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Turf wars: Despite its benefits, artificial grass still raises questions about injuries to athletes

PHOENIX – Although artificial turf has greatly improved since its introduction in the 1960s, studies suggest it is still likely to cause more injuries among athletes than its more expensive counterpart: natural grass.


Arizona business leaders have high hopes as USMCA takes effect

WASHINGTON - It just took effect Wednesday, but Arizona business leaders were optimistic about the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, the trade deal replaceing the North American Free Trade Agreement that economists say was worth billions in trade and thousands of jobs in Arizona alone.


Court affirms ruling that Pentagon funding of border wall is ‘unlawful’

PHOENIX - Just days after President Donald Trump was in Yuma to praise construction of the border wall last week, a federal court reaffirmed its ruling that the administration's method of funding that construction was "unlawful."


San Pedro River, squeezed by growing population, is subject of two lawsuits

PHOENIX – The Sierra Club announced it has joined the Center for Biological Diversity and a number of other conservation groups in two lawsuits to protect the San Pedro River, one of the last undammed rivers in the Southwest.


In crossing Arizona’s last free-flowing river, border wall construction also erodes trust

BISBEE – Cochise County officials and conservationists are frustrated that Customs and Border Protection is ignoring local input as it pushes ahead with a barrier across the San Pedro River, which flows north from Mexico and is one of the last undammed rivers in the Southwest.


COVID-19 is creating communication barriers for the deaf community

PHOENIX – People who are deaf or hard of hearing have special difficulties when it comes to communication during the COVID-19 pandemic, such as masks that prevent “face reading.”


COVID-19 in Arizona: Medical professionals urge mask mandate

PHOENIX – With cases of COVID-19 in Arizona rising by more than 1,000 a day, members of the medical community have written letters asking state officials to issue new pandemic guidelines.


Senate OKs up to $1.9 billion a year for parks repair, land acquisition

PHOENIX - Senators broke into applause Wednesday as they gave overwhelming approval to a bill allocating up to $1.9 billion a year for public lands acquisition and national park maintenance fund, a bill advocates said is "55 years overdue."


Ducey says state will keep reopening despite surge in COVID-19 cases

PHOENIX – Facing rise in COVID-19 cases, politicians and health experts voice concern for Arizona’s plans to continue reopening businesses that were shut down in March. In other news, state health officials reported a total of 31,264 cases of COVID-19 and 1,127 deaths.


Community groups step in to provide immigrants COVID testing, relief

PHOENIX – Congress has provided medical and financial relief to millions of Americans dealing with COVID-19, but many immigrants are excluded – leaving advocacy groups to provide economic, medical and emotional support.


Arizona Democrats among those backing sweeping police reform bill

Congressional Democrats unveiled a sweeping police reform bill Monday that would ban the use of chokeholds and make it easier to hold officers accountable, a bill that one Arizona police group blasted as "one-sided" and "disappointing."


Arizona lawmakers see Trump pledge to deploy troops as a promise – or a threat

PHOENIX – President Donald Trump's pledge to deploy "thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers" to put down protests was seen as either a promise or a threat, depending on which Arizona lawmaker was reacting to his comments.