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Talking ‘the talk’: Black leaders in Arizona recall sobering rite of passage

PHOENIX - For any teen, a driver’s license is a rite of passage. But for Black teens in America, the freedom that comes with car keys also comes with “the talk”: The time when Black parents sit their children down to explain what to do if stopped by a police officer.


Experts: Border wall construction may imperil sacred source of water in desert

Along the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona, Hia C-ed O'odham and the Tohono O'odham – along with wildlife – have relied on Quitobaquito Springs. Some experts worry that ongoing border wall construction may further imperil the freshwater source.


COVID-19 threatens migrant, officer safety at cramped ICE detention centers

PHOENIX - More than 440 detainees at the four Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention centers in Arizona have tested positive for COVID-19, and advocates are suing for the releas of detainees, which they insist is "the only appropriate remedy."


Migrants face life-threatening illnesses because of dirty water in Panamanian camps

BAJO CHIQUITO, Panama – For the hundreds of migrants in a Panamanian migrant camp, a nearby river provides their drinking water and bathwater – and serves as their toilet – leading to illness.


Fighting for his life: Once a ‘menace to society,’ boxing brought Adam Stewart peace

PHOENIX – By the time he was 17, Phoenix's Adam Stewart was abusing meth and spending time in prison for armed robbery and aggravated assault. Then boxing found him and in June came confirmation of his success: a televised bout on ESPN.


Cubans looking for freedom increasingly land in Panama

PANAMA CITY, Panama – Increasingly, Cuban migrants travel through Panama hoping to reach the United States. While some reach the U.S.-Mexico border, others give up and stay in countries that were not their original destinations.


Food insecurity amid COVID-19 prompts Native Americans to return to their roots

PHOENIX – There are few grocery stores in Indian Country, so as COVID-19 leaves shelves scarce, Indigenous communities are returning to their food-growing roots.


Nicaraguans seek refuge in Panama, cementing the country’s status as migrant destination

PANAMA CITY, Panama – Nicaraguans fleeing political and economic conditions in their country are moving south to Panama, against the normal tide of immigration in the hemisphere.


Colorado’s abandonment list incentivizes water users to take share, exemplifies complex policies

“Use it or lose it.” That saying is at the heart of how water is managed in the Western U.S. Laws that govern water incentivize users to always take their full share from rivers and streams, or risk the state taking it from them.


Navajo ‘Water Warrior’ drives miles during COVID to deliver to those in need

PHOENIX – Water is a precious commodity in rural Native American communities like the Navajo Nation, where a virus that requires good hygiene has taken an especially heavy toll. One man is looking to help, by delivering barrels of water to those in need.


On their way north, pregnant migrants brave a harrowing jungle crossing in Panama

BAJO CHIQUITO, Panama – Panama has been overwhelmed by the increasing numbers of migrants coming through the Darién jungle that separates it from Colombia – an increasing number of them are pregnant women.


Proposal to protect Joshua trees from climate change proves divisive

PHOENIX – A petition to list Joshua trees as threatened in California has residents of one small town in disagreement, with some arguing the protections will negatively impact the town’s economy.