
    • Arizona’s heat can be deadly. The Arizona Department of Health Services has put out a report on heat deaths over an 18-year period, showing 1,485 heat-exposure fatalities. ADHS Director Will Humble will talk about heat exposure fatalities in Arizona.

May 25, 2010

May 24, 2010

  • National Health Reform  |   Video
    • A discussion about the impacts of the national health reform legislation with Dr. Jane Orient, a Tucson physician who serves as executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, and Dr. Nicholas Vasquez, an emergency room doctor in Phoenix.

May 18, 2010

  • Canine Cancer  |   Video
    • The Phoenix-based Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) is partnering with the Van Andel Research Institute in Michigan to study cancers in dogs. The goal is to find ways to improve the health of both dogs and people. President and Research Director for TGen Dr. Jeffrey Trent talks about the research project.

May 17, 2010

  • Death Penalty  |   Video
    • This week, the Arizona Supreme Court will consider issuing a death warrant for a man convicted of killing a 13-year-old girl in 1984. Join us for a discussion about the death penalty with Timothy La Sota, a former Maricopa County prosecutor who is now chief of staff for the Scottsdale mayor, and Dan Peitzmeyer, vice president of Arizona Death Penalty Forum.

May 11, 2010

  • State Parks   |   Video
    • Arizona State Parks Director Renee Bahl explains why some parks that had been scheduled to close may get to stay open. Plus, get an update on recently-approved legislation that impacts the parks system
  • Special Election – Voter Info  |   Video
    • Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell has the latest information about the May 18th special election on the Prop 100 temporary state sales tax increase.

May 4, 2010

  • Behavioral Health Cuts  |   Video
    • Dr. Laura Nelson, Acting Director of the Division of Behavioral Health for the State Department of Health Services talks about implementing state budget cuts, and how they may impact people with serious mental illnesses.

April 19, 2010

  • Interim County Attorney  |   Video
    • The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors appointed Rick Romley as Interim Maricopa County Attorney. Romley, who held that office for 16 years, replaces Andrew Thomas who resigned to run for State Attorney General. Romley discusses his new job and how he plans to approach it.

April 12, 2010

  • ACE Study  |   Video
    • The largest scientific study of the relationship between childhood trauma and health and behavioral problems later in life is a collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kaiser Permanente. Dr. Vincent Felitti, one of the lead investigators, will talk about the Ace Study.

April 8, 2010

  • Health Reform Lawsuit  |   Video
    • Arizona has joined more than a dozen other states that are suing the federal government over the new health care reform law. ASU law professor Paul Bender discusses the merits of the case.

April 7, 2010

  • AARP on Health Reform  |   Video
    • Ritch Steven, Chair of the AARP Arizona Advocacy Network, explains some of the ways AARP members, and others, will be affected by the national health reform legislation.

April 6, 2010

  • May 18th Special Election  |   Video
    • Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell explains what’s being done to prepare for the special election on a temporary state sales tax increase, and how you can be prepared to vote in it.

March 22, 2010

  • AHCCCS  |   Video
    • State lawmakers have voted to cut $310,000 from the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, Arizona’s health care plan for the poor. John Rivers of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association will address the ramifications of the cuts.

March 4, 2010

  • Maricopa County Attorney  |   Video
    • An interview with County Attorney Andrew Thomas. Topics include prosecuting members of the County Board of Supervisors.

March 2, 2010

  • Women’s Safety, Health and Economic Security  |   Video
    • The economic recession and state budget cuts may be having a disproportionately negative impact on women. Leading advocates for women talk about how the current economic climate is threatening the safety, health and economic security of Arizona women. Guests include: Allie Bones, of the Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence; Jodi Liggett, Arizona Foundation for Women; and Marie Sullivan of Arizona Women’s Education and Employment.

February 25, 2010

  • Cutting AHCCCS  |   Video
    • A report by Arizona State University economists shows that cutting funding to the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, Arizona’s medical insurance for the indigent, could cost the state a lot in terms of jobs and money. ASU economist Timothy James, one of the authors of the report, talks about the findings.

February 24, 2010

  • Maricopa County Politics  |   Video
    • Arizona Republic reporter JJ Hensley discusses breaking news that a Superior Court judge has dismissed charges against Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox and disqualified County Attorney Andrew Thomas from the case.

February 15, 2010

January 28, 2010

  • Mental Health Services  |   Video
    • Arizona is under a court order to provide services for people with serious mental illnesses, as required by state law. But as part of her budget plan, Governor Jan Brewer wants to remove that law from the books and eliminate most non Title XIX (Medicaid) funding for 14,600 adults with serious mental illnesses. Attorneys Charles “Chick” Arnold and Anne Ronan discuss their concerns and possible repercussions of the Governor’s plan.

January 21, 2010

  • Storm Expert  |   Video
    • Randy Cerveny, Professor of Geographical Sciences at ASU, talks about the huge storm system blowing across Arizona.

January 14, 2010

  • Senator Jon Kyl  |   Video
    • United States Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona will discuss national issues including health care reform, immigration and security.
  • Health Care Reform  |   Video
    • Representative Kyrsten Sinema, assistant leader of the House Democrats, and Kim Van Pelt, Associate Director of St. Luke’s Health Initiatives, share their views on efforts to reform the nation’s health care system.

January 7, 2010

January 6, 2010

  • Maricopa County Issues  |   Video
    • Arizona Republic reporter JJ Hensley will sort out the myriad of infighting going on in Maricopa County government.

January 5, 2010

  • Health Care Reform  |   Video
    • Arizona Congressman John Shadegg and Steve Forbes, President and CEO of Forbes, Inc. are asking voters to support the Arizona Health Care Freedom Act, a measure on November’s ballot that would amend the State constitution to prohibit mandatory health care programs. Find out why they support the measure, and hear what they have to say about congressional efforts to pass health care reform.

December 9, 2009

  • County Government Feud  |   Video
    • Arizona Republic reporter JJ Hensley discusses the ongoing battle between public officials in Maricopa county including the latest grand jury indictments of county supervisors Mary Rose Wilcox and Don Stapley.

November 23, 2009

  • H1N1 Update  |   Video
    • Dr. Bob England, Director of the Maricopa County Public Health Department, dispels myths and misinformation about the H1N1 flu virus.

November 19, 2009

  • Maintaining Arizona’s Bioscience Momentum  |   Video
    • The Arizona Biosciences Roadmap Steering Committee has identified “Four Key Needs” to maintain Arizona’s recent momentum in building its bioscience industry. We’ll discuss those needs with Stuart Flynn, Dean of University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix in partnership with Arizona State University; Craig Thatcher, Exec. Dean of the ASU College of Nursing and Health Innovation; and Don Keuth, President of the Phoenix Community Alliance.

November 11, 2009

  • Arizona Veterans  |   Video
    • Rick Romley, who served as Maricopa County Attorney from 1988-2004, and Robert Ashby, the first black pilot to fly for a commercial airline, talk about how their experience in the armed forces shaped their lives, careers and accomplishments after military service.

November 4, 2009

  • Health Care Reform  |   Video
    • A discussion on the latest Congressional efforts to pass health care reform with House Assistant Minority Leader, State Representative Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat and one of 32 state lawmakers nationwide to serve on the White House Health Reform Task Force. And Tom Patterson, Chairman of the Goldwater Institute, a former state senator and a retired emergency room doctor.

October 29, 2009

October 28, 2009

  • State Parks Funding  |   Video
    • Arizona’s system of 31 state parks is in poor financial shape. Historic buildings are in disrepair, and budget cuts have forced some parks to close. An ASU report released this month is recommending a variety of options to raise revenue for state parks. Topping the list is a surcharge on vehicle license plates. Hear from House Appropriations Committee Chair, Rep. John Kavanagh who is opposed to the idea, and Rich Dozer, Chairman of the Governor’s Sustainable State Parks Task Force.

October 26, 2009

  • H1N1 Update  |   Video
    • Will Humble, Director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, provides an update on the H1N1 virus and the vaccine. He’ll also talk about his trip to Washington, D.C. to advocate for changes to the nation’s food stamps program.

October 22, 2009

  • Mental Health Overhaul  |   Video
    • Responding to a court order in the decades-old Arnold v. Sarn lawsuit, Governor Jan Brewer has filed a proposal in Maricopa County Superior Court to make structural changes to Arizona’s behavioral health care system. Hear what Dr. Laura Nelson, Acting Deputy Director for the Arizona Department of Health Services Division of Behavioral Health and Anne Ronan, an attorney representing Arnold v. Sarn plaintiffs have to say about the Governor’s plan.

October 13, 2009

  • Health Care Reform  |   Video
    • Arizonans share their views on health care reform. Guests include: Roger Hughes, Executive Director of St. Luke's Health Initiatives, a public foundation focused on health policy and creating healthy communities; Ritch Steven, Chair of the AARP Arizona Advocacy Network; Suzanne Taylor, Senior Vice President of Public Policy for the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry; and Bernadette Melnyk, Dean and Distinguished Foundation Professor in Nursing at the Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation.

