Category: Cronkite News

With an aging population, Prescott police trained to identify those with Alzheimer’s

PRESCOTT – When a police officer here stops an older driver for erratic driving or a poor decision such as cutting off another car, he or she will look for signs of disorientation, agitated behavior or a shuffling gait, along with other signs of Alzheimer’s. If drugs and alcohol don’t appear to be factors, the officer will run the vehicle’s registration to make sure the driver hasn’t been reported missing, take steps to arrange a safe trip home and follow other steps that are part of a revised policy for dealing with those with the disease. “If you write them a ticket and let them drive away and they cream a family or something or they cause a further traffic problem, then we haven’t done our job,” said Sgt. Ben Scott, who trains fellow Prescott Police Department officers on the policy. With a growing population rich in retirees, Yavapai County is estimated to have 6,000 residents with Alzheimer’s. That number is expected to rise to 9,400 cases by 2020, according to the Alzheimer’s Association’s Prescott office. Recognizing that Alzheimer’s is an increasing problem here, the police department applied for and received a $50,000 grant in October 2013 from the U.S. Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance. That’s gone toward training officers to recognize if someone has the disease and how to interact with someone who may have Alzheimer’s or...

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McKissic, other transfers, big part of ASU men’s basketball plans

TEMPE ­– Just over five years ago, Shaquielle McKissic’s life was in turmoil. First, he was arrested for attempted residential burglary in his native Washington state and served two years’ probation following three months in jail. The following year, his closest friend was shot and killed outside a party. After garnering major college attention his senior year of high school in Kent, Washington, in the 2008-2009 season, he was unable to play collegiate basketball for two years until he saved enough money to register for classes at Edmonds Community College in Lynnwood, Washington. Set to begin his second season starting at guard for the Arizona State men’s basketball, McKissic said he looks to get past his hard times and struggles. “That was a lot of last year’s talk, you know?” he said. “I‘m just kinda focused more so on the team.” In his first year with the Sun Devils, McKissic averaged 9 points and 4.5 rebounds per game as ASU finished 21-12 and made its first NCAA Tournament since 2009. “I feel like it’s a dream come true,” he said. “To play last year, to go to the tournament, to have that feeling from where I was at two years ago to now, you know, it’s just excitement.” McKissic’s road to ASU began when assistant coach Stan Johnson, as part of an effort to recruit more junior college transfers,...

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Competition asks innovators for ways to conserve Arizona’s water future

PHOENIX – COLTON KROLAK/CRONKITE NEWS: A new contest is challenging people to conserve water – with a chance to $100,000. As Katrina Arroyos reports, the Arizona Community Foundation, Republic Media and Morrison Institute for Public Policy are teaming up to look for the best ideas. KATRINA ARROYOS/CRONKITE NEWS: The Water Consciousness Challenge is aimed to create the Arizona of tomorrow and raise awareness for water supply in Arizona. STEVE SELEZNOW/ARIZONA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION: In Phoenix and the Valley we’ve done a great job of managing our water and banking out water, so we have plenty of water today. KATRINA ARROYOS/CRONKITE NEWS: But the challenge is to focus on the future. There seems to be a lot of water right now, but the Arizona Department of Water Resources says by 2030 the state will see a greater imbalance of water supply and demand if changes aren’t made. For this reason, agencies say the community has to take action today to conserve water for the future, especially over the next few years, as Phoenix grows in population. STEVE SELEZNOW/ARIZONA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION: We are anticipating continued growth in Arizona. KATRINA ARROYOS/CRONKITE NEWS: Groups who choose to participate in the Water Consciousness Challenge will create a strategic plan to raise public awareness of the water scarcity in Arizona’s future. The winning group of the challenge will receive $100,000 to implement their idea in Maricopa County. This challenge...

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Ducey, Duval share priorities, differences for approaching immigration

PHOENIX – The two major-party candidates for Arizona governor agree on a few things when it comes to the contentious issue of immigration: • The federal government hasn’t done enough to deal with challenges such as cross-border crime. • Arizona must work with the federal government on solutions. • Voters care about the issue. One key area where Republican Doug Ducey and Democrat Fred DuVal differ is issuing driver’s licenses to young immigrants with work permits under the Obama administration’s deferred-action program. A 2012 executive order Gov. Jan Brewer denied driver’s licenses, saying that employment authorization permits don’t constitute proof of legal U.S. residency needed to obtain an Arizona driver’s license. Forty-eight states issue driver’s licenses to deferred-action recipients. In July, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered an injunction requiring Arizona to issue the licenses. In response Brewer released a statement saying, “The American people are tired and disgusted by what is happening through our federal government today, but they can be assured Arizona will continue to fight for the rule of law.” Brewer said she is looking for a way to appeal. In an interview with Cronkite News, Ducey simply said: “I will continue Governor Brewer’s executive order on that issue.” DuVal told Cronkite News he sees this as the biggest difference between his and Ducey’s campaigns. “I’ll tell you what I will do on the...

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