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Latinos left behind as big tech continues to grow

TUCSON – The tech industry continues to grow nationwide, but its workforce still is nearly 70% white. Less than 7% of workers are Hispanic.


‘We can help ourselves:’ Native women come together to confront high rates of maternal mortality

WINDOW ROCK – Death due to complications from pregnancy and childbirth should be preventable with the right intervention and care. Recent investigations have put a national spotlight on the issue, but Native Americans are often left out of the conversation. Now, they’re changing that narrative.


Arizona poll: Republicans, Democrats far apart on immigration, gun control, climate

PHOENIX - A Morrison Institute for Public Policy poll shows Republicans’ and Democrats’ have “separate thoughts” on immigration, climate change, affordable housing and gun control, among other issues. The poll may also reveal the growing political power of independents in Arizona.


Asylum granted: LGBTQ Guatemalan couple begin a new life in Phoenix

PHOENIX – Asylum seekers find a new life as a lesbian couple in Phoenix with the help of Trans Queer Pueblo, as well as building a community in the LGBTQ community.


Potential deportation of medically vulnerable migrants halted, but questions remain

PHOENIX – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will again process deferred action requests for humanitarian reasons, reversing the agency’s decision to kill the program.


Vaquita marina sightings give conservationists hope for the critically endangered porpoise

HERMOSILLO, Sonora, Mexico – Late last month, scientists spotted six vaquita marinas – the world’s smallest porpoise, found only in the Sea of Cortez – their first sightings this year.


Forgone forgiveness: New try at student loan repayment shows few gains

WASHINGTON - A congressional attempt to salvage a foundering student loan forgiveness program was only marginally better, with just 4% of Arizona applications approved in the second round - and that was four times better than the national rate.


Without federal disaster aid, states are left to fend for themselves

BONDURANT, Wyo. – Without a federal major disaster declaration, FEMA assistance isn’t available. Either states pay to rebuild, or people are on their own.


Taliesin West added to World Heritage List after 15-year wait

SCOTTSDALE – Taliesin West in Scottsdale and seven other Frank Lloyd Wright structures were inducted last month.


Dwindling groundwater, ever-deeper wells could spell trouble for Arizonans

PHOENIX – Dropping groundwater levels have prompted many states, including Arizona, to dig deeper wells.


50 years later, Arizona still plays a big role in exploring the universe

PHOENIX – Arizona helped put men on the moon, and the state’s institutions continue to make strides in mapping the cosmos.


New Trump administration rule makes asylum harder for Central Americans

PHOENIX – Migrants heading to the U.S. southern border now face additional hurdles to gain asylum protection from the federal government.