Landings Credit Union in Tempe provides free services to low-income residents such as the elderly, the disabled and veterans. The CEO hopes the services provided by student volunteers will help those who are strapped for cash maximize and keep their tax refunds.
A nationwide spike in fatal train accidents involving trespassers and motorists in 2013 has prompted a national safety campaign urging people to think trains when they see tracks. The state coordinator for Operation Lifesaver says tracks near universities are a focus.
Since 2008, Tucson has required plumbing in new homes to allow homeowners to set up gray water systems to reuse water from bathroom sinks, showers and tubs as well as washing machines to water plants and lawns. But the systems have yet to catch on in the Valley.
Sports run in Coltin Gerhart's blood: Two older brothers have played in the NFL and one, Garth, was a standout lineman at Arizona State University. But high school senior Coltin has done them one better, committing to ASU for both the football and baseball teams.
Smaller, privately owned elder care homes are popping up around the Valley and making a big impact on the retired community. The intimate environment means each resident gets personalized care and helps the business evolve into a tight-knit family.
A report that found paid tax preparers were more likely to make errors than people who did their taxes themselves, prompted calls from the IRS for greater oversight of storefront tax firms. Those firms are less regulated than hair dressers in most states, including Arizona.
With independents now Arizona's largest voting bloc, former Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson says he'll push again to establish primary elections that have the top two vote-getters advancing regardless of party. He says the change would boost participation.
Residents of the Sun Corridor stretching through the Valley and Tucson turn on faucets, water lawns and fill swimming pools without any doubt that the state's most precious resource will be there. But are Arizonans ready for the conversations required to keep water flowing?