‘Deaths of despair’ grew slowly in Arizona, but still higher than U.S.

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By Miranda Faulkner
Cronkite News

WASHINGTON – “Deaths of despair” have grown more slowly in Arizona than in the nation as whole since 2005, but death rates in the state still exceed the nation in every category, according to a recent national survey.

Deaths of despair – the catchall name for deaths from drug overdoses, alcohol and suicide – have seen “alarming” increases across the country since 2005, said the Commonwealth Fund’s Scorecard on State Health System Performance for 2019. Continue reading “‘Deaths of despair’ grew slowly in Arizona, but still higher than U.S.”

Native American history in Washington – it’s more than just a museum

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By Julian Paras
Cronkite News

WASHINGTON – Washington is full of popular tourist sites that are monuments to American history, from the White House to the Capitol, from Arlington National Cemetery to Congressional Cemetery.

And, with a little more exploring, visitors can learn that all those sites are monuments to Native American history as well.

The National Museum of the American Indian may be the first – and possibly only – site that comes up with an internet search for “Native American landmarks” in Washington. But a new app opens the door to a range of other sites. Continue reading “Native American history in Washington – it’s more than just a museum”

CORRECTION to Aug. 5 story on needle-exchange program

EDS: Clients who used a Cronkite News story slugged BC-CNS-Needle Exchange that moved Monday, Aug. 5, under a PHOENIX​ dateline are asked to use the following correction. The error occurred in seventh graf of the original. A corrected version of the story has been posted here.

PHOENIX – An Aug. 5 Cronkite News story about the Shot in the Dark syringe-access program gave an incorrect hometown for state Rep. Tony Rivero. The Republican lawmaker is from Peoria.

CORRECTION to July 9 story on the Bell family baseball legacy

EDS: Clients who used a Cronkite News story slugged “Sports-Bell Baseball Family” that moved Tuesday, July 9, under a PHOENIX dateline, are asked to use the following correction. The error occurred in the 16th graf of the original. A corrected version of the story has been posted here.

PHOENIX – A July 9 Cronkite News story about the Bell family and its baseball legacy misspelled the name of Grand Canyon University baseball coach Andy Stankiewicz.

 

CORRECTION to June 26 story on Maricopa voting system changes

EDS: Clients who used a Cronkite News story slugged BC-CNS-Election Reforms that moved Wednesday, June 26, under a PHOENIX dateline, are asked to run the following correction. The error occurred in the sixth graf of the original. A corrected version of the story has been posted here.

PHOENIX – A June 26 Cronkite News story about the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors approving a new vote-counting system as part of election reforms misstated that County Recorder Adrian Fontes did not respond to a request for comment. Fontes could not be reached for comment.

CORRECTION to June 20 story on Giffords rally

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WASHINGTON – A June 20 Cronkite News story about former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords’ call for a Senate vote on a gun background-checks bill incorrectly reported the results of the largely partisan House vote on the measure in February. Eight Republicans voted for the measure then and two Democrats opposed it.

 

CORRECTION to May 22 story about Arizona’s citrus growers

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WADDELL – A May 22 Cronkite News story about the state’s citrus industry misstated the history of Justice Brothers U-Pick. The family runs the longest continuously operated citrus orchard in the state, but has been in the pick-your-own business on a former University of Arizona research grove for two years.

CORRECTION to May 3 story on migrant Venezuelan schoolchildren in Peru

EDS: Clients who used a Cronkite News story slugged BC-CNS-Peru Education that moved Friday, May 3, under a LIMA, Peru, dateline, are asked to run the following correction. The error appeared throughout the original and in a photo caption. A corrected version of the story has been posted here.

PHOENIX – A May 3 Cronkite News story about the press of Venezuelan migrant children into Peruvian schools misspelled the last name of Angie Zevallos and misstated her contribution to a plan to ensure migrant children get the education they need. Zevallos and colleagues developed that three-phase plan, aimed primarily at Lima public schools.

CORRECTION to May 10 story on border wastewater problems

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PHOENIX – A May 10 Cronkite News story about troubled wastewater infrastructure along the U.S./Mexican border misspelled the last name of Jayne Harkins, the commissioner for the U.S. section of the International Boundary and Water Commission.

CORRECTION to May 9 story about emigrant Venezuelan doctors in Peru

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PHOENIX – A Cronkite News story about the challenges that emigrant Venezuelan doctors face getting certified in their new home of Peru misspelled the names of Dr. Jaime Parra and the University of Carabobo.

CORRECTION to April 26 story on Arizona’s energy resources

EDS: Clients who used a Cronkite News story slugged  BC-CNS-Arizona Energy that moved Friday, April 26, under a RED VALLEY dateline, are asked to run the following correction. The error occurred in the second graf of the original. A corrected version of the story has been posted here.

PHOENIX – A Cronkite News story about Arizona’s energy resources misidentified a government agency that was cited in the story. It was the Energy Information Administration that provided data on crude oil production on the Navajo Nation’s Dineh-bi-Keyah oil field.

 

CORRECTION to April 12 story on vaccination rates

EDS: Clients who used a Cronkite News story slugged  BC-CNS-Vaccination Rate that moved Friday, April 12, under a PHOENIX dateline, are asked to run the following correction. The error occurred in the 8th graf of the original. A corrected version of the story has been posted here.

