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Can’t find the time to listen to every story on KJZZ? We've got you covered. Get the week’s top stories from the KJZZ newsroom, including highlights from The Show and the latest in Arizona business, education, science and tribal natural resources news.

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April 19, 2024

Two Republicans joined all Democrats in the Arizona Senate to take the first step towards repealing Arizona’s near-total ban on abortion. Phoenix had hoped to open 23 public pools this summer, but will open 18 instead. The search committee for the next president of the University of Arizona had its first meeting Wednesday. Plus the latest Fronteras Desk, metro Phoenix and tribal natural resources news.

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April 12, 2024

The Arizona Supreme Court issued a ruling this week reinstating a near total ban on abortion in the state, a law that dates back to 1864. A new attraction is coming to Arizona’s billion-dollar Astro-tourism industry.   The Phoenix Union High School District is stepping up efforts to educate its students in financial literacy. Plus the latest metro Phoenix and tribal natural resources news.

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April 05, 2024

One Arizona electrical provider says the way to meet rising demand and ambitious sustainability goals is to build a new lake in the middle of the desert. University of Arizona President Robert Robbins will step down following numerous unfavorable reports about the school’s finances. State representatives approved a bill designed to help address the housing crisis by streamlining the zoning process in Arizona cities. Plus the latest Fronteras Desk, business and metro Phoenix news.

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March 28, 2024

A new report from ASU’s Kyl Center for Water Policy warns the groundwater supply in the Phoenix area faces some major threats in the years ahead. Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kari Lake is asking a court to swiftly determine what damages she owes in a defamation suit brought by Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer rather than take the case to trial. Phoenix will require contractors with employees working outside to follow measures intended to prevent heat injury and illness following a City Council vote Tuesday. Plus the latest tribal natural resources, metro Phoenix, education and Fronteras Desk news.

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March 22, 2024

In a speech on the Arizona Senate floor Monday, a state lawmaker told her colleagues that she plans to get an abortion and decried the state’s laws that restrict access to the procedure. Voters in the Arizona tourist town of Sedona are pushing back against a City Council vote earlier this month that would rezone part of a popular park to create car camps for homeless workers. Schools across the country are increasingly adopting no-phone policies. Plus the latest business and metro Phoenix news.

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March 15, 2024

Arizona’s Medicaid agency is struggling to claw back millions of dollars doled out to fraudulent sober living homes. In his annual state of education address to state lawmakers, Arizona schools Superintendent Tom Horne warned teachers are leaving schools at an alarming rate. A photo showing a black bear scaling the border wall in southern Arizona has gone viral on social media — but the photo isn’t actually new. Plus the latest arts, metro Phoenix and tribal resources news.

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March 08, 2024

Republican state lawmakers are backing a package of bills restricting immigration. The state of Arizona has a chief heat officer for the first time. This week, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced $72 million to aid tribal communities in electrifying their homes on a path toward zero-emissions energy systems. Plus the latest in politics, Fronteras Desk, education and metro Phoenix news.

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March 01, 2024

Republican Kari Lake said recently that she wants to look forward on the campaign trail for a U.S. Senate seat in Arizona.  As Arizona is in desperate need of more health care professionals, some high schools are giving their students a head start. Plus the latest Fronteras Desk, business and metro Phoenix news.

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February 23, 2024

The state’s largest emergency shelter program may soon have to cut services to people experiencing homelessness. Republican lawmakers and Democratic Governor Katie Hobbs are scheduled to begin budget negotiations as the state contends with a massive budget deficit. The owners of a uranium mine just south of the Grand Canyon have embarked on a messaging tour of Arizona to counter what they say are inaccurate portrayals of the mine. Plus the latest metro Phoenix, education and tribal natural resources news.

