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In Focus, Season 2 Episode 3: Blaine Long

In the third episode of In Focus Season 2, we interview Arizona-based Americana musician Blaine Long, who released his latest album after appearing on NBC's The Voice.

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Avondale school district uses escape room to teach students critical thinking

AVONDALE – Locks, puzzles, keys. One hour later, as a countdown clock ticked away the minutes, students finish their escape into an innovative learning experience.

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A collection of autism resources in Arizona

PHOENIX — Workforce opportunities, scholarship aid for education, therapeutic methods, sports opportunities and more. The Cronkite News team has put together a collection of stories that highlight some of Arizona's resources that aid the autism community.

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Gender equity program brings women of color into STEM fields

PHOENIX – For years, white males have made up the majority of the STEM field.

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Rural schools face challenges in teaching STEM

HOLBROOK – Devin Etsitty, 17, remembers a time when he didn’t like science, technology, engineering or math, but teachers at Holbrook High School were determined to change his mind. They appointed him to lead a new program to promote STEM education.

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Suns owner Sarver eyeing new arena in quest to return team to prominence

PHOENIX — Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver confirmed Wednesday that the franchise is actively pursuing options to either renovate Talking Stick Resort Arena or leave its current home altogether.


Texting service alerts families to nearest free meal

PHOENIX – Four years ago, No Kid Hungry launched a texting service to help families in need quickly find free meals.


Stranded on Arizona highway? DPS program helps motorists in need

PHOENIX – One woman ran out of gas. Men in a pickup truck needed someone to change a tire on the car. Another man had one of his car’s tires blow up.


Arizona urban parks stocked with 250,000 fish

PHOENIX – Arizona anglers can hook trout, bass and catfish at urban recreation areas in the Phoenix area and around the state after Arizona Game and Fish stocked waters with a quarter million fish.


Advocates, DHS officials caution that DACA future still up in the air

WASHINGTON - Buried in a Homeland Security memo last week that canceled a program to protect undocumented immigrant parents from deportation was a single line saying the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program "will remain in effect."


A native of note: Phoenix Boys Choir alum scores hit movie ‘Get Out’

WASHINGTON - Before he was asked to score the hit Hollywood movie, "Get Out"; before he began writing symphonies; even before he was a member of the Phoenix Boys Choir, Michael Abels was just a kid in the Valley who loved music.


Volunteers hand out clothes, respect and smiles to homeless

PHOENIX – As the sun rises on a Saturday morning, people line up at a corner lot in the shadow of the Arizona Capitol, waiting for socks, shoes and a dose of humanity.