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Maricopa County approves updates to vote-counting system to avoid snafus

PHOENIX – The Board of Supervisors will spend $6.1 million over three years to upgrade voting systems, and it hired an executive to oversee elections.


Chemical retardant used to fight wildfires could pose harm, group says

PHOENIX – Fire retardant is one of several tactics being used to battle the Woodbury Fire east of Mesa. But this mixture of water and chemicals has raised questions with some people who believe it can be dangerous to people and the environment.


Why some tattoo artists choose vegan inks over traditional formulas

PHOENIX – Some Phoenix tattoo artists are choosing to use vegan inks instead of non-vegan tattoo inks for ethical and practical reasons.


It’s rattlesnake season. Are you prepared?

SCOTTSDALE – The Phoenix Herpetological Society offers training classes on how to handle venomous snakes.

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Arizona’s average age still below U.S., but it’s catching up fast

WASHINGTON – Arizona's average age of 37.9 in 2018 was relatively young compared to other states, but the rise in age from 2010 was twice the national average and second-highest in the U.S., new Census data show, as births fell and older residents continued to move in.


Breaking the mold: Diversifying Arizona’s modeling industry

PHOENIX – Several members of the Arizona fashion scene are striving to bring plus-size models, as well as those who are more diverse racially and ethnically, to the forefront.


Vapors, oils and brownies: AZ Supreme Court decision boosts medical marijuana industry

PHOENIX – In the wake of a state Supreme Court decision allowing extracted marijuana products, the foundation of the industry’s future may rest on concentrates, or extracts.


Salt River Project prepares businesses for monsoon season

TEMPE – Power outages at home are upsetting, but they can cause severe economic damage to businesses. The Salt River Project is helping decision-makers prepare their companies before monsoon storms start.


Turning children into animal caregivers at summer camp

PHOENIX – Young people attending animal summer camps in the Phoenix area are learning about the compassionate care of animals.


Power to the people: Utilities from around the U.S. pitch in to bring electricity to Navajos

DILKON – Utilities from around the country have helped connect more Navajo homes to the electrical grid. The 15,000 homes without power represent 75% of the homes in America that still are not electrified.


‘They choose not to know’: Victims, advocates combat sex trafficking in Arizona

PHOENIX – Cronkite News reporters Jake Goodrick and Alicia Longo produced three supplemental videos to accompany a Frontline on PBS documentary about sex trafficking in Arizona.


Buckeye had nation’s fastest growth, Phoenix added most people in 2018

WASHINGTON - Buckeye saw its population grow by 8.5% from 2017 to 2018 and Phoenix added 25,288 new residents in the same period, claiming the top spots among U.S. cities for growth that year, the Census Bureau said, as Arizona continued its steady population rise.