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Through challenging season, Suns rookie Jalen Smith relying on strong foundation to make ‘every day count’

PHOENIX - Jalen Smith’s rookie season has been challenged by circumstances out of his control. But his foundation has helped him persevere through difficult times before, and he is confident it will do so again.


Rising gun sales could result in more deaths, injuries and suicides, health experts fear

PHOENIX – Health experts are calling for action to help prevent firearm injuries or deaths after record sales last year. That surge coincided with increasing psychological distress brought on by the pandemic.


Officials grill water utility over response to earlier Luke AFB spill

WASHINGTON - The Arizona Corporation Commission grilled a West Valley water company Wednesday, asking why it did not respond more aggressively after chemical agents were discovered in water from its wells five years ago.


The realism of imitation firearms: Who benefits and who suffers?

PHOENIX – Realistic imitation firearms are useful for training and profitable for gun manufacturers. But since 2015, 212 deadly police shootings nationwide have had victims holding fake weapons.


Female inmate firefighters build character but often can’t use fire skills after release

PHOENIX – Incarcerated firefighters have battled blazes since the 1980s, for less pay and diminished chances of becoming firefighters after release. But that could be changing.


‘My story is not done’: Eddie Johnson begins 20th season as voice of Phoenix Suns

PHOENIX – After a successful career in the NBA, Eddie Johnson finds himself in Phoenix serving as broadcaster for Suns and taking time to motivate others.


Three Arizona tribal leaders on diverse slate of 11 electoral voters

WASHINGTON - The slate of 11 Democratic electors who will cast Arizona's Electoral College votes Monday for President-elect Joe Biden includes, for the first time, leaders of three tribes: the Gila River Indian Community, Navajo Nation and Tohono O'odham Nation.


Even in COVID-19 climate, job security an issue for coaches, including Arizona’s Sumlin

PHOENIX – Kevin Sumlin’s time in Arizona could be running out. The third-year coach’s seat is growing hotter by the minute, riding a 10-game skid into a showdown with Colorado.


Appeals court upholds child pornography conviction of Tucson man

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court Wednesday upheld a Tucson man's conviction and sentence on child pornography charges, rejecting his argument that procedural problems at trial kept him from presenting his defense.


Suns’ addition of Chris Paul brings praise from former coach

PHOENIX - The Phoenix Suns acquired Chris Paul in a blockbuster trade, sending four players from the Valley to the Oklahoma City Thunder


Two-Time for a beer? Former NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip launches Arizona brewing company

PHOENIX - After the idea sparked in 2018, the Michael Waltrip Brewing Company has launched in Arizona with three different styles of beers and is looking to open a fully-operating brewery in Phoenix.


Los Angeles just won NBA, MLB crowns, but COVID-19 has parades on hold

LOS ANGELES – In 2020, the Dodgers took the World Series, the Lakers became NBA champs and COVID-19 robbed Los Angeles sports fans of their chance to officially celebrate.