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Maricopa County agencies push to spend federal relief funds on affordable housing

PHOENIX – Maricopa County received more than $2.2 billion in federal COVID-19 relief funds that are available to help metro Phoenix end homelessness.


Does controversial partnership between Barstool Sports, Arizona Bowl suggest attempt at image change?

PHOENIX - The controversial partnership between Barstool Sports and the Arizona Bowl sheds light on the media company’s attempt to reform.


Chickasaw woman gets USDA post, one in a string of Indigenous nominees

WASHINGTON - For the first time in history, an Indigenous woman is overseeing U.S. agriculture law - but Janie Simms Hipp is just the latest in a number of Native Americans nominated to top posts in the Biden administration, highlighted by Interior Secretary Deb Haaland.


Legalization brings legitimacy to needle exchange programs in Arizona

PHOENIX – Arizona’s needle exchange law is set to take effect next month. Exchange programs have been in operation in the state for years, but advocates are looking ahead to how the law will change operations.


Solutions and struggle: COVID relief highlights complexity of issues facing Native people

The pandemic exacerbated different infrastructure issues in Indigenous communities across the country.


Medical mistreatment, inequity lead to vaccine hesitancy for Black Americans

Historic and ongoing medical mistreatment and lack of access have informed Black Americans’ COVID-19 response: vaccine hesitancy.


Painstaking search for new planets begins on a mountaintop in Arizona

The NEID spectrometer is trying to detect more planets outside our solar system. It uses the gravitational influence a planet has on the star it revolves around to determine the planet’s mass.


Vision quest: New ASU baseball coach Bloomquist has high expectations for program

PHOENIX – One of ASU’s many successful baseball alumni, Willie Bloomquist, rejoins the team this year as its coach. From a high school player desperate to play in Arizona to a veteran athlete bringing real-world experience to the field, his dedication to the Sun Devils has never wavered.


Yurok Tribe in Northern California grows solutions in soil of crises

The COVID-19 pandemic, record drought in Northern California that has decimated fish populations and the persistent washout of the main highway have awakened the Yurok Tribe to food insecurity in the area.


Attorneys waive fees to prepare name-change petitions for LGBTQ+ community

PHOENIX – In June, attorney Daniel Riley started pro bono name changes for trans and nonbinary people. “It gives them the power to decide who, when and where they're going to share their story,” he said.


‘Hold tight’: Highly touted Diamondbacks prospect Alek Thomas excited for future

PHOENIX – Playing in his second Futures Game in 2021, Alek Thomas is just one example of the talent in the Diamondbacks’ farm system. His family, many of whom live in Tucson, are thrilled he’s coming up in their home base.


Masks can reduce risk of Valley fever, Arizona experts say

PHOENIX – Wearing a mask not only protects you from COVID-19, it also may help protect you from Valley fever, a fungal disease prevalent in desert soils.