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One move ahead: Growth of chess soars during pandemic, especially online

PHOENIX – From the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the growth of chess has escalated to new heights in a virtual setting, thanks to the emergence of the sport’s popularity from “ Twitch and surging online platforms.


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.


Travel nurses, staffing industry pushed to the limits by COVID

PHOENIX – After more than a year of witnessing relentless death on the front lines, the critical workforce of travel nurses is burning out – with lasting repercussions on the health care industry.


Downward facing … poultry? Chicken yoga is newest animal therapy trend

PHOENIX – Puppy yoga, goat yoga and now chicken yoga. Silkie chickens added to the emotional, mental and spiritual health of yoga practitioners at a one-time session at a downtown Phoenix business.


Get ready for a busy year fighting wildfires, experts in Arizona warn

Arizona had one of its driest monsoon seasons on record last year, which will directly impact wildfires this year. Experts predict this could be another big year for fires across the state.


With Jaelen House New Mexico-bound, transfer merry-go-round continues for ASU men’s basketball, others

PHOENIX – With five players in the transfer portal, ASU men’s basketball is facing a huge roster reconfiguration. So far, three transfers are set to join the Sun Devils in their place.


Do not adjust your television: Truth is, many streaming service subscribers can’t watch Suns, Diamondbacks, Coyotes

PHOENIX – For fans in Arizona and across the country, watching local sports teams on their streaming devices has become more and more of a challenge.


Biden cites infrastructure needs in Arizona, other states, to push plan

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure proposal spelled out constructions needs in all states, including Arizona.


To mandate or not mandate? Greater access to COVID-19 vaccine raises ethical questions in sports world

PHOENIX – The COVID-19 vaccine has brought potential relief to what has been a stressful year in sports. But not everyone is open to taking the vaccine, with some expressing medical and ethical concerns.


Phoenix explorer, entrepreneur will be on first civilian crew to go into space

PHOENIX – A Phoenix professor will be among the crew members to fly on the first all-civilian space flight that SpaceX launches this fall.


Feds extend eviction moratorium for 90 days to slow COVID-19 spread

WASHINGTON - A federal eviction moratorium that was scheduled to end Wednesday has been extended through June 30, good news for the close to 114,000 Arizona renters who think they are at risk of eviction.