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September jobless rate rose, as more workers got back in labor force

WASHINGTON - Arizona's unemployment rate bounced back up to 6.7% in September, but economists say there may actually be some positives behind what look like negative numbers at first glance.


University of Arizona team cheers success of asteroid-contact mission

WASHINGTON - After years of work, $800 million and 200 million miles in space, it all came down to six seconds - the time OSIRIS-REx spent on the surface of near-Earth asteroid to collect a small sample before heading back to Earth and its University of Arizona designers.


NAU linebacker has spotlight in Biden ad during Monday Night Football

LOS ANGELES – NAU linebacker Tristen Vance will be featured in an ad on Monday Night Football supporting Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.


Fire damage, ‘smoke taint’ add to challenges for Napa wineries during peak of harvest

LOS ANGELES – Napa Valley wineries have combated smoke taint, coronavirus restrictions and wildfire destruction in 2020, requiring experts to look at the future of wine and the impacts of climate change.


As costs rise and participation falls, nonprofits helping families pay for youth sports

PHOENIX – Valley of the Sun YMCA and the Caris Sports foundation help assist parents and club teams with sports program costs that would otherwise keep their kids on the sidelines.


With captain Ekman-Larsson staying, Coyotes ready to ‘get back to work’

PHOENIX – Although the Arizona Coyotes announced several signings at the beginning of the NHL free agency period, the big news was that Oliver Ekman-Larsson will remain with the club.


Arizona’s Tracy Cortez hopes to shake rust off at UFC’s Fight Island

PHOENIX - Can Tracy Cortez make it eight straight wins? The Arizonan hopes to show off her skills at UFC’s Fight Island.


Rising enter playoffs minus coach Rick Schantz, league-leading scorer Junior Flemmings

PHOENIX - Phoenix Rising FC will face Sacramento Republic FC Saturday at Casino Arizona Field, without their coach and their league-leading goal scorer.


Bill pressures CDC to give Native Americans better access to federal health data

PHOENIX – A bipartisan bill co-sponsored by U.S. Rep. Tom O’Halleran of Arizona reaffirms that Native Americans are entitled to federal health data, which could help them in the COVID-19 pandemic. Tribal officials say it addresses a long-standing issue.


After years of sitting on sidelines, Arizona sports executives team to address social injustice

After years of sitting on the sidelines, Arizona sports franchises are trying to become a model for the social-change movement.


Supreme Court to review Arizona voting laws overturned as discriminatory

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Friday said it would hear Arizona's defense of two election laws, on ballot-collecting and out-of-precinct voting, that were struck down by a lower court earlier this year as racially discriminatory.


Phoenix Rising FC’s Flemmings denies homophobic slur as scrutiny mounts

PHOENIX - Phoenix Rising FC is under international scrutiny after an opposing player accused forward Junior Flemmings of directing a homophobic slur at him.