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Once almost a Suns player, Kobe Bryant’s ties to Suns run deep

PHOENIX – Through wins and losses, Kobe Bryant’s impact on Valley is far-reaching.


‘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.


To ease teacher shortage, pilot program in Tucson offers free tuition, $1,000 a month

TUCSON – The University of Arizona’s “Pathways to Teaching” program helps people who have already taken 60 hours toward a college degree finish studies that will lead to teaching certificates. Supporters say the pilot program is one small step to decrease teacher shortages and increase retention.


Endangered porpoise protections falling short, conservationists and fishermen complain

PUERTO PEÑASCO, Sonora – Fishermen and conservationists say Mexico’s “zero tolerance” efforts on poachers in the Sea of Cortez aren’t enough to protect the vaquita marina, and shrimp fishermen have vowed to ignore a recent ban on using nets.


As the Colorado River Basin dries, can an accidental oasis survive?

CIÉNEGA DE SANTA CLARA, Mexico – More than 40 years ago, agricultural runoff diverted to northern Mexico created the largest wetland in the Sonoran Desert. But as water becomes ever more scarce, can it survive?


Tucson faces potential legal battle with state over sanctuary city petition

TUCSON – Voters will decide if the petition becomes city code, but the courts will decide if it stays.


With Pac-12 South title in sight, Edwards focuses on UCLA

TEMPE – ASU has a chance to claim its first Pac-12 South title since 2013, but coach Herm Edwards made it clear Monday he is focused on UCLA.


After two years, Congress OKs bill to let Apache move on water project

WASHINGTON - The House gave final approval to a bill that would let the White Mountain Apache proceed on desperately needed improvements to their water system, ending two years of back-and-forth debate in Congress on what most said was a simple issue.


Yuma plant meant to conserve water will cost millions to update

In 18 years, the Yuma Desalting Plant has only run three times and now needs millions of dollars to repair and upgrade.


School resource officers called a key safety tool, but critics fear discrimination

After the Parkland shooting, school resource officers have come under the public spotlight. Arizona has more than 100 officers at schools from Paradise Valley to Tolleson and Gov. Doug Ducey has pushed for more funding for officers on school campuses, while activists question the role of police at schools.


Student protesters march in Phoenix, call for removal of school resource officers

Students and activists marched through downtown Phoenix Friday calling for the removal of school resource officers from Arizona schools, saying they inspire fear in students of color.


Arizona Latinx performers: Using the stage as a platform to show their pride and culture

The mariachi group showcases young musicians and performers whose motivation for playing mariachi music is the same: to represent their Mexican culture with pride.