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McCafé brews up a new plan to reduce waste

Elena Mendoza Friday, Feb. 26, 2016 McCafé brews up a new plan to reduce waste Arizona McDonald’s are working with school children to turn used coffee grounds into compost for community gardens. The restaurant chain is working with the state Department of Education on the initiative, “‘McCafé School Gardens Grow.” It is designed to divert used coffee grounds from the waste stream by promoting the reuse of coffee grounds to add nutrients to soil or compost. “The average McDonald’s produces 30 pounds of coffee grounds every day. (That’s) 11,000 pounds of coffee grounds a year,” said Jerry Gehrke, a director of operations for McDonald’s. “How can we keep it out of the landfills? Well, we can give them to the schools to use in their garden beds.” Madison Simis Elementary, one of 130 schools in Arizona signed up with the new program, is working with a nearby McDonald’s on 16th Street and Glendale Avenue. The school has the longest running gardening program in Arizona, DIGGS, or Discovery is Growing Gardens at Simis. It is 17 years old. “The McCafé (School) Gardens Grow program has been amazing for us,” says Rebecca Nieto, DIGGS co-chair. “In the past, (we’ve) had to hunt down where we’re going to get our coffee grounds.” It’s a win-win situation for both the environment and the school. Nieto said children also learn important science skills. “Coffee...

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Arizona Chamber says EPA ozone rule may hurt economy

Lindsay Robinson Friday, Feb. 26, 2016 Arizona Chamber says EPA ozone rule may hurt economy New regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency would mean most of Arizona would not meet federal ozone limits, a situation Arizona business leaders said would harm economic development but the EPA said is necessary to public health. Maricopa County, the state’s largest and most urban area, along with Cochise, Coconino, Gila, La Paz, Pima, Pinal, Yavapai and Yuma counties would all be pushed into unattainment status under the new regulations, according to EPA documents. Arizona business leaders projected dire consequences. Garrick Taylor, of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said in a news conference call that counties may have to place bans on construction, bans on business expansion, deny permits for highway and road projects, designate “no-drive days” and make other adjustments in order to meet the new ozone standards. Ultimately the requirements will lead to job loss and will stunt economic growth, said Taylor, senior vice president of government relations and communications for the chamber. Ross Eisenberg of the National Association of Manufacturers said in the conference call the stricter ozone rule will make it harder for state manufacturers to compete. The new EPA rule, established in October, lowers the permitted ozone level to 70 parts per billion from the previous standard of 75 parts per billion. The ozone level in Maricopa...

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Phoenix teen brings story to panel weighing access to life-saving drugs

Sara Weber Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 Phoenix teen brings story to panel weighing access to life-saving drugs WASHINGTON – When his family moved from Phoenix to London so he could get treatment for a potentially deadly form of cancer, Brophy College Preparatory student Diego Morris said they were “not looking for guarantees – just hope.” Hope that other children might not have because they cannot travel overseas for experimental treatments that are not available in the U.S. “I think it’s important that people should not have to go through the same situation we had,” Diego said after testifying Thursday to a Senate committee considering whether potentially life-saving drugs should be made available to U.S. children with terminal diseases. The 15-year-old Diego, backed by his parents, joined a panel of advocates and doctors pressing the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs for action. Darcy Olsen, the president and CEO of the Goldwater Institute, told the committee that she is tired of seeing new drugs become “caught up in the FDA’s (Food and Drug Administration) pipeline.” “We have the right to die when we’re terminally ill, fantastic. But what about those who want to fight?” Olsen testified. The institute is advocating for right-to-try and compassionate use measures across the U.S. by sharing stories of people like Diego, who is an honorary chairman of its right-to-try campaign. Goldwater is also...

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Salmon’s surprise retirement throws open the race for his House seat

Danika Worthington Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 Salmon’s surprise retirement throws open the race for his House seat WASHINGTON – Rep. Matt Salmon’s surprise announcement Thursday that he will not seek re-election to his seat in Congress shook up what was expected to be a sleepy campaign in a solidly Republican district this fall. The Mesa Republican, who had no challengers from either party before his announcement, said he decided to step down after his latest two terms because he was no longer willing to trade time away from his family for congressional duties. Political analysts said the announcement could open the floodgates to potential GOP candidates, attracted by an open seat in a district where there are more than twice registered Republicans as Democrats. Arizona Senate President Andy Biggs was the first to step in, announcing his candidacy less than a half hour after Salmon announced his retirement Thursday morning. Biggs’ statement said Salmon has agreed to be his campaign chairman, and Phoenix Councilman Sal DiCiccio had endorsed Biggs by Thursday afternoon. One analyst said a Biggs/Salmon team would likely scare off other possible candidates. “I think having the congressman as the chairman of his campaign makes him (Biggs) the frontrunner,” said Brian Murray, a political consultant with Summit Consulting Group. He said the strength of the duo will scare off others, adding that those who do end up...

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Cronkite News: Feb. 25, 2016

Staff Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 Cronkite News: Feb. 25, 2016 This edition of Cronkite News focuses on U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon’s announcement that he will retire from Congress. .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%;...

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