Arizona lab helps fight COVID-19 outbreaks; Park Service will save Grand Canyon fish; When to buy holiday plane tickets

A look at some of today's top stories, the weather forecast and a peek back in history.

As Yuma was hit hard by COVID-19 and grows 90% of North America's vegetables in winter, the agriculture industry worked to keep the industry safe.

Biologists who discovered non-native smallmouth bass below Glen Canyon Dam will poison them to protect native Colorado River fish.

Airlines expect pent-up demand from the pandemic to remain in full force for the holiday 2022 travel season. Here's what to know if you plan to fly.

Today, you can expect it to be mostly sunny, with a high near 99 degrees. Clear at night, with a low near 81 degrees. Get the full forecast here.

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Today in history

  • On this date in 1962, Mississippi Gov. Ross Barnett rejected the U.S. Supreme Court’s order for the University of Mississippi to admit James Meredith, a Black student, declaring in a televised address, “We will not drink from the cup of genocide.”

  • In 1971, a four-day inmates’ rebellion at the Attica Correctional Facility in western New York ended as police and guards stormed the prison; the ordeal and final assault claimed the lives of 32 inmates and 11 hostages.

  • In 1997, funeral services were held in Calcutta, India, for Nobel peace laureate Mother Teresa.

  • In 2001, two days after the 9/11 terror attacks, the first few jetliners returned to the nation’s skies, but several major airports remained closed and others opened only briefly. President George W. Bush visited injured Pentagon workers and said he would carry the nation’s prayers to New York.

  • In 2017, firefighters who were called to a sweltering nursing home in Hollywood, Florida, where air conditioning had been knocked out by Hurricane Irma found three people dead and evacuated 145 others to hospitals; five others died later in the day.

This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: AZ Briefing: Arizona lab helps fight COVID-19 outbreaks