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High school students learn about artificial intelligence and related career paths

TEMPE – DriveTime, an online used-car dealership and finance company based in Tempe, partnered with the Mark Cuban Foundation to host an AI boot camp for high school students in the Phoenix metro.

Alec Evans, assistant director of data science for DriveTime, guides Miguel Fernandez, 16, left and Zyron Hilsee, 16, as they work to create a chatbot through Microsoft Azure during the Mark Cuban Foundation AI Boot Camp at the DriveTime corporate office in Tempe. Photo taken Oct. 22, 2022. (Photo by Justin Spangenthal/Cronkite News)

Day of the Dead, Hollywood style, comes to movie star cemetery

LOS ANGELES – Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, attracts thousands every year to Hollywood Forever. Families created altars for loved ones who have died, adorning them with photographs, decorations and some of the departed’s favorite things. The hope was, even in death, their family members might return and enjoy the tributes for one day of the year.


Mountain lions like P-22 are revered in California. They’re hunted in Arizona.

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles last weekend celebrated P-22 Day in honor of a cougar that roams Griffith Park – an icon in the fight to save mountain lions across the West, whether in a big-city park or in mountains and rangeland.

P-22, who was first caught on camera in 2012, prowls the night with the Hollywood sign behind him. (Photo by Steve Winter National Geographic)

Migrants stuck in Mexico still rely on money from family to live

TAPACHULA, Mexico – While migrants remain trapped in Tapachula, in southern Mexico, the money they receive from family members is spent towards benefiting the city’s economy. But because of delays in issuing legal documentation – some migrants face economic instability and uncertain survival routes while working to survive.


College debt relief plan could mean $111.9 million for 10,000 in Arizona

WASHINGTON - More than 10,000 Arizonans could see $111.9 million in federal student loan debt erased as part of a $5.8 billion loan discharge announced this week for former students of the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges.


An incoming storm: Athletes, sports organizations ‘moving the needle’ in climate change action

PHOENIX – Professional athletes and teams across the globe have been proactive in the fight against climate change. Sports contribute largely to carbon emission, and athletes taking the cause into their own hands is happening more often.


Wet meadows in high desert restored by low-tech volunteers

Wet meadows provide critical wildlife habitat and act as natural sponges, holding water during drought. But encroachment and climate change are major threats.


More research, better treatment for Lyme disease sought amid rising case rates

PHOENIX – The incidence of Lyme disease has nearly doubled in the U.S. since the 1990s, yet funding for research is still lacking and patients struggle to get help. Advocates say that should change, considering predictions that climate change could increase case numbers.


Some schools sticking with mask mandates, despite Ducey funding threat

WASHINGTON - Friday was the deadline for schools to drop mask mandates if they wanted to be eligible for a share of millions in COVID-19 state aid, but at least several districts in the state were refusing to comply with Gov. Doug Ducey's demand.


As COVID-19 testing numbers rise, Embry Health hopes to expand services

MESA – COVID-19 testing numbers are increasing as schools reopen and the delta variant spreads. To counter the rise in numbers and reduce wait times, Embry Health is bringing in hundreds of new workers.


Legalization brings legitimacy to needle exchange programs in Arizona

PHOENIX – Arizona’s needle exchange law is set to take effect next month. Exchange programs have been in operation in the state for years, but advocates are looking ahead to how the law will change operations.


A Dreamer’s dream: DACA status almost tripped NAU runner’s Olympic hopes

PHOENIX – Luis Grijalva, a Northern Arizona University track and field athlete and DACA recipient from Guatemala, has spent several weeks petitioning the United States government to allow him on a plane to Tokyo to compete in the Olympics. Grijalva finally learned the good news Monday.