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Changing landscapes, rising temperatures in Maricopa county

PHOENIX - The ground is 9 degrees hotter at night in Chandler and Gilbert than it was at the turn of the century, as increases in population and development in those areas resulted in changes in land use, according to a 2016 study.


Not everyone on board as light rail expands

PHOENIX - In the middle of the day, the lights are on and De La Ana European Delicatessen is open - but the door is locked.


Special report: The changing face of Arizona

Arizona is one of the fastest growing states, ranking eighth in the country in terms of percentage population growth and fifth in numeric growth between 2015 and 2016, according to census data. But with the rapid expansion comes growing pains, including traffic congestion and "brain drain."


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In the 2017 spring semester, a team of graduate students from Cronkite News researched in-depth stories for a project about expansion across Arizona. The project, “Development in the Desert: the Changing Face of Arizona” covers issues around the state ranging from urbanization, mining, commuting, Phoenix arts and more. Four of the graduate students on the research team sat down for a Facebook Live interview to discuss the steps taken and research needed to create an in-depth analysis about the state of Arizona’s rapid expansion.


Health care advocates cheer delayed vote on Obamacare replacement

PHOENIX – Dozens of people gathered at the state Capitol Thursday cheered after the House of Representatives delayed its vote on healthcare legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.


Access to overdose drug slow, but growing

Arizona enacted a law last year to allow the purchase of the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone without a prescription, but training for pharmacists and the state Medicaid program’s inability to cover the cost without a prescription have slowed access to the drug.


Social Refresh: March 3, 2017

Social Refresh: Top Cronkite News broadcast stories of the week


Rep. Raúl Grijalva hosts community discussion to ‘interject humanity’ into immigration debate

AVONDALE - Rep. Raúl Grijalva told about 20 residents and community leaders in his district that highlighting their concerns about President Donald Trump’s actions on immigration would help “interject humanity” into the national debate on the issue.


Solar power brings light to some Navajo Nation homes

KAYENTA – Electrical power lines are nowhere in sight from Helen Salazar’s home. She lives on a dirt road in Monument Valley, part of the Navajo Nation. Throughout her life, Salazar has adapted to the challenges of living in a remote, off-grid home.


Grand Canyon tram proposal sparks ire, awe from Navajo Nation to Germany

PHOENIX – As a child, Renae Yellowhorse chased birds through the sagebrush on the Navajo reservation along the edge of the Grand Canyon.


Native American tribes, Grijalva lead move to conserve Gila River land

PHOENIX – Native American tribal leaders, archaeologists and Congressman Raúl Grijalva are seeking to designate more than 84,000 acres curving along the Gila River as a national monument.