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As heat-related deaths soar in Arizona, cities, businesses and environmental activists launch tree-planting initiatives

PHOENIX – Deaths related to heat have soared in recent years in Arizona. Several cities, businesses and environmental groups believe that planting trees should be part of the solution.

The blue palo verde is Arizona's state tree. Several are shown in a neighborhood in North Phoenix. (Photo by Emily Mai/Cronkite News)

Diamondbacks open Chase Field with early optimism to start 2023 season: ‘Good things are on the way’

PHOENIX – The Arizona Diamondbacks have one of the toughest April schedules in Major League Baseball. Finishing 3-3 after a six-game road trip to open the regular season, the Diamondbacks return to host the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Milwaukee Brewers.

Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo understands the season is young after a 3-4 start. "But good things are on the way," he said before Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in their home opener at Chase Field. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

FBI investiga estafas dirigidas a comunidad indígena

PHOENIX – El FBI está investigando estafas en las que falsos grupos de rehabilitación se enfocan en la comunidad indígena. Los funcionarios dijeron que los organizadores de estas "instalaciones improvisadas" ofrecen falsamente recuperación de adicciones, luego presentan documentos para obtener dinero del gobierno antes de desaparecer.

El FBI está investigando estafas en las que falsos grupos de rehabilitación se enfocan en la comunidad indígena, ofreciendo servicios falsos de recuperación de abuso de sustancias o de salud mental en instalaciones improvisadas para obtener dinero del gobierno, según funcionarios del FBI. (Foto cortesía del FBI)

Nowruz celebration hails women fighting for their rights in Iran and Afghanistan

PHOENIX – Nowruz, the Persian new year, was celebrated with an event in Phoenix this month that also commemorated women’s rights movements in the Middle East. Event organizers honored women who are advocating for their rights in Iran and Afghanistan.

Taiba Hussain showcases clothes and jewelry at the Nowruz Phoenix celebration on March 18, 2023. (Photo by Paula Soria/Cronkite News)

Navajo artist’s work featured on skateboard Forever Stamp

GLENDALE – The U.S. Postal Service unveiled the skateboard Forever Stamps to celebrate the community and culture the sport creates. It brought on Indigenous artists to design the stamps, one of whom was Arizona native and Navajo artist Di’Orr Greenwood.


Storytellers say LA River can become tool against climate change

LOS ANGELES – In Los Angeles' Frogtown, eco-minded activists gathered around at the local brewery to hear storytellers share their personal connection to the Los Angeles River, a once thriving and unifying water source for the people and wildlife was lined with concrete and fenced in 1938.

The LA River story slam was held at the Frogtown Brewery. Guests were encouraged to shop, eat and drink. In the back were a frog-themed taco food truck and an “artist's alley.” It included art from Margaret Gallagher, Kris Mukai, Nova Community Arts and Emily Wallerstein. (Photo by Ayana Hamilton/Cronkite News)

Success in recent NBA drafts laid foundation for Suns’ blockbuster Kevin Durant trade

PHOENIX – Since 2018, the Phoenix Suns have become one of the best teams in the NBA, and recently traded for Kevin Durant. their recent trades and drafting could lead to an NBA championship.

Kevin Durant, who the Suns acquired in a blockbuster trade last month, is expected to return to the lineup Wednesday for his home debut after missing 10 games due to a sprained ankle. (Photo by Chris Coduto/Getty Images)

‘Broadcast legend’ Pat McMahon of ‘Wallace and Ladmo’ still a Phoenix TV icon

PHOENIX – For over three decades, Pat McMahon brought joy to children across the greater Phoenix area on KPHO’s hit TV kid’s program, “The Wallace and Ladmo Show.”

Pat McMahon records an ad in the AZTV7 studio to be broadcast on the “Arizona Daily Mix” morning show. Photo taken in Phoenix on March 22, 2023. (Photo by Emily Mai/Cronkite News)

FBI investigates rehab scams targeting Indigenous community

PHOENIX - The FBI is investigating scams where fake rehab groups target the Indigenous community. Officials said organizers of these "pop-up facilities'' falsely offer addiction recovery, then file documents to rake in government money before disappearing.

The FBI is investigating scams where fake rehab groups target the Indigenous community, offering bogus substance-abuse recovery or mental-health services at pop-up facilities to rake in government money, FBI officials say. (Photo courtesy of the FBI)

Explosives training brings military and law enforcement from around the world to Marana

MARANA – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives hosts improvised explosive device exercises for public safety bomb squads and military explosive ordnance disposal units. The most recent, called Raven’s Challenge, was at Pinal County Airpark in Marana earlier this month.

Raven’s Challenge subject matter expert David Bebout (not pictured) demonstrates a type of explosion commonly used in Hollywood films at Pinal County Airpark on March 2, 2023. Three pounds of explosive make up the charge. (Photo by Jack Wu/Cronkite News)

Like father, like son: ASU’s Josh Doan signs with Arizona Coyotes

TEMPE – Following in his father Shane’s footsteps, Arizona State’s Josh Doan signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday. “It's definitely something special,” the 21-year-old forward said.

Josh Doan in gear for Arizona State University on the ice during a hockey game.

Arizona Republican legislators announce formal opposition to ranked choice voting

PHOENIX – Two bills and a Wednesday news conference signal some Arizona Republicans’ and the state’s Freedom Caucus’ opposition to ranked choice voting. The process, which would allow voters to rank candidates on preference, would be prohibited by the two bills.

Arizona Sen. Anthony Kern, R-Glendale, speaks about SB 1265, which would prohibit ranked-choice voting, during a news conference at the state Capitol on March 15, 2023. “Ranked-choice voting, again, should be called rigged-choice voting,” Kern said. “Because it disenfranchises voters and allows marginal candidates not supported by a majority of the voters to win elections.” (Photo by Paula Soria/Cronkite News)