With end to Roe possible, thousands brave cold at upbeat March for Life

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By Emily Sacia
Cronkite News

WASHINGTON – Scottsdale student John Ayala and his Ville De Marie Academy classmates clenched hand-warmers Friday against a bitterly cold Washington morning, but Ayala said the discomfort was outweighed by the cause that brought him there.

“I think it’s just really important for people my age and my generation to stand up for life,” said Ayala, a senior and one of thousands who turned out for the 49th annual March for Life. “This event just gives me so much hope.”

Hope because after almost 50 years, anti-abortion advocates believe they are closer than ever to seeing the Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade, its 1973 ruling that recognized a right to an abortion. Continue reading “With end to Roe possible, thousands brave cold at upbeat March for Life”

Recreational marijuana sales flying high a year after Arizona legalization

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By Sara Edwards
Cronkite News

TEMPE – Walking into a marijuana dispensary today, it’s hard to tell that it’s only been a year since the use of recreational marijuana was legalized in Arizona. Dispensaries that already were selling medical marijuana, which began in 2012, had to scramble to transition their stores to sell to both recreational and medical customers.

Sol Flower, which has five dispensaries in metro Phoenix, was prepared for the grand shift, according to Allie Marconi, senior director of marketing for parent company Copperstate Farms. Continue reading “Recreational marijuana sales flying high a year after Arizona legalization”

Capital COVID: State, federal lawmakers face different pandemic rules

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By Emily Sacia
Cronkite News

WASHINGTON – Even though Rep. Raúl Grijalva tested positive for COVID-19 Wednesday, the Tucson Democrat was still able to cast votes in Congress by proxy Thursday while he was quarantined at home.

That’s an option state Rep. Kelli Butler, D-Scottsdale, wishes she had.

The Arizona House largely reverted to pre-pandemic rules this session, which means representatives have to be present at the Capitol to vote or debate. And that means Butler, who remained in isolation Thursday after a positive test earlier this week, cannot perform her legislative duties. Continue reading “Capital COVID: State, federal lawmakers face different pandemic rules”

Ducey defends use of school funding in face of feds’ threat to reclaim it

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By Camila Pedrosa
Cronkite News

WASHINGTON – Gov. Doug Ducey said Thursday that the state’s use of money to support schools that reject mask mandates is “well within” federal guidelines for the funds, despite a Treasury threat to take the money back.

At stake is about $173 million in federal funding the state has already received under the federal Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund – and the potential for a delay in future pandemic relief funding if the state does not comply with federal rules. Continue reading “Ducey defends use of school funding in face of feds’ threat to reclaim it”

An exercise in patience: Fitness industry struggles to adjust as COVID-19 pandemic endures

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By Michael Garaffa
Cronkite News

PHOENIX – It was a brisk morning in Tempe. Nahmir Collier-Hack, 26, stepped out of his white Acura and walked through the doors of the private gym where most people know him as Naz. A personal trainer, Naz has been working at the gym for a little over a month.

His client, a man in his 60s, leaped out of a chair as soon as Naz came in, ready to get his session going.

Remixes of Flo Rida songs echoed throughout the gym, “almost like the DJ just threw some random popular songs over a bunch of different beats,” Naz joked. Continue reading “An exercise in patience: Fitness industry struggles to adjust as COVID-19 pandemic endures”

Mayors say immigration reform needed, but politics likely to prevent it

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By Emily Sacia
Cronkite News

WASHINGTON – Mayors of Tucson and Mesa agreed Wednesday that immigration reform is badly needed to address the current situation at the border, but they are not confident it can get done in the current fractured political climate.

The comments from Tucson Mayor Regina Romero, a Democrat, and Mesa Mayor John Giles, a Republican, who took part in an immigration forum at the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Washington.

“It’s been 30-plus years since we’ve had meaningful legislation related to immigration reform,” Giles said after the session. “We’re hopeful that the people will put partisan politics aside and address this like a bipartisan issue.” Continue reading “Mayors say immigration reform needed, but politics likely to prevent it”

No time to party: With omicron surging in Arizona, officials stress masks, tests, COVID vaccines

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By Molly Hudson
Cronkite News

PHOENIX – Arizonans who have had COVID-19 shouldn’t count on immunity from the highly contagious omicron variant, which continues to spread in the state, a leading health expert said Wednesday.

