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Arizona has faced a nursing shortage for a while now, and that need was exacerbated during the pandemic. Even without a COVID-19 surge, the impact on psychiatric nurses is dramatic. Plus, why scientists have developed a new message to send into outer space, searching for life. That and more on The Show.

Valleywise Health Medical Center
Nursing was a difficult profession before the pandemic hit. But wave after wave of COVID-19 patients, layers of PPE and the refusal of so many to get vaccinated have seen waves of nurses retire, quit and otherwise leave the profession. And one of the areas that has been hardest hit is behavioral health.
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Arizona is scheduled to resume capital punishment next month for the first time since 2014. One expert explains why this particular execution is so disconcerting. Plus, the surprising challenges of keeping succulents alive in the desert. That and more on The Show.

dillard's sign on building
Plans for the former Metrocenter Mall in Phoenix have grown since KJZZ first reported the deal last December. Here's the latest vision for the landmark property off Interstate 17 between Dunlap and Peoria avenues.
Phoenix parking deal with Metrocenter developer could cost $68M
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The Food and Drug Administration has been criticized for not approving potentially life-saving drugs more quickly and efficiently. Will an Arizona bill help improve the system or put patients in danger? Plus, a Democratic strategist on why his party should prepare for the 2024 election as major losses loom this year. That and more on The Show.

Experimental medicine doctor and patient
Legislation known as Right to Try allows patients and their families to pursue potentially life-saving treatment that hasn't received the FDA's approval. Now, Arizona is getting its own version of that law.
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Wildfire season has already started in Arizona, as the Tunnel Fire continues to burn acreage near Flagstaff. We’ll hear how climate change is affecting megafires and how much land they destroy. Plus, a weaver creates art on the border to bring attention to migrants who have died trying to cross the desert. That and more on The Show.

weaving on the southern border wall
One of Tucson artist Maxie Adler's most eye-catching works doesn't hang in a gallery or in someone's home — it decorates a 30-foot steel post of the U.S.-Mexico border wall.
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The state supreme court struck down a referendum on Arizona’s flat tax, state budget talks remain stuck in neutral and it seems increasingly unlikely that Mark Brnovich will get Donald Trump’s endorsement. Our Friday NewsCap panelists weigh in on those and the week’s other top stories. Plus, a local arts group turns a Tarantino film into a play featuring swearing puppet dogs. That and more on The Show.

Tunnel Fire BAER team
As the Tunnel Fire ravaged huge swaths of northern Arizona a few weeks ago, homes and forests were burned, as well as the entirety of Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument.