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American expats find opportunity in Panama, despite the pandemic

PANAMA CITY – Panama no longer is just for retirees. Young professionals and couples from the U.S., Canada and other countries are increasingly making the move to the small Central American country of 4.3 million residents.


Turf wars: Despite its benefits, artificial grass still raises questions about injuries to athletes

PHOENIX – Although artificial turf has greatly improved since its introduction in the 1960s, studies suggest it is still likely to cause more injuries among athletes than its more expensive counterpart: natural grass.


Activists, parents call for the removal of police from schools

PHOENIX – As school districts across the country remove police from schools, many in Phoenix and Los Angeles are calling for similar action.


ADOT rolls out new dust detection system to help drivers on I-10

PHOENIX – The Arizona Department of Transportation has a new dust detection system along 10 miles of Interstate 10 between Phoenix and Tucson to help drivers stay safe during dust storms. The technology arrived just in time for Arizona’s monsoon season.


Arizona’s Bush Fire – now the largest in the country – forces evacuations

The Bush Fire, northeast of Mesa, is home to the largest fire in the country. Nearly 1,500 people were forced to evacuate.


COVID-19 in Arizona: Cases spike in Maricopa County jails

PHOENIX – A growing number of inmates in Maricopa County jails have tested positive for COVID-19; Arizona scientists develop genetically engineered mice for vaccine testing; blood donations are being tested for antibodies; and more headlines from around the Grand Canyon State.


COVID-19 in Arizona: First death reported in Santa Cruz County

PHOENIX – Federal statistics reveal high rates of infection among Arizona nursing home residents, Mesa announces plans for dine-in restaurants and more headlines from around the Grand Canyon State.


Temperature checks, no high fives: AIA announces guidelines for high school athletes to return to sports

PHOENIX – The Arizona Interscholastic Association issued coronavirus guidelines Thursday for the possible return of high school athletics during the fall.


Opinions on water, willingness to protect it varies by region, survey finds

American Public Media surveyed more than 1,000 Americans about their thoughts on water quality and availability. Among the findings is that knowledge of water issues isn’t the biggest predictor of whether someone takes action. Personal connections to rivers, lakes and oceans lead to people taking more conservation measures.


Powwows move online to keep Indigenous communities together

PHOENIX – In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Native Americans have come together online in virtual powwows.


Recharging batteries: MLB’s postponement hurts bonding between pitchers, catchers

SURPRISE – The relationship between pitchers and catchers in baseball is important, and it can define a game, a season even a legend.


State taking steps to reopen economy, but reviving it could take years

WASHINGTON - Arizona took another tentative step toward reopening the state's economy Monday, when dine-in restaurants were allowed to resume limited service. But while reopening the economy could come relatively swiftly, experts say reviving the economy could take years.