September 29, 2009

  • Cronkite-Eight Poll  |   Video
    • Find out what Arizonans think about President Obama, Governor Brewer, and health care reform in the latest Cronkite-Eight Poll. Poll Director Dr. Bruce Merrill and Associate Director Dr. Tara Blanc discuss the results.

September 21, 2009

  • H1N1 Swine Flu  |   Video
    • Several dignitaries will be getting their flu shots Monday in preparation for the upcoming flu season. Also, the Arizona Department of Health Services has released a new report on the swine flu. Bob Khan of the Phoenix Fire Department will discuss the seasonal flu and the swine flu.

September 10, 2009

  • Health Care Reform  |   Video
    • The day after President Obama delivers a national speech on health care reform, hear what local experts have to say about the issue. Roger Hughes, Executive Director of St. Luke’s Health Initiatives, and Dr. Eric Novack, Chairman of Arizonans for Health Care Freedom, share their ideas for improving our system of health care and insurance.

September 3, 2009

  • Community-College Growth  |   Video
    • Community-colleges in Maricopa County are showing an increase in enrollment this year. Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick, Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs for the Maricopa Community College District, talks about what the district is doing to keep up with the growth.

September 1, 2009

  • Kidscare Parents  |   Video
    • At the end of September, thousands of working Arizonans will lose their health insurance. That’s because lawmakers did not reauthorize funding for KidsCare Parents, a low-cost health insurance program for working parents whose income is below 200% of the federal poverty level. Dana Wolfe Naimark of Children’s Action Alliance and Brenda Cardenas of Healthcare Connect talk about the limited options available to these families.

August 27, 2009

  • Health Care Reform  |   Video
    • Suzanne Taylor, Senior Vice President of Public Policy for the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, shares her views on health care reform.
  • H1N1 Update  |   Video
    • Will Humble, Director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, has the latest on the H1N1 virus and the State’s vaccination plans.

August 26, 2009

  • Health Care Reform  |   Video
    • Ritch Steven, Chair of the AARP Arizona Advocacy Network, shares his views on health care reform.

August 25, 2009

  • Health Care Reform  |   Video
    • Roger Hughes, Executive Director of St. Luke's Health Initiatives, a public foundation focused on health policy and creating healthy communities, shares his views on health care reform.

August 24, 2009

  • Health Care Reform  |   Video
    • Bernadette Melnyk, Dean and Distinguished Foundation Professor in Nursing at the Arizona State University College of Nursing & Health Innovation, shares her views on health care reform.

August 18, 2009

  • State Parks  |   Video
    • Renee Bahl, Director of Arizona State Parks, explains how budget cuts have affected her agency's ability to properly care for Arizona's parks system.

August 17, 2009

  • Town Halls  |   Video
    • Town halls being held nationwide on President Obama's health care reform plan have been tumultuous. Patrick Keney, chair of the Arizona State University Political Science Department, will talk about the town halls in terms of democracy and freedom of speech.

August 13, 2009

  • Congressman Trent Franks  |   Video
    • Congressman Trent Franks talks about health care reform, Federal stimulus dollars and other issues facing Arizona and the nation.

July 28, 2009

  • Health Care Task Force  |   Video
    • Health care experts in Arizona are sharing their views on health care reform in meetings and conference calls organized by the White House Health Reform Task Force. One of the experts is from Arizona State University. She is Marjorie Baldwin, Director of the School of Health Management at ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business. She joins Ted Simons on Horizon.

July 22, 2009

  • Health Care Reform  |   Video
    • A discussion about President Obama’s ideas for health care reform with Dr. Jonathan Weisbuch, a former director of the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, Dr. Jeffrey Singer, a surgeon and treasurer for Arizonans for Health Care Reform, and Dr. Michael Powers, a neurologist and former president of the Arizona Medical Association.

July 15, 2009

  • Health Care Reform and Children  |   Video
    • How will proposed health care reform affect children, and how will it address their needs? Bob Meyer, CEO of Phoenix Children’s Hospital, will address the issue.

July 9, 2009

  • Swine Flu and West Nile Virus  |   Video
    • The state has had its first case of West Nile Virus and officials are preparing for a possible new outbreak of the Swine Flu. Dr. Karen Lewis of the Arizona Department of Health Services will give us an update.

June 23, 2009

  • Obama Health Care Plan  |   Video
    • President Obama spoke to members of the American Medical Association recently. Hear from Dr. Jacqueline Chadwick of the Arizona Medical Association about the speech and the president’s plan.

May 27, 2009

  • Healthcare Reform  |   Video
    • The president and CEO of Scottsdale Healthcare talks about health care reform and Health for Life.

May 20, 2009

May 5, 2009

April 28, 2009

  • Swine Flu  |   Video
    • What is Arizona doing to get ready for the swine flu and is the problem as bad as it is being portrayed? Arizona Acting State Health Director Will Humble discusses the swine flu.

April 22, 2009

April 8, 2009

  • Maricopa County Troubles  |   Video
    • Arizona's most populous county has had it's share of troubles recently, including infighting between the Board of Supervisors, the sheriff and the county attorney. County Manager David Smith talks about the county's troubles.

April 7, 2009

  • Sheriff Joe Arpaio  |   Video
    • Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio discusses a Washington hearing that focused on local law enforcement’s role in enforcing immigration law. He also talks about the U.S. Attorney General's investigation into possible civil rights violations in his department.

April 2, 2009

  • Arizona Chief Justice  |   Video
    • In late March, Chief Justice Ruth McGregor, announced she will be retiring from the Arizona Supreme Court at the end of June. Jose Cardenas talks to McGregor about challenges facing Arizona’s judicial system, her accomplishments as Chief, and the process to find her replacement.

February 26, 2009

  • Health Care Cuts  |   Video
    • Arizona's health care system is enduring severe budget cuts made by the state legislature. Arizona Hospital and Health Care Association President John Rivers discusses the impact of the cuts.

February 5, 2009

  • Mental Health Audit  |   Video
    • A court-ordered audit reveals the private, for-profit company that has managed Maricopa County's behavioral health care system since 2007 has shown �a pattern of regression and significant declines in a number of areas.� The court-assigned monitor joins us to talk about the audit.
  • Merit Selection  |   Video
    • In Arizona, judges on the state level and in our two most populous counties are not elected; they are chosen by a commission. Find out about the history and pros and cons of the system from Maricopa County Judicial Nominating Commissioner Doug Cole and attorney Len Munsil.

January 22, 2009

  • KidsCare  |   Video
    • The state-run health insurance program that provides affordable coverage for children and adults who do not qualify for Medicaid celebrates its 10th birthday as lawmakers consider eliminating the program completely. Guest: Matt Jewett, Children's Action Alliance.

January 5, 2009

  • County Problems  |   Video
    • The Tribune newspaper’s Mark Flatten reports on the dispute between the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and County Attorney Andrew Thomas over Thomas’ representation of the supervisors.

November 24, 2008

  • Maricopa County Budget
    • Maricopa County Manager David Smith addresses the county's need to cut $58 million from the current year budget.

November 12, 2008

October 30, 2008

  • Voting Preparation   |   Video
    • What kind of identification do you need when voting? Where do you vote? Those are just some of the questions that Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell answers as she helps our viewers get ready to vote.

October 21, 2008

  • County Attorney Debate  |   Video
    • The three Maricopa County Attorney candidates-incumbent Republican Andrew Thomas and challengers Democrat Tim Nelson and Libertarian Michael Kielsky-square off in a debate moderated by HORIZON host Ted Simons.

October 14, 2008

  • Maricopa County Sheriff Debate  |   Video
    • Maricopa County Sheriff candidates Democrat Dan Saban and Libertarian Chris Will face off in a debate as challengers to Republican Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Arpaio was invited to participate in the debate but declined.
  • Domestic Violence  |   Video
    • A Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team was created by state lawmakers in 2005. The mission of the team, made up of law enforcement, domestic violence officials, clergy and business representatives, just to name a few, is to take a deeper look into the problem of fatal domestic violence. Libby Bissa, chair of the Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team, talks about the team's goals.
  • Judicial Performance Review  |   Video
    • Voting on the retention of judges can be a confusing decision. Roberta Voss, chair of the Arizona Commission on Judicial Performance, explains how judges are rated and where you can get this information. Related Web site: http://www.azjudges.info

September 25, 2008

  • Financial Bailout  |   Video
    • Members of Congress and the President have been discussing plans to rescue the nation's financial system. Arizona State University professor Herbert Kaufman discusses bailout plans

September 23, 2008

  • Proposition 101: Health Care  |   Video
    • supporters of a ballot initiative called the Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act say it will preserve our freedom to choose health care coverage. Opponents of the measure say it will stop the future option for a universal health care plan and reduce health care choice. We talk with both sides of the issue.

