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Arizona Game & Fish shows families how to enjoy nature at its annual Outdoor Expo in north Phoenix

PHOENIX — The Arizona Game and Fish Department hosts its annual Outdoor Expo at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility offering hands-on activities and presentations March 25-26.

Heather Buck, Arizona Game and Fish wildlife center coordinator, holds a gila monster at one of the agency’s Outdoor Expo events. (File photo courtesy of Arizona Game and Fish)

Aumenta número de niños que consumen accidentalmente comestibles de marihuana

Los centros de control de envenenamientos y dispensarios de marihuana están enviando mensajes a los padres ya que el número de niños que accidentalmente consumen comestibles de marihuana está aumentando.

Arizona law prohibits edibles from being designed to look like children’s candies, such as gummy bears. In a licensed Arizona dispensary, marijuana gummies for adults are labeled with the specific dose on individual gummies and their container. State law requires that edibles are limited to a maximum of 10mg of THC per edible and a maximum of 100mg of THC per package of edibles. Photo taken in Scottsdale on Jan. 31, 2023. (Photo by Emily Mai/Cronkite News)

Poison control, dispensaries on alert as kids who accidentally eat marijuana edibles rises

Poison control centers and marijuana dispensaries are sending messages to parents as the number of children who accidentally eat their edibles is on the rise.

Arizona law prohibits edibles from being designed to look like children’s candies, such as gummy bears. In a licensed Arizona dispensary, marijuana gummies for adults are labeled with the specific dose on individual gummies and their container. State law requires that edibles are limited to a maximum of 10mg of THC per edible and a maximum of 100mg of THC per package of edibles. Photo taken in Scottsdale on Jan. 31, 2023. (Photo by Emily Mai/Cronkite News)

Calling an audible: Jake Plummer shifts attention to wellness, natural health remedies

CHANDLER – Ahead of Super Bowl 2023, former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Jake Plummer returned to the Valley with an event advocating for natural health and wellness remedies.

Plummer, left, and former NFL running back Ricky Williams led yoga sessions at the beginning of festival. (Photo by Robert Crompton/Cronkite News)

Valley’s boxing reputation grows as Emanuel Navarrete defeats Liam Wilson in thrilling scrap

GLENDALE - Emanuel Navarrete won the WBO junior lightweight title with a ninth round TKO of Liam Wilson. This marks the third title fight and fifth major boxing card held in the Valley in the past year.

“I like when there’s time, when I get to go a few rounds. It’s fun.” Nico Ali Walsh secured a unanimous decision victory after going the distance against Eduardo Ayala. (Photo by Damian Rios/Cronkite News)

Cactus High students build a road-worthy electric vehicle

GLENDALE – As the world moves slowly away from fossil fuels, Cactus High School in Glendale is teaching automotive students how to build an electric vehicle from scratch.

Junior Ethan Lucas, left, and sophomore Aiden Bratton push an electric vehicle they’ve been building at Cactus High School in Glendale on Oct. 31, 2022. (Photo by Samantha Chow/Cronkite News)

‘It’s changing’: As police officers quit the profession in droves, an opportunity for change emerges

PHOENIX – Police departments across the country are in a workforce crisis. Some leaders see this as an opportunity, and they’re trying harder to attract candidates who reflect the communities they serve, with a focus on women, people of color and members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Officer Ashten Hayes of the Iowa City Police Department checks her patrol car's computer before her shift begins on April 18, 2022. After going to school for nursing, Hayes switched career paths to law enforcement "because I saw law enforcement as a noble job.” (Photo by Kate Heston/News21)

Fire districts face uncertain funding future after ballot measure’s failure

WASHINGTON – Voters said no to a plan that would have added one-tenth of a penny to the state sales tax to benefit rural fire districts, but firefighters warn that the need - and the threat to public safety - have not gone away.


Page has a front row seat to climate change crisis on the Colorado River

PAGE – As the Colorado River shrinks in the hands of a changing climate, communities that rely on it are starting to feel the pinch. Smaller cities and towns in the Southwest, like Page, have a perilous front row seat as the diminished river threatens to cut off their water supply completely.


‘Smooth’ ASU receiver Andre Johnson strikes right notes on football field and in rap music studio

TEMPE – Arizona State wide receiver Andre Johnson is using the offseason to start a career as a rap producer. He’s not the first ASU football player to make music, but he wants to help define the Phoenix hip-hop scene.


Symptoms of COVID ‘long haulers’ baffle doctors looking for treatment options

LOS ANGELES – With COVID-19 restrictions having faded away, doctors are seeing an influx of patients with long-term symptoms that are similar to the severe symptoms shown at the peak of the pandemic but are not as lethal. Doctors and other health care providers in Southern California are working with patients to correctly diagnose them and provide proper care to ease their suffering.


Pain, action and hope: Activists have battled for police reform for decades

OAKLAND, Calif. – Activists are pushing for police reform, building on the struggles of the past to improve the future of policing in the U.S. To long-time activist Elaine Brown in Oakland, that means being willing to risk your job, to consistently confront the uncomfortable.

Marion Gray-Hopkins visits the resting place of her son, Gary Hopkins Jr,. at the Fort Lincoln Funeral Home & Cemetery in Brentwood, Maryland. The 19-year-old was shot and killed by a police officer in 1999. (Photo by Diannie Chavez/News21)