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ELECTION UPDATES: VOTERS DEFY COVID, MISGIVINGS TO MAKE THEIR VOICES HEARD

Nov. 3, 2020

Millions of people voted early in Arizona, but millions more took on an Election Day tradition despite the shadow of COVID-19 and worries about the outcome of a contentious presidential race. Arizonans cast their votes in person at places of worship, community centers, schools, nonprofit headquarters, government buildings and other locations marked with a directional arrow on a familiar “Vote Here/Aqui” sign.

AS SCHOOLS REOPEN, ARIZONA CONFRONTS HIGH RATES OF COVID-19 IN YOUTH

September 2020

Arizona has one of the highest rates of COVID-19 in young people in the nation – driven in part, experts say, by a large population of children of color, who are more likely to have underlying health conditions that make them susceptible to the disease.

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THE UNUNITED STATE OF JUVENILE JUSTICE IN AMERICA

August 2020

For children in the United States, justice often depends on where you live, the color of your skin, which police officer arrests you, or which judge, prosecutor or probation officer happens to be involved in your case.

MIGRANTS SEARCH TO FIND LEGAL WORK IN PANAMA WITH RESERVED JOBS FOR CITIZENS

September 2020

Getting a work permit in Panama isn’t always easy. Even if migrants get one, they may not be able to practice their trained professions. To protect job opportunities for Panamanians, the government restricts the types of jobs foreigners can hold and reserves 56 professions only for Panamanian-born or naturalized citizens. These jobs include professors, teachers, doctors, nurses, dentists, social workers, architects, accountants, pharmacists and law enforcement officers, among others.

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ICELAND INSPIRES VERMONT TOWNS COMBATING YOUTH SUBSTANCE ABUSE

July 2020

Six rural towns in Vermont are combating youth substance use thanks to inspiration from the small Nordic country of Iceland.

THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS AND SYRINGES

April 2020

With the help of his church community, a disabled Valley man finds hope in the form of a cutting-edge – and unproven – stem cell treatment in Mexico. And he’s not alone.

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PATAGONIA RESIDENTS DISAGREE ON TOWN’S ECONOMIC FUTURE

December 2019

Hidden amid rolling hills and grassy golden valleys nearly 20 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border is the town of Patagonia, where small business is the only business and stoplights are nonexistent.

RIGHT TO ATTORNEYS FOR CHILDREN GREW OUT OF AN ARIZONA CASE

June 2020

The Supreme Court case In re Gault recognized that kids have the same legal rights as adults. But kids in the U.S. still don’t have adequate access to lawyers.

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‘CATALYST’ SEASON 3 EXPLORES CUTTING-EDGE SCIENCE

Spring 2020

Researchers are studying the effect of drought and climate change on desert tortoises.

WHY RECIDIVISM STATISTICS DON’T TELL THE FULL STORY

July 2020

Recidivism, or a relapse into criminal behavior, is often used as an indicator of a juvenile system’s success. But for Will Lewis and Zyion Houston-Sconiers, that statistic doesn’t tell the full story.

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ARIZONA'S COVID-19 SURGE BEGAN RIGHT AFTER REOPENING, SAYS EX-DHS CHIEF

June 2020

Humble said the new jump in coronavirus cases in Arizona arrived right on schedule after the governor's reopening order.

ALL-GIRLS MUSIC GROUP GIVES LESSONS IN JAZZ AND SELF-CONFIDENCE

November 2019

Portraits of jazz music legends line the walls of The Nash Jazz Club where longtime Phoenix saxophonist Mary Petrich snaps her fingers in time with the swinging music that fills the room.

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‘This is trauma’: Some Latino children face mental health struggles during pandemic

November 2020

The halls at Manzanita Elementary School are emptier than they were a year ago. But school social worker Anthony Guillen says he’s far busier, as students struggle to deal with the increased stress and psychological toll brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a typical year at the north central Phoenix school, Guillen gets fewer than 100 referrals from teachers and parents concerned about their 600 children in grades K through 6. In just the first few months of this school year, he already has had 70.

“That’s a lot of referrals,” he said, “and a lot of them are for emotional needs.”

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