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Wildfire prevention gets boost from behind bars with expanded program

WASHINGTON - It's important to have boots on the ground when battling wildfires, and state officials will soon be able to put 1,400 more boots on the ground - in the form of up to 700 prison inmates, who will be used to do forest maintenance under a new law.


New frontier: Athletes, teams dipping their toes into cryptocurrency, NFT pool

PHOENIX – Athletes, teams and leagues across sports are dipping their toes into the NFT cryptocurrency pool. Athletes including Taijuan Walker and Rob Gronkowski have already jumped in.


Making waves: Drag boat racing finds home at Buckeye’s Hidden Lake

BUCKEYE – Tucked south of Buckeye, Hidden Lake is home to Arizona Drag Boat Association races, where competitors from across Arizona and elsewhere the country come to compete at speeds up to 120 mph.


Fight over Oak Flat mine draws support of diverse religious groups

WASHINGTON - The Oak Flat copper mine battle has gone from an environmental to a religious fight, with groups ranging from the Sikh Coalition to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints backing a White Mountain Apache claim that the mine will destroy sacred lands.


A pain, a diagnosis, a tumor, a fight: Northwest Christian’s Floyd uses faith, determination to persevere

PHOENIX – The diagnosis was shocking: cancer. But that hasn’t slowed Northwest Christian soccer player Wilson Floyd from waging a fight, or her team from winning a title.


Muscogee Nation drops colonial era name in rebranding

Leaders of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation say they are dropping “Creek” from the tribe’s name as part of a rebranding effort. But not all members are on board, and some say their identity is being stripped away from them.


Laboring to remain healthy: COVID-19 takes toll on Arizona farmworkers

YUMA – Migrant farm workers in Arizona, considered essential workers, often struggle to say healthy and get vaccinated during the pandemic.


One move ahead: Growth of chess soars during pandemic, especially online

PHOENIX – From the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the growth of chess has escalated to new heights in a virtual setting, thanks to the emergence of the sport’s popularity from “ Twitch and surging online platforms.


Initial response strong to special Affordable Care Act open enrollment

WASHINGTON - A special open enrollment period for Affordable Care Act coverage drew 528,005 new enrollees nationwide in its first six weeks, with 9,569 of those consumers in Arizona, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.


Wearing retro on your sleeve: Vintage T-shirts pop up in resale stores, markets across Phoenix

PHOENIX – Metro Phoenix is home to a new wave of vintage resale that specializes in T-shirts, jeans and outerwear from the ’70s to the mid-2000s. The trend started on resale apps like DePop and Poshmark and ballooned into physical shops across the country, with pop-up markets and at least four storefronts opening locally.


Pushing past limits, Joe Delagrave embraces different role: accomplished Paralympian

PHOENIX – Joe Delagrave’s life was just beginning to take shape as he neared his sophomore football season at Winona State University. Although a boating accident left him in a wheelchair, he found a new calling.


A Community’s Response: Reflections from the White Mountain Apache Tribe a year into the COVID-19 pandemic

WHITERIVER – COVID-19 devastated Native American communities. With the spotlight often on places like the Navajo Nation, the much smaller White Mountain Apache Tribe quietly battled to save its people.