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Advocate: Arizona’s measles outbreak a wake-up call on vaccinations

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By MACKENZIE CONCEPCION
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PHOENIX – The current measles outbreak should be a wake-up call for Arizonans to get vaccinated, an immunization advocate says.

And for many it is, said Debbie McCune Davis, executive director of The Arizona Partnership for Immunization and a Democratic state representative.

“There’s a lot of concern,” she said. “I know a number of people who have gone back and checked their immunization record to make sure they actually got their shots.”

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Arizona tribes gather to promote tourism

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By CARINA DOMINGUEZ
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SCOTTSDALE – Timothy Ward Jr. weaves a traditional Apache burden basket. The Clark-Begaye family from the Navajo Nation prepares fry bread. Three young Hopi dancers put on their regalia before the opening performance.

They have gathered together for the Arizona Indian Festival at Scottsdale Civic Park, which runs through Saturday. It’s only the fifth time in the past 15 years that a majority of the state’s 22 tribes have gathered to promote tourism for Native Arizona, one organizer said.

Donovan Hanley, president of the Arizona American Indian Tourism Association, said it’s “pretty unique” to have all the tribes together.

On Thursday, Minnesota resident Linda Hedlund stopped by a booth promoting Antelope Canyon on the Navajo Nation.

“It’s a very interesting gathering of tribes, several I have never even heard of,” the 65-year-old said.

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Attention adults: Measles isn’t just a danger to kids

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By JULIAN LOPEZ
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PHOENIX – With measles a worry in Arizona, much of the focus is on the danger to unvaccinated children. But health officials and advocates say adults have reason to worry as well.

“We have adults that are hesitant to get the vaccine,” said Debbie McCune Davis, executive director of The Arizona Partnership for Immunization and a Democratic state lawmaker. “It’s a serious disease we have the ability to prevent.”

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With hundreds exposed to measles, health officials urge Arizonans to take precautions

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By BILL SLANE
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PHOENIX – With seven confirmed cases of measles and an estimated 1,000 people believed to have been exposed as of Friday, health officials and advocates were urging Arizonans to take precautions.

One recommendation: Don’t go straight to a doctor’s office, urgent care or hospital if you believe you have measles, potentially exposing others to the extremely contagious disease. Call a doctor instead and describe your symptoms, and wear a mask if you must leave home.

Another: Get yourself and your children vaccinated if you haven’t been.

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To promote tourism, Mexico joins celebration of all-American sport

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By EMILY MAHONEY
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PHOENIX – There’s nothing more American than football, as millions upon millions in this country put their lives on hold each year to watch the Super Bowl.

But this time, with the big game in Arizona, Mexico is joining the festivities, including an interactive tourism promotion targeting fans in downtown Phoenix.

Mexico’s government is among the sponsors of Super Bowl XLIX, becoming the first foreign nation to do so, and organizers are expecting tens of thousands of Mexican nationals to join the party. The Super Bowl website, social media and ads are also being written in Spanish for the first time.

Several Mexican cities as well as Mexico’s Tourism Office set up an exhibit called “Live It to Believe It” as part of Super Bowl Central.

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NFL aims to increase the Latino fanbase

By ANTONIO VENEGAS
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Latinos call soccer football but that hasn’t stopped them from embracing the NFL.

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Report predicts Arizona No. 1 in restaurant sales, third in job growth nationwide

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By WILL SOWARDS
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PHOENIX – A new report from the National Restaurant Association predicts Arizona’s restaurant industry will lead the rest of the country in growth this year and will continue to do so for at least the next 10 years.

The report, released Thursday, ranked Arizona first in the nation for anticipated restaurant sales growth in 2015 and first in job growth through 2025.

The report used economic indicators like total employment in the restaurant industry, disposable personal income and population to estimate new jobs and sales in the coming years.

This is the second consecutive year the group has projected Arizona would lead the nation in sales growth.

“If we go back to last year, we can tell Arizona is doing something right,” said Chianne Hewer, spokeswoman for the Arizona Restaurant Association. “Our restaurants have seen growth in the flexibility in new culinary concepts and talent.”

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Tom Brady’s intensity drives his thirst to win

By NICHOLAS LAMOUREUX
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“Winning, I think that’s the ultimate thing. That’s why we play.” Winning drives Tom Brady, one of the league’s most intense players. It defines him.

