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Arizona film tax credit expected to spur new production companies

PHOENIX – The Arizona film tax credit passed in 2022, and the Arizona Commerce Authority is in the process of reviewing comments to finalize the rules for the credit. The credit is encouraging the launch of new production companies in Arizona, such as Camelback Productions.

Anita Verma-Lallian works at her desk on April 13, 2023, in Paradise Valley. Verma-Lallian is the owner of Camelback Productions, which she says is Arizona’s first woman- and South Asian-owned film production and entertainment company. (Photo by Gianna Abdallah/Cronkite News)

Food forest 360 tour: Glendale permaculture landscape designer grows produce in the desert

GLENDALE – Justin Haddad, owner and operator of Herbal.Lyf.Styl, has been growing a food forest in his backyard for the past seven years. He launched a permaculture landscape design business to help other people grow their own food forests.

Justin Haddad points at flowers growing in his backyard. “My favorite flowers have always been mango flowers,” Haddad said. “I grew this plant from seed.” Photo taken in Glendale on April 16, 2023. (Photo by Paula Soria/Cronkite News)

‘Blue Zone’ comes to south Phoenix to increase longevity

PHOENIX – Life expectancy in south Phoenix during the pandemic is lower than other neighborhoods. Early last year, the Blue Zone initiative was introduced to the city which capitalizes on the development and improvement to the environment and the health and well-being of those in the community.

A volunteer at the TigerMountain Foundation, Brandon Bates, tends to the soil at the TigerMountain Foundation community gardens on April 25, 2023. (Photo by Logan Camden/Cronkite News)

With COVID-19 emergency winding down, Embry Health holds surplus sale

TOLLESON – With the COVID-19 public health emergency ending May 11, the company synonymous with testing in Arizona is winding down as well, holding a surplus supply sale.

Masks, gloves and other COVID-19 equipment are for sale at Embry Health’s Tolleson warehouse through the end of May. Photo taken on April 28, 2023. (Photo by Jack Wu/Cronkite News)

Phoenix, Tempe at odds over whether 1994 agreement allows residential development in proposed entertainment district

TEMPE – As the battle over the proposed Tempe entertainment district is being weighed by voters in a special election, the city of Phoenix, Sky Harbor International Airport, the city of Tempe and the Arizona Coyotes are embroiled in a legal feud over flight noise and residential development.


Tempe partners with nonprofits to assist people experiencing homelessness

TEMPE — Tempe has been proactive in finding solutions to homelessness, partnering with Tempe Community Action Agency to offer shelter, assistance with rent and utilities, and job resources.

Tamika Broadnax, right, receives the Tempe Community Action Agency's Barbara Norton Award for her perseverance through homelessness and her impact on the community at an April 14, 2023, fundraising event. (Photo by Jack Wu/Cronkite News)

Who needs a beach? College sand volleyball thriving in Arizona, with GCU leading way

PHOENIX – Arizona’s climate makes beach volleyball a viable year-round sport. Three major colleges have taken advantage to build sustainable programs, making the state one of the best non-coastal states in the country for the sport.

Allison Hansen celebrates winning a point during a GCU beach volleyball match but could also be celebrating the team's selection to the NCAA tournament. (Photo courtesy of GCU Athletics)

Goodbye, Oakland? A’s potential move to Las Vegas has familiar ring

PHOENIX – The Oakland Athletics are one of the most storied franchises in baseball. However, no one knows their story because they moved from Philadelphia to Kansas City to Oakland and now could move to Las Vegas, less than five hours from Phoenix.

With the decision to move from Oakland to Las Vegas, fans of the Athletics protest with signs outside the stadium before the start of the game against the Cincinnati Reds at RingCentral Coliseum in Oakland. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Phoenix Union school district considers return of school resource officers on campuses to address school safety

PHOENIX – The Phoenix Union High School District is considering bringing back school resource officers on campus after dropping its contract with the Phoenix Police Department nearly three years ago. The move brings great debate among students, faculty and parents.

Officer Edward Toves, shown in a 2018 file photo, when he worked at Westview High School as a school resource officer. His job included visiting classes to teach students about the law. (File photo by Faith Miller/Cronkite News)

Phoenix company ElectraTect creating marijuana Breathalyzer

PHOENIX – Phoenix company ElectraTect is creating a marijuana Breathalyzer to help medical marijuana users and law enforcement better gauge impairment levels from THC, the major psychoactive component in marijuana.

Evan Darzi, co-founder and CEO of ElectraTect, writes the molecular compound for Delta-9 THC on April 25, 2023, in Phoenix. (Photo by Mia Andrea/Cronkite News)

After pitching struggles in Oregon, ASU baseball turns focus to Stanford series

EUGENE, Ore. – Although it came away with just one victory in its series at Oregon, the Arizona State baseball team is ready to shift its focus to the future. Especially since Stanford awaits.

Arizona State right fielder Nick McLain hit three home runs during the Sun Devils’ series against Oregon in Eugene. (Photo by Anthony Remedios/Cronkite News)

April 28, 2023 newscast

Risks of sports gambling, women broadcasters' progress, ASU head coach interview, and movie on wrestler-turned-coach