From ‘lonely’ to Lily’s Pad: Tempe playground to give immunocompromised kids a chance to be a kid
PHOENIX – Children with weakened immune systems or other disabilities often can’t play with other kids. Lily’s Pad, a new playground scheduled to open in Arizona in April, is designed to help immunocompromised children build their physical and emotional health. It’s among other recreational areas across the U.S. meant to accommodate children with disabilities.
Guesting game: State of the Union guests make political, personal points
WASHINGTON - First lady Jill Biden will host two Arizonans for the State of the Union Tuesday and state lawmakers have invited guests ranging from college student to a college chancellor, tribal leaders to business leaders, in a tradition that can have both personal and political goals.
Empathy and humanity are at the center of Holocaust education in Arizona
PHOENIX – Arizona teachers, including some who have visited Holocaust sites, are looking for ways to teach middle and high school students about the Holocaust and other genocides. Experts say teaching it builds empathy and warns of “the dangers of staying silent in the face of evil.”
Arizona hopes to reduce enormous teacher shortage through mentoring, paid tuition
PHOENIX – The Arizona Teacher Residency is a first-of-its-kind graduate program, modeled on a traditional medical residency. It offers student teachers a two-year term in which they will receive in-classroom experience, a living stipend, a master’s degree from NAU and a job in a partnering school district. The program’s first cohort has been placed in three Title I districts.
Arizona donors double down after Jan. 6 panel questions Trump election fund
WASHINGTON - Thousands of Arizonans gave a total of $1.5 million to former President Donald Trump's election defense fund, but the Jan. 6 committee said that money went to other Trump funds in what it called "a big rip off." But Arizona donors say they don't feel ripped off.
With Supreme Court on cusp of abortion ruling, Arizona advocates prepare
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is expected to hand down a ruling restricting or overturning abortion rights within a matter of days, but abortion providers and abortion-rights groups in Arizona say they have been getting ready for months.
With injuries piling up, San Francisco Giants open season with a new look
SCOTTSDALE – Evan Longoria and Lamonte Wade Jr will not be available to start the season due to injuries. The San Francisco Giants will have a different look on Opening Day.
On the road again: Cardinals Caravan returns, connects with fans around Arizona
TEMPE – From Lake Havasu to Safford, the Cardinals Caravan is back on the road and reconnecting with fans throughout Arizona
As MLB’s Opening Day nears, players believe more work is needed
PHOENIX – Opening Day is two days away after a lockout threatened the 2022 MLB season, but players still believe more work needs to be done.
After nearly 2 million COVID-19 cases in Arizona, officials are ‘cautiously optimistic’
PHOENIX – A little more than six months after Arizona passed 1 million reported cases of COVID-19, the state is approaching 2 million. Although reported infections have slowed over the past few months, experts warn that the coronavirus that causes the disease is here to stay, and the extent of COVID’s long-term effects isn’t known.
Chase Briscoe fulfills dream with first NASCAR Cup Series win at Phoenix Raceway
AVONDALE - Chase Briscoe fended off multiple challengers in the final restarts to win Sunday at Phoenix Raceway. Briscoe became the 200th Cup Series winner in history with his first career win in NASCAR’s top series.
‘Grit and determination’: NASCAR trailblazer Wendell Scott honored with downtown mural
PHOENIX – The Shining Light Foundation recently unveiled a mural of NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Wendell Scott to honor his career. Scott was the first full-time Black driver to compete in the Cup Series and also win.