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Faith, fitness, furtherance: Arizonans find resources for positive change amid COVID-19 pandemic

PHOENIX – The COVID-19 pandemic paused the lives of many Arizonans for an extended period of time. Some found resources that helped turn their challenges into a positive situation.


5 transgender military veterans discuss abuses, how political changes can alter lives

PHOENIX – Transgender military veterans have faced a constant shift in policy, depending on which party is in power. Five of them talk to Cronkite News about their experiences.


New frontier: Athletes, teams dipping their toes into cryptocurrency, NFT pool

PHOENIX – Athletes, teams and leagues across sports are dipping their toes into the NFT cryptocurrency pool. Athletes including Taijuan Walker and Rob Gronkowski have already jumped in.


Fight over Oak Flat mine draws support of diverse religious groups

WASHINGTON - The Oak Flat copper mine battle has gone from an environmental to a religious fight, with groups ranging from the Sikh Coalition to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints backing a White Mountain Apache claim that the mine will destroy sacred lands.


Asylum seekers dropped off in towns that have few resources get help from nonprofits

SOMERTON – As the Biden administration eases restrictive policies, asylum seekers are being released in border towns with few resources for aid and support. In response, three nonprofits have formed the Arizona California Humanitarian Coalition.


With drug overdoses rising, leaders take action

PHOENIX – Amid record overdose deaths in the U.S., policymakers are proposing measures to expand treatment, reduce the chance of overdose and direct more funding to the problem.


‘I instantly knew he was dead’: Drug overdoses surge during pandemic, piling tragedy upon tragedy

TUCSON – While stay-at-home orders kept people safe from contracting COVID-19, home is where isolation and limited access to treatment fueled substance use disorders and led to a spike in overdose deaths.


Threats against state, congressional lawmakers jumped in recent years

WASHINGTON - Threats against members of Congress rose from 3,939 in 2017 to 4,500 in just the first three months of 2021, and threats are up against Arizona state lawmakers, too, evidence of a U.S. political divide that one researcher calls "incredibly dangerous."


Not just for the pros: Arizona high schools, colleges turning to baseball analytics, technology

PHOENIX – At the high school, junior college and Division I levels of baseball in Arizona, teams are beginning to use advanced technology to improve their players.


‘Bigger than he is’: Goligoski’s veteran leadership fueling fight through Coyotes’ playoff race

PHOENIX – Arizona Coyotes defenseman Alex Goligoski has turned the corner with an increase in offensive production while mentoring his young teammates during the Honda West Division postseason race.


Top two Arizona high school prospects Kath, Selvidge making waves before MLB draft

PHOENIX – Desert Mountain’s Wes Kath and Hamilton’s Brock Selvidge may hear their names called in Major League Baseball's draft in July.


Tribal officials outline infrastructure gap ‘big as the Grand Canyon’

WASHINGTON - Tribes face a digital divide "as big as the Grand Canyon" and a "not even quantifiable" lack of utility access, just two of the problems outlined at a House hearing Wednesday on infrastructure needs in Indian Country.