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Baseball’s back! Cactus League expects full crowds, significant economic impact with 2023 spring training

SURPRISE – In 2018, the W.P. Carey School of Business reported that the Cactus League generated $644.2 million in economic impact for Arizona. But between the COVID-19 pandemic and MLB lockout, the economy has taken a hit. With the first normal spring training in four years beginning on Feb. 24, the Cactus League expects full crowds, and a massive turn for the better.

The Peoria Sports Complex, home of the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners, expects to return closer to its pre-pandemic employment numbers. (Photo by John Cascella/Cronkite News)

Surprise college baseball tournament provides sneak preview of spring training protocols

SURPRISE, AZ - The city of Surprise hosted eight college baseball games over the weekend, offering a glimpse of safety protocols that will be seen all around the Valley at stadiums this spring.

Transgender group applauds transfer of detainees from criticized ICE facility in New Mexico

PHOENIX – Twenty-seven transgender migrants have been moved from a detention center in New Mexico to other facilities. The Cibola County Correctional Center in New Mexico has long been criticized for alleged mistreatment and improper care of transgender detainees.

DACA advocates push for action as clock ticks down on budget deal

WASHINGTON - As congressional lawmakers were wrangling over a deal Thursday to keep the government open past a Friday budget deadline, about 200 DACA advocates were urging Congress to include protection for "Dreamers" as part of any budget bill.

Residents discuss drawbacks, benefits of life on federally owned land

WASHINGTON - An Arizona rancher and state legislator told a congressional committee Wednesday that he has been "held hostage" for years by the red tape that accompanies federal ownership of lands in the West.

Teachers speak out about working conditions, and they’re not happy

WASHINGTON - For the past decade, the vast majority of Arizona counties have faced a teacher shortage at the beginning of the school year, and as school districts head into the summer many teachers expect more of the same.

Tucson VA one of four in nation to offer service for transgender vets

WASHINGTON - It was Nov. 30, 2011, when Stephanie Donoghue quit her job as a software developer, left the office at 4 p.m. and got a steak dinner before heading home to shuck her male clothes - and her male persona.

Winning the next battle: Report shows vets succeeding in college

WASHINGTON - Tim Rogers, 39, is scheduled to graduate next week with dual bachelor's degrees, in social work and in public service and public policy, one of 649 veterans who applied for graduation at Arizona State University this semester.

Paving the way for CANAMEX, highway of the future

PHOENIX - Imagine a road trip in 2030 on a super interstate highway that stretches from Arizona’s border with Mexico to the U.S.-Canada border in Montana. And it won’t be just a road on which you drive your car, but an economic investment to the communities through which is passes.

FEC: Arizonans gave $1.5 million toward Trump’s $107 million inaugural

WASHINGTON - Arizona residents donated $1.5 million toward President Donald Trump's record-breaking inauguration fund, dwarfing the $26,000 that Arizonans gave to the last inauguration of President Barack Obama, according to Federal Election Commission reports.

Arizona charters sweep top spots in ‘best high schools’ report

WASHINGTON - A U.S. News and World Report ranking of the best high schools in the country gave the top spot to Basis Scottsdale, one of four Basis charter schools in Arizona that finished in the report's top five.

Kelly touts Homeland Security gains, has harsh words for critics

WASHINGTON - Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said that apprehensions at the Southwestern border have fallen sharply during his first 90 days in office, but there is still security work to be done in the United States and abroad.