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Nearly half of tribal homes lack clean water, but pandemic funds offer hope of improvements

TO'HAJIILEE, New Mexico – Across the country, 49% of Native American homes lack access to reliable water sources, clean drinking water or basic sanitation. Homes in the Navajo town of To'hajiilee, just outside Albuquerque, are no exception. Taps run black with sediment and orange with rust, and nearly 2,000 residents rely on truckloads of water for drinking.


28 paintings highlight famous – and less familiar – figures in Black history

PHOENIX – Twenty-eight murals and other paintings in central Phoenix honor Black History Month. The art showcases icons and less familiar faces.


Burned acreage up sharply, as Arizona 2020 wildfire season winds down

WASHINGTON - The acreage torched by wildfires in Arizona was up sharply this year, but fire officials said it was still not a particularly bad season in terms of lives lost and structures burned in the blazes.


Is ‘wave’ permanent? That’s a political question, not a hairstyle

WASHINGTON - Democrats made impressive inroads in Arizona on Election Day, but experts say it may be too early to determine whether the voting was a "blue wave" - or just "blue-ish."


Glendale homeowners association orders removal of Black Lives Matter sign

GLENDALE – A Glendale HOA sent a violation notice to a homeowner for displaying a Black Lives Matter flag on her home, raising questions about the power of HOAs to dictate political expression.


Biden, Harris get on the bus for small businesses in Arizona

PHOENIX – Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and running mate Kamala Harris, on their first trip to Arizona, dropped by small businesses they say need relief from the COVID-19 pandemic.


Fuel buildup puts Arizona communities at wildfire risk

Researchers say one way to live with fire is to thin fuel. In the desert, that means brush and invasive grasses. In the high country, that means ponderosa pine.


‘It strengthened us’: Texas group boosts mental health of Latinas by bringing moms and daughters together

AUSTIN, Texas – Among teens, Latinas face high rates of attempted suicide. One Texas group is helping them build resilience by strengthening the bond between mothers and daughters.


Church, Chandler nonprofit team to keep homeless people safe during coronavirus

PHOENIX – Valley Unitarian Universalist church in Chandler has become the sole provider for those who might otherwise be on the street during COVID-19.


Texas group empowers Latino parents to advocate for children with disabilities

AUSTIN, Texas – VELA is an organization that provides support and resources to mostly Hispanic and immigrant families whose children have disabilities. Founded in 2010, it serves about 1,500 families annually – helping to close a significant gap in health care for Hispanics.


Mexican government’s ‘Health Windows’ aid U.S. immigrants with preventative care

TUCSON – Ventanilla de Salud is a free program funded by the Mexican government that gives immigrants access to affordable health care. Last month, volunteers provided free checkups across Tucson.


Feds say humpback chub has recovered to point it’s no longer endangered

WASHINGTON - Federal officials said recovery efforts for the humpback chub have been so successful that the Colorado River fish can be downgraded from endangered to threatened, but some environmentalists worry that it may be too soon to make that move.