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Cities push residents to save their little piece of Earth on Earth Day

WASHINGTON - Think globally, act locally, as the saying goes, and 10 Arizona cities are taking the message to heart Thursday to mark the 51st annual Earth Day, planning everything from tree plantings to community cleanups.


State school officials rebuff Ducey’s decision to lift mask mandate

WASHINGTON - Education officials rebuffed Gov. Doug Ducey's decision this week to lift the mask mandate for state schools, with many districts planning to ignore what they called an "irresponsible" decision in a state where COVID-19 cases continue to rise.


Tucson police chief, critic of Trump border policy, tapped to run CBP

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden nominated Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus to be head of Customs and Border Protection, an agency facing surging numbers of migrants.


Comcaac Nation in Sonora demands water with historic gathering

Members of the Indigenous Comcaac Nation have long struggled for access to clean water in their two towns on the Sea of Cortez.


A place at the table: Latinas in Arizona strive for representation in politics

PHOENIX - 2020 was the first year a Latina was elected to statewide office in Arizona; in fact, two Latinas were: Anna Tovar and Lea Márquez Peterson.


Ducey orders Arizona businesses to reopen, calls for end of local mask mandates

Gov. Doug Ducey’s latest executive order prohibits local mask mandates and allows for gatherings of more than 50 people. Bars also will be allowed to operate normally, without serving food.


School yard: Officials welcome new 3-foot rule for COVID-safe students

WASHINGTON - Arizona school and health officials welcomed Friday's announcement that COVID-safe social distancing for students can be reduced from 6 feet to 3, but they did not appear to be rushing to embrace the lower standard.


On the rise: Expensive youth sports clubs have deepened the economic divide

PHOENIX - Club sports are run by private associations that, unlike school-sponsored sports programs, charge high fees to participants who hope to enhance their individual or team skills. It is deepening the economic divide.


Research finds COVID may worsen symptoms of those with Tourette’s

PHOENIX – Researchers are trying to gauge the physical and mental effects of COVID-19 on the estimated 1% of the worldwide population who suffer from Tourette syndrome, a condition characterized by motor and vocal tics.


Nonprofit Soldier’s Best Friend pairs rescues with veterans to become service dogs

PHOENIX – Arizona nonprofit Soldier’s Best Friend adopts dogs from local shelters and trains them along with veterans with PTSD or traumatic brain injury to become service dogs.


Three Arizona tribal leaders on diverse slate of 11 electoral voters

WASHINGTON - The slate of 11 Democratic electors who will cast Arizona's Electoral College votes Monday for President-elect Joe Biden includes, for the first time, leaders of three tribes: the Gila River Indian Community, Navajo Nation and Tohono O'odham Nation.


Pandemic, Trump and racism drive voter turnout in some tribal communities

Native American voters say they were driven to vote by COVID-19, racism and President Trump’s disregard for sacred tribal land.