It was June 2018 when Arizona felt the initial blow of a recycling system breaking down. Flagstaff, a city known for its environmental focus, became the first city in the state to stop recycling some items. Since then, Page, Casa Grande, Surprise and Sierra Vista have either reduced or stopped programs altogether — as have several dozen cities across the United States. Recycling has become a national crisis and 18 months later, local governments are still on their own to navigate through it.
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Arizona Students Join Global Climate Strike
“It’s really about revitalizing our community,” said Arizona Youth Climate Strike co-leader Aditi Narayanan, a senior at charter school Basis Phoenix.
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To talk about the Brush and Nib Arizona Supreme Court case and the eight people under consideration for Maricopa County Attorney, Julie Erfle, communications consultant at Erfle Uncuffed, and former state lawmaker Stan Barnes of Copper State Consulting, joined The Show.
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 Mexican Tomato Deal Signed Despite Inspection Concerns
A new deal on Mexican tomato imports puts an end to months of uncertainty. But not everyone is satisfied with the outcome. The Florida Tomato Exchange called the deal a “step in the right direction.” But the Nogales-based Fresh Produce Association of the Americas says it’s a “step backward.”
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Whiskey Fire, The Latest In A String Of Blazes, Caused By Lightning
Visible from both Sedona and Flagstaff, the Whiskey Fire is the latest in a string of blazes caused by lightning. The Whiskey Fire grew to more than 5,800 acres and is now 34% contained.
New Study Examines Rate Of Jail Incarceration In 44 States
The authors of a new report on jail populations say previous estimates have underestimated the impact of incarceration on states and counties.

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The Trump administration ordered new sanctions on Iran, in response to the attack in Saudi Arabia that temporarily cut off nearly 6% of the world's oil supply. The sanctions' effect may be limited.
Texas Cities Try To Assess Scope Of Damage In Imelda's Aftermath
The National Weather Service in Houston said the amount of rainfall in Houston and Galveston on Thursday was "one for the record books. At least two deaths have been blamed on the storm.
Trump: Reports Of Alleged Improper Conversation With Foreign Leader Are 'Ridiculous'
The president blamed a "partisan whistleblower," whose identity he said he didn't know, for an allegation that Trump had an improper conversation with a foreign leader.
A New Way Of Paying For Maternity Care Aims To Reduce C-Sections
Instead of paying doctors piecemeal for prenatal appointments and delivery of the baby, some insurers now offer medical practices one lump sum to cover it all.
Here Are The Nominees For The 2019 National Book Awards
Colson Whitehead and Marlon James headline the longlists of names in contention for the literary prize. Altogether, 50 books across five categories stand a chance at winning in November.