CROWN Act banning discrimination against natural Black hair enacted by Tempe, Tucson

TEMPE – A Tempe natural hair stylist talks about the beauty and diversity of natural hair in light of Tempe and Tucson passing the CROWN Act, which prohibits hair discrimination.


Kayla Mueller’s parents speak as ISIS fighter is sentenced in her death

WASHINGTON - Kayla Jean Mueller's parents told a federal judge Friday that "there's not a day, barely an hour" when they don't think of their daughter, who was kidnapped in Syria and held hostage by ISIS for 18 months before being killed in 2015.


Arizona arts commission gave grants to 30 artists. Here’s how they’re using them.

PHOENIX – Dozens of Arizona artists are expanding their creative horizons, thanks to 30 $5,000 research and development grants from the Arizona Commission on the Arts. The grants were for artists at any stage of their careers to help them experiment with techniques, create new works and more.


Arizona vet, ex-inmate shares reentry story during White House program

WASHINGTON - Surprise resident Ray Perez said sharing his story of recovery from drug problems and homelessness with other veterans and ex-inmates is "a huge component" of his work. He took it to a new level this week, sharing his story as part of a White House roundtable.


Oklahoma, tribal tempers flare as Supreme Court hears sovereignty case

WASHINGTON – An attorney for the state of Oklahoma told Supreme Court justices Wednesday that "thousands of crimes" have gone unprosecuted in the two years since the court removed state jurisdiction over many crimes in a large part of eastern Oklahoma.


Cochise sheriff: Border crime at ‘all-time high,’ immigration reform needed

WASHINGTON - The Cochise County sheriff told a House hearing on human trafficking Wednesday that border-related crimes are at an “all-time high,” and would only get worse without comprehensive immigration reform.


Chicano Park, home to the world’s largest concentration of Chicano murals, turns 52

SAN DIEGO – San Diego’s Chicano Park – which has the highest concentration of Chicano murals in the world and one of the largest collections of outdoor murals in the U.S. – celebrates its 52nd anniversary.


Arizona’s growing Latino population is underrepresented among teachers

PHOENIX - A report by ALL In Education shows Latino students in Arizona falling behind because of a lack of Latino teachers in the state.


Arizonans enroll in All of Us program to increase diversity in medical research

PHOENIX – More than 50,000 people in Arizona are part of a national effort to build a new kind of medical database. The All of Us research program is an initiative of the National Institutes of Health, and its goal is ambitious: to build the largest and most diverse database of its kind.


Diamondbacks’ trip to New York special as trailblazer Jackie Robinson honored

NEW YORK – The Arizona Diamondbacks found themselves in the ideal city to honor Jackie Robinson. New York is where the trailblazer broke baseball’s color barrier.


COVID-related Medicaid coverage extended – for now – for 500,000 Arizonans

WASHINGTON - Federal officials threw a lifeline this week to as many as 500,000 Arizonans, just days before they were in danger of losing the Medicaid coverage they got under a COVID-19 public health emergency, which was extended Tuesday for another 90 days.


‘A sad chapter in the history of the United States:’ Sun City man recounts Arizona incarceration of Japanese Americans

SUN CITY - Eighty years after President Franklin Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, Richard Matsuishi reflects on life in the Poston War Relocation Center in Parker, Arizona. Matsuishi, now 84, was 4 when he entered the camp.