In a news conference, Dr. Joshua LaBaer, executive director of Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute, told reporters that Arizonans should avoid the mindset that everyone eventually will get COVID-19.

“Certainly this is not a time to do a chicken pox party, (where) everybody gets together, just goes ahead and gets it over with,” he said. Continue reading “No time to party: With omicron surging in Arizona, officials stress masks, tests, COVID vaccines”

Arizona again ranks low on highway safety laws; state officials push back

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By Camila Pedrosa
Cronkite News

WASHINGTON – Arizona once again ranked near the bottom of states on a national report card on highway safety laws, earning a “danger” rating as a state with just five of 16 recommended laws and no primary enforcement for seat belts.

It was at least the 10th straight year that Arizona has ranked near the bottom of the annual Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety report.

But one state highway official said the report continues to ignore key information about traffic safety in the state, by focusing on laws on the books instead of Arizona’s aggressive enforcement of those policies. Continue reading “Arizona again ranks low on highway safety laws; state officials push back”

A pesar de la popularidad del fútbol americano entre los latinos, las tasas de participación siguen siendo bajas

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Por Ian Garcia
Cronkite Noticias

PHOENIX – Durante el tiempo de JR Alcantar como entrenador en jefe de fútbol americano en la escuela secundaria Cesar Chávez, con frecuencia veía a los jugadores faltar a la práctica. La necesidad de trabajar fuera del hogar para ayudar a mantener a las familias era común en un lugar donde más del 65 % de los estudiantes matriculados son hispanos.

¿Hacer que las universidades los noten? Un desafío aún mayor. Continue reading “A pesar de la popularidad del fútbol americano entre los latinos, las tasas de participación siguen siendo bajas”

Arizonans join Capitol protest as Senate takes up voting rights bills

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By Reagan Priest
Cronkite News

WASHINGTON – Tempe resident Brandon Ortega has been on a hunger strike for six days now and pledged Tuesday he will continue fasting for as long as it takes the Senate to pass a pair of voting rights bills.

He could be in for a long fast: Analysts see little hope that Democratic senators can end a GOP filibuster of the bills, in part because Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema will not back a change in Senate rules that would let that happen, even though she said she supports the bills. Continue reading “Arizonans join Capitol protest as Senate takes up voting rights bills”

‘You can’t be a hockey player’: England’s Brendan Perlini, Liam Kirk find success across the pond

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By Savannah Nugent
Cronkite News

TUCSON – Any questions about the growth of hockey in England can be answered by examining the sport’s presence in Arizona.

Think of Liam Kirk, a left wing and center for the Coyotes’ AHL affiliate, the Tucson Roadrunners. Or Brendan Perlini, the former Coyotes forward who is now with the Edmonton Oilers.

“Hockey in England is growing,” Kirk said. Continue reading “‘You can’t be a hockey player’: England’s Brendan Perlini, Liam Kirk find success across the pond”

BYU star Shaylee Gonzales, recovered from knee injury, talks about perseverance

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By Michael Baribault
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Shaylee Gonzales was on top of the world after her freshman season in 2019 at BYU – but then she tore an ACL. She used the next year to recover, become a social media star, and now she’s back on the court. In this episode of Cronkite Sports in Focus, we look at what’s behind Gonzales’ perseverance. Continue reading “BYU star Shaylee Gonzales, recovered from knee injury, talks about perseverance”

Pima County works to reduce overrepresentation of Native Americans in its jails

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By Kylie Cochrane
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PHOENIX – Selso Villegas knows the criminal justice system well. His daughter has battled a drug addiction for years, so for the past decade, he has cared for his grandchildren, including two grandsons who have been incarcerated. But as an American Indian, Villegas and his family face additional hurdles.

“We were conquered and we were put on reservations, isolated,” said Villegas, executive director of water resources for the Tohono O’odham Nation. “So I think our biggest problem for young men and women is that we were stripped from our social development.”

Villegas’ grandsons are a part of a disproportionately large group of American Indians held in southern Arizona jails. Data from the Safety and Justice Challenge – which is funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation – shows that Native Americans are 1.8 times as likely as white Americans to be booked into a Pima County jail. Continue reading “Pima County works to reduce overrepresentation of Native Americans in its jails”

From bingo to bocce: Unified Sports, Special Olympics step up for people with intellectual disabilities

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By Mary Grace Grabill
Cronkite News

PHOENIX – At times, Jacob Cohen, 20, felt displaced from his community. He would stay home all day, had few friends and kept to himself.