September 16, 2008

  • Economic Update  |   Video
    • There is news about the economy in turmoil, much of it related to the banking industry. Arizona State University Economist Anthony Sanders discusses problems in the banking industry as well as other issues.
  • Election Update  |   Video
    • The Maricopa County Recorder's Office has canvassed the final tallies for elections across the valley. Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell discusses the elections canvas results and other election issues.
  • Hospital Community Benefits  |   Video
    • The Desert Mission Food Bank is an affiliate of John C. Lincoln Health Network. It is one example of how hospitals reach beyond providing medical care to offer a variety of social services. John Rivers, president and CEO of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association, joins us to talk about the role of hospitals in the community.

August 12, 2008

  • China Olympics  |   Video
    • Frank Neville, associate vice president of communications and outreach for the Thunderbird School of Global Management, talks about the potential political and economic impact on China as the Olympic host nation.
  • Public Health Update  |   Video
    • school is back in session and we discuss the importance of immunizations. We also examine this summer's public health issues, including pool health safety and salmonella with Maricopa County Department of Public Health Nursing Administrator Machrina Leach.
  • small Town Challenges: Transportation  |   Video
    • How do small towns handle the challenge of improving roads while maintaining their charm? The town of Sedona is working on doing just that with a huge transportation project through town. We talk with the Arizona Department of Transportation about different projects around the state.

July 31, 2008

  • Early Voting  |   Video
    • Early balloting for Arizona's primary election begins Thursday, July 31. Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell talks about voting issues, including permanent vote-by-mail list and I.D. requirements.
  • McCain Hispanic Vote  |   Video
    • During his Arizona senate races, John McCain garnered up to 70 percent of the Hispanic vote. Now, with Senator Barack Obama as his opponent in the presidential election, he's struggling to get Hispanic support nationwide. Find out what McCain can do to increase Latino support.

July 23, 2008

  • Photo Radar  |   Video
    • Learn about the Arizona Department of Public Safety's plans to roll out its statewide photo radar system as part of the state budget approved by lawmakers and signed by the governor last month.

July 22, 2008

  • Arpaio Lawsuit  |   Video
    • Sheriff Joe Arpaio is facing a lawsuit over racial profiling of Latinos during his immigration sweeps in Maricopa County. Alessandra Soler Meetze of the ACLU of Arizona joins Horizon to talk about the lawsuit.
  • Health Care Choices  |   Video
    • Opponents of a proposed ballot measure called the �Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act� say it reduces health care choice. Dr. Jonathan Weisbuch challenges several points of the measure.

July 17, 2008

  • Medical Choices for Arizona  |   Video
    • An initiative being evaluated for inclusion on the November ballot would guarantee Arizonans a right to make their own choices for health coverage and health insurance, according to the backers of the Initiative. Dr. Eric Novak, chairman of the "Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act" will discuss the proposal.

July 15, 2008

  • sheriff Joe Arpaio  |   Video
    • Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio joins HORIZON to talk about his controversial Illegal Immigration Interdiction Unit.
  • Artificial Cervical Disc  |   Video
    • An amazing new implant gives patients relief from degenerative disc disease. We take you through one Valley woman's surgery and recovery.

July 14, 2008

  • Maricopa County Attorney Debate  |   Video
    • Democratic candidates for Maricopa County Attorney, Gerald Richard and Tim Nelson, debate issues related to prosecuting crimehow it's been done in the past and what needs to change.
  • Mike McCurry  |   Video
    • McCurry talks about his experience as Bill Clinton's press secretary, and how he tried to neutralize the ever present anger in the political process.

July 9, 2008

  • school Vouchers  |   Video
    • state lawmakers have eliminated funding for school vouchers that help disabled and foster children attend private schools. Meanwhile, Arizona's court system is testing the constitutionality of these voucher programs. Do the funding cuts affect the case? Well talk with the attorney fighting to preserve Arizona's school vouchers.

July 3, 2008

  • Baby Boomers: Preparing for an Aging Workforce   |   Video
    • studies reveal that the U.S. is shifting toward an older workforce. Labor shortages are forcing employers to rely on older workers to fill the gap. AARP Director of Workforce Issues Deborah Russell joins HORIZON to discuss health benefits are a motivating factor for retirees to stay in the workforce. We look at Scottsdale Healthcare's AARP-lauded program designed to hire and keep older workers who have experience and institutional memory. Representatives from AARP and Rio Salado College discuss how they are preparing employers and workers over 50 for this changing dynamic.

June 19, 2008

  • US Airways  |   Video
    • The President of US Airways, Scott Kirby, talks about rising fuel prices, the sluggish economy, and other challenges facing the airline industry.
  • Maricopa Health System Lawsuit  |   Video
    • The Maricopa Medical Center is operated by the Maricopa Integrated Health System. System officials are using a new state law to stop millions of dollars from flowing to the states general fund. Its money they say should be going to the Medical Center. Now the state is suing. Bil Bruno, a member of the MIHS Governing Board talks about the case.

June 17, 2008

  • T.I.M.E. Initiative  |   Video
    • A measure heading for the November ballot would increase the sales tax to raise funds for transportation projects. The �T.I.M.E. Initiative� seeks to fund improvements to the state�s transportation system through a one-cent increase to our statewide sales tax over 30 years. David Martin with the T.I.M.E. Coalition talks about the measure. Martin is also president of the Arizona Chapter of Associated General Contractors.

June 16, 2008

  • 2008 Kids Count  |   Video
    • We look at how Arizona fares in an annual study that measures children�s health and safety. Dana Naimark of the Children�s Action Alliance is the guest.

June 10, 2008

  • RN Shortage  |   Video
    • Arizona faces one of the nation�s most critical shortages of registered nurses (RNs), according to an Arizona Healthcare Workforce Data Center study that ranks the need for RNs nationwide. Kathy Scott, RN, PhD, regional vice president of Clinical Services for Banner Health joins us to discuss the study, and the shortage of RNs.

May 27, 2008

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome  |   Video
    • More than one million Americans suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. However, it is still a misunderstood illness and it is difficult to find health care professionals who know how to diagnose and treat it. The Centers for Disease Control recently announced that CFS is a real illness and that it is a public health concern. We talk with a doctor who is a CFS specialist and a patient who is battling the syndrome.

May 1, 2008

  • Protecting Arizona's Children Conclusion  |   Video
    • Child Protective Services is the last resort for children who are in danger of being abused. Groups like Healthy Families attempt to keep kids out of the CPS system through a holistic approach with families.

April 29, 2008

  • Protecting Arizona's Children Part 2  |   Video
    • In part two of our series about Arizona Child Protective Services, we examine problems of the system. We profile John Gray, father of four-year-old Haley, who died in the custody of her mother. Gray had been battling CPS to gain custody of his three children from his ex-wife. He has sought reforms at the state level and is now suing CPS for wrongful death. Arizona Republic editorialist Laurie Roberts joins us to talk about the many cases she has covered in her column.

April 15, 2008

  • Healthcare Group  |   Video
    • Funding for a �Healthcare Group of Arizona," a state-run health insurance plan for small businesses, is at the center of a debate at the state legislature. State representatives Kirk Adams and Steve Farley discuss the pros and cons of freezing enrollment in the program.

April 10, 2008

  • E-85  |   Video
    • The first E-85 fueling pump has opened in Maricopa County. Arizona House majority leader Tom Boone joins us to talk about E-85, an 85 percent ethanol fuel blend, and a bill that would help create more biofuel stations in Arizona.

March 31, 2008

  • Merit Selection  |   Video
    • We discuss HCR 2063, a bill that would require elections for Superior Court judges in Arizona counties, including Maricopa and Pima. The sponsor of the bill, Rep. Russell Pearce of Mesa, will discuss the issue with House Minority Leader Rep. Phil Lopes of Tucson.

February 25, 2008

  • Baby Boomers: Preparing for an Aging WorkforcePart 1   |   Video
    • studies reveal that the U.S. is shifting toward an older workforce. Labor shortages are projected in a growing number of economic sectors and employers are relying on older workers to fill the gap. AARP Director of Workforce Issues Deborah Russell joins HORIZON to discuss how many people are working beyond their traditional retirement age to retain health and other benefits.

February 12, 2008

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • Jim Small of the Arizona Capitol Times joins us to talk about the big issues at the state legislature.
  • Widespread Flu  |   Video
    • The flu has now spread across Arizona, earning the state the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions highest flu-activity designation. Will Humble, assistant director for health preparedness for the Arizona Department of Health Services, shares the latest news on the flu and talks about the importance of prevention.
  • Love Your Kids  |   Video
    • Roughly 130,000 children in Arizona qualify for KidsCare but are not enrolled. "Love Your Kids" is the first-ever statewide KidsCare enrollment event. Its goal is to raise awareness for the low-cost health insurance available to many of Arizona's working families, and to help qualifying families apply. Dana Naimark, president & CEO of Childrens Action Alliance, tells us more about the event.

