Vicious circle: Tribal broadband program hindered by lack of broadband

WASHINGTON - Tribal advocates told a Senate panel this week that a program to expand broadband in Indian Country overlooked one thing: Many tribes did not have the broadband access needed to apply for funds that would let them improve broadband access.


K-pop phenomenon entices small businesses to cater to legions of energized fans

MESA – K-pop gives boba tea shops and other small businesses the chance to capitalize on the global popularity of South Korean pop music groups like BTS. In the U.S., the artists, often singing in their native language, found a fan base among a mostly English-speaking audience.


Operation Restoring Veteran Hope seeks to help veterans grow and heal

PHOENIX – Operation Restoring Veteran Hope, a Phoenix nonprofit, aims to help veterans by offering health resources, community outreach and bonding at the organization’s headquarters, the Bunker.


Free Wi-Fi headed to Phoenix school districts to help end digital divide

PHOENIX – A project called the Digital Education Connection Canopy will provide free Wi-Fi to some Phoenix schools. The technology behind it could be the blueprint for a permanent solution to the digital divide.


Remote work has potential to boost employment for those with disabilities

PHOENIX – People living with disabilities have some of the highest rates of unemployment. Ability360 has job training programs for those who want to be part of the workforce.


Cahokia artspace, owned by women and led by Native Americans, cultivates ‘creative placekeeping’

PHOENIX – Cahokia is an artspace owned by women and led by Native Americans that opened Oct. 11 in downtown Phoenix. Its goal is to uplift Indigenous representation in the art world and “creative placekeeping.”


Corridos tumbados bring modern, urban edge to traditional musical style

LOS ANGELES - Traditional Mexican corridos have always been about telling stories, as is the new Southern California style known as trap or 'hood corridos, but it offers a different, grittier style of storytelling that reflects the urban lives of a new generation.


‘Add to your world’: ASU student starts initiative to help people without homes

PHOENIX – Tierra Hopkins spent many a weekend working out in parks around metro Phoenix. When she began noticing how many people were experiencing homelessness, she combined her passion for fitness with a desire to help those in need.


Making dough: Phoenix chef leaves Microsoft to sell pastries at farmers markets

GLENDALE – Slade Grove left Microsoft two decades ago to pursue his baking hobby as a career. He won Best of Phoenix Awards and attracted the eye of Oprah Winfrey but now sells his wares at farmers markets.


Hungry holidays: Break from school means break from meals for some kids

WASHINGTON - Holidays bring a break from schoolwork for students, but for more than a half-million Arizona children they can also mean a break from their only reliable source of a nutritious meal - the subsidized school meal.


Despite football’s popularity among Hispanic Americans, participation rates remain low

PHOENIX – Over 30 million Hispanic Americans consider themselves NFL fans. Despite the numbers, that fails to translate to participation in the sport at all levels.


Nearly two years into the pandemic, theaters and performers adapting to the ‘new normal’

PHOENIX – Many theaters in metro Phoenix are putting on indoor performances for the first time since the pandemic started in March 2020. Despite challenges, the pandemic has allowed for a more mindful approach to planning and staging productions.