Category: Cronkite News

Arizona students create solar-powered go-karts to compete in statewide Racing the Sun competition

Erica Apodaca Monday, April 24, 2017 Arizona students create solar-powered go-karts to compete in statewide Racing the Sun competition TUCSON – For the past several months, Morgan Smith has hunched over the framework for a small go-cart in a classroom littered with metal shavings at his Tucson high school. Smith, a senior at Palo Verde High Magnet School , will compete later this month in the sixth-annual Racing the Sun event. This is his second year at the race. “This is the first year we have decided to build our own cart instead of using an existing model,” Smith said, adding that his team named their cart Eleanor. Tech Parks Arizona at the University of Arizona hosts the event and invites high school students from across the state to design, build and race solar-powered go-karts. Bruce Wright, the associate vice president ofTech Parks Arizona, said the primary goal is to get young students excited about the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. (Photo by Erica Apodaca/Cronkite News) Bruce Wright, the associate vice president of Tech Parks Arizona, said the program’s goal is to “try to get young people excited about (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and help them to pursue a career in these areas or certainly go to college and study these areas.” He said the students not only learn how to build the carts, they also...

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DACA clubs provide resources, support for undocumented students

Mindy Riesenberg Monday, April 24, 2017 DACA clubs provide resources, support for undocumented students PHOENIX – Valeria Rodriguez was 18 years old when she found out she was undocumented. “I was enrolling for college and thought I was an American citizen because I had documents,” she said. But those documents turned out to be fake, the legacy of an unscrupulous lawyer who took advantage of her mother when she gave birth to Rodriguez in Mexico. So Rodriguez, 24, was thrilled when President Barack Obama initiated DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and she was able to take advantage of the opportunity to go to college. She enrolled at Mesa Community College (MCC), and due to her activism as a DREAMer (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors), she was connected to Ezequiel Santos, another DACA student at the college. Santos, 25, was born in Sonora, Mexico, and migrated with his family to the U.S. when he was 2 years old. Born in Mexico, Ezequiel Santos migrated to the U.S. with his family when he was 2 years old. He is a DACA recipient student at Mesa Community College, where he has started the first club for undocumented students in the Maricopa Community College District. (Photo by Mindy Riesenberg/Cronkite News) “My family is Mormon, and we’d travel to the Mesa temple to visit because it was the closest one to...

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April 21, 2017: Cronkite News producer picks of the week

Caity Hemmerle Friday, April 21, 2017 April 21, 2017: Cronkite News producer picks of the week This week’s top Cronkite News stories include reporting on pet prosthetics, the LGBTQ homeless community, growth in the city of Buckeye and a big newsroom high five. Click here to subscribe to our weekly producer picks newsletter and get our top stories delivered directly to your inbox each Saturday. Moving to Maricopa County, 222 people at a time Reporter Kennedy Scott took us to the city of Buckeye, which – according to U.S. Census data – is the fastest-growing city in Maricopa County. Population figures have increased from 51,000 people in 2010 to an estimated 62,000 people in 2015. Read what residents have to say here . No true count of homeless LGBTQ youth makes problem difficult to address Young people who identify as LGBTQ experience homelessness more than other populations of young people. Digital producer Emily Balli reported on the issue and shared personal stories from several young people who live at a local shelter. Click here to read their stories.   Experts: More pet owners turning to prosthetics to help increase mobility Adriana Becerra reported on the heartwarming story of 4-year-old Terra, a Siberian husky mix who uses a prosthetic paw. Experts say there has been an increase in demand for animal prosthetics. Click here to read more. From the broadcast: New composting facility bolsters Phoenix sustainability goals Emma Lockhart reports on a new composting...

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Community activist hopes to ride dark horse to Senate win as Democrat

Arren Kimbel-Sannit Friday, April 21, 2017 Community activist hopes to ride dark horse to Senate win as Democrat WASHINGTON – All the things that analysts say present a political challenge for Deedra Abboud – her lack of political experience and party ties, her Muslim faith and liberal activism – are the things she embraces in her race for Senate. Abboud, a 45-year-old Phoenix lawyer and community activist, became the first Democrat to throw her hat in the ring for the 2018 race for Republican Sen. Jeff Flake’s seat, announcing her candidacy April 10 – shortly after the longtime independent registered with her new party. Her independence and her activist bona fides – Abboud ran the Arizona chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in the early 2000s and practiced immigration and estate law – is what will let her transcend party lines and rhetoric and reach undecided voters who feel disenchanted with party politics, she said. “People want something to be excited about,” Abboud said. “There’s nothing more exciting than someone running with the passion, the honesty, who has worked in the trenches, who has worked with different communities.” But analysts on both sides of the aisle say it will be an uphill battle. Although she was the first Democrat to enter the race, she likely will not be the last: Analysts have pointed to a potential bid by...

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Can Arizona become a foodie destination? State officials, restaurant association think so

Kanak Jha Friday, April 21, 2017 Can Arizona become a foodie destination? State officials, restaurant association think so PHOENIX – To learn a city’s best dishes, you need a local guide. The Arizona Office of Tourism and the Arizona Restaurant Association recently launched website Expedition Foodie to help out-of-towners plan their culinary adventure in Arizona. The groups are collecting information about Arizona chefs and restaurants to feature on the website . Both organizations hope the site will help capitalize on positioning the state as a food destination. In 2015, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization recognized Tucson as the first city in the U.S. for gastronomy, which means it has localized food production and has invested in natural resources to create international culinary experiences. (Video by Kanak Jha/Cronkite News) Arizona restaurants also are getting global attention, including Little Miss BBQ in Phoenix. Scott Holmes, owner of Little Miss BBQ, said he met a group of people from Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, who planned to stay in Phoenix for a week. The owner of Little Miss BBQ in Phoenix said people come from around the globe to visit Little Miss BBQ in Phoenix. The line often forms before the doors open. (Photo by Erica Apodaca/Cronkite News.) “They flew in and this is the only restaurant that they knew that they were going to eat at,” Holmes...

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