Peter O'Dowd http://wutc.org en Scorching Phoenix Plans For An Even Hotter Future http://wutc.org/post/scorching-phoenix-plans-even-hotter-future It's been a record hot summer in many cities across the nation. Phoenix is no exception. This Sonoran Desert metropolis already records more days over 100 degrees than any other major U.S. city. Now, climate models predict Phoenix will soon get even hotter.<p>A hotter future may mean a more volatile environment — and along with it, natural disasters, greater pressure on infrastructure, and an increased physical toll on city residents.<p>While some city planners around the country discuss ways to mitigate climate change, planners in Phoenix assume that change is already under way. Tue, 14 Aug 2012 21:29:00 +0000 Peter O'Dowd 10463 at http://wutc.org Scorching Phoenix Plans For An Even Hotter Future Arizona's Illegal Workforce Is Down, So Now What? http://wutc.org/post/arizonas-illegal-workforce-down-so-now-what The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments next week on the most divisive immigration law in recent memory. Arizona's Legislature passed SB 1070 two years ago, but much of it has been put on hold pending the court's decision.<p>Still, supporters say the law has achieved one of its stated goals: Thousands of illegal immigrants have self-deported, leaving the state on their own. The real reason — and consequence — of such a demographic shift may be more complex, however.<p>Jossie was one of those illegal workers who decided to leave. Sun, 22 Apr 2012 10:03:00 +0000 Peter O'Dowd 5083 at http://wutc.org Arizona's Illegal Workforce Is Down, So Now What? In Arizona, Romney Can't Take Mormons For Granted http://wutc.org/post/arizona-romney-cant-take-mormons-granted The wind howls on a blustery Sunday morning in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona, as well-dressed families pull into the parking lot of a Mormon church.<p>Mormon pioneer roots run more than a century deep in this part of the state, an isolated spot between two Indian reservations.<p>Karen Johnson is among the Mormon faithful, passionate about God and country.<p>"I have the gene," Johnson said, laughing. "It's the gene of freedom and liberty. In our faith, we have been taught that the Constitution is like unto Scripture. Thu, 16 Feb 2012 21:18:00 +0000 Peter O'Dowd 2011 at http://wutc.org In Arizona, Romney Can't Take Mormons For Granted