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Concussion reporting on the rise in Arizona

PHOENIX – At first blush, the statement from Dr. Javier Cardenas might have troubled some parents of young athletes.


Do new FAA drone rules go far enough for Arizonans?

SCOTTSDALE – The Federal Aviation Administration this week released new rules for commercial drone pilots, but one local unmanned aircraft enthusiast said the agency is focused on regulating the wrong group of users.


Has the threat of Zika virus affected your summer?

The Zika virus continues to concern people who have traveled — or who plan to travel — to areas with high rates of the virus. There have been 25 travel-associated Zika cases in the state, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.


From coat hangers to $1,200 couture, Arizona’s samba scene coming to life

RIO DE JANEIRO — In this city that made samba famous with colorful jeweled costumes and live music, the rhythm of samba music pumps through the streets on a nightly basis.


News21 investigation: Voter fraud is not a persistent problem

PHOENIX — Politicians and voting rights advocates continue to clash over whether photo ID and other voting requirements are needed to prevent voter fraud, but a News21 analysis and recent court rulings show little evidence that such fraud is widespread.


Foster care children aging out of Arizona system need transitional help

PHOENIX - Jasmine Flores entered the Arizona foster care system when she was 13 years old. She stayed in the system, moving from group home to group home to group home and changing schools along the way.


Childcare pays poverty-level wage, but Arizona still tops most states

WASHINGTON - Arizona childcare workers were paid less, on average, than parking lot attendants, manicurists and pedicurists in 2015, part of a national trend that saw workers in all states earning salaries that could qualify them for food stamps.


The unaffiliated: Why more than a quarter of Arizonans are leaving religion behind

PHOENIX — "Granny tells me I'm going to hell," said Chris Wojno, vice president of the Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix.

Chris Wojno is the vice president of the Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix. (Photo by Anna Copper/Cronkite News)

As insurers leave Arizona, Obamacare consumers face higher costs this fall

WASHINGTON - Insurance companies have one more day to let Arizona regulators know if they will drop or limit coverage under Obamacare, but this much is already certain: Coverage will still be available, but it will cost more.


Tour company uses bikes to give visitors a taste of Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO – Bruno Elias, a native of Rio de Janeiro, started his company Bike in Rio Tours four years ago with the goal of imparting the culture of Rio on curious travelers.


CDC: High smoking rate among Native Americans continues to climb

WASHINGTON - Cigarette use by Native Americans, already the highest in the nation, grew to 38.9 percent at a time when most other ethnic groups saw their rates dropping, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released Thursday.


Arizona officials warn of Zika spread on return from Rio

As the eyes of the world descend upon Brazil, Valley resident Marla Dorman is ready to cheer on Team USA, hoping the experience outweighs the risk of Zika.