Phoenix, AZ – If you've traveled the highways, you've seen them -- those blue and white signs near exit ramps advertising restaurants, gas stations and hotels. But Laura Douglas of the Department of Transportation said they're neither owned nor erected by the state. While that means no state expense, it also means no revenues for the use of the rights of way.
Flagstaff, AZ – 26 years ago Marc Reisner wrote his classic "Cadillac Desert: The American West and its Disappearing Water." The book predicts a collapse both of western agriculture and cities. Now, in an article released this week, Arizona State University water expert John Sabo and more than a dozen other researchers use modern science to see how Reisner's claims hold up. Sabo spoke with Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker about Cadillac Desert's main arguments.
Phoenix, AZ – The state's jobless rate dropped a tenth of a point last month, to 9.4 percent. Aruna Murthy of the state Department of Commerce said that was led by retailers who brought on 87-hundred workers in November. While many of these are temporary, that's still better than the last two years when seasonal hiring was more anemic. But Murthy said Arizona has a way to go to get Christmas employment gains up to where they were before the economy went south.
Winslow, AZ – One out of every three American children is overweight. First Lady Michelle Obama has launched a campaign to address this obesity epidemic among school children. But new research suggests the country needs a program that targets kids and mothers much earlier. From the Changing America Desk in Flagstaff Laurel Morales reports on one such effort on the Navajo Nation.
SFX: baby Ariana coos
Aretina Chee unstraps her baby from a cradle board where she's been napping.
In 1874 an Illinois farmer named J.F. Glidden patented the invention of barbed wire after a prolonged legal battle with two rivals.
He wasn't the first to suggest the idea, but Glidden's design succeeded well. It not only twisted sharpened pieces of beveled iron on a wire, but also rolled a second wire around the first for extra strength and durability.
Flagstaff, AZ – When you smile, I smile. When you feel sad, I feel sad. NAU Psychology Professor Chad Woodruff says our ability to mirror other peoples' emotions may be all in the neurons.
This is Inquiring Minds. . .insights from the campus of Northern Arizona University.
Mirror neurons are social neurons. Social neuroscientist Chad Woodruff says they fire when we express an emotion or a movement, like a laugh or a wink. But they also fire when we watch someone else do that. How well they fire may affect our level of empathy.