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Hospitality, tourism and sports industries come together before the Super Bowl to fight human trafficking

PHOENIX – Up to 150,000 people are expected to visit the Valley for Super Bowl LVII, and It’s a Penalty is using the exposure to bring awareness to human trafficking and convene the hospitality, tourism and sports industries to raise awareness and continue the fight against trafficking.

Collette V. Smith, who was the first Black woman to coach in the NFL, and Arizona Cardinals player Jesse Luketa speak as part of a panel at the It’s a Penalty event in Phoenix Jan. 25, 2023. (Photo by Paula Soria/Cronkite News)

See updates from Arizona voters and polling locations on Election Day

PHOENIX – Voters across Arizona headed to the polls to make their voices heard this midterm election. Their votes on candidate races and propositions will determine the future of Arizona. This year, tensions are high as Arizonans decide on a new governor as well as a U.S. senator, among other races.


Tucson woman arrested in abortion-rights protest during Supreme Court hearing

WASHINGTON - A Tucson woman was one of three people arrested Wednesday after they disrupted a Supreme Court hearing with a protest over the court's decision to reverse its 1973 ruling that had recognized a right to an abortion.


Supreme Court presses state on its rejection of Arizona death-row appeal

WASHINGTON - Supreme Court justices challenged Arizona's claim Tuesday that a death row inmate should not get a chance to appeal his sentence, based on what one justice called a "Kafkaesque" ruling by the Arizona Supreme Court.


ASU may not go to the Rose Bowl, but former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords will lead the Rose Parade

TUCSON – Arizona State University is unlikely to be playing in the Rose Bowl this year, but the Grand Canyon State will still be represented with former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords named as grand marshal for the Rose Parade and doing the coin toss for the bowl game.


‘We can figure this out’: Police, public and policymakers work to improve responses to mental health crises

SALT LAKE CITY – Police have become the de facto mental health responders across the country, often with tragic results. Most strategies to deal with mental health calls focus on shifting funds to social services, creating diversion programs and better training for officers. Experts say the solution relies on a combination of efforts.

Rae Duckworth holds a “Justice for Bobby” sticker on July 2, 2022, near murals in Salt Lake City remembering the victims of police shootings. After her cousin, Bobby Duckworth, was killed during a mental health call in 2019, Duckworth began passing out these stickers to keep his memory alive. (Photo by Laura Bargfeld/News21)

Born without limbs, Carter Crosland defies the odds to inspire Wickenburg High School football

WICKENBURG – Coach Carter Crosland, born without limbs, has lived his life to the fullest despite all the obstacles that he has had to overcome.

Wickenburg assistant coach Carter Crosland, who was diagnosed with Tetra-Amelia syndrome at birth, takes a 40-minute ride on his motorized wheelchair to football practice. (Photo by Grace Edwards/Cronkite News)

Abortion-rights advocates vow fight, as Arizona clinics halt abortions

WASHINGTON - Planned Parenthood Arizona said it will appeal a Pima County judge's ruling that restored a territorial-era law that criminalized abortion in the state, a ruling that has effectively shuttered abortion services in Arizona.

woman holding "abortion equals healthcare" protest sign in crowd

‘Democracy depends on participation:’ Advocates push voter registration

PHOENIX – Advocacy groups worked to register and educate voters on National Voter Registration Day Tuesday at the Arizona Capitol and around the Valley.


Entrevista: Tragedia inspira a periodista a luchar por la prevención del suicidio

PHOENIX — Tras el suicidio de la madre de Laura Trujillo en el Gran Cañón, la periodista se embarcó en un viaje para entender lo que había pasado y encontrar maneras de ayudarse a sí misma — y ayudar a otros.


A growing unsheltered community in Phoenix receives help from Project Connect

PHOENIX – Volunteers with Project Connect helped hundreds of unsheltered people receive health care, housing and ID services as homelessness continues to rise.


Q&A: Tragedy leads journalist to advocate for suicide prevention

PHOENIX – After Laura Trujillo’s mother died by suicide at the Grand Canyon, the journalist embarked on a journey to better understand what had happened and find ways to help herself – and others.