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A U.S. Senate candidate from last year appears poised to launch a new bid for the office in next year’s election. Friday NewsCap panelists analyze that and the rest of the week’s top stories. Plus, an annual arts festival in Tucson is set to close up shop after this year. That and more on The Show.

Members of Mujeres Del Sol.
In Phoenix, when we talk about Latinx communities, chances are we aren’t referring to the Caribbean. Arizona poet and performer Melissa Dunmore is out to change that.
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The proposed grocery merger between Kroger and Albertsons has been generating a lot of concern among some Arizonans. We’ll hear from Attorney General Kris Mayes on what she may do in response to that. Plus, one writer says the new Barbie movie is, at its core, about mothers and daughters. That and more on The Show.

Kris Mayes
The Show spoke with Attorney General Kris Mayes about concerns from Arizonans on grocery store mergers and the Arizona Supreme Court’s plans to potentially settle the dispute over abortion laws in the state.
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From murals to moveable shade structures to mosaic walkways, local governments are investing more into public art in the Valley. We’ll hear about how a place known for heat and extreme politics became a mecca for public art. Plus, what’s next for ASU football now that they’ve self-imposed a postseason bowl ban. That and more on The Show.

Kenny Dillingham addressing team at ASU Football practice
Arizona State University announced a self-imposed bowl ban over the weekend for alleged infractions under previous football coach Herm Edwards. The school defended the ban on Tuesday after taking criticism for the timing of the decision.
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Rural communities across Arizona have been struggling to keep their young residents. We’ll hear about the surprising results of a new survey asking young Arizonans about rural living. Plus, we meet a scientist who invented a new, more environmentally-friendly avocado. That and more on The Show.

Kingman, Arizona, after sunset
Rural communities, both here in Arizona and elsewhere, have historically struggled to keep their young residents in town and bring them back if they’ve left. The Show spoke with Kate Stuart from Local First Arizona on a new survey working towards reversing the trend of young people leaving rural communities.
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Data show fewer students say they’re reading for fun. We’ll talk to one expert about what kids lose when they stop getting lost in a good book. Plus, why sweat is essential to our survival. That and more on The Show.

Little boy reading a book in green armchair
According to the most recent National Assessment of Educational Progress report, only 14% of students say they read for fun every day. That’s down three percentage points from 2020 and down 13 over the last decade.