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Harris, Arizona Democrats seize on abortion ban to blast Trump, GOP

TUCSON - Vice President Kamala Harris blasted former President Donald Trump Friday as "the architect" of new abortion restrictions sweeping the country, including the near-total ban that was resurrected this week in Arizona.


Shaman sidelined: Chansley among more than 70 to miss signature threshold

WASHINGTON - Jacob Angeli-Chansley, also known as the "Qanon Shaman," will not be going back to Congress - at least not in an official capacity. He was among more than 70 would-be federal candidates who missed an April 1 deadline for signatures to get on the ballot.


Annual 5K walk & run tackles misinformation and stigma surrounding HIV and AIDS

TEMPE – The Aunt Rita’s Foundation AIDS Walk Arizona & 5K Run brought together advocates and health professionals from across the Valley to raise awareness and funds for programs that help prevent and treat HIV and AIDS.

Runners and walkers take off from the starting line for the Aunt Rita’s Paint the Town Red AIDS Walk Arizona & 5K Run held April 6 at Tempe Beach Park. (Photo by Kayla Mae Jackson/Cronkite News)

Festival de Cine de Phoenix impulsa escena cinematográfica de Arizona

PHOENIX – El Festival de Cine de Phoenix ayuda a convertir a Arizona en un lugar favorito para cineastas y fanáticos del cine. El auge del festival en las últimas dos décadas refleja la creciente prominencia de Arizona en la industria cinematográfica.

Nicole Simone and Karen Genis get their photo taken in front of the “Opening Night” banner at the Phoenix Film Festival’s kickoff event at the party pavilion next to the Harkins Theatres: Scottsdale 101 on April 4, 2024. Simone and Genis were at the film festival for the first time. (Photo by Kayla Mae Jackson/Cronkite News)

‘We’re here because Pat lived’: Tempe gears up for 20th annual Pat’s Run, in honor of Pat Tillman

TEMPE – Pat’s Run, in its 20th year, honors Pat Tillman’s legacy. For the 20th year, friends and family will join thousands of participants to support the Pat Tillman Foundation.

Participants young and old will join the thousands taking part in the iconic 4.2-mile Pat's Run around ASU's Tempe campus Saturday. (File photo by John Cascella/Cronkite News)

Blocking the noise: Arizona Coyotes aim to limit outside distractions, finish season strong

PHOENIX – As relocation rumors swirl, the Arizona Coyotes lean on experience to help block distractions and end the 2023-24 campaign on a high note.

After the Coyotes’ victory Wednesday, forward Logan Cooley said, “With all the news going around and crap going, we were resilient and came together as a group,” (Photo by Reece Andrews/Cronkite News)

Reunited: From Ashburn to Arizona to Milwaukee, pitchers JB Bukauskas and Taylor Clarke together again

PHOENIX – Ashburn, Virginia, isn’t known as a baseball hotbed, but two pitchers for Milwaukee, JB Bukauskas and Taylor Clarke, have made it to the majors and are teammates for the second time as professionals.

Pitchers JB Bukauskas and Taylor Clarke (not pictured), both hailing from Ashburn, Virginia, have found a familiar connection as teammates in the Milwaukee Brewers organization. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Black people have the highest opioid fatality rate among all other races and ethnicities in Arizona

PHOENIX – African Americans have the highest opioid fatality rate among all other races and ethnicities in Arizona. As recently as 2015, Blacks were less likely to overdose than other races or ethnicities. Now, due to a steep rise in overdose deaths, Black people have the highest overdose fatality rate, followed closely by Native Americans.

Scottsdale Recovery Center, where Justin Bronson is a peer support specialist, on April 11. (Photo by Jack Orleans/Cronkite News)

Phoenix Film Festival works to boost Arizona’s film scene

PHOENIX – Phoenix Film Festival helps shape Arizona into a favorite spot for filmmakers and movie fans. The festival's rise over the past two decades mirrors Arizona's growing prominence in the film industry.

Nicole Simone and Karen Genis get their photo taken in front of the “Opening Night” banner at the Phoenix Film Festival’s kickoff event at the party pavilion next to the Harkins Theatres: Scottsdale 101 on April 4, 2024. Simone and Genis were at the film festival for the first time. (Photo by Kayla Mae Jackson/Cronkite News)

‘Absolute beautiful place’: Rockin’ River Ranch State Park opens in Camp Verde

CAMP VERDE – After several setbacks, Rockin’ River Ranch State Park opened on Feb. 9 in Camp Verde. The native wildlife, hiking trails, fishing and picnic areas of the newest state park have already attracted local and international visitors.

Stables are shown at Rockin’ River Ranch on March 23, 2024, in Camp Verde. (Photo by Mariah Temprendola/Cronkite News)

Cactus League announces highest attendance total since pre-pandemic

PEORIA – In its second full spring training year post-pandemic and league lockout, Arizona’s Cactus League announced an attendance of 1,630,436, its highest since 2019.

Cactus League executive director Bridget Binsbacher announces the league’s 2024 attendance totals Thursday at the Peoria Sports Complex. (Photo by Samuel Nute/Cronkite News)

From Phillies hero to championing muscular dystrophy awareness, Rhys Hoskins’ journey is one of heart, home runs

PHOENIX – What started as a high school service hour requirement has become a decade-long commitment for Rhys and Jayme Hoskins. Over seven years with the Philadelphia Phillies, they impacted countless lives through their work with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and they’re bringing that dedication to Milwaukee.

Rhys (middle) and Jayme Hoskins (left), known for their philanthropic efforts, host a muscular dystrophy fundraiser event in Philadelphia. (Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Phillies)