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Heat, smoke, pandemic: Dangers multiply for farmworkers in 2020

LOS ANGELES – The race to deliver fresh foods during peak harvest season means farmworkers are facing the threats of climate change acceleration and COVID-19.


Action on missing, murdered women legislation caps years of advocacy

WASHINGTON - Native American advocates and families have worked for years to draw attention to Indian Country's epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women. The federal government finally passed legislation that could help do something about it.


As schools reopen, Arizona confronts high rates of COVID-19 in youth

PHOENIX – Across the U.S., the number of COVID-19 cases in young people has passed 500,000. More than 26,000 cases are in Arizona, and experts say that’s partly because of the state’s large population of youth of color who are more vulnerable to the virus.


Experts fear pandemic could spur dramatic spike in homelessness

A July report by University of Arizona researchers predicts the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic shutdown could increase homelessness in the state by 16% to 42%. But experts also say the pandemic could be an opportunity to find a way to actually prevent, mitigate and solve homelessness.


Patchwork education system in juvenile centers often falls short

The lack of consistent and uniform policies, along with a lack of data, conceal how – or if – young people learn in detention facilities.


More than 1,600 kids in detention have tested positive for COVID-19

COVID-19 affects the juvenile justice system with a rising number of positive cases, as juvenile detention facilities evolve their health care protocols to help slow its spread.


The ununited state of juvenile justice in America

As a child in the United States, justice depends on where you live, the color of your skin, which police officer arrests you, or which judge, prosecutor or probation officer happens to be involved in the case. Juvenile courts across the country processed nearly 750,000 in 2018 and about 200,000 of these were removed from home and locked away.


A convention without convening: Democrats open virtual nominating event

PHOENIX - Tucson Democrat Hope Busto-Keyes has been to political conventions before, but never to one like the Democratic National Convention that kicked off Monday - faced with the threat of COVID-19, the convention has shifted almost entirely online.


Missing you: High school football programs face safety and money woes in COVID-19 era

PHOENIX – High school coaches are eager to get the season started in person, but the pandemic has caused uncertainty and will affect fans, players and funding for high school sporting programs across metro Phoenix.


Talking ‘the talk’: Black leaders in Arizona recall sobering rite of passage

PHOENIX - For any teen, a driver’s license is a rite of passage. But for Black teens in America, the freedom that comes with car keys also comes with “the talk”: The time when Black parents sit their children down to explain what to do if stopped by a police officer.


Food insecurity amid COVID-19 prompts Native Americans to return to their roots

PHOENIX – There are few grocery stores in Indian Country, so as COVID-19 leaves shelves scarce, Indigenous communities are returning to their food-growing roots.


Arizona community reacts to Washington nickname controversy

PHOENIX – Amid pressure from sponsors, Washington’s NFL team is undergoing discussions to change its name, a move prominent voices in the Arizona Native American community feel is overdue.