Auto title loans offer quick holiday cash but critics warn about mounting debt

The commercials and online ads for auto title loans make them appear especially enticing during the holiday season when many families need extra cash.

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Technology links Arizona Buddhists with spiritual leader halfway across the world

As dusk fell, on small house near South Mountain lit up with joy as 20 people gathered around an iPad screen. It’s home to the Tergar Buddhist Meditation Center and the faithful were greeting their spiritual teacher Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, for the first time in four years.


The Murphy Education and Health Center brings care and hope to South Phoenix

Not far from a sewage treatment plant, a landfill and the Maricopa County jail annex are the four schools and hundreds of families that make up the Murphy Elementary School District in South Phoenix, where more than 80 percent of its residents are Hispanic, most of them poor and many undocumented.

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Appetite for holiday tamales keeps family bakery busy

La Purisima Bakery makes hundreds of tamales a week but can barely keep up with holiday orders in December.

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Language immersion classrooms bring students education and culture

When Reva Wood was a child, her Spanish-speaking parents made the decision to only speak to her in English. They wanted to protect Wood.


Protesters march to demand an end to mass deportations

Families and immigrant advocates marched through downtown to demand an end to mass deportations. The group started at the capital and made stops at the Phoenix Police Department and ICE detention center.

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A Syrian family shares its story about coming into the U.S.

Bombs would explode in the street, spraying shattered glass at anyone nearby. They lost their home in a fire. And they were being subjected to constant searches and oppression by armed soldiers.


Border ranchers in Cochise County feel abandoned by Washington

DOUGLAS – Border security is a hot topic on the presidential campaign trail, but Arizona ranchers who live near the border say they’ve been left out of the debate and forgotten by Washington lawmakers, who they say have done nothing about immigration reform.


Arizona Muslims worry about backlash following Paris attacks

Imam Ahmad Shqeirat at the Islamic Community Center of Tempe and others who attend services there worry about a growing backlash after the terrorist attacks in Paris.

The Qur’ân sits on a bookshelf at a Mosque in Tempe. (Photo by Alicia Clark/Cronkite News)

Arizona lawmakers split as House puts brakes on Syrian, Iraqi refugees

WASHINGTON - The House overwhelmingly approved a bill Thursday that calls for the U.S. to stop admitting refugees from Syria and Iraq until they pass additional background checks, including direct approval by three federal security agencies.


Protesters denounce Gov. Ducey’s effort to stop the resettlement of refugees in Arizona

Protesters at the Capitol building called on Gov. Doug Ducey to reverse his effort to stop accepting refugees in Arizona.


Popularity of El Salvador’s pupusas celebrated at Arizona food festival

Every November, Arizona joins in celebrating a beloved Salvadoran dish at the annual Arizona Pupusas Festival in Phoenix.

Cooks from the Salvadoreño Restaurant prepare pupusas at the the 8th annual Arizona Pupusa Festival. (Photo by Carla León/Cronkite News)