Karen Marroquin
Karen Marroquin ka-ren mah-ro-keen (she/her)
News Broadcast Reporter, Los Angeles

Karen Marroquin expects to graduate in May 2022 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications. Marroquin, who has interned with RightThisMinute and written for Times Media Group, is working for the L.A. news bureau.

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California to test solar panels over irrigation canals to save water, boost electricity output

TURLOCK, Calif. – The Turlock Irrigation District in central California is conducting a pilot project to save water and increase power output by putting solar panels over canals. The project might eventually help the state save up to 63 billion gallons of water per year.

With travel mandate lifted, ‘one-way maskers’ and the chronically ill worry about their safety

LOS ANGELES – With a federal mask mandate for travelers now lifted, health professionals are advising “one-way maskers” – those who always mask up in public – to take additional precautions.

Growers turn to innovative solutions to curb rising beehive thefts

KINGSBURG, Calif. – Over a third of the country's vegetables and two-thirds of its fruits and nuts are grown in California, and many crops depend on bees to produce food. Honeybees routinely are transported farm-to-farm to do their job of pollination. But this year alone, 1,169 beehives have been reported stolen or vandalized in California.

Solar panels over irrigation canals may produce energy, conserve water

A pilot project in California plans to place solar panels over sections of irrigation canals to create renewable energy while conserving water. India has already started doing this, and researchers say what they learn from this project could help states like Arizona that have similar canals.

Traveling exhibit merges mindfulness with ocean conservation

Sounds of the Ocean is a traveling exhibit that brings people together for a meditative experience while listening to the ocean. The creators say it’s all about ocean conservation.

Mystery of the monarchs: Western butterfly populations stage remarkable comeback

Monarch populations have been rocky over the past two decades but this year, thousands of monarch butterflies migrated west. Scientists still don’t understand why the population changes dramatically each year, but they still are urging people to make conservation efforts.

Arizona and California universities take different approaches to COVID

California universities are requiring their students to be boosted this spring semester while Arizona universities are not.

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Pregnant people aren’t getting COVID vaccine, health providers worry

PHOENIX – In September, the CDC said pregnant people with symptomatic COVID-19 have a 70% greater chance of dying than symptomatic people who aren’t pregnant. However, thousands of pregnant people around the U.S. are hesitant to get vaccinated.

Why people who are pregnant are reluctant to get the COVID vaccine

Health providers are concerned that people who are pregnant are reluctant to get the COVID vaccine.

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Gas prices are at an all-time high

In Arizona, the average price of gas per gallon is approaching $4 as travelers ready to hit the road for the holidays.

COVID cases on the rise in Arizona

COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Arizona, stretching health care workers and raising concerns about how those cases may increase with the upcoming holidays.

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Pack your patience: Holiday travel could reach pre-pandemic levels

PHOENIX – Experts predict that this holiday season, travel numbers will return to pre-pandemic levels, with more people traveling locally and regionally this year. Travel experts weigh in on what the holiday season will look like this year and how to prepare for holiday travel.

An Arizona veteran reflects on his life in the service

Donald Lee Stitcher Jr. is one of the thousands of veterans in Arizona. He explains why he served 24 years in the U.S. Air Force.

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