Wednesday, 03 October 2018 11:19


At 11:18 p.m. today Arizona time a Presidential Alert went out across the nation to each and every cell phone in America. Don't worry there isn't an emergency, it is only a test. However, if there was an emergency this new system is how they would tell you. The system is called the National Wireless Emergency Alert System and is from the Federal Emergency Management Agency better known as FEMA. (Not actually the President) The system was created to notify everyone in case of a national emergency, attack, or disaster and no one is able to opt out of the message. This system is the most recent way the government is trying to keep its citizens informed and has previously used similar services over T.V.s and radios. The law, the Warning, Alert and Response Network Act, requires FEMA to run a test of the system every three years. So, you will be seeing this alert again and hopefully with the exact same message, THIS IS A TEST.
Wednesday, 26 September 2018 23:41


Are you 16? Do you love democracy? Would you like to make a little extra money? If you answered yes to all of those questions than you may be great applicant to work as a student election assistant for the Step UP program at the polls during this  election. "The Step UP program allows 16 and 17 year old high school students to work at a polling place on Election Day. The students will be working together with registered voters of Maricopa County to run the polling place". Student election assistance must meet all the requirements, such as being a U.S. citizen, filling out an application and attending training to qualify. See a full list of requirements here. Those who qualify and are able to work the whole election day, from 5:30 a.m. to approximately 8:00 p.m. will be paid $125 on Election Day. To apply fill out the application located on the Maricopa County Recorders' website.
Friday, 14 September 2018 17:01


Today is the International Day of Peace! Each year since 1982, this day has been recognized as "a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples" by the General Assembly of the United Nations. Each year the United Nations, an international organization tasked to promote international co-operation and maintain international order, chooses a theme and this year it is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the most translated document in the world and is a document "which recognizes the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human race". Article 3 of this document states that “everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person" similar to our own Declaration of Independence. However, there is no "Peace Clause" in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and instead the U.N. is asking, "what does “The Right to Peace” mean to you?"  
Friday, 14 September 2018 16:49


We have all heard about how things are different when you are an adult but did you know that legally that is true? When a person goes from being 17 and 364 days to 18 it may not seem like a a major transition has occurred but under the law it has. There are many things that change when you become an adult and has a whole booklet dedicated to letting you know some of the biggest ones. It is called the The Law When You Turn 18 and you can get your FREE copy by going here and asking us to send you one. To flip through the pages ahead of time look at our When You Turn 18 section.
Friday, 07 September 2018 13:57


A new Supreme Court Justice is in town, or is about to be; Brett Kavanaugh is currently in his final day of Senate hearings which will decide if he is the new justice on the bench. The United States Supreme Court is the highest judicial authority in the country. What they say goes and it is all ultimately decided by nine very influential people. With the recently retired Justice Anthony Kennedy leaving the bench at the end of July a new justice has been appointed to take his seat. Why is this such a big deal you may ask? Well their are many facets to that answer but two of the biggest boil down to that this person will become one of nine individuals to guide the law of the future for our entire country and the second is that Supreme Court Justices have tenure for life. That's right for LIFE. That is a lot of influential decision making; and there are no easy U.S. Supreme Court cases, just some that are less influential than others. So choosing a justice is a big deal. But how do they get chosen? To learn more about the United States Supreme Court read this article on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Wednesday, 29 August 2018 14:51


Senator John McCain will lie in state today starting at 10 a.m. at the Arizona State Capital building to allow the people of Arizona to pay their respects. Lying in state is the special term that is used when the casket of a deceased governmental figure is placed in a public area so that the people may pay tribute to the passed official. Sen. McCain will be honored by an invocation by Father Edward A. Reese, S.J., with remarks by Senator Jon Kyl, and Governor Doug Ducey followed by a presentation of Wreath by Congressman Jim Kolbe, a benediction by Senator Jeff Flake with concluding prayers by Father Edward A. Reese, S.J. If you are unable to attend the ceremony itself Arizona PBS will be broadcasting the ceremony and will be continuing coverage up to  Sen. McCain's internment at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland on Sunday September 2nd. For more information visit PBS Arizona's website.
Wednesday, 22 August 2018 14:08


A new bird has migrated to Arizona. Bird, a dockless electric motorized scooter company, has made its way to Tempe and Scottsdale and will likely be popping up in more areas across Arizona in spite of some attempts to keep them at bay. The City of Scottsdale initially sent Bird a cease-and-desist order, saying that the scooters violate the City's ordinance about motorized skateboards but this issue has since been settled with city officials. However, many still have concerns about the new scooters stating that they impose a safety hazard due to reckless driving, and little enforcement of Bird's rules. In order to ride Bird users agree on their app to follow rules such as not driving on sidewalks, having a valid driver license and being over 18, they also agree not to leave scooters on public property. If an underage rider is caught their account is disabled and other actions such as fines may also be taken. Other people welcome the new "green" form of transportation that allows them to get from point A to point B without having to sit in traffic. Many users love the convenience of the scooter, being able to just leave it to be collected later either by another user or a "bird hunter", a person who collects and charges the scooters at night. But, mostly people say they are just fun. Bird also is giving back both to the community, offering free helmets, and the cities it is in by giving them $1 per scooter per day to help pay for more bike lanes and safe-riding programs.  So, are these new pay to use scooters and bikes a public nuisance and safety concern or a new affordable green way to travel? Let us know in here in What Do You Think?
Tuesday, 17 July 2018 00:00


Did you know it is illegal to call people names? That is right it is illegal to insult someone. In the law, insulting someone is called slander if it was said and libel if it was done in writing. If you say or write something that is false and it ruins a persons reputation you could find yourself in a legal battle. Many celebrities have found themselves in court because of libel and slander. For example Keira Knightley and Kate Hudson both sued tabloids for implying they had eating disorders. Katie Holmes sued for being called a drug addict and Sharon Stone sued over claims of plastic surgery. Of course you don't need to be a celebrity to sue but you do have to show that the name calling hurt your reputation and caused you an actual harm. If you would like to avoid going to court in the future remember some wise words from a wise rabbit; "if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all!"    
Tuesday, 17 July 2018 00:00


This July a new law went into effect that all new drivers needs to know about, the no texting while driving law. If you are driving on a learner's permit or have only had your driver license for less than 6 months it is now illegal for you to text while driving. While various cities throughout Arizona have ordinances banning texting while driving this is the first state law on the matter. If you are a new driver and you are caught texting while driving you can face penalties up to $100 and the loss of your license for 30 days. Legislatures believe that this is just the first step towards stricter laws on distracted driving in Arizona and stricter laws for everyone are just on the horizon.    
Tuesday, 26 June 2018 00:00


Last week officially marked the beginning of Arizona's monsoon season, a term for when the winds shift bringing wet air from the south causing more rain and thunderstorms. Monsoon season comes every year and so do the increase in traffic accidents. Arizona is known for its dry weather so when a torrential downpour hits the road drivers don't always know how to react; couple that with the most dangerous time to drive on a wet road is in the first couple of minutes (due to the oil build up on the road that takes some time to wash off making it extra slick), its no wonder we see accidents. Luckily, Driving Safely During Monsoon Season has some tips that will make sure you get home safe.