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Arizona activists work to hold the criminal justice system accountable through court watching

PHOENIX – Activists with Mass Liberation Arizona have attended the state’s high-profile police brutality and racial discrimination cases – including hearings for former Maricopa County Attorney’s Office prosecutor April Sponsel – to support marginalized defendants and make their presence known to attorneys and judges.

Matt Aguilar takes notes while listening to April Sponsel’s disciplinary hearing on Oct. 23, 2023. Aguilar is part of Mass Liberation Arizona, a watchdog group that focuses on the criminal justice system. (Photo by Kevinjonah Paguio/Cronkite News)

New Arizona Wildcats Caleb Love, Keshad Johnson and Jaden Bradley aim to transfer NCAA tournament experience

TUCSON – Arizona men’s basketball hopes to rewrite the narrative after last season’s upset loss to Princeton in the first round of March Madness, thanks in part to transfers Caleb Love, Keshad Johnson and Jaden Bradley – who bring valuable March Madness experience.

Jaden Bradley during a game.

River reprieve: Wet winter, conservation deal ease Colorado planning for now

A wet winter and a temporary water conservation agreement have eased some pressure on Colorado River policymakers, which is reflected in a new Bureau of Reclamation proposal that says the risk of critically low reservoirs remains but is "much lower."

Thousands gather in Flagstaff to witness annular solar eclipse

FLAGSTAFF — The annular solar eclipse on Saturday drew large crowds to the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff.

From left, Scott Glib, Laura Nicholson, Haley Finch and Emma Railey look at the annular solar eclipse with protective solar glasses at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff on Sat., Oct. 14, 2023. "We just thought people would be excited and knowledgeable here and it would be fun to share in the excitement," Nicholson said. (Photo by Emily Mai/Cronkite News)

Phoenix funding trees and shade structures for underserved communities

PHOENIX – The city of Phoenix’s Office of Heat Response and Mitigation is working to fund trees and shade structures for qualified census tracts. Schools and neighborhoods can apply for funds to increase shade cover, in line with the city’s Tree and Shade Master Plan, which aims to increase city canopy coverage to roughly 25% by 2030.

Phoenix’s Tree and Shade Master Plan aims to increase city canopy coverage to roughly 25% by 2030. (Photo by Hunter Fore/Cronkite News)

2024 Phoenix Men’s Final Four Fan Jam takes off with slam dunk start

TEMPE – Arizona State men’s basketball coach Bobby Hurley kicked off the 2024 Phoenix Men’s Final Four Fan Jam with a two-handed dunk, setting the stage for a series of community events leading up to the championship.

Hurley throws basketball at final four event

Feds ease Colorado River cuts after positive forecast, but work remains

Federal officials are easing water restrictions after an unusually snowy winter in the mountains helped replenish the beleaguered river and its reservoirs and led to new Colorado River forecasts from the Bureau of Reclamation.

Tucson ruling on transgender athletes puts Arizona at center of debate about biology, psychology and fairness

PHOENIX – A ruling by a federal judge in Tucson Thursday gave the green light to let transgender girls play on teams consistent with their gender identity, stirring a debate has reached a crescendo in recent months. But the outcry has ignored the nuances of what many experts say is a complicated and layered issue that deserves more research and thoughtful conversation about the biology and psychology of these athletes.

Behind the scenes: Intricate planning and preparation required to host an NCAA national championship

TEMPE – Arizona State will be the host institution for its third National Championship event in a 10-month span by the time the 2024 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Final Four is played in April. Hosting these tournaments is no easy task and often take years of preparation.

Phoenix will be at the center of men's college basketball in April 2024 when the Final Four is held at State Farm Stadium after years of planning. (File photo by Robert Crompton/Cronkite News)

At Lake Powell, record low water levels revealed an ‘amazing silver lining’

As water levels fell to historic lows at Lake Powell earlier this year, the receding water revealed a breathtaking landscape of deep red-rock canyons that cradle lush ecosystems and otherworldly arches, caverns and waterfalls - what some call a "lost national park."

Border encounters dipped in May, cooling fears of post-Title 42 ‘chaos’

WASHINGTON - The number of migrants apprehended at the southern border dipped in May, dampening fears that lifting the pandemic-era Title 42 expulsion rule that month would lead to a surge in individuals at the border.

Navajo Nation’s COVID-19 curfews saddled hundreds with citations, netted no money for police, news investigation finds

PHOENIX – Officials on the Navajo Nation supported using fines collected from COVID-19 curfew violations to help the tribe’s law enforcement, but never set up the required fund.

The Navajo Police Department has been holding checkpoints to share information about the curfew order on the Navajo Nation. (Courtesy of Farmington Daily Times/Noel Lyn Smith)