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From Todd Graham to boosters to high school coaches, ASU’s hiring of Dillingham widely applauded

TEMPE – After an emotional and positive opening press conference for Sun Devil Head Coach Kenny Dillingham, all eyes are on what he’ll be able to do once he takes over.


Trash talk: Los Angeles is losing its battle with litter, and neighborhoods are stepping up

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles residents are fed up with trash they have decided to take matters into their own hands and create their own trash clubs, the city of Los Angeles, is stymied over the problem, and is heavily losing the fight against trash.

A man crushes cans and containers that can be cashed in at recycling centers. Scavengers go through some of the garbage left curbside Los Angeles. The city faces big problems of trash left on streets. (Photo by Emeril Gordon/Cronkite News)

Natasha Adair brings passion, spark to ASU women’s basketball team

TEMPE – Natasha Adair takes over for longtime ASU women’s basketball coach Charli Turner Thorne and hopes her former success at previous stops translates to returning the program to prominence.

ASU women's basketball coach Natasha Adair was all smiles after the Sun Devils beat Northern Arizona, 69-68, in Monday's season opener. (Photo by Susan Wong/Cronkite News)

Justices grapple with legality of Indian Child Welfare Act in marathon hearing

WASHINGTON - Over the course of three hours Wednesday, the Supreme Court grappled with whether a law meant to keep Indigenous children with Native American families should be overturned as racist and unconstitutional, as critics charge.


U.S. Senate: Kelly takes lead on Masters amid voting hours dispute

WASHINGTON – Incumbent Sen. Mark Kelly was leading his Republican challenger, Blake Masters, with a narrow lead in unofficial election results.

Left: Sen. Mark Kelly speaks in front of volunteers gathered at his Tucson field office on Election Day to thank them for helping his campaign for reelection to the U.S. Senate. Right: Republican Senate nominee Blake Masters at an Oct. 6 debate for the 2022 Senate election. (Photos by Justin Spangenthal and Alexia Faith/Cronkite News)

From oiled sand to ‘Augusta’ greens, Phoenix Country Club continues to evolve ahead of Schwab Cup

PHOENIX – The Phoenix Country Club hosted multiple tournaments, including the Phoenix Open and the PGA Tour Champions finale, Charles Schwab Cup Championship. The club has undergone many changes since its inception to enhance members and golfers’ experience.

Steven Alker leads the the Charles Schwab Cup money list with $3.3 million in earnings. (Photo by Conor Bonfiglio/Cronkite News)

Fact-check: No, Katie Hobbs did not vote to pull the Pledge of Allegiance or the U.S. Constitution from school

Arizona’s Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake accused her Democratic opponent, Katie Hobbs, of voting to prevent students from learning about the Pledge of Allegiance, the Constitution, and other historical American documents.


Fact-check: Kris Mayes said Arizona’s murder rate rose by 20% under Republican leadership

In the Sept. 28 attorney general debate hosted by Arizona PBS, Democrat Kris Mayes said, "We have seen over the last 10 years, under Republican agencies and Republican governors, a rise in the murder rate in Arizona of 20%."


Obama shoots down rumors of Phoenix Suns ownership, praises team’s play

PHOENIX – Despite rumors that Barack Obama had interest in ownership of the Phoenix Suns and Mercury, he shot down speculation. He also praised the play of the Suns.


Day of the Dead, Hollywood style, comes to movie star cemetery

LOS ANGELES – Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, attracts thousands every year to Hollywood Forever. Families created altars for loved ones who have died, adorning them with photographs, decorations and some of the departed’s favorite things. The hope was, even in death, their family members might return and enjoy the tributes for one day of the year.


It started with a rubber chicken: The story behind the Suns’ Sunburst jersey

PHOENIX – The Suns’ decision to completely redesign their uniforms 30 years ago came during a time of dramatic change for the franchise that wasn’t for the chickenhearted.

Jerry Colangelo wanted a logo to reflect the Phoenix Suns as a franchise that was trending upward, not setting. So the new logo became a rising sun. (Photo courtesy of Tom O’Grady)

Professional Bull Riders new team series competition takes bull riding to new heights

GLENDALE – The Arizona Ridge Riders hosted the final competition of PBR’s inaugural team season. Although they lost, the event was a huge success and a turning point in PBR. The stadium was packed and the riders put on a stellar show. Jaws dropped as many riders were seen running away or being stepped on by the bulls. Austin Gamblers rider Ezekiel Mitchell had a big weekend and is a born cowboy.

Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale was transformed for the Professional Bull Riders team competition recently featuring the Arizona Ridge Riders. (Photo by Michele Aerin/Cronkite News)