February 7, 2008

  • Chief Justice McGregor  |   Video
    • Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Ruth McGregor recently gave her state of the judiciary speech to the Arizona legislature. The Chief Justice will talk about issues regarding the judiciary, including attempts to get rid of the merit selection system for judges. She will also talk about a program the courts have to help people meet their mortgage payments.

February 6, 2008

  • Career and Technical Education  |   Video
    • HORIZON examines how high schools are teaching students the latest technical skills to prepare them for career opportunities related to the growing needs of Arizonas industry and business. Guests are: Rep. Mark Anderson, Chair, House Education Committee Gregory Donovan, Superintendent, Western Maricopa Education Center (West-MEC)

January 31, 2008

  • Presidential Preference Election  |   Video
    • Arizona's Presidential Preference Election is next Tuesday, and early ballots are slow coming. Also, there's confusion about polling places. Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell will give voters the latest information on those issues and more.
  • Legislature A to Z: Other Bills  |   Video
    • We wrap our three-part series on the Arizona Legislature with a look at bills unrelated to the budget or immigration. Among them, a bill that would help consumers deal with cell phone companies and a bill that would allow guns in schools. Howard Fischer of Capitol Media Services will bring us up to date.
  • super Bowl Gala  |   Video
    • HORIZON takes you to Wednesday's Super Bowl Gala that featured several NFL Hall of Famers.

January 24, 2008

  • Improving Education  |   Video
    • What must be done to improve education in Arizona? Join our panel of education leaders as they discuss options and opportunities to make the state more responsive to the needs of its students. Scheduled guests include former Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Lisa Graham Keegan, Arizona Business and Education Coalition Executive Director Susan Carlson and Arizona Board of Regents Vice President Ernest Calderon.

November 29, 2007

  • Proposed High School Graduation Requirements
    • The Arizona State Board of Education is considering a plan to increase the number of math and science credits required to earn a high school diploma. Its also considering a new rule that establishes a dual diploma system. The Board President and a Marana Unified School District official talk about the proposals. Proposed Board of Education rules

November 20, 2007

  • Cronkite-Eight Poll
    • How do Maricopa county voters feel about Sheriff Joe Arpaio and County Attorney Andrew Thomas? How do they feel about the Phoenix New Times? Those are some of the questions we asked in a special Cronkite-Eight Maricopa County-only survey. Poll Director Dr. Bruce Merrill and Associate Director Tara Blanc will explain the results. Read the complete poll results.

November 15, 2007

  • Economy
    • Both the state and Maricopa county governments are seeing revenue shortfalls. ASU Economist Tracy Clark will explain why tax collections are down.
  • James Carville
    • Former President Bill Clintons campaign adviser, writer, television pundit and major Democratic force talks about his predictions for the presidential election and what he believes Democrats should do.
  • Valley Fever
    • Cases of Valley Fever have increased over 50 percent. Dr. Peter Kelly of the Arizona Department of Health Services will tell us what's happening and why.

November 14, 2007

November 7, 2007

  • Arizona Town Hall: Land Use Planning
    • More than 6 million people live in Arizona today, but according to state estimates that number will more than double by the year 2050. Participants in the 91st Arizona Town Hall met at the Grand Canyon in late October to recommend ways to plan for that growth while protecting our states views and values. Town Hall participants discuss some of their recommendations.
  • Tribal Sovereignty
    • Throughout the month of November, HORIZON will look at key issues affecting Arizona's Native Americans tribes. Tonight, we hear from leaders in Washington, D.C. about tribal sovereignty.

November 6, 2007

  • Racial Preferences Initiative
    • A group called the Arizona Civil Rights Initiative has filed to circulate petitions for an initiative that would eliminate race and gender preferences in state hiring, contracting and university admissions. Max McPhail, Executive Director of the group, will be on Horizon to explain the initiative.
  • MRSA Superbug
    • The heavy news coverage of antibiotic-resistant staph infection known as MRSA worries the health care community and the general public. Dr. Rebecca Sunenshine, deputy state epidemiologist for the Arizona Department of Health Services, explains why it is so prevalent and what can be done about it.
  • East Valley Partnership
    • Expanded freeways and Kids Voting are two projects that were developed by the East Valley Partnership. Roc Arnett, President and CEO of the East Valley Partnership, and Charles Wahlheim, one of the original founders of the group, will talk about what EVP has done as it celebrates its 25th anniversary.

October 30, 2007

  • Underage Drinking
    • Governor Napolitano and the Arizona Underage Drinking Prevention Committee has launched a new public awareness campaign that calls on parents and adults to "Draw the Line" against underage drinking. Holly Orozco, Governor's Senior Advisor on Substance Abuse Policy and Manuel Medina, Vice President of Diversity for Terros Behavioral Health Services join the studio discussion. Learn more. Visit the Draw the Line Against Underage Drinking program Web site.
  • Breast Health
    • strides have been made in the area of breast cancer awareness and diagnostic tools. Still, there is a need for more information and education about the best possible treatment for breast cancer. We look at how digital mammograms differ from conventional film. Christine Lessard, Executive Director of the Arizona Institute for Breast Health and 11-year breast cancer survivor joins us in the studio. Learn more. Visit the Arizona Institute for Breast Health Web site.

October 25, 2007

  • Arizona's Immigration Strategy Part 4
    • We take a look at the verification system that will be used for the new employer sanctions law. (this is the taped piece). Also, Pinal County Attorney James Walsh talks about the penalties of the law and how it might be enforced.

October 24, 2007

  • Phoenix New Times Investigation
    • An update on a judges decision to unseal secret grand-jury documents related to the Phoenix New Times Investigation by the Maricopa County Attorneys Office.

October 16, 2007

  • s-CHIP
    • Congress approved legislation to add 4 million children to a popular health-care-coverage programS-CHIP (State Children's Health Insurance Program) also known as KidsCare in Arizonabut the bill was vetoed by President Bush. Some say the expansion pushes the program beyond its original intent. Supporters of the expansion say it is needed to cover uninsured children of poor working families. Congress is poised to vote on a possible override of the Bush veto. We discuss both sides of the issue.

September 10, 2007

  • Sustainability Special
    • This HORIZON special focuses on stories that promote sustainability, such as renewable energy, Maricopa County particle control and Pinal County growth.

September 4, 2007

  • Health Epidemics?
    • On this HORIZON special, we examine what some call health epidemics--conditions that appear to be diagnosed more frequently. We look at why asthma, sleep disorders, autism and obesity are becoming common topics of conversation and media coverage.

September 3, 2007

  • Urban Farm
    • Phoenix resident Greg Peterson has turned his neighborhood house into a sustainable energy system. He joins us to talk about his lifestyle and his sustainable business.

August 22, 2007

August 21, 2007

  • Health Special
    • On Tuesdays, HORIZON brings you stories on a variety of health topics. Tonight, we look at smoking, nutrition, diabetes and allergies.

July 31, 2007

  • West Nile Virus
    • In the past month, the number of confirmed West Nile Virus cases in Maricopa County has significantly increased. Backyards are a primary culprit for hidden breeding places for the mosquitoes that carry the disease. We examine a typical backyard with Maricopa County Environmental Services Vector Control to find some surprising breeding places and learn how to eliminate these areas.
  • USS Tucson
    • Two ships of the United States Navy have been named after the city of Tucson, Arizona. The first was a light cruiser, commissioned in 1945 and decommissioned in 1949. The second is a Los Angeles-Class nuclear attack submarine commissioned in 1995 and on active duty as of 2006. Recently, reporter Christopher Conover and a group of residents from The Old Pueblo took a tour of the sub.
  • Arizona Stories St. Mary's Basilica
    • st. Mary's Basilica in downtown Phoenix is known for its beautiful, historic stained-glass windows. We look at the inspiration to restore them to their original brilliance.

July 30, 2007

  • Immigration Hotline
    • Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has set up a hotline for people to report information regarding undocumented immigrants. Critics say it promotes racial profiling. HORIZON talks to Arpaio about the hotline, and speaks with State Representative Ben Miranda, a critic of the hotline.

July 26, 2007

  • Health Epidemics? Obesity
    • As more Americans become obese, more are diagnosed with the diseases that follow. Osteopath Dr. Art Mollen talks about obesity and the conditions to which its linked, including diabetes, heart problems and high blood pressure.

July 25, 2007

July 24, 2007

July 23, 2007

  • Health Epidemics? Asthma
    • The first in our four-part series on increasingly prevalent health issues examines a condition that afflicts more than 600,000 Arizonans asthma. Our guest is M. Magda Ciocazan, program manager for Steps to a Healthier Arizona Initiative, Arizona Department of Health Services asthma liaison and member of the Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Nutrition Services.
  • One on One
    • Molera Alvarez Groups Jaime Molera and Andrei Cherny of Democracy Journal go head to head on issues that affect Arizonans.

