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‘Symbol of erasure, exploitation, racism’: Arizona community reacts to Washington nickname controversy

PHOENIX – Amid pressure from sponsors, Washington’s NFL team is undergoing discussions to change its name, a move prominent voices in the Arizona Native American community feel is overdue.


Biggs joins White House push to reopen schools; educators push back

PHOENIX - Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs led a group of Republican lawmakers to demand that schools reopen as usual in the fall, the latest salvo in a days-long Trump administration campaing on the issue - a move that educators overwhelmingly oppose without proper COVID-19 safeguards in place.


The one that got away: A look at Glen Canyon 40 years after it was filled

When work on the Glen Canyon Dam was finished on the Colorado River in 1966, it marked an important development for water management in the West and created Lake Powell. It also marked a grim milestone for environmentalists who have never forgotten the loss of the spectacular canyon.


Arizona activists share favorite Martin Luther King Jr. quotes, explain why his words still resonate

Activists in Arizona describe how their favorite Martin Luther King Jr. quotes apply to the fight to end racial injustice and police brutality.


Bombs bursting online: Towns work to balance fireworks, COVID-19 safety

PHOENIX - This Fourth will be a first for many in Arizona: The first time fireworks are replaced by sparklers, or are a drive-through or online event, or are watched in masks at a healthy distance. While planners juggle festivities with COVID-19 health concerns, they insist the celebrations will go on.


COVID-19 in Arizona: Navajo will not ease restrictions, despite improving numbers

PHOENIX – The number of new COVID-19 cases on the Navajo Nation is on a downward trend, but tribal leaders said that does not mean they are ready to ease up on health restrictions. They plan to continue 57-hour weekend lockdown for the next three weeks, as the tribe works to bring numbers even lower.


Responding to surge, Ducey orders bars, theaters closed, delays school reopening

Movie theaters, bars, water parks and other places where large crowds can gather were ordered to close in response to troubling growth of illness and reports of crowds at river-tubing and outdoor recreation areas in Arizona this past weekend.


Diamondbacks’ Mike Leake first MLB player to opt out of season amid pandemic

PHOENIX – Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Mike Leake became the first known Major League Baseball player to opt out of the season, general manager Mike Hazen said Monday.


Chinese international students face COVID-19 dilemma: Stay put or spend big bucks to go home

PHOENIX – China has more international students studying in the U.S. than any other country, but COVID-19 has presented them with a dilemma: Stay and face losing their visas, or spend thousands to get home.


COVID-19 in Arizona: Clubs close after citations, push back on Ducey’s call-out of ‘bad actors’

PHOENIX - Members of Diamondbacks organization test positive, Rep. Stanton criticizes Maricopa County for lack of contact tracing and more headlines from the Grand Canyon State.


Tucson officials rally behind police chief, reject resignation after in-custody death

PHOENIX - Tucson officials turned down Police Chief Chris Magnus' tendered resignation this week after city officials, and even the family of a man who died in police custody, rallied behind the chief.


San Pedro River, squeezed by growing population, is subject of two lawsuits

PHOENIX – The Sierra Club announced it has joined the Center for Biological Diversity and a number of other conservation groups in two lawsuits to protect the San Pedro River, one of the last undammed rivers in the Southwest.