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‘Water protector’: Indigenous illustrator wins Caldecott Medal for children’s book

Michaela Goade is the first Indigenous illustrator to win the Randolph Caldecott Medal for best American picture book for children. The artist won the honor for “We Are Water Protectors,” written by Carole Lindstrom.


21st century Jim Crow: Arizona activists, faith leaders decry ‘voter suppression’ bills

PHOENIX – Arizona advocacy and faith-based organizations joined a national controversy over voting rights at the state Capitol on Wednesday, criticizing a state bill and other legislation as voter suppression efforts that recalls Jim Crow.


‘Therapy is for white people’: Black mental health experts work to overcome stigmas

PHOENIX – The pandemic exacerbated health disparities among Black people, but getting culturally appropriate services remains a challenge.

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Deja vu all over again? Three takeaways from Diamondbacks’ early season struggles

PHOENIX - Similar to last season, the Diamondbacks are off to a 1-3 start after facing the Padres. A struggling offense and pitching rotation are keys to understanding why.


RezTok: Indigenous storytellers find stronger voice on popular platform

PHOENIX – Native American artists and creators have found a home, a community and a voice in TikTok. They use their voices to uplift their communities and their relatives.


Navigating college recruiting process proved challenging for sand volleyball standout during pandemic

PHOENIX – A lack of spots due to funding, limited campus tours, and being evaluated solely on film are just some of the obstacles that Arcadia High School senior Lauren Sayre encountered while deciding where she would play sand volleyball at the collegiate level.


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.


Need rescue? Hikers lost or lacking supplies can find help from satellite communication device

PHOENIX – SPOT is a company that makes a tracking device hikers can use to call for help when in desolate areas. But the Coconino County Sheriff’s office says it has its positives and negatives.


A player remembered, a community crushed: Friends mourn loss of GCU’s Oscar Frayer

PHOENIX – Just three days after playing in Grand Canyon's first NCAA Tournament, Oscar Frayer died in a car accident in California. Friends mourn the loss of the standout.


Neighbors hope for relief from crematorium smoke as COVID-19 deaths decrease

PHOENIX – Maricopa County’s air quality department lifted regulations for crematoriums to operate past sunset. Public records show county residents have filed nearly 20 complaints about smoke coming from across the county.


Arizona tribes get $88 million more for housing in COVID-relief bill

WASHINGTON - Tribes in Arizona will get another $88 million in housing grants - the most of any state - from the $450 million in tribal housing assistance released Thursday by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.


Baseball in a border town: Nogales finds its favorite pastime a ‘release’ from pandemic

NOGALES – A city that has had enormous success in baseball has finally come back to life after the pandemic.