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2020 delivers setbacks for long-planned Western water projects

Proposals to divert water in New Mexico, Nevada and Utah have run up against significant legal, financial and political roadblocks this year.


LA28 unveils official logos for 2028 Summer Olympic and Paralympic games

LA28 has released their new and animated logo designed by athletes, artists and celebrities.


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.


Experts: Holiday spending off to strong start, but that doesn’t necessarily equate to full-time jobs

PHOENIX – Americans are dealing out more cash this year for the holidays, but experts say that’s not necessarily a good thing for those looking for work in Arizona.

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White privilege isn’t so black and white

PHOENIX – To community members and Valley residents who gathered at First Church UCC to discuss ‘white privilege,’ the topic is no black and white matter.

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Consumer confidence is up, just in time for the holidays

PHOENIX - Consumer confidence in Maricopa County and several other Arizona counties rose this year, according to a Rocky Mountain Poll.


Donald Trump Jr. urges supporters to vote at rally in Gilbert

GILBERT – Donald Trump Jr. took Republican supporters to the water on Friday, urging them to vote as he stood beneath the iconic Gilbert Water Tower.


AZ county officials: Early ballots may signal high election turnout

PHOENIX – Some Arizona county elections officials said they expect high voter turnout this November after receiving a surge of early ballots this week.


Workers cite harassment, retaliation in ‘toxic’ national parks

WASHINGTON - National Park Service employees continue to suffer from a "toxic" work culture that has allowed for rampant sexual misconduct and a culture of retaliation, park workers told a House committee Thursday.

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Glendale schools closed for repairs, lead to half-day classes

GLENDALE – Two Glendale elementary schools are shut down for weeks-long repairs, leading to a leaner academic day for students not only from the closed schools but two other schools that have to take them in.


Fun, freedom at Bartlett Lake for people with disabilities

RIO VERDE - For one day, 12-year-old Aidan Ringo forgot the endless days of doctor visits. He got on a wake board and sped across Bartlett Lake with his friends and family by his side, and got the chance to experience other water adventures like kayaking, tubing, and jet skiing. Tessa Ringo, Aidan's mother, describes the opportunities for her child, born with cerebral palsy and epilepsy, as magical. "As soon as he gets on that wake board, I kind of always wipe a tear away," Tessa Ringo said. "Just being so proud of him and being able to sit back and observe him gaining confidence, being independent, and having an experience that every 12-year-old can do." "It is amazing what they can do for kids that can't go out on the lake that much," said Aidan, his hair still damp from wake boarding. He said the Day at the Lake, as it's called, let's people focus on fun, not their disabilities, doctors' visits "or whatever crazy stuff that's been happening." [caption id="attachment_35574" align="alignnone" width="800"]Aidan Ringo and sister Ella share a touching moment at "Day on the Lake." (Photo by Allyson Hoskins/Cronkite News) Aidan Ringo and sister Ella share a touching moment at "Day on the Lake." (Photo by Allyson Hoskins/Cronkite News)[/caption] Aidan's sister Ella is proud of her big brother. "It is really exciting because I get to see my brother do stuff that he can't really do," Ella said. I'm glad he can do it." Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix hosts the weekend water activities for families that have children with disabilities and veterans. Last weekend was its 20th anniversary. Children and adults can water or jet ski, go on a kayak or go tubing. Brenna Bean, a recreation therapist and a volunteer for the lake event, has used a wheelchair since her spinal cord was injured when she was in a car accident when she was 18 years old. "I love the adaptive activities they do here, so it really gives people with disabilities the chance to get out and try things that they never thought they would be able to do," Bean said. Jo Crawford, the program coordinator at Barrow Neurological Institute, based at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, said the event – the next one will not be until 2017 – offers one more way to enjoy life. "Come out and live your life, you've been through so much," Crawford said. "Come here and live it cause that's what you're here to do. That's what we are going to help you do."


Republicans blast FBI director’s refusal to push for charges in Clinton emails

WASHINGTON - House Republicans Thursday accused FBI Director James Comey of setting a "dangerous precedent" by refusing to recommend charges against Hillary Clinton for her mishandling of State Department emails.