Some schools sticking with mask mandates, despite Ducey funding threat
WASHINGTON - Friday was the deadline for schools to drop mask mandates if they wanted to be eligible for a share of millions in COVID-19 state aid, but at least several districts in the state were refusing to comply with Gov. Doug Ducey's demand.
As COVID-19 testing numbers rise, Embry Health hopes to expand services
MESA – COVID-19 testing numbers are increasing as schools reopen and the delta variant spreads. To counter the rise in numbers and reduce wait times, Embry Health is bringing in hundreds of new workers.
Legalization brings legitimacy to needle exchange programs in Arizona
PHOENIX – Arizona’s needle exchange law is set to take effect next month. Exchange programs have been in operation in the state for years, but advocates are looking ahead to how the law will change operations.
A Dreamer’s dream: DACA status almost tripped NAU runner’s Olympic hopes
PHOENIX – Luis Grijalva, a Northern Arizona University track and field athlete and DACA recipient from Guatemala, has spent several weeks petitioning the United States government to allow him on a plane to Tokyo to compete in the Olympics. Grijalva finally learned the good news Monday.
Gallego, other officials join White House push for infrastructure plan
WASHINGTON - Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego joined other mayors and governors at the White House Wednesday to push for the administration's $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan, a measure she has said is needed to reverse decades of "massive underinvestment."
Hermosillo pedestrians face many dangers, but work to remedy them is underway
Like Phoenix, Sonora’s capital Hermosillo has struggled with pedestrian safety. In recent years, dozens have been killed and hundreds have been injured. But many are responding to the issue, hoping bring those troubling numbers down.
Comcaac Nation in Sonora demands water with historic gathering
Members of the Indigenous Comcaac Nation have long struggled for access to clean water in their two towns on the Sea of Cortez.
Court rejects death-row inmate’s appeal in 1991 Tucson rapes, murder
WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court Friday upheld the convictions of an Arizona death-row inmate for the rapes of three Tucson women, one of whom was murdered, over the course of several weeks in 1991.
House passes LGBTQ rights bill; critics say it tramples religious rights
WASJHINGTON - The House voted Thursday to expand civil rights protections to include sexual orientation, gender identity and pregnancy, a move supporters said will grant those groups "the full equality under the law they deserve."
Distant but devoted, Biden supporters gear up for virtual inauguration
WASHINGTON - COVID-19 and heightened security have made the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden a largely virtual affair. But after a year of virtual conventions, virtual schooling. even virtual legislating, Arizonans are taking the distance inauguration in stride.
Puerto Rican heritage important to Desert Edge standout Steven Ortiz Jr.
PHOENIX – Desert Edge standout Steven Ortiz Jr. wants to share his love of football with the Puerto Rican community.
Missing you: High school football programs face safety and money woes in COVID-19 era
PHOENIX – High school coaches are eager to get the season started in person, but the pandemic has caused uncertainty and will affect fans, players and funding for high school sporting programs across metro Phoenix.