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Limited Memorial Day reopening of Grand Canyon ‘premature,’ critics say

PHOENIX - The Grand Canyon will reopen on a limited basis for Memorial Day weekend, a move critics call "premature" during the COVID-19 pandemic and "tone-deaf" in the face of startling infection rates in the neighboring Navajo Nation.


Buckeye bumped from top spot; Valley cities still post big population gains

PHOENIX - The city of Buckeye got bumped from the top spot for population growth rate in 2019, but its 56.6% population increase since 2010 was still enough to make it the second-fastest growing city in the nation for the decade. Phoenix, meanwhile, had the nation's biggest gains over the decade.


Groups step up efforts to help refugees grappling with COVID-19 fallout

PHOENIX - COVID-19 has hit refugee communities harder than most, but in spite of that - or maybe because of it - support from aid groups is as strong as ever, working to provide refugee families with information, support financial aid, even computers to help their children continue their schooling from home.


Baseball’s international pull includes Diamondbacks fan in Scotland

PHOENIX – Major League Baseball is trying to expand its international fanbase and that includes the Diamondbacks, who have a big supporter in Scotland.


State taking steps to reopen economy, but reviving it could take years

WASHINGTON - Arizona took another tentative step toward reopening the state's economy Monday, when dine-in restaurants were allowed to resume limited service. But while reopening the economy could come relatively swiftly, experts say reviving the economy could take years.


Invisible no more: Artist paints her endometriosis journey to raise awareness of misunderstood disease

PHOENIX – The menstrual disease endometriosis often is thought of as "just a bad period,” but it’s much more complex – and painful – than that. Phoenix artist Amanda Adkins shares her personal story to empower other women to talk about endometriosis.


‘It strengthened us’: Texas group boosts mental health of Latinas by bringing moms and daughters together

AUSTIN, Texas – Among teens, Latinas face high rates of attempted suicide. One Texas group is helping them build resilience by strengthening the bond between mothers and daughters.


‘Coronavirus Chronicles’: Cronkite News special highlights pandemic coverage

The Coronavirus Chronicles takes viewers through several weeks of the biggest coronavirus stories since the outbreak began – while offering an inside look at how the newsroom navigated bringing stories of a worldwide crisis to audiences.


Mental well-being is a priority for NHL and Coyotes as season remains on hold

PHOENIX – The Arizona Coyotes went from physically preparing for a playoff push to mentally preparing for a canceled season. It hasn’t been easy.


Pageant winner steps up to help her tribe and winds up shipping masks across North America

PHOENIX – When Stormie Perdash was asked to help make face masks for those living on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation, she had no idea how big a project it would become. Perdash, who serves as Miss Shoshone-Bannock, is shipping masks across the U.S.


Small farms struggle to get federal relief funds or emergency help from USDA

PHOENIX – Although big agriculture producers continue to operate during the pandemic, small farms are struggling to sell to consumers with restaurants and schools closed.


Plan to ‘revive’ uranium mining called unneeded, unwanted by advocates

PHOENIX - Environmentalists are blasting a Trump administration call for "bold action to revive and strengthen the uranium mining industry," an industry whose history they say has left a "toxic trail" through the Grand Canyon.