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Backup quarterbacks ready for big stage if needed

By RYAN BAFALOUKOS
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As hundreds of reporters and cameras flooded around Tom Brady and Russell Wilson at Super Bowl Media Day, two other quarterbacks walked around the U.S. Airways Center virtually unnoticed.

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Carroll, Belichick differ in personality but share mutual respect

By NICK KRUEGER
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New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick and Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll sat less than two feet away from each other Friday fielding questions from the media.

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Wounded Warriors, NFL alumni mix it up for good cause

By ANTONIO VENEGAS
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At halftime of the Game of Honor, a pushup contest broke out on the Shadow Mountain High School football field between a member of the Wounded Warriors and player from the NFL Alumni of Arizona team.

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From Viking to Patriot, From Eastern to the Super Bowl: Logan Ryan’s Football Journey

By JARED COOPER
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While South Jersey may not have a team to root for Sunday, one player may be a familiar face when he takes the field.

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ASU Prep’s new field hosts NFL commissioner and Cardinals players

By CHRIS WIMMER
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ASU Preparatory Academy’s new football field saw a matchup Thursday it probably never anticipated: an NFL commissioner versus a pro bowl defensive end.

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Homeland security, local police heighten security for Super Bowl

By JUSTIN EMERSON
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An old concept is giving Super Bowl XLIX a new security twist.

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Katy Perry rooting for Seahawks, pokes fun at Patriots

By ARI KAYE
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Katy Perry promised she’d bring some lightheartedness to the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show, and if her press conference was any indication, she’ll deliver.

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NFLPA draws line in sand on NFL Personal Conduct Policy

By NICK KRUEGER
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PHOENIX – The NFLPA is braced for a long fight regarding the NFL’s new personal conduct policy. The union, which represents NFL players, believes the law laid down by the league violates the 2011 collective bargaining agreement and won’t back down until Commissioner Roger Goodell agrees to come back to the bargaining table.

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NBC Sports team embracing new technology in preparing for Super Bowl

By NICK SMITH
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NBC’s Sunday Night Football talent that will broadcast Super Bowl XLIX is one of the most experienced in the television business. But they aren’t living on past laurels.

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Cronkite News Digest for Friday, Jan. 30

Here is the Cronkite News lineup for Friday, Jan. 30. Please contact Steve Crane in the Washington, D.C., bureau at 202-684-2398 or steve.crane@asu.edu or Steve Elliott in the Phoenix bureau at 602-496-0686 or steve.elliott@asu.edu if you have questions on news stories. Please contact Brett Kurland at bkurland@asu.edu or 602-496-5134 with questions on sports stories. Stories promised for today along with photos and links to multimedia elements will move on our client site at cronkitenews.asu.edu/clients.

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Official says EPA carbon emission goals proposed for Arizona are too harsh

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By KRISTEN HWANG
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WASHINGTON – Blistering summer temperatures are already hard enough on Arizona, but they could become even more of a challenge if the state is required to meet carbon emission reductions proposed by the federal government, a state official said Thursday.

“The fact is that it gets hot in Arizona. There are periods in the summer in which we are utilizing every possible source of electricity, from natural gas to nuclear to renewable energy and coal,” said Henry Darwin, the director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. “At times we even throw our extension cord into California.”

When that happens the state has no option but to include coal-fired power plants to produce enough electricity to meet demand, Darwin said. That makes it difficult for the state to replace coal with cleaner sources of energy.

Darwin’s comments came during a Bipartisan Policy Center panel on the Environment Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan, where he was one of 11 state representatives, utilities representatives and policymakers. Read More »

Trafficking panel warns of problems at Super Bowl, offers strategies

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By MIRANDA LEO
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WASHINGTON – At a meeting Thursday to launch a national campaign against human trafficking, if you said the word “Arizona,” two words were likely to come up in response: Super Bowl.

The party atmosphere of the event, combined with the high levels of disposable income it attracts, can lead to a spike in trafficking, said Tracy Thompson, an assistant attorney general in New Jersey, where last year’s Super Bowl was held.

“The person that makes $5.85, $7, $10 an hour, they’re not coming to the Super Bowl. Super Bowl tickets are thousands of dollars,” said Thompson, in Washington for Thursday’s launch. “So you already have people in this party atmosphere with a large disposable income whose inhibitions may be a little lower than normal.”

Despite those challenges, however, there are ways to deal with the problem, said Thompson, who is also chair of New Jersey’s Human Trafficking Task Force. Read More »