Thursday, 02 May 2019 17:01

SB 1291 COWABUNGA

Many fans of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles spent their free time running around chasing bad guys. Some even picked up sticks to use as swords or tied a couple together with string to make Mikey's nunchucks.  What you may not have realized while you were trying to defend the world is that if you made nunchucks you may have also committed a crime. Arizona lists nunchucks under A.R.S 13-3101(A)(8) Prohibited Weapons. It is currently illegal to posses nunchucks for self defense in Arizona; however, this may soon change if Governor Ducey decides to sign SB 1291 into law. SB 1291 would remove nunchucks from being a prohibited weapon and would allow people to transport and sell the weapon, among other things. Governor Ducey will have five days to decide whether to sign or veto the bill.   
Wednesday, 24 April 2019 09:24

NO MORE TEXTING

No more texting while driving in Arizona. Last week, Arizona was one of only three states that did not have a statewide cell phone law for all residents instead, settling for a patchwork of laws that varied from city to city. However, that all changed when Governor Ducey signed HB 2318 on April 22nd making Arizona one of the strictest no texting while driving states in the nation. According to a study from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, texting and driving is six times more dangerous than driving while intoxicated. Statistic like this are what made the new law, go into effect immediately. HB 2318 makes it illegal to hold a cell phone while driving. If a police officer sees you with your cell phone in your hand you can expect a fine of at least $75 for the first offense. Even though the law goes into effect immediately fines for texting while driving will not take effect until January 1st, 2021. This will give the public time to become aware of the law and install hands-free, voice activated devices in their vehicles. However, don't be surprised if you get pulled over if you are texting while driving, officers have already started issuing warnings for the new law.
Friday, 19 April 2019 15:47

LOOKING FOR A JOB?

Looking for a job? Well if your living in or around Scottsdale your in luck! Scottsdale has been voted the number one place to find a job in the country according to Wallet Hub. Other Arizona cities that rounded out the top were Chandler ranked 10th and Tempe ranked 14th. Gilbert, Peoria, Phoenix, Mesa and Glendale filled out the rest of the list all coming in the top 70 out of 182 cities total. Wallet Hub took two cities across the country and compared two fields job market and socio-economics. They then used 30 other relevant metrics like job opportunities, and assigned weights to each. For example "job opportunities" were given twice the amount of weight as "job security". The numbers where then crunched an totaled leaving Scottsdale Arizona number one! If you are starting a new job, and have questions about it read, Your First Day on the Job.  
Wednesday, 03 April 2019 14:28

TEMPE JOINS THE RANKS

Tempe is the latest city to ban cell phone use while driving. Arizona has a very limited state law, only restricting new drivers for a short period of time, which has incited cities to move forward with stronger restrictions. Tempe's new law bans all hand-held use unless the driver is stopped or parked. If you are texting, or on the phone while the vehicle is in motion you will be given a ticket.  
Friday, 29 March 2019 15:48

14 YEAR OLD BREAKS BARRIERS

Stacey Garcia was told that she couldn't play baseball for her middle school. If she wanted to play ball, it was going to have to be softball; but Stacey wanted to play baseball. She had already played in little league and wanted to continue so her parents went to the district. The district agreed that Stacey could tryout with the rest of the baseball hopefuls. She tried out and the next day met up with the coach. “He came up to me, showed me a list of all the names that made it, and he said congratulations and shook my hand, and I saw my name on there, which was really cool,” said Stacey, according to ABC 15. Stacey Garcia is now her Glendale middle school's baseball team and hopes to make to make it on her high school team next year.   
Tuesday, 12 March 2019 13:45

DPS DRONES

The Arizona Department of Public Safety has a new tool, drones. For the last year the department has been mastering the use and technology around drones. DPS will be using drones to help clear traffic accidents more quickly. They will allow DPS to quickly take pictures of the accident that later can be stitched together similar to the way Google Maps works. These pictures can then be used to create measurements that help in their investigation. The aerial view also provides officers with a new perspective that gives them insight into the accident. Detective Brian Hon with DPS said,"So, the type of product that we're able to put out is far above and beyond what we're able to do in the past." DPS sees this as just the beginning for drones and hopes to make use of them in other departments in the future.    
Thursday, 07 March 2019 10:08

SCHOOL AND SPEECH

Do you have freedom of speech in school? Last Friday, during a "Party in the U.S.A" spirit day at Perry High School in Gilbert, Arizona students were asked to take down a "Make America Great Again" (commonly referred to as "MAGA") banner. Students also reported being asked to remove MAGA hats, though the school officials state they never made this request. The incidents upset some students and parents who latter held a protest of approximately 50 outside the school the following Monday. Perry High School sophomores who participated said they support students' right to Free Speech. However, do students have the same rights on campus that they do off of campus? The Supreme Court has had several landmark cases on the subject some of which do limit student speech on a school premise like Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier and Bethel School District No. 403 v. Fraiser and others that enforce a students right to freedom of speech like Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School. To learn more about freedom of speech read, "Freedom of Speech, What is and What it isn't".
Thursday, 28 February 2019 10:10

FIRST FEMALE FOOTBALL PLAYER

Toni Harris is making history by becoming the first female football player in a non kicker position to sign a letter of intent to play at Central Methodist University in Missouri. Becca Longo, from Basha High School in Chandler Arizona, was the first woman to sign a letter of intent back in 2017 as a kicker with Adams State University in Colorado. Unlike Becca Longo though Toni Harris will be playing defensive back. Toni Harris hopes to one day play for the National Football League. With female players gaining momentum in sports she just might make it.   
Thursday, 21 February 2019 10:28

FAKING A CRIME IS STILL A CRIME

Did you know it is a crime to pretend to commit a crime? It may seem strange that not actually doing something is a crime but when you really stop to think about it, it makes sense. If you report to police that something happened that didn't they will not know that you are not telling the truth. The police will then investigate the crime as though it really happened. This takes valuable time and resources from the police department that could have been used to help someone who is in need. If you lie to the police it is called False Reporting. Recently a man in Chicago told the police that he was a victim of a crime. This man is now under arrest and is being tried for false reporting among other things. In Arizona if you file a false report you could be charged with a class 1 misdemeanor or a class 6 felony for a second offense. What if you lie about a crime in school? Learn more about what can happen to you at school.
Friday, 08 February 2019 15:32

GLENDALE'S DISTRACTED DRIVING LAW

A new law is in effect for Glendale and all of those who travel through it. The City of Glendale has passed a distracted driving law. This new ordinance states that you can be, "pulled over for using your phone, even if you're at a stop light." There are two exceptions, you can use your phone to turn on your hands free device and in cases of emergency. You can read the entire city ordinance here, including all the exemptions.