A national caregiver shortage strains organizations and families across the Valley

PHOENIX – The need for family caregivers is on the rise, leaving families looking for education and solutions as the national caregiver shortage continues to grow.

Kathleen Allen lifts light weights during an exercise activity at the FSL ReCreación Center on Sept. 13, 2023. Allen suffered a brain aneurysm at 22 years old. She receives day care five days a week. (Photo by Kevinjonah Paguio/Cronkite News)

DIY filtration boxes from ASU help prevent spread of COVID-19 in Phoenix cooling centers

PHOENIX – The ASU AIDE lab makes and distributes free filtration boxes to cooling centers across metro Phoenix, helping prevent the spread of COVID in the homeless community. These boxes are a cheap and effective way to improve air quality.

Student volunteers at the end of a "box-a-thon" build day in 2022 outside ASU’s School of Human Evolution and Social Change on the Tempe campus. (Photo by Steve Filmer/ASU News)

Advocates say Superintendent Tom Horne’s bathroom recommendation ‘others’ transgender students

PHOENIX – Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne advised Arizona schools not to “initiate a policy that allows biological boys to use bathrooms, locker rooms or shower facilities that are intended for girls.” Some schools already have policies in place that support trans students, and advocates say Horne’s recommendation is discriminatory.

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne is advising Arizona schools not to create policies that allow transgender students to use bathrooms that correspond to their gender identity. Some schools already have policies in place that support trans students. (Photo by Kiersten Edgett/Cronkite News)

As Arizonans remember loved ones lost to drug overdose, advocacy group stresses “Every death caused by overdose is preventable.”

PHOENIX – The Arizona advocacy group Sonoran Preservation Works commemorated International Overdose Awareness Day 2023 on Aug. 31, with a vigil held at the Desert West Community Center in Phoenix.

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Naloxone now available at pharmacies, libraries – and in high demand

PHOENIX – Naloxone is now available over the counter at thousands of pharmacies across the United States – though some local pharmacies' allocations can't keep up with demand. Recent nationwide opioid settlements with drug makers and pharmacies have led to programs such as free kits at Phoenix libraries. Many people know the drug by its brand name, Narcan, which delivers the medication via nasal spray.

Naloxone is now available over the counter at thousands of pharmacies across the United States – though some local pharmacies' allocations can't keep up with demand. Recent nationwide opioid settlements with drug makers and pharmacies have led to programs such as free kits at Phoenix libraries. Many people know the drug by its brand name, Narcan, which delivers the medication via nasal spray. (File photo by Meg Potter/Cronkite News)

Updated COVID-19 vaccine OK’d, experts urge people to roll up their sleeves

WASHINGTON - Federal officials Tuesday approved an updated COVID-19 vaccine for use by anyone age 6 months or older, and health officials are urging people to get the shot amid a fall surge in cases.


Kris Mayes, other attorneys general, recommend crackdown on vaping products targeting youth

PHOENIX — Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes and 32 other attorneys general from around the country are asking the Food and Drug Administration to ban flavored e-cigarettes and crack down on marketing that targets youth.

Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes and 32 other attorneys general from around the country are asking the Food and Drug Administration to ban flavored e-cigarettes and crack down on marketing that targets youth. Photo taken at Stogies Smoke & Vape in downtown Phoenix on Sept. 7, 2023. (Photo by Kevinjonah Paguio/Cronkite News)

No sweat: Phoenix Rising tackle ‘massive challenge’ playing through excessive heat

PHOENIX – Amidst a record-breaking summer in Phoenix, the Phoenix Rising FC aims to preserve player safety and athletic performance as the team battles through the excessive heat.

Phoenix Rising FC's strategic scheduling of evening home games provides players like Darnell King with a cooler playing surface and better conditions on the pitch. (Photo courtesy of Phoenix Rising)

Activists unite to fight maternal mortality post-Roe

WINGATE, N.C. – Black women are far more likely to die of pregnancy-related causes than white women across the U.S. In the South, activists and providers are working to overcome these disparities, which they worry will worsen amid abortion bans.

In the South, grassroots activists are working to combat maternal mortality rates. Among them, from left, are: Maya Hart and Monica Simpson of SisterSong; Iesha Lynch, a birth, death and postpartum doula; Maya Jackson, founder of MAAME; and Tina Braimah, a midwife and owner of Sankofa Birth and Women’s Care. (Photos by Shelby Rae Wills/News21)

In abortion-restricted North Dakota, lawmakers put resources toward mothers and children

WARSAW, N.D. – With a near-total abortion ban now law in North Dakota, legislators and anti-abortion advocates are trying to find ways to support pregnant people and new mothers. Critics say it’s not enough.

Saint Gianna & Pietro Molla Maternity Home, seen here on July 6, 2023, is an institution within the North Dakota anti-abortion movement. Located in Warsaw, the facility was originally a convent for nuns and a boarding school. It now serves young pregnant women. (Photo by Trilce Estrada Olvera/News21)

Mexican abortion-pill networks reach across U.S. border to help immigrants without access

MONTERREY, Mexico – Mexico decriminalized abortion just before the United States went the opposite way and ended almost 50 years of federal abortion rights. Ever since, activists have been helping people on the U.S. side get abortion pills to those in need via cross-border underground networks.

Vanessa Jiménez runs an abortion pill network called Necesito Abortar from her home in Monterrey, Mexico. Jiménez has an informal network of family and friends who take pills into the United States during visits over the border. (Photo by April Pierdant/News21)

Arizona COVID-19 cases double since June, as virus rebounds in state, U.S.

WASHINGTON - First lady Jill Biden's positive COVID-19 test this weekend was the latest, and most high-profile, reminder that cases are once again on the rise in the U.S. and in Arizona, where new infections per week have more than doubled since early July.