Living with autism made Cohen’s days challenging. Then Unified Sports entered his life.

“Jacob has been able to meet other adults like himself and make some new friends,” his father, Travis Cohen, said. “The Special Olympics also taught him about being part of a team and keeping his commitments to others.” Continue reading “From bingo to bocce: Unified Sports, Special Olympics step up for people with intellectual disabilities”

Trump likely to bring baggage with bragging to faithful in Florence rally

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By Alexia Stanbridge
Cronkite News

WASHINGTON – What a difference seven years makes.

When Donald Trump made one of his first presidential campaign stops in Arizona in 2015, he was a Republican outsider and longshot candidate. When he comes to Florence Saturday for his first rally of this election year, Trump returns as a former president with thousands of donors in the state, a firm hand on the party and GOP candidates clamoring for his backing. Continue reading “Trump likely to bring baggage with bragging to faithful in Florence rally”

Corridos tumbados aportan toque moderno y urbano al estilo musical tradicional

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Este reportaje fue redactado originalmente en inglés por Kimberly Silverio-Bautista/Cronkite Noticias.

LOS ÁNGELES – Rubén González no puede decir exactamente cuándo surgió el cambio del estilo más antiguo de los corridos al estilo urbano emergente. Pero él sabe que cuando la gente escucha el estilo único del sur de California, inmediatamente toca un acorde.

“Cuando grabamos ‘Bien Lit‘, que inmediatamente llegó a las calles, y eso llamó la atención de muchos grupos: ‘¡Oh, Dios mío! Tenemos ideas como esa'”, dijo González, director ejecutivo del sello musical Wounded Enterprises, con sede en Los Ángeles.

Continue reading “Corridos tumbados aportan toque moderno y urbano al estilo musical tradicional”

Sinema says she backs voting bills, but rebuffs Biden, Democrats on filibuster

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By Emily Sacia and Alexia Stanbridge
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WASHINGTON – Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, took to the Senate floor Thursday to say she will not vote to do away with the filibuster, likely dooming the voting rights measures she said she supports.

“While I continue to support these bills, I will not support separate actions that worsen the underlying disease of division infecting our country,” Sinema said during a 19-minute speech that called for both parties to come together.

The move was not a surprise – Sinema has steadfastly opposed ending the filibuster – but it came as Democrats were mobilizing to push through voting rights measures ahead of Martin Luther King Day and President Joe Biden was on Capitol Hill to lobby senators in person. Continue reading “Sinema says she backs voting bills, but rebuffs Biden, Democrats on filibuster”

Vicious circle: Tribal broadband program hindered by lack of broadband

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By Camila Pedrosa
Cronkite News

WASHINGTON – Tribal advocates told a Senate panel this week the federal government’s effort to fund expanded broadband infrastructure in Indian Country overlooked a fundamental issue.

Many tribes did not have the broadband access needed to apply for the funding that would let them improve broadband access.

Information about the first round of grants was available only online, and tribes were encouraged to apply online in a 90-day window during the pandemic. The upshot, said Matthew Rantanen, was that only about half of all eligible tribal communities applied for the funding. Continue reading “Vicious circle: Tribal broadband program hindered by lack of broadband”

Auditoría muestra que Patrulla Fronteriza se ve obstaculizada por tecnología obsoleta

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NOGALES – La Oficina de Aduanas y Protección Fronteriza de EE. UU., CBP por sus siglas en inglés, presenta un rezago respecto a la tecnología más actualizada y al personal necesario para asegurar la frontera suroeste de 1,954 millas con México, según una auditoría del inspector general.

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Arizona State theater group is taking climate change to the stage

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By Emma VandenEinde
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TEMPE – On the heels of COP26 – the world’s largest gathering of nations to collaborate on lowering global carbon emissions – scientists and climate experts are looking for new ways to help people understand the impact of climate change. Instead of presenting information at a global conference or in a bulleted news format, some of them are turning to a different medium: live theater. Continue reading “Arizona State theater group is taking climate change to the stage”