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University of Arizona team cheers success of asteroid-contact mission

WASHINGTON - After years of work, $800 million and 200 million miles in space, it all came down to six seconds - the time OSIRIS-REx spent on the surface of near-Earth asteroid to collect a small sample before heading back to Earth and its University of Arizona designers.


Virtual learning poses unique challenges for Arizona’s 148,000 students in special ed programs

PHOENIX – Arizona students in Individualized Education Programs are facing unique challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, as are their parents and teachers.


‘We help with loneliness’: Iranian American Society maintains sense of community online

The Iranian American Society of Arizona is working to provide physical and emotional comfort to members who are struggling to get through the COVID-19 pandemic – especially older people who now are more isolated.


Add COVID-19 to list of things driving Arizona teachers from jobs

WASHINGTON - Arizona schools have long struggled with teacher shortages but the problem was made worse this year by COVID-19, which has led to more teachers quitting or taking leave, school officials said.


NASCAR Xfinity Series title contenders ponder chances at Phoenix Raceway

PHOENIX - Following one of the most competitive regular seasons in NASCAR Xfinity Series history, some top title contenders express their confidence in and concerns about the championship event at Phoenix Raceway.


Swipe right on 2020 election: Groups vie for young Arizona voters in new ways

PHOENIX – Election advocates deploy social media, handwritten notes and even dating apps to reach young voters for the 2020 election.


Maricopa official: Disinformation poses threat to election security

WASHINGTON - Election officials need to be as concerned about voting disinformation as they are about people tampering with ballots themselves, a Maricopa County official said Wednesday during a forum on securing the election.

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Arizona users shrug at U.S. ban on TikTok, WeChat as Chinese spy tools

WASHINGTON - Arizona users of the popular apps TikTok and WeChat brushed off federal government threats Friday to prohibit the platforms, and downplayed concerns that the two products are being used as a tool for Chinese spying.


ASU researchers developing coronavirus test that could get results in 10 minutes

TEMPE – ASU researchers are trying to create a rapid saliva-based coronavirus test that can detect the virus in 10 minutes or less.


Deaf students at Arizona school will learn virtually, but not without obstacles

Sequoia Deaf School, part of the Edkey Inc. charter school group in Mesa, has 52 students in grades K through 12 enrolled for the 2020-21 year. The experience navigating the pandemic illustrates some of the challenges deaf students face in returning to the classroom.


NASCAR playoff teams prepare for Phoenix Championship Weekend by fine-tuning at Richmond

PHOENIX - NASCAR playoff teams have one final shot at refining their notes for Championship Weekend at Phoenix Raceway with the Federated Auto Parts 400 in Richmond.


Critics: Feds reopened tribal schools without asking or advising tribes

WASHINGTON - Lawmakers and tribal leaders berated the Bureau of Indian Education on Thursday for a school reopening plan that prioritizes in-person learning, despite tribes' opposition to the plan in the face of COVID-19 health concerns.