July 2, 2007

  • West Nile Virus
    • Dirty pools and stagnant water contribute to the growth of mosquitoes, which can lead to the spread of West Nile Virus. John Townsend, the division manager for the Environmental Services Vector Control office and the Maricopa Director of Public Health Dr. Bob England join us to discuss this issue.

June 19, 2007

  • New Provider for County Mental Health Services
    • Magellan Health Services is Maricopa Countys new behavioral health provider for public mental health services beginning Sept. 1. Eddy Broadway, Arizona Department of Health Services deputy director, joins Horizon to talk about the transition.
  • Repackaged Beef Could Contain E.coli
    • Public health officials continue to warn the public about the expansion of a USDA ground beef recall because of concerns that repackaged meat by grocery stores may contain E. coli. Arizona Department of Health Services Will Humble joins HORIZON to talk about the recall.
  • Arizona Stories: Jerome
    • Join us for a look at the picturesque town and its history. See how the mining industry helped put Jerome on the map and how its disappearance nearly destroyed it. Today, its a popular tourist destination.

June 12, 2007

  • County Island Fire Coverage
    • County island areas in the town of Gilbert have been at the center of controversy regarding the fire coverage. A bill that allows non-touching county islands to form fire districts was recently passed by the legislature and allowed by the Governor to go into law without her signature. The law would require the surrounding municipality to provide fire and emergency services for a fee if the district doesn't have a private provider or a service agreement.
  • The Riordan Family
    • The three Riordan brothers came to Flagstaff seeking professional opportunities and ended up helping to build a community. Starting out in the lumber business in the 1880s, their civic-minded enterprises helped establish some of the areas most important organizations and community services.

May 24, 2007

  • Arizona Military Affairs: Veteran Home
    • In March, the state health department documented cases of poor patient care and neglect at the Arizona State Veteran Home; the governor removed the director of the Department of Veterans' Services. Have conditions improved at the facility? Well get an update.

May 23, 2007

May 15, 2007

  • Doctor shortage
    • Arizona is the fastest growing state in the nation---- and ranks among the lowest for physicians to care for its population. We look at our doctor shortage and efforts to solve the problem.
  • Arizona Stories Tovrea Castle
    • Tovrea Castle was born out of the vision of Italian immigrant Alessio Carraro. Carraro came to Phoenix in 1928 with a dream to build a resort hotel castle surrounded by an exotic cactus garden and a subdivision of deluxe homes. While Carraros dream of a hotel-resort never came to be, he still built the castle, which was purchased by stockyard mogul E.A. Tovrea in 1931. We tell the story of the unique home and how it became the historic Arizona icon that it is today.

May 1, 2007

  • Healthcare Group
    • Healthcare Group, a state-run health care plan for small business, is running at a deficit and asking for funding from the state. State lawmakers Representative Kirk Adams and Representative Steve Farley join us to discuss it.

April 26, 2007

  • Light Rail Update
    • METRO light rail CEO Rick Simonetta updates us on the Valleys regional light rail system construction.

April 18, 2007

  • Air Quality
    • The Phoenix area continues to violate the federal health standard for PM-10 airborne particulates, or dust. Find out what needs to be done to meet a deadline (at the end of this year) for a plan to reduce particulate pollution by five percent a year until the standard is met. Guests: Steve Owens Director, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Bob Kard Director, Maricopa Countys Air Quality Department Resources: ADEQ Web site: http://www.azdeq.gov/index.html Maricopa Countys Air Quality Web site: http://www.maricopa.gov/aq/ Maricopa Countys BringBackBlue.org Clean Air Initiative: http://www.bringbackblue.org/
  • Arizona Meth Project
    • We take a look at the newly-launched advertising campaign intended to reduce methamphetamine use among Arizona teenagers. Resources: Arizona Meth Project Web site: http://www.arizonamethproject.org/

April 3, 2007

  • Arizona Congressman Harry Mitchell
    • Arizona Congressman Harry Mitchell is back in Arizona as Congress takes its Spring Recess.Well talk to Congressman Mitchell about the Iraq War, health care for our Nations veterans, and experiences during his first term in Congress.

March 29, 2007

  • Health Insurance for the Poor
    • state lawmakers are working on getting some money to help promote state health care plans for the poor. Dana Naimark of Children's Action Alliance and Representative Kirk Adams will talk about the effort.

March 27, 2007

  • Diabetes Expo
    • An upcoming educational event open to both medical professionals and the public will focus on diabetes, cardiovascular disease, nutrition and healthy lifestyles choices. More than 100 exhibitors will present the latest information on medications, medical devices, products, health plans, technology and samples; and theyll conduct free health screenings. Expo attendees can also hear featured keynote speakers on a variety of diabetes-related topics throughout the day.

March 20, 2007

  • Walking for Health
    • The benefits of walking for people over 50 are becoming more and more apparent with every step. The AARP and the National Recreation and Park association have teamed up to promote a 10-week walking program.

February 26, 2007

  • Death Penalty Task Force
    • Arizona's Supreme Court Chief Justice Ruth McGregor is establishing a task force to address the backlog of death penalty cases in Maricopa County. HORIZON will look at the task forces goals.

February 22, 2007

  • ASU School of Computing Informatics
    • Well talk to Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan, director of the Arizona State University School of Computing Informatics. The school combines computer and information sciences with other academic disciplines such as geography, anthropology, public health, urban planning and biology.

February 1, 2007

  • Night and Saturday Court
    • Maricopa County Superior Court conducts its first night session this week. Maricopa County Superior Court Juvenile Court Presiding Judge Eileen Willett joins us to talk about the new night and Saturday hours at Superior Court.
  • Arizona Capitol Times
    • The Arizona Capitol Times, which covers the state capitol, is celebrating it's 100th anniversary. Learn more about the founding of the paper.
  • Tax Time
    • It's time to start filing your tax return. Bill Brunson of the IRS and Dan Zemke of the Arizona Department of Revenue will talk about the latest changes in tax law and tax filing to help you as your file your return.

January 31, 2007

  • Arizona Parenting Kit
    • Marilee Dal Pra of the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust and Davina Garcia of Phoenix Baptist Hospital join us to discuss a new parenting tool that helps answer expecting parents questions. It's called the Arizona Parents Kit, and it is being distributed at many Maricopa County hospitals.

January 17, 2007

  • Legislature A to Z: Transportation
    • In the third part of our series we look at the transportation issues that will preoccupying lawmakers this session.
  • Bring Back Blue
    • The Chairman of the Maricopa County Board Of Supervisors, Fulton Brock, discusses the countys new initiative, Bring Back Blue, designed to make people aware of particulate matter pollution in the Valley.
  • HORIZON 25th Anniversary
    • A look at the 5th most influential story covered on HORIZON in the last 25 years: The alternative fuels scandal.

January 16, 2007

  • Legislature A to Z: Health Bills
    • Improving health care coverage for children is among the governors top issues in 2007. What do top lawmakers at the state legislature who deal with health measures say about those proposals? Find out what Senate Health Committee Chairman Sen. Carolyn Allen and House Health Committee Chairman Rep. Bob Stump have on their agendas in the new session.

December 19, 2006

  • Transportation Acceleration
    • Widening of the I-10 and I-17 freeways, speedier commutes on the loop 101 and improved mobility on the loop 303 could be a reality sooner than originally expected. Those are a few of the transportation acceleration projects recently approved by the Maricopa Association of Governments and the State Transportation Board. Legislation passed in the last session paved the way for the acceleration of construction or rebuilding of freeways, state highways, bridges and interchanges in the MAG Regional Transportation Plan. Some of those projects will be accelerated by as much as 14 years. Guest: Eric, Anderson Maricopa Association of Governments Transportation Director.
  • Tobacco Prevention
    • Most people resolve to quit tobacco use for health reasons, but there are some additional reasons to make your New Year's resolution to stop smoking. Two voter-approved tax hikes have caused the price of a carton of cigarettes to increase by more than $8. In addition, smoking will soon be prohibited in all public places throughout the state due to another voter-approved measure. The Arizona Department of Health Services is rolling out a new Smoking Prevention campaign, and Maricopa County also has its Tobacco Use Prevention Program ready to help those who want to kick the habit.

November 30, 2006

  • Preventative health care
    • We take a look at how prevention can help you manage your health care. Dr. Art Mollen gives some tips on how do that.

November 28, 2006

  • Human Smuggling Conspiracy
    • Community groups, state representatives and professors filed a class-action lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Phoenix against Maricopa County authorities over their interpretation of an Arizona law aimed at cracking down on human smugglers. The suit alleges that county officials are misusing the statute when they charge illegal immigrants with ``conspiring to transport themselves'' and violating the constitutional rights to due process and to bar unreasonable search and seizure.

November 22, 2006

  • Taking Charge of Your Health
    • Conclusion Prevention In the final episode of our series, we take a look at how prevention can help you manage your health care.

