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Diversity is key to senior living development in Phoenix

PHOENIX - Paula West, “over 65,” loves living in a mid-rise, downtown Phoenix condo, surrounded by a diverse group of people.

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."


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.

DACA clubs provide resources, support for undocumented students

PHOENIX - Valeria Rodriguez was 18 years old when she found out she was undocumented.

Paradise Valley-based nonprofit Mother’s Grace supports mothers, families

PHOENIX – Doctors diagnosed Michelle Moore-Fanger with aggressive breast cancer in 2008. She was 40, had three kids, a full-time job and faced a year of chemotherapy.

New U.S. citizen makes music for his homeland of Burundi

PHOENIX- Ntimpa Ngabire Bright cuts a striking figure in slim pants, shiny black lace-up oxford shoes, and a colorful blazer festooned with swirls of red, black and gray.

‘Adopting’ Syrian refugees in Phoenix builds bridges between cultures

Debbie Rhoads Crenshaw saw a Facebook post on a local community page a year and a half ago asking people to adopt a Syrian refugee family at Christmastime.

Texas residents caught between home and a hard place if wall is built

BROWNSVILLE, Texas -- The first thing you notice is how green everything is.

Childcare program allows refugee parents to focus on much-needed classes

PHOENIX - Refugee mothers and fathers face various barriers when they arrive in the U.S. with their children.

Refugees in Phoenix connect to families, assistance through free computers

PHOENIX -- In a dimly lit apartment off I-17, a 9-year-old Syrian girl named Aya is learning how to use her family’s first computer.

‘Music is key to healing the soul’ for Tucson refugees

TUCSON -- On a beautiful day in Armory Park in the downtown area, a unique blend of music emanates from between the trees. A sax player from Ethiopia, a guitarist from Burundi, and drummers from Trinidad & Tobago and the U.S. create a cross-cultural sound.

‘King of African Music’ living in harmony in NW Phoenix

PHOENIX - Northwest Phoenix isn’t known as a hotbed of celebrities, but tucked away in a modest, two-bedroom apartment lives one of the most famous musicians in East Africa.