PHOENIX – A Cronkite News story about a decline in vaccination rates was misleading about state requirements. Vaccines are mandatory for all grade levels, but the Arizona Department of Health Services only requires schools to report immunization rates for students in preschool, kindergarten and sixth grade unless a doctor exempts them because of medical reasons or a parent exempts them because of personal, philosophical or moral objections.

 

CORRECTION to April 3 story on unaccompanied minors

EDITORS: Clients who used a Cronkite News story slugged  BC-CNS-Kid Concerns that moved Wednesday, April 3, under a WASHINGTON dateline, are asked to run the following correction. The error occurred in the 10th graf of the original. A corrected version of the story has been posted here.

WASHINGTON – An April 3 Cronkite News story about Trump administration proposals to weaken protections for unaccompanied minor immigrants mischaracterized the role Neighborhood Ministries plays with such children. The Phoenix-based ministry advocates for unaccompanied minors who arrive at the southern border.

 

CORRECTION to March 12 story on data privacy

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WASHINGTON –  A March 12 Cronkite News story about a hearing on data privacy gave an incorrect title for David Hoffman, one of the witnesses.  Hoffman is the associate general counsel and global privacy officer for Intel.

 

4 No More Deaths volunteers found guilty

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Eds: Updates previous story with convictions. Updated Saturday, Jan. 19 at 4:30 p.m.

By NICOLE LUDDEN
Cronkite News

TUCSON – Four humanitarian aid workers were found guilty Friday on misdemeanor charges involving leaving aid in a restricted area of Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge after a three-day legal battle.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Bernardo Velasco found No More Deaths volunteer Natalie Hoffman guilty of all three charges brought against her, while Oona Holcomb, Madeline Huse and Zaachila Orozco-McCormick were found guilty of the two charges brought against them.

As the defendants await sentencing, they face a maximum penalty of six months in prison and a $250 fine each. Continue reading “4 No More Deaths volunteers found guilty”

CORRECTION to Jan. 7 story about Haitian adoptions

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PHOENIX – A Jan. 7 Cronkite News on the Juntunen family in Phoenix, and their nonprofit that helps Haitian orphans, misspelled the first name of one of the family’s children. Amelec Juntunen is the oldest of the family’s children.

Phoenix couple’s nonprofit helps more Haitian children get adopted

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CORRECTION: A previous version of this story misspelled Amelec Juntunen’s first name, in the ninth graf and in the accompanying video. The story below has been corrected and the video pulled back, but clients who ran earlier versions of the story are asked to run the correction found here.

By JAKE TRYBULSKI
Cronkite News

PHOENIX – Craig and Kathi Juntunen retired in 1998, leaving their successful consulting firm to live a life spent mostly on the golf course and ski slopes.

“We were living a … very privileged life that we were lucky enough to stumble onto,” Craig Juntunen said.

While golfing one day, he had a conversation with a friend who had adopted a child from Haiti. Craig became fascinated with two ideas: “What does the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere really look like? What does that mean? … And the other thing was this adoption thing. What would that be like?” Continue reading “Phoenix couple’s nonprofit helps more Haitian children get adopted”

Mexican immigrants in U.S. continue drop, driven by politics, economics

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By VANDANA RAVIKUMAR
Cronkite News

WASHINGTON – The number of Mexican-born immigrants in the United States dropped by about 300,000 people between 2016 and 2017, according to Census Bureau data, a shift that experts say is likely driven by changes on both sides of the border.

While the drop, from 11.6 million to 11.3 million, coincides with the election of President Donald Trump, who made border enforcement and deportation of unauthorized immigrants top priorities of his administration, analysts said Trump was not the only factor. The 2016 decline was just the latest turn in a shift that began years earlier, they say. Continue reading “Mexican immigrants in U.S. continue drop, driven by politics, economics”

Report: Arizona kids more fit than U.S. kids, but U.S. is pretty sorry

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By RENATA CLÓ
Cronkite News

WASHINGTON – Arizona’s schoolkids are doing better than their peers nationally when it comes to physical activity, according to a national report card.

But that’s nothing to brag about: The report card said kids nationwide are not even close to being active enough.

The 2018 U.S. Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth graded school-age children on nine different indicators, with kids nationwide earning no better than a C in any category and Ds in several. Arizona scored slightly better than the national average in six of the nine indicators, but experts say there’s still a long way to go. Continue reading “Report: Arizona kids more fit than U.S. kids, but U.S. is pretty sorry”

Tree rings hint at how climate change could shift drought in Sonoran Desert

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By JORDAN EVANS
Cronkite News

TUCSON – Tree rings going back 800 years are giving researchers at the University of Arizona a window into how climate change could expand the planet’s most extreme deserts, including the Sonoran, which extends from the Baja Peninsula into Southern California and much of southern Arizona.

“We see a trend, atmospherically speaking, that the tropical region is moving further north in the Northern Hemisphere,” said Valerie Trouet, a dendrochronologist and associate professor at the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research at the University of Arizona.

“We can determine how the edge of the tropics has moved over the last 800 years,” Trouet said. Continue reading “Tree rings hint at how climate change could shift drought in Sonoran Desert”