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January 27, 2023

A new app from Customs and Border Protection gives asylum seekers waiting at the U.S.-Mexico border the chance to ask for an exception to Title 42 restrictions on asylum. How do Phoenix leaders allow for growth, while making sure there's enough water to meet increased demand? The Arizona House Education Committee advanced a bill Tuesday that would allow school boards to terminate a superintendent's contract for violating board policy. Plus the latest metro Phoenix and science news.

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January 20, 2023
A proposed plan from Gov. Katie Hobbs’ office would expand a state-funded scholarship program to include undocumented high school graduates. One county official has ideas on how to get the public the election results they demand sooner. Plus the latest metro Phoenix, science and business news.
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January 13, 2023

How has disinformation and misdirection shaped the Grand Canyon? The old structures known as "the domes" near Casa Grande are being demolished, after years of back and forth between Pinal County and the owner of the condemned property. U.S. Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly were in Yuma this week as part of a bipartisan group of eight congressional members visiting the border. Plus the latest metro Phoenix, science and education news.

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January 06, 2023

Katie Hobbs was formally sworn in as Arizona’s new governor Thursday. This week, President Joe Biden awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal to former Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers for standing up for democracy during the insurrection. Contractors hired by the state of Arizona have started dismantling a makeshift border wall made of shipping containers in Yuma and Cochise counties. Plus the latest business, science and tribal resources news.

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December 22, 2022

The federal government is suing Arizona over a state-funded project to build a border wall of shipping containers on Forest Service land in Cochise County. Phoenix Children’s Hospital reports it has seen a number of invasive group A strep infections since early November. A deal to sell the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury is now pending approval from the NBA. Plus the latest Fronteras Desk, education and metro Phoenix news.

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December 16, 2022

The United States government sued Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and the state on Wednesday over the placement of shipping containers as a makeshift wall on the border with Mexico. Through KJZZ's Q&AZ project, one listener asked: Why isn’t there a checkpoint when you drive back to Arizona? This week marks two years since the U.S. began distributing and administering COVID-19 vaccines. Plus the latest Fronteras Desk, metro Phoenix, education and tribal resources news.

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December 09, 2022

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema has registered as an independent. Phoenix is on track to have the most advanced semiconductor plant in the United States. A growing number of Sonorans are ditching animal products and opening restaurants centered on plant-based foods, in all their forms. Plus the latest education, metro Phoenix, tribal resources and business news.

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December 02, 2022

By a 2-0 vote, supervisors in a small, rural Republican-leaning Arizona county have finally voted to certify the 2022 election results. Tempe’s mayor says the Arizona Coyotes plan would be the best arena deal in Arizona history. The Biden administration says it’s still not sure whether to appeal a court-mandated end to Title 42.  And our five-part series "Unsafe" investigates the physical and sexual abuse of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Plus the latest science, education and metro Phoenix news.

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November 11, 2022

Research in the journal Nature Communications suggests beaver dams could more than offset the harmful effects of such changes on water quality. Imagine owning a home and being told you need to move —and take your home with you.  A new report from the Human Trafficking Institute finds convicted sex trafficking defendants have not had to pay restitution to victims for years in Arizona. Plus the latest election coverage and education news.

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November 04, 2022

The number of LGBTQ voters in Arizona is projected to dramatically increase in the coming years. Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman is calling on legislators to take immediate action to raise the constitutional spending limit for schools by 18%. A number of residents in the Rio Verde Foothills community outside of Scottsdale recently learned that their water supply was in jeopardy. Plus the latest Fronteras Desk, science and metro Phoenix news.

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October 28, 2022

In northern Arizona, officials are working to clear overgrown tree lines that haven’t been touched in generations. Arizona ranks ninth among states with the most widespread shortages of health professionals, and the Health Resources and Services Administration has labeled the state a “medically underserved region.” For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic, scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress have been released. Plus the latest Fronteras Desk, metro Phoenix and business news.

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October 21, 2022

Lawmakers in southern Arizona are renewing calls to the federal government to help clean up contaminated water in Tucson. After a tumultuous–and longer than expected summer, the Phoenix Suns are back to start another season hosting the Mavericks, the very team that forced a bitter end to their playoff run in May. And how are Democrat Katie Hobbs and Republican Kari Lake shoring up support among the voters who should be easiest for them to win? Plus the latest education, metro Phoenix and science news.

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October 14, 2022

Arizonans will soon have a new Attorney General for the first time in eight years. A movement is underway to expand private security officers to Phoenix city parks. The race for Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction pits Incumbent Democrat Kathy Hoffman against someone who's held the office before - Republican Tom Horne. Plus the latest in metro Phoenix, Fronteras Desk, and science news.

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October 07, 2022

Should the public have a right to know the original source of all campaign spending? Arizonans will vote on several propositions including what is advertised as the Predatory Debt Collection Protection Act. “Forest ninja bison” are sneaking around Grand Canyon National Park. And the Mexican government confirms that it was hit by a major cyber attack. Plus the latest in education, tribal natural resources and science news.

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September 30, 2022

A federal appeals court is expected to rule on the future of DACA soon. A disturbing crime in central Phoenix forced neighbors to convince the city to let them install locked gates to block public access to alleys behind their homes. With the reinstatement of a territorial-era ban that dates back to the 1860s, Arizona women are no longer able to seek abortion care in most cases. Plus the latest metro Phoenix and education news.

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September 23, 2022

The embattled owner of the Phoenix Suns and Mercury announced Wednesday that he’s looking for someone to buy the teams. Advocacy group needs over 100,000 signatures by Sept. 23 to bring school vouchers back on the ballot.  Jupiter is making its closest approach to Earth in 70 years, and Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff is offering the public the chance to view the gas giant through several of its telescopes. Plus the latest metro Phoenix, Fronteras Desk and education news.

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September 16, 2022

Turnover in leadership is underway this week at the Phoenix Police Department.  A government watchdog report out this month finds that IT systems run by the Department of Homeland Security failed to keep track of some migrants at the border in 2021. The candidates for Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction squared off in a debate Wednesday night. Plus the latest in business, science and metro Phoenix news.

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September 09, 2022

The latest Arizona Academic Standards Assessment results show students statewide performed slightly better in the last school year than they did in the previous year. Phoenix has a five-year goal to reduce deadly crashes by 25%. Scientists have long tried to clarify the complex relationship between uncomfortable temperatures, human behavior and societal stability. Plus the latest metro Phoenix and Fronteras Desk news.

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September 02, 2022

While Arizona is being asked to cut back when Colorado River restrictions go into effect next year, some residents of the state are in danger of being cut off completely from their water supplies. Nearly 6,500 Arizona families have applied for school vouchers under an expansion of the controversial education program. Arizona’s COVID-19 outbreak continues to show signs of improvement, according to the latest update from the state health department. Plus the latest business, metro Phoenix and Fronteras Desk news.

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August 26, 2022

No major city in the U.S. gets more triple-digit days than Phoenix, but that famous desert heat is leading to more and more deaths. Starting next year, students will be able to pursue bachelor’s degrees at some of the Maricopa County Community Colleges. And does Arizona have enough water to support more microchip production? Plus the latest in science, tribal resources and Fronteras Desk news.

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