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Sex work equals survival for some migrant women in Tapachula, Mexico

TAPACHULA, Mexico – To survive while their journeys are stalled in Tapachula, Mexico, many migrant women turn to sex work. They face abuse, poor pay and lack of access to sexual and reproductive health care.


Orange goes green: ASU mall earns certification for sustainable landscapes

TEMPE – Outdoor spaces can be certified as sustainable under the SITES program. California, Texas and other states have been quick to adopt the standards, but Arizona has not. ASU is an exception.


As death rates rise, medical examiners struggle to keep pace with caseload

WASHINGTON - As the nation enters a third year under the threat of COVID-19, Arizona medical examiners say they are struggling to keep up with rising caseloads driven largely by rising deaths from the virus at a time when there is a shortage in forensic pathologists.


‘The Punisher’: After life delivers a blow, boxer finds calling as coach, mentor

PHOENIX — Peter Chavez was a promising young boxer in Phoenix as a teen. Following a difficult journey, including a brief stint in jail, Chavez gave up on his dream of boxing and found his calling as a coach and mentor.


Mayors say immigration reform needed, but politics likely to prevent it

WASHINGTON - Mayors of Tucson and Mesa agreed Wednesday that immigration reform is needed to address the current situation at the border, but they are not confident it can get done in the current fractured political climate.


Arizonans on hand as Biden signs bill worth billions in state projects

WASHINGTON - Arizona lawmakers joined hundreds on the White House lawn Monday as President Joe Biden signed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that includes billions of dollars for road, transit, environmental cleanup and other projects in the state.


‘Gatos vs. Leñadores’: Arizona-NAU football game will feature nod to Hispanic heritage

TUCSON – Saturday’s Arizona-NAU game at Arizona Stadium will also be Hispanic Heritage Night, the signature celebration by a Wildcats program determined to honor Hispanic Heritage Month.

Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona

‘A cliff effect’: As federal benefits drop, food insecurity likely to rise again

An enormous influx of federal dollars helped stem the rising tide of hunger during the COVID-19 pandemic, but what happens when those benefits end?


Some schools sticking with mask mandates, despite Ducey funding threat

WASHINGTON - Friday was the deadline for schools to drop mask mandates if they wanted to be eligible for a share of millions in COVID-19 state aid, but at least several districts in the state were refusing to comply with Gov. Doug Ducey's demand.


Migrant deaths in the desert at record levels as heat wave pounds West

WASHINGTON - The number of migrant deaths recorded in the Arizona desert so far this year is on pace to break the record set just last year, as migrants attempt the crossing in the face of a record-breaking heat wave.


Ice cream and puppets: Arts grant funds mobile family theater

PHOENIX – “Sesame Street” puppeteer Stacey Gordon received a grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts to bring a mobile puppet show to metro Phoenix children of all ages.


Arizonans host a range of events to mark brand-new Juneteenth holiday

WASHINGTON - The federal Juneteenth holiday may be brand new, but you might not know it from the number of celebrations already planned to mark the day in Arizona, with celebrations across the state scheduled to start Friday night and continue through Saturday evening.