Supreme Court to hear Indian Child Welfare Act case involving Navajo child

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a challenge to the Indian Child Welfare Act filed by a white Texas couple that was almost denied the chance to adopt a Native American boy who was set to be placed with a Navajo family.

Discovery of Pluto at Flagstaff observatory continues to inspire 92 years later

FLAGSTAFF – The Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff celebrated the 92nd anniversary of astronomer Clyde Tombaugh’s discovery of Pluto, which now is designated a dwarf planet.

Graves in 19th century Pioneer Military & Memorial Park preserved by volunteer efforts

PHOENIX – The Arizona Pioneers’ Cemetery Association is working to preserve Pioneer Military & Memorial Park, where more than 3,700 people are believed to have been buried with only 600 grave markers.

Survey highlights ongoing teacher shortage for Arizona schools

PHOENIX – Nearly 2,000 teacher positions remain vacant in Arizona, and teaching positions are being filled by people who do not meet the standard teaching requirements, according to the Arizona School Personnel Administrators Association.

Paint and pressure washing: Graffiti Busters work to keep Phoenix ahead of blight

PHOENIX – The Graffiti Busters, part of the city’s Neighborhood Services Department, work seven days a week to remove graffiti across Phoenix. The service is free for residents and businesses.

Mom honors daughter by getting food, health care to underserved kids

MESA – After Joan Leafman’s daughter died of breast cancer, the Mesa woman started a foundation in her honor to provide food and health care to children in need. Today, Corbin’s Legacy helps operate a clinic in one Mesa elementary school, providing important screenings to underserved kids.

An incoming storm: Athletes, sports organizations ‘moving the needle’ in climate change action

PHOENIX – Professional athletes and teams across the globe have been proactive in the fight against climate change. Sports contribute largely to carbon emission, and athletes taking the cause into their own hands is happening more often.

American Lung Association gives Arizona a failing grade for lack of regulation on tobacco products targeting teens

PHOENIX – More than 20% of high schoolers in Arizona use tobacco, especially e-cigarettes, the American Lung Association’s State of Tobacco Control report says. Overall, Arizona gets an F for its attempts to regulate the sales of flavored tobacco.

Court: UArizona not liable for off-campus assault by former player

WASHINGTON – The University of Arizona cannot be held liable under Title IX for a football player's off-campus assault of his girlfriend, even though the university exercises "substantial control" over its athletes, a federal court said.

Point-in-Time head count to address homelessness resumes in Maricopa County

PHOENIX – The Maricopa County Point-in-Time Homeless Count is back after last year’s was canceled because of COVID-19. The count, conducted nationwide, aims to gauge the extent of homelessness across the country.

Ducey defends use of school funding in face of feds’ threat to reclaim it

WASHINGTON - Gov. Doug Ducey said Thursday that the state's use of money to support schools that reject mask mandates is "well within" federal guidelines for the funds, despite a Treasury threat to take the money back.

Arizona again ranks low on highway safety laws; state officials push back

WASHINGTON - Arizona again ranked near the bottom of states on a national report on highway safety laws, earning a "danger" rating for having just five of 16 recommended laws, but one official said the report continues to ignore key data on traffic safety.