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Congress urged to reauthorize diabetes program for Native Americans

Arizona’s U.S. senators are pushing legislation to renew a federal program that fights diabetes in Indian Country – an initiative tribal leaders say is vital amid the COVID-19 pandemic.... Read more»0

Native American groups address mental and behavioral health as COVID-19 wears on

With COVID-19 taking an especially heavy toll on Native Americans, tribal leaders and mental health experts have stepped up efforts to address the emotional suffering brought on by ongoing lockdowns and so much loss.... Read more»0

Climate Strike activists call for Phoenix, cities around the world, to declare emergency

Protesters, as part of a global "Climate Strike," demand Phoenix update its 12-year-old climate-change plan, continuing the #FridaysforFuture climate strikes inspired by Greta Thunberg, who has reached international recognition since she demanded action before Sweden’s parliament at age 15.... Read more»0

To ease teacher shortage, Sunnyside pilot program offers free UA tuition, $1,000/mo. stipend

The University of Arizona and a neighboring school district are working on a pilot program to “grow” Tucson residents into teachers, offering free tuition and paying them $1,000 monthly stipends.... Read more»0

Protesters demand end to Phoenix police crime-suppression sweeps on light rail

On Friday, an immigration advocacy group led a protest of about 30 people at the Valley Metro office downtown, demanding Valley Metro stop working with Phoenix police on fare payment crackdowns. ... Read more»0

Az manufacturing jobs now outnumber construction positions, Ducey says

A boom in manufacturing in Arizona – from electric cars to high-end golf clubs – is helping to lower unemployment in the U.S., Gov. Doug Ducey told business leaders this week, noting that manufacturing jobs in the state now outnumber construction jobs.... Read more»0

Census officials will work to accurately count all communities in 2020

Federal officials are determined to recruit workers and accurately count residents for the 2020 census, especially such historically underserved minorities as Native Americans and Hispanics, census leaders said. ... Read more»0

Global economist warns Az business leaders of possible 2020 recession

Consumer spending is up and economic growth in Arizona and the rest of the U.S. is on the rise, but investor caution is one sign pointing to a potential recession in 2020, a global economist told Arizona business leaders.... Read more»1