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State boards waste little time approving professional licenses under new law

WASHINGTON - The state is already approving licenses under a new law that requires most professional licensing boards and commissions to accept valid out-of-state licenses, avoiding the cost and hassle of training and testing for an Arizona license to do what they already know how to do.


Phoenix’s Champion schools reimagine the relationship between sports and education

PHOENIX – One Phoenix charter school is using involvement in sports and physical training to build up students in and out of class.


U.S. recyclers hope to upgrade infrastructure to end dependence on China

PHOENIX – A $2 trillion infrastructure bill died last spring, so the beleaguered U.S. recycling industry is seeking funds through EPA grants to states.


Spry rollers: Figure skaters on wheels committed to their sport

MESA – Phoenix Roller Sports Club practices figure-skating on wheels


On the border of a new future: Young Venezuelans in Peru

Youth emigrating from Venezuela experience a mix of optimism and apprehension about starting their new lives in Peru.


Coming of age: ASU golf coach Thurmond takes daughters on trips of a lifetime

PHOENIX – Arizona State's Matt Thurmond has a special birthday gift for his daughters when they turn 14.

Matt Thurmond, ASU men's golf coach, and his daughter

Pima official defends clean-water rule that farmers blast as burdensome

WASHINGTON - Both sides at a Senate hearing on the Waters of the U.S. rule agreed they want clean water, but a Pima County official said a Trump plan would open the door to pollution while farm groups said an Obama-era rule was too burdensome and confusing to be effective.


Peaches and team: 7-year-old cancer patient finds support from all-girls baseball teammates

CHANDLER – When they learned Leighton Accardo was battling cancer, teammates on her all-girls baseball team rallied around her.


The winners and losers in Arizona’s $11.8 billion budget

PHOENIX – Teachers, victims of child sex abuse and low-income kids were among the winners in the budget the Legislature passed late Monday.


Arizona farmers can legally grow industrial hemp, but will they take the risk?

CASA GRANDE – Paco Ollerton, a third-generation cotton farmer, is carefully looking at growing industrial hemp – a crop that has attracted many with its environmentally friendly claims – this summer, as it will be legal to grow in the state May 31.


Mother urges Phoenix police to carry life-saving overdose drug

PHOENIX – Only 100 of Phoenix’s specialty police officers carry Narcan, a nasal spray form of naloxone. A mother who lost two children to opioid overdoses is trying to change that.


A long road: Opioid-addicted rural residents travel hundreds of miles to reach methadone clinics

MORENCI – Most of Arizona’s 12 methadone clinics are in the Phoenix area, leaving rural residents recovering from opioid use to travel miles for such treatment.