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The opioid crisis continues to cause problems, both here in Arizona and around the country. We take a look at research into new, non-addictive pain medication. Plus, our Made in Arizona series continues, with a graphic designer looking at his work through an Indigenous lens. That and more on The Show.

Mesa mulch fire
A lot of us here in the Valley have been walking outside this week and smelling smoke. You’re not imaging that burning smell — but it may not be cause for concern.
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State-funded psilocybin research is coming to Arizona. But some Indigenous communities are not happy about the newfound popularity of psychedelic drugs in Western medicine. Plus, a new young adult novel takes on the issue of using former plantation sites as event venues. That and more on The Show.

Dry cracked earth
In a major announcement June 1, Arizona officials halted new housing on the edges of the Phoenix metro area. The issue? Not enough groundwater. The shortage is made more complicated by the shrinking Colorado River.
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Arizona announced it will pause approvals of some development projects in areas that rely on groundwater. Our Friday NewsCap panelists weigh in on that and more of the week’s top stories. Plus, we’ll hear about why high school graduation dates should be extended for some students with special needs. That and more on The Show.

Thousands of high school seniors across Arizona celebrated graduation season this past month, grinning in caps and gowns for proud families. But for some Arizona students, the end of high school can — and, legal experts say — should — wait.
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Jalapeños growers have been breeding the heat out of the popular peppers. We’ll hear what the change has meant for the cuisine of the Southwest. Plus, summer reading recommendations to kick off the month of June. That and more on The Show.

Jalapeno peppers
A recent article in the Dallas-based “D” Magazine addressed the gradual “de-heating” of jalapeno peppers in recent years. This phenomenon did not go unacknowledged by The Show staff, so The Show invited ASU prof Ken Sweat to talk about it.
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Hundreds of people who live in the Rio Verde Foothills have been without a reliable source of water for months. A bipartisan bill at the state Legislature might finally give them relief. Plus, a debut novel from a former Valley entertainment writer takes on dueling piano bars and reality TV. That and more on The Show.

washing hands with water
Last week, Gov. Katie Hobbs vetoed a bill that would have forced Scottsdale to resume selling water to the unincorporated community of the Rio Verde Foothills. In her veto letter, she told lawmakers to instead send her another bill: HB 2561, sponsored by Republican Rep. Alexander Kolodin.