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Sharpe will play as a Wildcat, but not in Arizona; commits to Kentucky

WASHINGTON - Shaedon Sharpe's basketball journey from London, Ontario, to Glendale, Arizona, will continue in Lexington, Kentucky, after the No. 1 player in Arizona made a verbal commitment Tuesday to the University of Kentucky.


Essential but ignored: How day care powered the pandemic workforce

The pandemic exposed how vulnerable and essential child care providers are in America. The median hourly wage is $10.31, and most workers receive no benefits, but they play a crucial role in getting people back to work.


Medical mistreatment, inequity lead to vaccine hesitancy for Black Americans

Historic and ongoing medical mistreatment and lack of access have informed Black Americans’ COVID-19 response: vaccine hesitancy.


‘We had to keep going’: After COVID setbacks, Navajo police chief looks forward

WINDOW ROCK – Navajo Police Chief Phillip Francisco reflects on a year of resilience after COVID-19 put the department’s limited resources to the test.


Plumbing the Rockies: Vast infrastructure gets water where it’s needed

In Colorado, most of the water is in the western part of the state, but 80% of residents live east of the Rocky Mountains. A complex network of tunnels and canals supplies those cities, but is that system still viable in a warming, drying West?


Derby Dames turn to community for help in preserving Arizona’s only banked roller derby track

PHOENIX – Like many other businesses, the Arizona Derby Dames had to close their doors in March 2020 due to COVID-19. They were about to begin their 16th season. Instead, they had to hang their helmets and store their skates.


Red tape and the ‘mask god’: Group looks back on successful PPE drive

PHOENIX - Sam Wang's "anti-epidemic diary” shows photos of grateful medical personnel, police and firefighters around stacks of boxes that hold some of the 158,000 masks secured for them at the pandemic's start by a volunteer group of Chinese Americans in Arizona.


As wildfire season looms, some areas still recovering from 2020 blazes

As the Western U.S. steels itself for another summer of dry, fire-prone conditions, some are turning their attention to recovering from last season’s blazes that left behind areas prone to mudslides and dangerous runoff.


Citing physiological benefits, experts say Coyotes shouldn’t lose sleep over move to Central Division

PHOENIX – The Coyotes are moving to the Central Division next season and will face teams who are much further east. Although the move may seem unintuitive to fans, academic research indicates that the Coyotes’ divisional opponents may be at a physical disadvantage when traveling to Gila River Arena.


Tucson halts operations at water plant threatened by toxic chemical

WASHINGTON - Tucson officials said they will indefinitely suspend operations at one of the city's water treatment plants to keep it from being overwhelmed by an underground toxic chemical plume.


Mercury fans’ excitement about in-person return dampened by news of Diana Taurasi injury

PHOENIX – Fans returned to a Phoenix Mercury game for the first time in over a year. The excitement was damped by news Tuesday that Diana Taurasi is out for four weeks.


Blade runner: Despite amputation, softball player perseveres with perspective in tow

PHOENIX – Paradise Valley CC softball player Emily White finds perspective despite undergoing amputation following car accident