Zinke calls for ‘right-sizing’ Bears Ears in review of Antiquities Act

WASHINGTON - Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommended reducing the size of the 1.5-million-acre Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah, drawing immediate criticism from Democrats and environmental groups who called his plan "nonsense."

Criminal justice reform efforts stall at Arizona Legislature, including push to ‘Ban the Box’

TUCSON – Nearly 30 years ago, Calistro Manuel Mejias robbed a drug dealer, but something he didn’t expect happened. One of the men with Mejias choked the dealer to death.

How social media may be contributing to gang interest among AZ teens

PHOENIX -- About one in five 8th graders in Arizona say “it would be cool” to belong to a gang, according to the 2016 Arizona Youth Survey of more than 57,000 students statewide. The same goes for 17 percent of 10th graders, and 13.1 percent of 12th graders.

Arizona universities recognized as national leaders in composting

PHOENIX - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency established a goal in September 2015 to cut food waste in half by 2030.

Unstable ground: How earth fissures wreak havoc on Pinal County

Areas of Pinal County are riddled with earth fissures that can open up at any moment. Some residents live in constant fear of the fissures in their own backyards, and county officials say they’re powerless to do anything about it.

In Focus, episode 7: ‘Aging out’ of foster care in Arizona

On this episode of In Focus, we look at the foster care system in Arizona, specifically for those in the system over the age of 18. Although foster children can leave the foster care system when they turn 18, they can sign a voluntary agreement to continue until they turn 21. Why might some teens decide stay? We talk with one young woman who explains her choice.

April 21, 2017: Social Refresh

Social Refresh: Cronkite News top broadcast stories of the week

Orthorexia nervosa: When healthy eating becomes unhealthy

Are you an Arizonan with orthorexia nervosa? Share your experience with us.

Edward Escobar: The man who transformed Transborder Studies at ASU is retiring

PHOENIX - When Edward Escobar put in his application to work for Arizona State University in 1993, he was charged with the task of creating a Chicano Studies course, the first of its kind on campus.

April 14, 2017: Cronkite News producer picks of the week

This week’s top Cronkite News stories include reporting on college students struggling finding enough to eat, a police department using virtual reality to train officers, new research about immigrant students and more.

Parents, teachers and students learn grassroots advocacy at the Capitol

PHOENIX – Parents, teachers and students have a few options when it comes to improving their schools. One way is through the Legislature, but some people don’t have the tools or knowledge to advocate for their issues.

Phoenix parks board to vote on South Mountain Park improvements

PHOENIX – City officials and residents have worked for years to solidify plans to improve South Mountain Park. And they’re finally ready to begin work on $23 million worth of improvements.