November 21, 2006

  • Taking Charge of Your Health
    • Part two of three Health Insurance Some people are fortunate to get health care coverage through their employer. Others must purchase health insurance individually. But insurance plans are not uniform in design and consumers can find them very confusing. Dr. Len Kirshner, former director of AHCCCS, joins us to talk about Arizona health insurance reform and how to navigate the maze of HMOs, PPOs and POSs and combinations and hybrids of those plans.

November 20, 2006

  • Proposition 107
    • Rep. Kyrsten Sinema will talk about the success of Arizona Together in defeating Proposition 107. Arizona was the only state this last election in which a same-sex marriage amendment failed.
  • Taking Charge of Your Health
  • Proposition 202
    • Rep. Steve Gallardo talks about the impact the states new minimum wage will have in Arizona.

November 15, 2006

  • AARP's Bill Novelli
    • The largest generation of Americans ever recorded78 million baby boomersis nearing traditional retirement age and they are changing the way Americans over 50 live their lives. Boomers are no strangers to the gym, the voting booth, starting new careers, becoming active in their communities, managing their own health care and their 401(k)s. Bill Novelli, CEO of AARP joins HORIZON to talk about this transformation and his new book: 50+: Igniting a Revolution to Reinvent America.

November 13, 2006

  • Vote Count
    • Maricopa County elections officials are about half way through counting 258,000 ballots that were either early ballots or provisional ballots. Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell will explain why the count takes as long as it does and how the new results are affecting one congressional race and two propositions.
  • Jon Meacham
    • A conversation with Newsweek Editor Jon Meacham, author of American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation, about the role of politics and religion.

November 7, 2006

  • Alzheimer's Awareness
    • November is Alzheimer's Awareness Month. It is marked by events around the Valley and the state including the opening of the new Banner Alzheimer's Institute. The Institute staffed by world-class researchers and physicians who provide compassionate care to patients and their families and caregivers, while also finding treatment and prevention therapies for those afflicted with the disease. Dr. Pierre Tariot, Banner Alzheimer's Institute's Associate Director and Director of its Memory Disorders Clinic joins Horizon in the studio.
  • MPAC and PHX: 21st Century City
    • Maricopa Partnership for Arts and Culture (MPAC) develops and implements entrepreneurial partnerships that advance arts and culture as an important part of the region's economic prosperity, distinctiveness and vibrancy. One of those partnerships involves a new book called PHX: 21st Century City. Joining Michael Grant in the studio will be Myra Millinger, President & CEO, Maricopa Partnership for Arts and Culture, Edward Booth-Clibborn, Editor and Publisher, PHX: 21st Century City, and Nan Ellin, Author, PHX: 21st Century City.
  • Vote 2006: A Horizon Special Election Night Report
    • Beginning at 9 p.m., HORIZON reports on election night results and offers analysis from The Arizona Republic's Richard Ruelas and Bob Robb, and political analysts Stan Barnes and Sam Coppersmith.

October 31, 2006

  • Election Analysis
    • some of the races in this mid-term election are tightening. Voters are being bombarded with campaign ads on the candidates and propositions. One week out from election day we'll have analysis on the contentious races with capitol reporter Howie Fischer.
  • Voting
    • New laws have gone into effect for next week's election. New identification requirements are in effect, as well as a new law to eliminate long election lines. Get the details as Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell and County Elections Director Karen Osborne explain the changes for voting on November 7.

October 17, 2006

  • Navajo Presidential Candidate
    • Join HORIZON for an interview with Joe Shirley, current Navajo president who is running for reelection. Discussion topics include gaming rights, trade with Cuba, and other issues that affect the Navajo people.
  • Flu season
    • The flu vaccine should be in good supply this year. We talk about flu season, vaccination programs, nasal influenza vaccine versus the shot, and general flu prevention.

October 11, 2006

  • Remaking American Medicine
    • Thousands of Americans die in hospitals each year of preventable medical errors and one million more are injured. The nationally aired 4-part PBS program Remaking American Medicine examines critical health care issues facing Americans today including patient safety, medical and medication errors and hospital-acquired infections. The series also explores innovative solutions undertaken by providers, patients and their families to transform the care provided by the health care institutions on which we all depend. Arizona Medial Association President Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser and Maureen Dicker, Patient Safety Officer, Veterans Integrated Service Network, join Michael Grant to talk about these efforts.
  • Federal appeals court decision would put voter I.D. requirements on hold
    • A federal appeals court has put a temporary hold on requirements to show I.D. when voting and proof of citizenship when registering to vote. Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard says he is going to appeal the case to the United States Supreme Court. Arizona State University professor Paul Bender will talk about the legal issues involved in the case.
  • Arizona Opera Companys production of Macbeth
    • A sneak preview of the Arizona Opera Company's production of "Macbeth."

September 26, 2006

  • Propositions 201 and 206
    • Two competing anti-smoking measures will be on the November ballot and both say they work in the interest of helping to protect people from secondhand smoke. Prop 201, Smoke Free Arizona, is backed by a coalition of health organizations and would ban smoking in most public spaces and workplaces, including restaurants, bars, arenas, offices, bowling alleys and nursing homes. Prop 206 from the Arizona Non-Smoker Protection Committee would ban smoking in most enclosed public places and places of employment but allow smoking in freestanding bars, and bar areas that are closed off and separately ventilated from adjacent non-smoking areas.

September 21, 2006

  • Proposition 205
    • Proposition 205 would change Arizona's voting system to a largely vote by mail process. Hear the pros and cons of the measure.

September 13, 2006

  • Proposition 203
    • A look at a proposition created to fund a childhood development and health program. Is Proposition 203 reasonable for taxpayers and smokers? A proponent and opponent will help us understand the measure and examine its pros and con.

September 5, 2006

  • Labor Day Rally
    • A coalition of organizations supporting immigrants' rights will be staging a rally on Labor Day at the Arizona State Capitol to register Hispanic voters and introduce candidates. Find out more about the effort.
  • New voting requirements
    • One week out from the primary election we review the identification process and requirements at the polls.

August 23, 2006

  • New Voting Law
    • A new law passed by the legislature this year will affect the upcoming elections. It will require a hand count of a portion of some races, will require equipment and personnel to be brought in if there's a long line at the polling place, and require a paper receipt for electronic voting. Joe Kanefield, elections director of the Secretary of State's office, and Karen Osborne of the Maricopa County Recorders office, will talk about the new law.

July 31, 2006

  • Health and safety travel guide for touri
    • Two books written by Tempe doctors encourage tourism to Mexico by offering a directory to doctors and hospitals in that country. "Mexico Health and Safety Travel Guide and Yucatan Travelers Safety Guide" are designed to ease travelers worries when traveling into that country.

July 26, 2006

  • Butterfly Research
    • scientists say to better understand our own environment we should look into animals' perspectives. The Butterfly is one species biologists believe can help them understand how the environment is 'viewed'. Scientists at Arizona State University have studied butterflies for decades, and believe these types are species have more to offer humans than just carefree beauty.
  • Arizona's new human smuggling law
    • Another decision by a Maricopa County Superior Court Judge in Arizona's new human smuggling law. This time four defendants are set free until their trial date. Tonight we talk with an attorney who defended one of the men acquitted in an earlier case and a legislator who says the human smuggling law is being misused.

July 19, 2006

  • Hawaiian Documentary
    • The Hawaiians: Reflecting Spirit, a film airing on Wednesday at 10 p.m. on Eight sheds light on the spiritual and community strength of a native people whose identity is deeply tied to their homeland. HORIZON talks with the filmmaker and a Hawaiian state official about programs to re-establish native language and cultural customs.
  • Human Smuggling 'Coyote Law'
    • A Maricopa County Superior Court Judge threw out the first case under the human smuggling 'Coyote Law'. Some interpret the new ruling as a blow to both the Maricopa County Attorney's and the Sheriff's Offices effort to curb the flow of illegal immigrants. Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and Sheriff Joe Arpaio join Michael Grant to talk about the ruling and their attempts to enforce the 'Coyote Law'.

July 13, 2006

  • Indian Voting Rights
    • July 15 marks the 58th anniversary of an Arizona Supreme Court ruling that upheld Native American voting rights. The ruling came after a Maricopa County registrar refused to allow two Native Americans to register to vote, even though Indian people were granted citizenship and the right to vote in 1924. Learn more about this important ruling and its affect on our state.

June 29, 2006

  • AHCCCS - New Citizenship Requirements
    • Effective July 1, a change in federal law, The Deficit Reduction Act, will require all Medicaid (AHCCCS) members and applicants claiming U.S. citizenship to provide proof of both U.S. citizenship and identity when renewing or applying for AHCCCS health insurance benefits. Get the facts about the change and what it means for Arizonans.

June 13, 2006

  • Miranda Anniversary
    • June 13th marks the 40th anniversary of a landmark ruling by the U.S.Supreme Court. Justices affirmed the right to remain silent in the famed Miranda ruling. Ernesto Miranda of Phoenix was the man whose case led to the decision. We will look at the case and its impact on the judicial system.

