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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.


Southern California All-American lends big hand to young yoga students

LOS ANGELES -- Later this month, Zach Banner’s name will be called at the NFL Draft, whereupon he’ll leave the college comforts of Southern California and begin a life of professional size and skill.


‘March for Science’ events expected to draw thousands in Arizona

WASHINGTON - Organizers of the March for Science events scheduled around the country Saturday said they are compelled to march - something scientists don't normally do - to defend their work against critics and their programs against budget-cutters.


National campaign to restore water ecosystems helps fund projects in Verde Valley

CAMP VERDE – Zach Hauser hopes that part of his family-owned property will remain a farm “forever.”


Lawmakers praise Trump strike on Syria, warn about not being consulted

WASHINGTON - Most Arizona lawmakers agreed Friday that Syria's apparent use of chemical weapons against civilians called for quick action by the U.S., but some said President Donald Trump went about it the wrong way.


April 7, 2017: Cronkite News producer picks of the week

This week’s top Cronkite News stories include reporting on the upcoming closure of Tent City, a touching piece about the impact an organ donor can have and much more.


Red rocks, a water tank and angry neighbors: controversy flows in Sedona

SEDONA – Residents of a Sedona neighborhood are concerned their red rock oasis may soon get an unwelcome intruder: a 1.5 million gallon water tank.


Obamacare replacement fails; Arizona lawmakers say fight goes on

WASHINGTON - House leaders withdrew their plan to replace the Affordable Care Act just minutes before a scheduled vote Friday, but Arizona lawmakers on both sides of the issue said they expect the fight over Obamacare to continue.


Arizona reflects split as GOP delays health care vote amid infighting

WASHINGTON - On the seventh anniversary of the Affordable Care Act's signing, House Republican hopes to vote on an Obamacare replacement were dashed Thursday when leaders failed to quell an uprising by conservatives in their own party.


CBO: 24 million could lose insurance under Obamacare replacement

WASHINGTON - Arizona Democrats lambasted the GOP-proposed healthcare plan Monday after a Congressional Budget Office report said the plan would reduce the federal deficit by $337 billion over 10 years, while leaving as many as 24 million more Americans uninsured.


Arizona lawmakers give Trump’s first speech to Congress mixed reviews

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump delivered an hourlong speech to Congress Tuesday that, while short on detail, was long on rhetoric that kept Republican lawmakers jumping to their feet and Democrats mostly sitting on their hands.