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First Native American poet laureate begins third term, releases a memoir

Joy Harjo of Oklahoma, the first Native American woman to serve as the nation’s poet laureate, has begun her third term – an honor bestowed only once before, in 1999. She also has released “Poet Warrior: A Memoir.”


No 9-irons needed: Disc golf participation soars during coronavirus pandemic

PHOENIX – When the coronavirus pandemic put a halt to most recreational sporting events and activities, people began looking elsewhere for exercise and competition. Many found disc golf as the answer.


EASE up: New ASU program supports engineering students with autism

PHOENIX – Research shows that students with autism lack social support once they enter college. An ASU program is aiming to fix that, by pairing students on the spectrum with peer mentors.


PPE trash, plastic – and feces – mar many beaches and scenic spots across the Southwest

LOS ANGELES – Face masks, plastic bottles and other items are showing up more and more in nature since the beginning of COVID-19 as people go outdoors.


Cactus League scrambles to resolve ticket sales, attendance with start of season nearing

PHOENIX – Cactus League teams announced that they are preparing for an on-time start to opening weekend of spring training games, currently scheduled for February 27.


Play ball? Cactus League asks MLB to delay start of spring training

PHOENIX – With less than a month until the scheduled start of spring training in Arizona, the Cactus League wants Major League Baseball to delay the start of the spring training season to allow more time for COVID-19 cases to decrease.


From autism diagnosis to Boston Marathon: Carla Simon set to make history

TEMPE – Carla Simon is set to run in the Boston Marathon, becoming the first female Special Olympics athlete from Arizona to compete in the race.


‘There’s nothing to be afraid of’: Arizonans gear up for the 2020 census

PHOENIX – U.S. Census Bureau specialists met with Phoenix residents to discuss the importance of participating in this year’s headcount, which determines seats in Congress and how federal dollars are distributed to states and municipalities.


Protesters gather across Arizona to demand officials close immigrant detention centers

EL PASO, Texas – A group including Arizona Congressman Greg Stanton, D-Phoenix, recently visited immigration detention facilities in Texas. Stanton said the facilities don’t meet American values.


Arizona National Guard chief defends role of troops at border

WASHINGTON - The head of the Arizona National Guard defended the use of military troops on the border, telling a House subcommittee that their support puts more Border Patrol officers on the front lines - what one official called "badges back to the border."


Jobs, recreation, high rents and traffic: Four ways a growing population changes Arizona

PHOENIX – Growth in the Southwest brings jobs and city plans for recreational development to Arizona, but also clogs roads and leads to rent hikes.


Anxiety and uncertainty for Arizona transgender veterans after Supreme Court ruling

TUCSON – A recent Supreme Court ruling allows Trump’s ban on transgenders in the military to go into effect. Sue McConnell, a Vietnam veteran, shares her story of survival as a transgender in the military.