June 8, 2006

  • Orde Kittrie
    • HORIZON introduces one of the most prominent professors on the Arizona State University campus, Assistant Law Professor Orde Kittrie. A former U.S. Department of State Director of International Anti-Crime Programs, Orde Kittrie has worked on U.S.-Mexico border issues, the reform of Jordanian business law, and negotiated five nuclear nonproliferation agreements between the U.S. and Russia, among many other initiatives. His efforts are now being recognized across the country, including being named one of the top international legal experts in the U.S.
  • Hot Weather
    • We've had some unusual June weather that included several days above 110 degrees. National Weather Service Meteorologist Tony Haffer talks about the weather. Will Humble of the Arizona Department of Health Services will talk about staying safe in the heat.
  • Native American Town Hall
    • A Native American Town Hall was held this week in the Valley. Among the issues being discussed, the retention of Indian culture. Debra Utacia Krol, a reporter for the Fort McDowell newspaper, will tell us about the town hall.

June 7, 2006

  • Everything you know is wrong
    • John Stossel, ABC News 20/20 co-anchor discusses his recent book Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity: Get Out the ShovelWhy Everything You Know is Wrong, his investigation of America's public education system

May 29, 2006

  • AIDS in Arizona
    • Part one of three Join this first of a three-part examination of the HIV and AIDS problem in Arizona. Bruce Porter, chief of the HIV and AIDS office for the Arizona Department of Health Services is our guest.
  • Discouraging desert deaths
    • Find out what's being done to discourage illegal immigrants from attempting to cross the Sonoran desert in the deadly summer heat.

May 18, 2006

  • New Hospital
    • As Arizonas population grows so does the need for health care services across the state. HORIZON profiles one new 300-thousand square-foot, $152-million dollar hospital opening in the East Valley and ongoing efforts to meet the need for more health care facilities.
  • New CPR
    • It's Emergency Medical Services Week and Horizon introduces us to the new CPR called the Cardiocerebral Resuscitation and Arizona is the first state to adopt it. A survivor who was treated with the new Cardiocerebral Resuscitation will share his experience and Dr. Ben Bobrow, Medical Doctor of the Arizona DPH, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services will talk with Michael Grant about Arizona's effort to educate the public on the new CPR.

May 8, 2006

  • Immunizations
    • Last year our state experienced a whooping cough epidemic. This year there is an outbreak of mumps in the Midwest. The introduction of vaccines has helped to control these types of diseases. Now researchers are working on a vaccine for the avian flu virus. We talk about this and other topics related to immunization with Dr. Anne Schuchat, Captain, U.S. Public Health Service and Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions National Immunization Program.

April 5, 2006

  • Judicial Merit
    • HORIZON explores judicial merit selection. Maricopa County is one of two counties in Arizona that appoints judges based on merit. With a fast growing state, can merit selection improve the judicial system? Michael Grant interviews local leaders on both sides of the issue.

February 22, 2006

  • Fire-Weather
    • The anticipated severe fire season and the ongoing drought bring many significant issues to Arizona. HORIZON profiles northern Arizonas Incident Meteorologist who provides continuous weather forecasts to fire fighters. In studio, we discuss how weather plays a role in fire events and other issues with Weather Service Meteorologist Tony Haffer and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Incident Commander Jeff Whitney, whose job it is to oversee all activities at a fire fight.
  • scholars Program
    • More than a dozen Arizona high school students will travel to Washington D.C. to attend the Honeywell Scholars Presidential Classroom Program. At the conference, students get a behind the scenes look at the interrelations between science, technology and public policy. Michael Grant will talk with Don Wilt, the Director of Public Affairs for Honeywell Aerospace, and Dustin Young of Gilbert High School, a student who will attend the one week program.
  • Immigration bill
    • Immigration continues to be a priority for the Arizona Legislature and at the forefront is Employer Sanctions. What bills have cleared committees and what do they consist of? Michael Grant talks to Senator Bill Brotherton about the bill he introduced earlier this month, which penalizes agencies who intentionally hire undocumented employees.

February 14, 2006

  • Phoenix Bond 101
    • HORIZON examines Proposition 3 - For building small high schools, higher education and health science facilities; Proposition 4 - For new parks and open spaces. and Proposition 5 - For libraries and youth, senior and cultural centers Find out more, visit the companion Web site.
  • Voter Identification
    • The Phoenix Bond Election is the first election impacted by the passage of Proposition 200. Voters will be required to present various forms of identification before they are issued a regular ballot. Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell and Maricopa County Director of Elections Karen Osborne explain what voters can expect.
  • Pandemic Flu Plan
    • Is Arizona prepared for possibly the greatest public health challenge of our time ---an influenza pandemic? The Arizona Department of Health Services has recently released an updated Influenza Pandemic Readiness Plan. Will Humble, Bureau Chief for the State Department Of Epidemiology & Disease Control joins Michael Grant for a discussion. For more information on the Readiness Plan go to www.azdhs.gov.

February 6, 2006

  • Medicare Prescription Plan
    • The new Medicare prescription drug plan got off to a rocky start. David Mitchell, State Director for AARP and Tom Betlach, Deputy Director for AHCCCS join us to discuss the problems and what you can do about them.
  • Credit Cards
    • Jeanine Lipka from Consumer Credit Counseling Services joins HORIZON to talk about recent developments that might cause credit card companies to increase your minimum payments.

January 19, 2006

  • Credit Card Payments
    • It's a dose of medicine for consumers that's going to be painful at first. This month, your credit card minimum payments could double. That's because of new rules put in place by federal regulators to help people pay off credit cards, instead of just treading water. Learn more about the new rules.
  • Medicare Prescription Drug Plan
    • David Mitchell, the Arizona State Director of the AARP, and Tom Betlach of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System join us to discuss recent problems with the new Medicare Prescription Drug Plan.

December 14, 2005

  • Health Insurance Special
    • More than one million people in Arizona are on health insurance for the indigent, and many of them are employed. What if you don't have insurance at all? Those are a couple of issues covered in HORIZONs special "Arizona's Health Insurance Crisis."

November 29, 2005

  • Flu Season
    • It is early in the flu season, but sporadic cases of influenza are already being reported in Arizona. We have more available flu shots than we did last year, but a spike in demand for flu shots so far this year already has some doctors running low. We talk about who is at high risk and how to find flu shots, as well as what to expect later when flu season hits full force in December or January.
  • Winter Heating
    • skyrocketing gas prices have hit us all, but consumers have also been put on notice to expect substantial increases in their home heating bills this winter. The AARP says this year Americans are expected to face the largest one-year increase in home heating prices in three decades. Older Americans devote a higher percentage of total household spending to residential energy costs. Find out what to expect this year and how your family can save on home heating costs.

November 28, 2005

  • Homeless Shelter
    • Join HORIZON for a look at the new 14-acre campus of the Central Arizona Shelter Service. CASS is one of several agencies represented at the centralized campus servicing the homeless.
  • Arizona Stories: Arizona Falls
    • Arizona Falls began as a cool escape from the heat in Phoenix, and eventually came to be used in some very different ways.

November 9, 2005

November 7, 2005

  • Illegal Immigration
    • Learn about the Southwest Conference on Illegal Immigration, Border Security and Crime, which was held over the weekend and sponsored by Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas.

November 2, 2005

  • southwest Conference
    • Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas joins us to preview the upcoming Southwest Conference on Illegal Immigration, Border Security and Crime.

October 20, 2005

  • Light Rail Update
    • Construction has started on the Valley's light rail system. It's impacted businesses. We'll get an update on light rail progress from John Farry, Valley Metro Rail's Director of Community Relations.
  • Ethics in Entertainment
    • The Ethics of Entertainment (E2) Conference and Film Festival will explore the powerful roll of entertainment media in our lives. Workshops, film screenings and speakers will delve into the decision-making process that artists go through when portraying social, political and health issues. We profile local filmmaker Chuck LeVinus and his film Never Been Thawed. Conference organizers F. Miguel Valenti and Laurie Trotta join Michael Grant in the studio. Important Links & Resources www.e2filmfest.com

October 10, 2005

  • Avian Flu
    • In Asia, a virus transferred from birds to humans has killed 65 people. If the virus mutates and becomes transferable between humans, it could prove catastrophic to the world's health and economy. State epidemiologist David Engelthaler discusses the possibilities.

October 3, 2005

  • Walk to Shool
    • Children and parents around the world celebrate International Walk to School Day on October 5th. The purpose of the day is to bring visibility to walking and biking conditions and inspire positive health and safety by walking to school. Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman joins Michael Grant to talk about his city's successful Walk to School Day campaign.

