Arizona becomes the first state to recognize all out-of-state occupational licenses

PHOENIX – Gov. Doug Ducey signed HB 2569, which recognizes occupational licenses granted by other states.

‘Helping humanity’: Senior centers use crafting skills to give back

TEMPE – Senior centers across Arizona are using their crafting skills for a good cause, creating blankets, caps and scarves for communities, organizations and nonprofits in need.

Religious group claims ‘Bodies Revealed’ exhibit uses cadavers of Chinese prisoners

SCOTTSDALE – The Odysea Aquarium says its “Bodies Revealed” exhibit in Scottsdale uses donated bodies to teach hundreds of paying customers about human anatomy. But a religious group and other critics for decades have claimed the cadavers are of persecuted Chinese prisoners displayed without consent.

A long road: Opioid-addicted rural residents travel hundreds of miles to reach methadone clinics

MORENCI – Most of Arizona’s 12 methadone clinics are in the Phoenix area, leaving rural residents recovering from opioid use to travel miles for such treatment.

Alliance of American Football suspends operations just 8 weeks into first season

PHOENIX – The Alliance of American Football, which has faced financial trouble since its inception, opted to suspend operations Tuesday.

New Chicanos Por La Causa center to empower Maryvale community through education, jobs

PHOENIX – The new center by Chicanos Por La Causa aims to drive employment and improve education rates in Maryvale through partnerships with Walmart and the Maricopa County Community College District.

Jobs, recreation, high rents and traffic: Four ways a growing population changes Arizona

PHOENIX – Growth in the Southwest brings jobs and city plans for recreational development to Arizona, but also clogs roads and leads to rent hikes.

Arizona cattle rancher uses science to beef up industry

SUPERSTITION MOUNTAINS – For 30 years, cattle rancher Chuck Backus used traditional methods to raise his herd in the shadow of the Superstition Mountains. Then, the former scientist turned to gene selection, artificial insemination and humane treatment to breed tastier beef for the multi-billion cattle industry.

Jaguar attack at zoo may reflect new normal of selfie culture, expert says

PHOENIX – A woman who was attacked by a jaguar Saturday at the Wildlife World Zoo while taking a selfie reflects behavior that has become the new cultural norm, a social media researcher says.

UA professor cautions senators to go slow in bid to protect personal data

WASHINGTON - A University of Arizona law professor said she was "delighted" to see lawmakers considering federal laws on data privacy, but cautioned members of a Senate panel against rushing into data privacy laws that could wind up hurting consumers in the long run.

As e-cigarette use climbs, schools address the problem with vape detectors and information

PHOENIX – As vaping grows, raising health and addiction concerns, Arizona schools are installing vape detectors in bathrooms and bringing in addiction experts to educate students. State lawmakers also are trying to regulate the growing industry.

Targeting a killer: UA researchers discover potential birth control for mosquitoes

TUCSON – A University of Arizona research team discovered a protein in mosquitoes that could lead to mosquito birth control, reducing such mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria and West Nile virus.