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Temporarily knocked out, RUF Nation returns strong, features card at Celebrity Theatre

PHOENIX – This time last year, RUF had a different name, struggled to hold events due to the pandemic and had a much darker outlook for the future of Arizona MMA. This year, a lot has changed and business is booming, including a card Sunday at the Celebrity Theatre.


Medical mistreatment, inequity lead to vaccine hesitancy for Black Americans

Historic and ongoing medical mistreatment and lack of access have informed Black Americans’ COVID-19 response: vaccine hesitancy.


Legislation to change Native American team names lacks momentum in Arizona

PHOENIX – Colorado and Nevada recently passed laws restricting team names and mascots that reference Native American culture. One former state legislator who tried to make progress in this area thinks changing Arizona will be a challenge.


Asylum seekers dropped off in towns that have few resources get help from nonprofits

SOMERTON – As the Biden administration eases restrictive policies, asylum seekers are being released in border towns with few resources for aid and support. In response, three nonprofits have formed the Arizona California Humanitarian Coalition.


Arizona neighborhoods join Little Free Pantry movement to fight hunger

As food insecurity rises, Arizona communities are setting up neighborhood “little” pantries to get food and supplies to those in need.


Medical schools face calls for more change as states declare racism a threat to public health

PHOENIX – As states declare racism a public health crisis and launch efforts to address institutional racism, experts are looking to medical schools to combat disparities in health care.


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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.


COVID-19 in Arizona: Immigration employees test positive, small-business evictions halted

NOGALES – As Arizona grapples to contain deadly COVID-19, Yavapai County reported its first death on Monday, and deaths related to COVID-19 are projected to peak mid April statewide.


As strike against Asarco enters fourth month, workers remain determined

WASHINGTON - Union leaders say the close to 1,800 striking Asarco workers in Arizona and Texas remain "strong" as the strike entered its fourth month Monday, with little hope of a settlement in sight.


Lawmakers spar over Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ rule for asylum seekers

WASHINGTON - House members sparred Tuesday over the Trump administration's so-called "Remain in Mexico" policy for asylum-seekers, with Democrats calling it unsafe and "abhorrent" and Republicans saying it has helped reduce a massive backlog in immigration courts.


Board of Education declines changes to sex education policy

PHOENIX – No further changes will be made to Arizona’s sex education classes, the Board of Education decided Monday.