September 22, 2005

  • Arizona's Health Insurance Crisis: Insura
    • Part four of four What about health insurance during the retirement years? Some employers continue to pay for it, but many retirees are carrying more of the burden. Patrick Klein of the Arizona State Retirement System is the guest.
  • Chief Justice McGregor
    • Ruth McGregor, recently appointed Arizona's second female Chief Justice, will join HORIZON to talk about her new role and her interest in increasing the court's public outreach efforts.

September 21, 2005

  • Arizona's Health Insurance Crisis: Insurance Alt
    • Part three of four There are available coverage alternatives for those without employer-provided insurance. HORIZON looks at health care discount plans and Congressman John Shadegg's proposal to allow individuals to buy insurance from any provider in the nation.

September 20, 2005

  • Arizona's Health Insurance Crisis: AHCCCS
    • Part two of four It's been more than 20 years since state lawmakers created the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, which insures more than one million people in Arizona. How much does the system cost, how does it work and who qualifies for coverage?

September 19, 2005

  • Arizona's Health Insurance Crisis
    • Part one of four This week's four-part series begins with an examination of why it's so difficult for so many to obtain health insurance coverage. Also, AHCCCS Medical Director Dr. John Molina joins Michael Grant to discuss the recent DES disclosure that cites Wal-Mart as the employer of the largest number of Arizonans on AHCCCS.

September 1, 2005

  • First Thursday: The Governor on HORIZON
    • Governor Janet Napolitano talks about her decision to declare an emergency in Arizona due to illegal immigration and her plans to reform the nation's education system.

August 30, 2005

  • Census
    • In an effort to quantify ballooning Maricopa County population figures, a mid-decade census survey will be mailed out to residents next week. The survey is important because the state returns nearly $1 billion in tax dollars each year to cities and towns based on population.

August 25, 2005

  • Congressman John Shadegg
    • shadegg discusses his trip this week to Iraq, a plan he has to allow people to buy health insurance across state lines, and immigration.

August 24, 2005

  • HealthCare Connect
    • HealthCare Connect is a non-profit organization that connects low-income, uninsured residents of Maricopa County with complete, coordinated health care at affordable rates. Executive Director of HealthCare Connect Terry McPeters discusses the program and how it can help people in Maricopa County.

August 17, 2005

  • Tax Bills
    • There is a backlog of unsettled property tax issues at the Maricopa County Treasurer's Office an issue that has been compounded by the hot housing market. Maricopa County Treasurer David Schweikert joins Michael Grant to talk about the million and a half property tax bills he is poised to send out.
  • Rising price of gas
  • Governor Janet Napolitano declares a stat

August 3, 2005

  • Arizona Education Report Card
    • A report on some of the latest changes in Arizona's education system, from kindergarten through universities and charter schools.

July 28, 2005

  • Intel Plant
    • A new Intel Plant will be located in Chandler. The $3 Billion plant is expected to provide 1,000 new high paying jobs. Brian Matas of IC Insights, an integrated circuit market research company, will be on Horizon to talk about the new plant and the high tech industry in Arizona.

July 19, 2005

  • Housing Arizona: Affordable Housing
    • The latest real estate figures show the median sales price for an existing home topped a quarter of a million dollars this year in Maricopa County. HORIZON examines the impact Arizona's housing boom is having on thousands of families who are now unable to afford a home. Stardust Cos. CEO Greg Holmes, housing consultant David Rosen, and Michael Pyatok, Executive Director of the ASU Stardust Center for Affordable Homes and the Family, join Michael Grant to discuss the growing concern over affordable housing.

June 29, 2005

  • County Attorney
    • Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas joins Michael Grant to talk about topics including attorney staffing issues in his office, identity theft, green swimming pool code violations, and the decision not to prosecute Sgt. Patrick Haab, an army reservist who held seven undocumented immigrants at gunpoint at an Arizona rest stop in April.

June 21, 2005

  • Arizona's Border Crisis: A HORIZON Specia
    • How much does illegal immigration cost Arizonans? Costs associated with illegal immigration include health care, criminal justice and education. Horizon examines the various ways illegal immigrants benefit consumers, but cost taxpayers.

June 8, 2005

  • Drought Update/Business Water Conservatio
    • The Salt River Reservoir system is 95\% full. Is the metro area still in a drought? An update on the status of our valley's water resources with SRP Hydrologist Charlie Ester. With our limited water supply, how can businesses conserve water and continue to be motivated to be good stewards of our water resources? Joining the discussion is Jay Hicks, Executive Board Member for environmental public interest organization Valley Forward.

April 25, 2005

  • Immunizations
    • Over 90,000 children born in Arizona every year must be immunized against childhood diseases. By the way this week has been designated national immunization week. Also you may not be aware of a new chickenpox vaccine requirement for preschoolers.
  • Newt Gingrich
    • A visit with the former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich.
  • Arizona Stories: Canyon Records
    • A record company that's preserving a Native American treasure on tonight's Arizona stories.

April 22, 2005

  • Journalists Roundtable
    • Former Maricopa County attorney Rick Romley announced that he will not run for Governor, joining a growing list of Republican candidates who will sit out the race. The Minuteman Project, which has patrolled the Mexican border this month wrap up early as two leaders prepare to take their case to Washington. And the Arizona legislature prepared a bill to help the Fiesta Bowl land the 2007 national championship game over the objection of the NFL.

April 21, 2005

  • Republican Gubernatorial Candidates
    • Former Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley was widely considered to be the man Republicans would turn to in the gubernatorial race next year. But this morning, Romley announced he would not be running for Governor. Romley said that although there are many pressing issues facing Arizona, he is not going to run to be able to spend more time with his family, volunteering and reaching out to veterans.

April 20, 2005

  • Arizona Education Report Card: Universities
    • Continuing our education series, ASU, the City of Phoenix, working together on a 15,000 student campus for ASU in downtown Phoenix. That agreement that will make it possible is announced today. And another approach to preparing for future university growth, the Board of Regents project to redesign the university system.

April 19, 2005

  • Arizona Education Report Card: Community Colleges
    • Community colleges serve more students than the state's three public universities. But how will they keep up with a growing population? And should they be allowed to offer four-year degrees? We'll take a look at the role community colleges play and the challenges they face.
  • Howard Buffett
    • His pictures show the plight of humans around the world. This from a man who grew up in one of America's richest families. An interview with photographer Howard Buffett.

April 15, 2005

  • Journalists Roundtable
    • Governor Janet Napolitano surprised some lawmakers Thursday when she vetoed a forest health bill. The State senate made changes to a proposed liquor bill that would block any new drive-through lanes at liquor stores and would prohibit tasting samples from being given out at stores. And because of soaring gas prices, Governor Napolitano wants the EPA to give Arizona a waiver on the use of summertime fuel.

April 12, 2005

  • Business Property Tax Rate
    • Businesses could see their property taxes lowered. Does that mean homeowners will pay more taxes? Horizon takes a look at a bill that attempts to make Arizona's property tax system more fair for businesses.

April 4, 2005

March 18, 2005

  • Journalists Roundtable
    • The House and Senate have agreed on a new $8.2 billion budget. A Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled that Attorney General Terry Goddard was correct in his legal opinion regarding the scope of Prop 200 and the State Senate this week approved the use of school vouchers, but it's likely Governor Napolitano will veto the proposal.

February 23, 2005

  • stadium update
    • Despite the wet weather, the Arizona Cardinals' stadium roof construction is moving ahead. Horizon has an update.
  • Medical malpractice
    • The debate over malpractice reform is one of the issues facing state lawmakers, a subject also considered by medical students entering the field. Horizon looks at a medical malpractice bill working its way through the state legislature.

February 18, 2005

  • Journalists Roundtable
    • The City of Phoenix released the results of its investigation into the month's water debacle. Groundbreaking was held for the start on the valley's new light rail system. State lawmakers are once again trying to make changes to the controversial AIMS test.

February 4, 2005

  • Journalists Roundtable
    • At this Journalists Roundtable, our panelists discuss former Arizona Governor Fife Symington's comments that he may decide to run again for the office in 2006. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has started a controversial plan he says can combat identity theft. And Governor Janet Napolitano revived Arizona's film commission this week by naming several big names to the panel.

January 26, 2005

January 19, 2005

  • Titan Landing
    • Extraordinary images of Saturn's largest moon, titan, beamed to earth with an imaging system developed at the University of Arizona.

January 5, 2005

  • Weather Outlook
    • Rain, hail, even tornado warnings. Is it a fluke or will it be a wetter winter for the Valley? We'll look at the big picture.
  • Drought Outlook
    • The storms have caused runoff from the Salt River Project's water shed to prompt the release of water down the normally dry Salt River. It's now flowing through Tempe Town Lake. We'll have an update on our reservoir system.
  • Maricopa County Attorney
    • He is the newly elected Maricopa County Attorney. Find out what Andrew Thomas has in store as the chief prosecuting officer for the County.

December 31, 1969

  • Lunch Wars
    • Author Amy Kalafa discusses her book “Lunch Wars: How to Start a School Food Revolution and Win the Battle for Our Children’s Health.”

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