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Prop 128 would give lawmakers more power to amend voter initiatives

WASHINGTON - Proposition 128 backers call it a commonsense plan to make it easier for the Legislature to amend voter-approved measures later found to have legal flaws; opponents call it a direct assault on the Voter Protection Act that "just reeks of trying to upend democracy."


From homeschool to No. 1 in the state: Pinnacle’s Samantha Olson’s unconventional golf journey

PHOENIX – Pinnacle girl’s golfer Samantha Olson is unlike her teammates because she takes online classes instead of attending in-person. She uses remote learning to maximize her time on the golf course to improve and prepare for AIA tournaments and matches.

Pinnacle's Samantha Olson is the top-ranked girls golfer among Arizona junior players. (Photo by Conor Bonfiglio/Cronkite News)

‘Would he be forgotten?’ How a niece’s crusade and military scientists led to ID of Korean War vet

TUCSON – More than seven decades after his death in the Korean War, an Army private from Douglas has finally been identified and laid to rest. Military scientists and the niece of Felix Yanez worked for years to put a name to this unknown soldier and bring him home.


‘It’s alright to be a fat bear’: Why Fat Bear Week is more than a beauty contest

WILLIAMS — Fat Bear Week started at Alaska’s Katmai National Park as a way to help people understand the importance of bears and healthy ecosystems. In northern Arizona, Bearizona has its own Fat Bear Week to show off the park’s black bears as they prepare for winter hibernation.


Slither and bound: Rattlesnakes and toads get busy during monsoon season

SCOTTSDALE – The summer Arizona monsoon doesn’t just bring dramatic storms, it’s a signal for such desert animals as rattlesnakes and toads to reproduce.


Jorinde van Klinken’s two titles lead way for ASU in Pac-12 Track and Field Championships

EUGENE, Oregon – Although she wasn’t satisfied with her performance, Jorinde van Klinken led the way for ASU’s women in the Pac-12 Track and Field Championships.


Care and comfort: From horses to micro-mini cows, animals can help with human ailments

PHOENIX – From mini-micro cows to horses, Cronkite News journalists take a look at how different animals around the Valley are helping people with a variety of ailments.


Burrowing owls’ habitat losses have wildlife experts working to relocate them

FLORENCE – Burrowing owls, ground-dwelling birds that are listed as a species of concern in Arizona, continue to be at risk from ongoing development. As more open desert and farmland is developed across the state, one group is relocating burrowing owls to new sites.


Ukrainian official details horrors of Russian invasion, asks Arizona lawmakers for help

PHOENIX – Dmytro Kushneruk, the consul general of Ukraine in San Francisco, detailed the horrors of war in Ukraine and asked for assistance for citizens of the country during a special joint session of the Arizona Legislature.


‘Never too late to pay tribute’: Arizona ceremony honors Vietnam War veterans

CAVE CREEK – Vietnam War veterans were honored at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Cave Creek on Tuesday, National Vietnam War Veterans Day.


Ucranianos en Phoenix relatan devastadoras historias de familiares por la invasión rusa

PHOENIX – Natalia Savka, originaria de Ucrania, relata la lamentable situación por la que sus familiares y amistades están atravesando. Savka dice que algunos de sus familiares se vieron obligados a escapar a Polonia pocos días atrás al ver que sus vidas corrían peligro. Habitantes de Phoenix relatan cómo sus familiares viven la invasión rusa en Ucrania.


‘Life masks’ created to keep stories of the Holocaust alive

SCOTTSDALE – Artist Robert Sutz casts the faces of Holocaust survivors, liberators and righteous gentiles into “life masks” to preserve their stories.