Peter O'Dowd http://tristatesradio.com en Scorching Phoenix Plans For An Even Hotter Future http://tristatesradio.com/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 21:19:00 +0000 Peter O'Dowd 19991 at http://tristatesradio.com Scorching Phoenix Plans For An Even Hotter Future U.S. Border States Have Stake In Mexico's Presidential election http://tristatesradio.com/post/us-border-states-have-stake-mexicos-presidential-election Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>In southern Texas and in Arizona, people are paying a lot of attention to the presidential election - Mexico's presidential election. From member station KJZZ, Peter O'Dowd explains why millions of Americans are awaiting July 1st, Mexico's election day.<p>PETER O'DOWD, BYLINE: Stand on the edge of this unfinished railroad bridge outside of Brownsville, Texas, and you can see across the Rio Grande into Mexico. It's the first bridge of its kind to connect the countries in a century. Tue, 19 Jun 2012 08:58:00 +0000 Peter O'Dowd 16944 at http://tristatesradio.com Arizona's Illegal Workforce Is Down, So Now What? http://tristatesradio.com/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 13865 at http://tristatesradio.com Arizona's Illegal Workforce Is Down, So Now What? In Arizona, Romney Can't Take Mormons For Granted http://tristatesradio.com/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 10355 at http://tristatesradio.com In Arizona, Romney Can't Take Mormons For Granted President To Visit 5 States In 3 Days Including Arizona http://tristatesradio.com/post/president-visit-5-states-3-days-including-arizona President Obama visits Phoenix Wednesday as part of a five-state campaign tour. The campaign thinks it can win Arizona, and that's an unlikely ambition for this conservative state. But Obama might have a chance. Unlikely upsets have dominated Arizona politics lately. The electorate is in flux. Wed, 25 Jan 2012 09:00:00 +0000 Peter O'Dowd 9182 at http://tristatesradio.com