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Shannon O’Leary has been a civilian investigation specialist for the Mesa Police Department for n...
Salma Reyes and Nathan Collins | Cronkite News

National and Valley police departments hire more civilian investigators to fill vacancies

Hiring civilian investigators isn’t a new concept, but the movement recently gained steam as departments work to fill vacancies.
2 months ago
Ryan Knappenberger | Cronkite News

Angry at other states, Arizona towns, tribes rethink planned water cuts

Tribes and local governments in Arizona are increasingly talking about backing off earlier offers to give up some water.
3 months ago
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Ryan Knappenberger | Cronkite News

Arizona life expectancy fell by 2.5 years in 2020, fifth-largest decline in U.S.

Arizona life expectancy fell by 2.5 years in 2020, posting one of the steepest drops in a nation that saw the sharpest declines in lifespans since World War II.
3 months ago
A catalytic converter sits in the undercarriage of a vehicle at Courtesy Chevrolet in Phoenix on Ju...
Troy Hill | Cronkite News

What police and car dealers recommend to deter catalytic converter theft

The National Insurance Crime Bureau reports that the number of catalytic converter theft claims to insurance companies jumped from 3,389 in 2019 to 14,433 in 2020 – a 325% increase.
4 months ago
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Tracy Abiaka I Cronkite News

Prescott Valley to foot public safety bill for former President Donald Trump’s rally

Prescott Valley officials expect crowds this week when former President Donald Trump holds a political rally there, but what they don’t expect is payment.
4 months ago
What looks like craggy mountains on a moonlit evening is actually the edge of a nearby, young, star...
Morgan Fischer I Cronkite News

First images from Webb Telescope leave Arizona contributors ‘speechless’

Several Arizona scientists worked on a telescope that produced "stunning" full-color images showing thousands of far-away galaxies.
5 months ago
The Threshold initiative was launched June 1, 2022, at a news conference at the Arizona Multihousin...
Julio Ernesto Mora Rodriguez I Cronkite News

Landlords asked to help solve homelessness through new Maricopa County initiative

The number of people experiencing homelessness is rising in Maricopa County, and with it the need for affordable housing. Enter Threshold, which intends to change the housing dynamic by inviting landlords to be part of the solution.
5 months ago
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Cronkite News | Neetish Basnet

Passing on gas: Biden’s gas-tax holiday gets cool reception in Arizona

While some states have already moved to temporarily suspend their gas taxes, Arizona is not one of them – nor is it likely to adopt the president’s plan.
5 months ago
Morgan Fischer I Cronkite News

After Uvalde, Arizona schools balance hard and soft deterrents to attacks

With little hope that state lawmakers will pass gun-control measures in the wake of the latest school shooting, Arizona educators find themselves balancing the competing goals of hardening schools while making them welcoming places.
6 months ago
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Morgan Fischer | Cronkite News

Arizona near bottom of K-12 student spending list for 2020, Census says

Arizona was again among the worst states in the nation for per pupil spending on K-12 education in 2020, and advocates aren't surprised.
6 months ago
Cartwright Elementary School District’s first 84-passenger electric bus was purchased in June 202...
Jimena Vera I Special for Cronkite News

More Phoenix school districts adding electric buses to their fleets

School districts across Phoenix are working to change their bus fleets to electric, and parents are on board.
6 months ago
A banner touts available units at the Proxy 333 Apartment Homes near downtown Phoenix on April 28, ...
Sara Edwards I Cronkite News

As metro Phoenix home prices rise, so does the number of people forced to rent

Rents in Maricopa County had been steadily climbing even before the start of the pandemic in March 2020. With home prices now soaring to record levels, more people are being forced to rent houses, condos and apartments, which adds more upward pressure on rents.
7 months ago
From left, U.S. Reps. Andy Biggs, Paul Gosar, state House Rep. Mark Finchem (Twitter Profile Photos...
Camila Pedrosa | Cronkite News

Appeal planned after dismissal of suit seeking to keep 3 GOP candidates off Arizona ballot

