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Lourdes Pereira stands next to Gov. Doug Ducey on Sept. 1 as he signs House Bill 2705, which preven...
Chad Bradley I Cronkite News

Arizona law allows Indigenous students greater cultural expression at graduation

Before a new Arizona law was passed in April, some schools prohibited regalia at graduations, contributing to systemic limits on cultural expression.
1 day ago
Hundreds attend the Rock ‘n’ Roll Classic Car Show at the Pavilions at Talking Stick, touted as...
Michael Patton I Cronkite News

Car-crazy Phoenix tops all US metros for consumer spending on transportation

Valley drivers love their cars, and more than anywhere else in the country, they put their money where their hearts are.
26 days ago
The border wall, seen here in Nogales, does little to stop drug smugglers. In fiscal year 2020, age...
Natasha Yee I Cronkite News

As marijuana profits fade, drug cartels increasingly smuggle fentanyl across the border

Although marijuana traditionally has been one of the most profitable cash cows for Mexican cartels, steady legalization of cannabis in U.S. states has prompted a change in course.
1 month ago
New citizens take the oath of allegiance during a naturalization ceremony in San Francisco in 2015....
Diannie Chavez | Cronkite News

Citizenship applications backlog leaves thousands with cases pending

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is dealing with a backlog of citizenship applications caused by pandemic service reductions.
1 month ago
Lake Powell at the Glen Canyon Dam wall on Aug. 18, 2021, as the lake was at historic lows. (Photo ...
Ulysse Bex and Emma VandenEinde I Cronkite News

New estimates show Colorado River levels falling faster than expected

New projections show that Lake Mead and Lake Powell could reach “critically low reservoir elevations” sooner than expected, spurring experts to say that “bold actions” will be needed to change course.
2 months ago
A total of 1.6 million Arizonans ultimately benefited from the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance pro...
Diannie Chavez I Cronkite News

Pandemic unemployment relief ends, cutting off 45,000 jobless in Arizona

A federal pandemic relief program that provided extra financial aid to jobless workers ended Monday, hitting more than 45,000 unemployed Arizonans who had already seen the state pull away another source of federal aid in July.
3 months ago
An endangered jaguar captured by a remote camera in southeastern Arizona. Advocates - and now a cou...
Kimberly Silverio-Bautista I Cronkite News

Feds deal another setback to Arizona copper mine by upholding jaguar habitat

Federal regulators on Friday rejected a mining company’s request to reduce critical habitat for endangered jaguars in the Santa Rita Mountains on land that overlaps the footprint of the proposed Rosemont Copper Mine.
3 months ago
White-lined sphinx moth caterpillars can grow up to 5 inches long. (Photo by Sierra Alvarez/ Cronki...
Olivia Dow I Cronkite News

Here’s why so many big caterpillars are wriggling around Arizona

Not only are the caterpillars abundant on roadways in Arizona, they’re showing up in swimming pools and gardens, and on walls and hiking trails.
3 months ago
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Connor Worley | Cronkite News

As COVID-19 testing numbers increase, Embry Health hopes to expand services

Embry Health launched an initiative this month to hire 800 workers to spread across all of its COVID-19 testing locations.
3 months ago
A Bashas’ worker gets a dose of COVID-19 vaccine in March, when demand for vaccinations was high....
Ulysse Bex I Cronkite News

Experts hope FDA’s full Pfizer vaccine OK boosts Arizona vaccinations

Health officials expressed hope Monday that the Food and Drug Administration’s full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine will boost vaccinations in Arizona, which lags well behind the national average.
3 months ago
The NEID spectrometer looks for Earth-like planets outside our solar system by measuring slight cha...
Jalpan Nanavati | Cronkite News

Painstaking search for new planets begins on a mountaintop in Arizona

One of the most precise instruments for detecting planets is being used at the Kitt Peak National Observatory on the Tohono O’odham Nation west of Tucson.
3 months ago
Congressional incumbents have already raised millions for the 2022 midterm elections and have the a...
Brooke Newman I Cronkite News

