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Arizona State theater group is taking climate change to the stage

TEMPE – Scientists and climate experts are trying to find new ways to help people understand the impact of climate change. Instead of a bulleted presentation, some of them are turning to a different medium – the theater.


Arizona farmer struggles with water shortage, thinks about selling her family’s land

CASA GRANDE — Arizona rivers and reservoirs saw record low water levels last year as megadrought and rising temperatures continue. The forecast for 2022 isn’t much better.


K-pop phenomenon entices small businesses to cater to legions of energized fans

MESA – K-pop gives boba tea shops and other small businesses the chance to capitalize on the global popularity of South Korean pop music groups like BTS. In the U.S., the artists, often singing in their native language, found a fan base among a mostly English-speaking audience.


‘It’s so joyful’: Chandler Symphony Orchestra relishes return to in-person performances

TEMPE – The Chandler Symphony Orchestra kicked off its 29th season in October after a pandemic-induced hiatus with masks, distancing and an audience.


Distance swimming and dim sum: ASU’s Gordon Mason takes journey from Hong Kong to Tempe

TEMPE – ASU swimmer Gordon Mason faced a long journey to reach Tempe, traveling from Hong Kong to the U.K. to Los Angeles. While on that path, he found his two greatest passions: swimming and cooking.


After years of addiction, heartbreak, former Arizona star Vance Johnson helps others

TUCSON - Vance Johnson’s past includes struggles with alcohol and prescription pill addiction after he witnessed domestic abuse growing up. Now, the former University of Arizona and NFL star is committed to sobriety and wants to help others facing substance abuse issues.


Keeping it in the Valley: Former Sun Devils Holland Woods, Taeshon Cherry enjoy vibe at GCU

PHOENIX – The team chemistry and culture of the GCU men’s basketball team brought former Sun Devils Holland Woods and Taeshon Cherry from Tempe to Phoenix.


Despite bumpy road, ASU football determined to find success in Pacific Northwest

TEMPE - After losing back-to-back games, Arizona State rebounded against USC and hopes for similar success in the Pacific Northwest.


World class: ASU women’s soccer is a global family

TEMPE – With 13 international players on a 31-player roster, Arizona State’s women’s soccer program has mastered international recruiting like no other program in the Pac-12 Conference. Coach Graham Winkworth’s team represents 10 countries on five continents.


Reopening of border after 20 months is both exciting and low key in Nogales

NOGALES – Nogales had a celebratory if low-key border reopening Monday, as people in cars and on foot crossed over from Mexico for the first time since March 2020, when COVID-19 prompted the U.S. to ban all nonessential travel.


The pandemic blew up home gardening, but will the trend wither on the vine?

PHOENIX – The COVID-19 pandemic prompted Americans to take on new hobbies. Gardening was one of the hottest trends of the year.


Latest Datos report predicts a boom in Hispanic homebuying over next two decades

PHOENIX – “Datos: The State of Arizona’s Hispanic Market,” is a compilation of studies put out by the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce that highlights Latinos and housing. Nationwide, it says, 70% of new homeowners will be Latino between now and 2040.