A voters’ advocacy group said it will appeal a judge’s decision to dismiss its lawsuit that sought to keep U.S. Reps. Andy Biggs and Paul Gosar and state Rep. Mark Finchem off Arizona ballots.
7 months ago
With its new Kornit Presto printer, FABRIC can create personalized prints on a 3-D rendering to red...
Payton Major | Cronkite News

Here’s how some Arizona businesses are making fashion more sustainable

Most sellers aren’t aware of the impact the products they sell have on the environment, but efforts are underway in Arizona to establish fashion that’s sustainable.
7 months ago
The San Pedro River, which flows north into Arizona from Mexico. (Sierra Club Grand Canyon Chapter ...
Alexia Stanbridge | Cronkite News

2 Arizona rivers make list of 10 most endangered, with Colorado at No. 1

Two Arizona rivers landed on an annual list of the top 10 “most endangered” rivers in the U.S. this week, including the drought-ravaged Colorado in the No. 1 spot.
7 months ago
Arizonans filed close to 8,000 complaints with the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in ...
Camila Pedrosa I Cronkite News

Credit crunch: Complaints about credit reports jumped in 2021, feds say

The pandemic forced Arizonans to do a lot of things they might not have done before – like getting to know their credit reports better.
8 months ago
Mexican poppies and lupine bloom outside Lost Dutchman State Park in Apache Junction on March 17, 2...
Samantha Chow I Cronkite News

Blankets of color harder to find during Arizona’s subpar wildflower season

Arizonans won’t have much luck finding many poppies this year. And some experts fear the future will have fewer Mexican and California poppies – as well as lupine, chicory, fiddlenecks and a host of other wildflowers – as the Southwest continues to heat up and dry out.
8 months ago
A hiker in February 2021 ascends Piestewa Peak, which was named to honor Lori Piestewa, a Hopi woma...
Camila Pedrosa I Cronkite News

Arizona ranks high on states with offensive place names eyed for change

Arizona could be a primary target when federal officials meet with tribes this week to talk about possible new names for places that currently contain a slur against Native American women.
8 months ago
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Alexia Stanbridge I Cronkite News

Flu down for second year in Arizona; reason may be as plain as the mask on your face

Arizona flu cases are down sharply for the second year in a row, a decline that health experts are attributing to the health and safety precautions that came with the COVID-19 pandemic.
9 months ago
The Volunteer Income Tax Association can help taxpayers who make $58,000 a year or less, have a dis...
Sara Edwards | Cronkite News

What to know about filing for your tax refund this year

Tax season will look a little different this year, from normal deadlines to IRS staffing shortages that could delay refunds.
9 months ago
A sign points to the pedestrian crossing to Mexico at the San Luis Port of Entry, which is due for ...
Emily Sacia | Cronkite News

Arizona ports of entry get at least $315 million for upgrades, expansion

Arizona is set to receive at least $315 million for improvements to three ports of entry along the Mexican border.
9 months ago
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EMILY SACIA I CRONKITE NEWS

Rising wages could not keep pace with rising prices in Arizona in 2021

Arizona mirrored the U.S., where an average 5% increase in salary and wages was outstripped by a 7% rise in the consumer price index.
10 months ago
Hundreds of protesters, from both sides of the abortion debate, rallied Wednesday outside the Supre...
Emily Sacia I Cronkite News

Abortion fight in Arizona heating up, even as Supreme Court weighs Roe

The Supreme Court is expected to weaken or reverse its landmark Roe v. Wade abortion-rights ruling this year, but advocates on both sides of the issue in Arizona are not waiting for the court to act.
10 months ago
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Emily Sacia I Cronkite News

Capital COVID: State, federal lawmakers face different pandemic rules

While U.S. House members can still vote by proxy and participate in hearings virtually because of the ongoing threat of COVID-19, lawmakers at the Arizona Capitol have to show up in person this year to participate, as leaders try to restore a “sense of normalcy” to the proceedings.
10 months ago