Incumbents have edge, but redistricting scrambles House race

Arizona’s congressional incumbents have the advantage of name recognition and massive fundraising leads – but analysts say they might need both as congressional redistricting has “put us all in a state of limbo” for the 2022 House races.
4 months ago
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Brooke Newman I Cronkite News

Arizona House members cast hundreds of remote votes

More than half of Arizona’s House delegation cast votes by proxy this year, including two who were among the top remote voters in Congress and another who once called proxy voting “shameful and unconstitutional” but did it anyway.
4 months ago
Danielle Edwards holds her daughter, Amelia, after giving birth in 2014. During her pregnancy, Edwa...
Mikenzie Hammel I Cronkite News

Arizona hospitals collaborate to fight maternal mortality

The AIM Collaborative brings together 33 hospitals across Arizona to help combat pregnancy-related deaths and address underlying causes using strategies based on evidence.
4 months ago
Black-footed ferrets, once thought to be extinct, have slowly increased their numbers under state a...
Brooke Newman I Cronkite News

Black-footed ferret on the way back in Arizona, but hurdles remain

Federal officials want to greatly expand habitats for black-footed ferrets in Arizona and possibly into neighboring states, but the endangered animal, once thought extinct, still faces several hurdles, experts say.
4 months ago
Arizona ranks relatively high among state when it comes to the rate of electric vehicle registratio...
Brooke Newman I Cronkite News

Rate of electric car ownership relatively high in Arizona

For a mostly red state, Arizona has a lot of blue-state company when it comes to states ranked by electric vehicle ownership, according to recent government data.
5 months ago
A Grand Canyon National Park preventive search and rescue volunteer talks with hikers along the Bri...
Brooke Newman | Cronkite News

Visitors are coming back to Arizona national parks after 2020 plunge

After hitting a 40-year low in the pandemic year of 2020, national park visitors – and their dollars – are steadily returning.
6 months ago
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Brooke Newman I Cronkite News

Arizona plans to use gas chamber again, sparking revulsion, disbelief

Reports that Arizona is preparing to execute death row inmates with gas similar to what was used in the Holocaust have brought responses ranging from “concerned” to “horrified,” but the most common reaction was disbelief.
6 months ago
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Alyssa Marksz I Cronkite News

Arizona’s current historic drought may be ‘baseline for the future’

Arizona and other Western states just lived through the driest year in more than a century, with no drought relief in sight in the near future, experts told a House panel Tuesday.
6 months ago
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Alyssa Marksz I Cronkite News

Vet touts Arizona efforts to help veterans get jobs, despite COVID-19

An employment program for veterans that began in the days after 9/11 paid off last year when the COVID-19 pandemic rattled employment for vets in the state and across the country, an advocate told House lawmakers last week.
6 months ago
Office manager Reginald Burgan places a casket in a hearse at the end of a shift outside Peace Chap...
Alberto Mariani I Cronkite News

Arizona ‘last responders’ answer call to bury the dead in a year of tragedy

Since March 2020, Peace Chapel Funeral Home funeral director Ron Thornson and his staff have routinely worked 14 to 16 hours a day without much pause to reflect on the historic events swirling around them during the COVID-19 pandemic.
6 months ago
Some of the record-setting number of early ballots received by the Maricopa County Elections Depart...
Brooke Newman I Cronkite News

Election officials can fight fraud, fighting misinformation is tougher

Maricopa County’s chief information security officer said the county was able to handle cyberthreats to the 2020 elections, but handling public perception of the results in the face of rampant social media misinformation has been more of a challenge.
6 months ago
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Ryan Knappenberger I Cronkite News

Arizona lawmakers ranked relatively high on congressional effectiveness

They didn’t have the high profiles or long tenure of some other members of Congress, but Arizona lawmakers in the last Congress ranked relatively high on a recent scorecard of congressional effectiveness.
6 months ago
After steady declines in the number of people getting health insurance under the Affordable Care Ac...
Jacob Holter I Cronkite News

Initial response strong to special Affordable Care Act open enrollment

A special open enrollment period for Affordable Care Act coverage drew 528,005 new enrollees nationwide in its first six weeks, with 9,569 of those consumers in Arizona, according to a report from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
7 months ago