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A quarter of Navajo LGBTQ youth have been kicked out of the house because they are gay. And they are three times more likely to attempt suicide than their white counterparts. That’s according to a Diné Policy Institute study. But in some families on the Navajo Nation, an unlikely champion is coming forward to celebrate them.
A Family's Love Hidden Behind Homophobia In Mexico City
On the first day of the legislative session, water led Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s State of the State address. There are lots of reasons to get a drought deal done. But despite significant progress, there are obstacles.
Shutdown, More Water Requests Could Disrupt Arizona Drought Plan
Humans are more alike than different, but small biological distinctions can exert huge health influences. Part one of this two-part series explores the growing importance of biological sex in biomedical research.
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Researchers at the University of Arizona are working to better understand why we sometimes make poor decisions and they're looking into our eyes for answers.
Scottsdale Community College is wrapping up a series of events and discussions for its seventh annual Genocide Awareness Week.
Few Remaining Arizona Holocaust Survivors Gather In Scottsdale To 'Never Forget'
A new investigation from KJZZ has found that more than a dozen inmates in Arizona prisons are being chased by debt collectors for unpaid medical bills incurred while they were incarcerated. People in state prisons say the medical bills are adding insult to injury. Hear from people who are getting collection notices delivered to their cells and learn about the effects these bills can have on their chances for a successful re-entry to society.
The number of non-citizens living in Phoenix are worth more than $1 billion in funding over the next decade. If the Supreme Court allows the citizenship question, Phoenix would have less than a year to convince undocumented people not to fear outing themselves to the federal government.
Nature reserves provide a safe haven for wildlife that’s an essential part of recovering the diminishing northern jaguar population. But it takes more than protecting isolated reserves to ensure jaguars’ long-term survival. That’s why some conservationists are putting their focus on securing jaguar corridors in northern Mexico.
There are more than 120,000 people in Arizona living with an intellectual or developmental disability. Many of them are young adults, and their parents are getting older. In Part 2 of this two-part series, we meet a father who is building a neighborhood of 30 homes to house adults with IDD.
Postpartum depression is the most common complication of childbirth. One group of parents that is even more vulnerable to this are the ones whose children are born with serious health conditions and have to spend time being treated in the neonatal intensive care unit, or NICU.
Tensions between the U.S. and Mexico regarding migration have hit hard on the borders, not only between both nations but also between Mexico and Guatemala. President Trump’s threat on taxing Mexican goods unless migration stopped is having an effect on Mexico’s border with Guatemala. Here, not only migration is changing but also trade.
For seven straight years, the Maricopa Community College District has seen enrollment drop while Arizona’s three public universities keep adding students. But the universities are preparing for a slowdown of their own.
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"Tracing The Migrant Journey" put reporters on the ground in four countries to document the challenges migrants face on their trek through Central America, Mexico and the U.S. The journey began in Honduras. Honduras is a country where, for the poorest and most vulnerable, it seems everyone has tried to migrate.
KJZZ's Fronteras reporting team joined migrants as they traveled thousands of miles to reach the U.S. This multi-part series put reporters on the ground in four countries to document the challenges migrants face on their trek through Central America, Mexico and the U.S. In San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexico, the asylum wait list has over 1,100 people. Other border cities have as many, or many more.
Special Report: 'Tracing The Migrant Journey'