‘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.
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.
Tempe mayor calls for ‘continued and increased’ housing, transit funds
WASHINGTON - Tempe Mayor Corey Woods told a Senate panel that cities like his need federal funding for affordable housing and public transit, saying local investment alone cannot do the job. His testimony came as Washington wrangles over massive infrastructure proposals.
Tucson halts operations at water plant threatened by toxic chemical
WASHINGTON - Tucson officials said they will indefinitely suspend operations at one of the city's water treatment plants to keep it from being overwhelmed by an underground toxic chemical plume.
Cities wait, worry over state budget that poses ‘huge hit’ to revenues
WASHINGTON - With less than four weeks remaining in this fiscal year, local governments in Arizona are anxiously watching state budget negotiations that they fear could end up delivering a "huge hit" to city and town finances.
‘It hasn’t stopped’: Arizona volunteers try to stem the tide of migrant death in the desert
AJO – Hundreds of people die in the Sonoran Desert each year attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border. Local humanitarian aid organizations continue to provide crisis aid to prevent suffering and death.
Arizona law enforcement struggle to halt deadly street racing
Arizona law enforcement officials are trying to address the street racing problem across the state as public complaints and the death toll continues to mount.
Cities push residents to save their little piece of Earth on Earth Day
WASHINGTON - Think globally, act locally, as the saying goes, and 10 Arizona cities are taking the message to heart Thursday to mark the 51st annual Earth Day, planning everything from tree plantings to community cleanups.