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February 16, 2024

Fans of major artists like Taylor Swift and Beyoncé have had to deal with surging ticket prices for popular tours in recent years. An effort to require the approval of Congress or the state Legislature to deploy the National Guard is sweeping the nation. The Department of Defense is green-lighting investigations into sites that have been exposed to PFAS contamination. Plus the latest education, tribal natural resources and metro Phoenix news.

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February 09, 2024

Arizona lawmakers agreed to a bipartisan bill Thursday to fix election deadline issues that would have put Arizonans’ votes in upcoming elections at risk. The Department of Defense will help fund investigations for two sites in the Tucson area thought to be the root of groundwater contamination issues. In 2008, the Explosion Detection Dogs Program was created, and they’ve become an essential part of airport security. Plus the latest tribal natural resources, education and metro Phoenix news.

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February 02, 2024

For the first time, the U.S. Geological Survey is considering potential harms to tribes from mining uranium in northern Arizona. High school graduation is an exciting time. But for special education students and their families, it can be complicated. Flute-making is a time-honored artform among tribal communities across Arizona, but this traditional craft may also be under threat. 

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January 26, 2024

State Republican lawmakers are tightening the leash on several Arizona agencies, and in some cases, seeking to abolish them altogether. Experts say that for thousands of years, women were at the forefront of producing the world’s beer. A new uranium mine has opened near the Grand Canyon. What does this mean for tribal lands? Plus the latest Fronteras Desk, education and metro Phoenix news.

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January 19, 2024

Keeping the Arizona Commerce Authority going is a priority for Gov. Katie Hobbs, but a Republican-controlled panel voted against continuing the agency. Dams are coming down on rivers across the West and many tribes are all for it. Phoenix has launched a special court for low-level offenders experiencing homelessness. Plus the latest education, metro Phoenix and Fronteras Desk news.

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January 12, 2024

The federal government reopened the Lukeville Port of Entry last week, but the underlying issues that prompted the closure are still going on. A pilot program to help Phoenix property owners affected by homelessness could become permanent. Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne is getting in touch with school districts to see if they're complying with the state's required Holocaust education law. Plus the latest metro Phoenix and science news.

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January 05, 2024

The Lukeville Port of Entry reopened early Thursday morning in southern Arizona. The Arizona Department of Child Safety is making a concerted effort to reduce the number of foster children in group homes. The Arizona Attorney General’s Office says Cox Communications will spend millions of dollars to settle a lawsuit over allegations that the company broke the state’s consumer fraud act. Plus the latest Fronteras Desk, metro Phoenix and science news.

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December 21, 2023

U.S. Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly say they want more money for Arizona’s border communities. Preservationists are trying to save a chapel designed by Paolo Soleri. A letter that appeared to be from Arizona State University expelling a student for creating adult content caused a stir among users on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter. Plus the latest science, tribal natural resources and metro Phoenix news.

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December 15, 2023

Arizona’s Supreme Court is considering whether Arizona should ban almost all abortions, or allow them early in pregnancy. Phoenix will soon require certain property owners to register with the city. Water management in the drought-stressed West is complicated by the interplay between mountains and what is known as the El Niño-Southern Oscillation. Plus the latest Fronteras Desk, education, tribal natural resources and metro Phoenix news.

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December 08, 2023

Arizona is receiving $24 million to build safer wildlife crossings and reduce collisions with mostly elk along a stretch of Interstate 17 south of Flagstaff. Generative AI tools are capable of writing and creating images — and that has some university professors concerned about cheating. Arizona tribes are trying to tap into the potential of agritourism to reshape their communities financially. Plus the latest science, business and metro Phoenix news.

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December 01, 2023

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake can’t inspect around 1.3 million ballot envelopes from the 2022 general election she lost to Gov. Katie Hobbs. Hundreds of migrants and asylum seekers are waiting for processing along a remote stretch of the border in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. A Republican-led panel took shots at Arizona State University, accusing the school of discouraging conservative speakers at two recent events. Plus the latest metro Phoenix, science, tribal natural resources and business news.

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