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What we learned: Reflections on El Paso-Juárez from the Borderlands team

Editor’s note: Recently, a group of Cronkite reporters for the Borderlands program spent a week covering Pope Francis' visit to the border. In the end, the story became more than just about the pope. The reporters were among the few, if not the only student reporters, who covered the story from El Paso and Juárez, one of the biggest border communities in the world, from both sides. Here's an essay with their reflections:


Opt-out bill advances in Arizona Senate

Senate Bill 1455 passed in the Education Committee with a margin of 6-1 Thursday, but it still needs to come before the full Senate.


Proposed Senate bill would regulate drones, prohibit city ordinances

A bill making its way through the state Legislature would introduce a statewide drone policy and invalidate cities’ attempts to regulate the devices.


Phoenix Sky Harbor breaks yearly traffic records, prepares for future growth

A record 44 million passengers passed through Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport last year, a 4.5 percent increase from 2014. And airport officials said they’re making preparations for continued growth in years to come.


Facebook blocks some Arizona marijuana dispensary pages from site

One Scottsdale medical marijuana’s Facebook page features a video titled “Alcohol v. Marijuana” with a cameo by Snoop Dogg.


Let the drain begin: Tempe Town Lake emptying for dam construction

TEMPE – Tempe Town Lake will soon be dry.

Pipes draining lake

New bills would drastically change Arizona’s marijuana laws

There are two new bills in the Arizona House of Representatives that would reform the possession and legality of marijuana in the state.


Arizona Science Center unveils POPnology tying together technology and science fiction

POPnology, an 8,000-square-foot exhibit packed with science fiction technology, will make its debut at the Arizona Science Center on Sunday.


Quiet on 16: Marshals attempt to bring order to golf’s craziest hole

SCOTTSDALE - Ordering silence at the 16th hole of the Waste Management Phoenix Open seems pointless. Even laughable.


Federal appeals court voids death sentence in 1980 Tucson rape-murder

WASHINGTON - A sharply divided court Thursday overturned Robert Douglas Smith's death sentence in a brutal 1980 rape and murder near Tucson, saying lower courts wrongly ignored evidence that Smith was intellectually disabled at the time of the crime.

prison cell block and bars

16th hole provides chaotic challenge for Phoenix Open golfers

SCOTTSDALE - Throw an easy 9-iron about 180 yards toward the hole and try to get it close. If not, two-putt and walk away from the 16th hole at the TPC Scottsdale without any damage to the scorecard at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Easy right? Wrong.


Hundreds of Arizona veterans and volunteers gather at Stand Down

Stand Down serves as a hub to assist veterans with finding government benefits and other aid such as free haircuts and clothing.