Hot Links: RSV Virus, Solar Power, and Money for Eggs

Health officials at children's hospitals around the Valley say hundreds of Arizona kids have been diagnosed with a potentially life-threatening respiratory virus. Known as RSV, the virus is a common cause of inflammation in the airways of the lungs and pneumonia, and its symptoms are similar to the common cold. A total of 1,302 cases have been reported in the state so far this year...The Phoenix City Council has approved the construction of a solar plant at the city's only active landfill in Buckeye. The plant will generate up to 250 megawatts of power, and result in nearly 300 construction jobs and 60 permanent jobs. The plant is scheduled to open by the end of 2012, and should provide power to about 50,000 homes...

A new bill at the Arizona House of Representatives would prevent women who donate their eggs from receiving payment that covers more than their expenses for the procedure. State Representataive Nancy Bardo, who proposed the bill, says it's illegal to sell any other body part, and human eggs shouldn't be sold for varying prices. Currently, women who donate eggs can receive anywhere from $2,500 to $10,000...

Yavapai County Sheriff's Deputies are searching for a 3-year-old girl from Cordes Lakes who has been missing since Thursday evening. Victoria Bensch was last seen playing at her parents' home, wearing a brown shirt and pink pants. The family dog, Blue, is also missing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office at 928-771-3260...Kimberly Johnson, the former chief of police in Youngtown, has filed a claim against the town and two of its police sergeants for sexual discrimination. Johnson was terminated in September, 2009, after only 14 months on the job and several "no confidence" complaints. She says officers created a hostile, gender-based work environment, and is seeking $1.1 million in damages...New research shows areas near the Grand Canyon that were mined for uranium have slightly elevated levels of uranium in the water, but that most of the water is fit for drinking under EPA standards. The findings will be used by the Interior Department to determine whether new uranium mines should be allowed on the Arizona Strip.   

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Niki D'Andrea has covered subjects including drug culture, women's basketball, pirate radio stations, Scottsdale staycations, and fine wine. She has worked at both New Times and Phoenix Magazine, and is now a freelancer.
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