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As Arizona probes school choice fraud, advocates dismiss scheme as ‘inside job’

Prosecutors say the indictment of five people accused of defrauding the Empowerment Scholarship Account program shows the program lacks guardrails, but ESA supporters said the indictments show that safeguards are in place and working.


Arizona public schools struggle to fill teaching positions as leaders brainstorm school staffing solutions

PHOENIX – From legislative proposals to extend Proposition 123 to the two-day Arizona State University Fulton Teachers College Summit on Strategic School Staffing Structures, educators, politicians and researchers weigh in on strategies to help alleviate staffing shortages in Arizona schools.

The annual Strategic School Staffing Summit, run by Arizona State University's Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College earlier this month, highlighted a collection of potential solutions to teacher staffing issues across the state. In this 2022 file photo, students work with a teacher at Encanto Elementary School in Phoenix. (File photo by Sophie Oppfelt/Cronkite News)

Ebb and flow: Lacrosse in Arizona weathers growth spurts

PHOENIX – Lacrosse is most popular on the East Coast, but the sport is still finding its footing in Arizona. The lacrosse community in the state is small but mighty and is working toward sustainable growth.

While the Arizona Interscholastic Association does not sanction the sport of lacrosse, clubs like Ahwatukee Lightning Lacrosse are dedicated to growing the game in the Valley. (Photo courtesy of Chris Hook)

Ticket punched: Team Mexico advances to quarterfinals of World Baseball Classic with win over Team Canada

PHOENIX – Thanks to a clutch offensive round by Randy Arozarena and Alexis Wilson throughout group play at the World Baseball Classic, Team Mexico cruised through and punched a ticket to the quarterfinals in MIami, Florida.

Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Randy Arozarena recorded five RBI against Team Canada to help secure Mexico's spot in the World Baseball Classic quarterfinal. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/WBCI/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

See updates from Arizona voters and polling locations on Election Day

PHOENIX – Voters across Arizona headed to the polls to make their voices heard this midterm election. Their votes on candidate races and propositions will determine the future of Arizona. This year, tensions are high as Arizonans decide on a new governor as well as a U.S. senator, among other races.


Rising Halloween costs make trick-or-treating less of a treat this year

WASHINGTON - The only thing scarier than ghosts, ghouls and goblins this Halloween may be higher prices for candy, costumes and pumpkins: Inflation has driven up prices for all three. Americans are expected to spend a record $10.6 billion on Halloween this year.


Buy me some peanuts and crackerjacks and souvenirs and … Diamondbacks named most affordable for fans

PHOENIX – The Arizona Diamondbacks have the most affordable fan experience in Major League Basesball in 2022, according to Team Marketing Reports 2022 MLB Fan Cost Index.


As metro Phoenix home prices rise, so does the number of people forced to rent

PHOENIX – Rising home prices in the Phoenix area are driving more people to rent rather than buy, and renters are worried that they won’t be able to keep pace with increasing rents.


Experts spotlight disparities in contraception, family planning as Supreme Court weighs key abortion case

PHOENIX – As the U.S. Supreme Court weighs a key case that could scale back or overturn Roe v. Wade, abortion rights advocates are spotlighting disparities in family planning and health care access, noting women of color and those living in poverty are most likely to be affected by any change in law.


More research, better treatment for Lyme disease sought amid rising case rates

PHOENIX – The incidence of Lyme disease has nearly doubled in the U.S. since the 1990s, yet funding for research is still lacking and patients struggle to get help. Advocates say that should change, considering predictions that climate change could increase case numbers.


From Lil Wayne to Lauryn Hill, playlist helps Mercury find their vibe

PHOENIX - Music is the driving force behind Mercury's motivation. A peek behind the scenes shows how music has helped shape the identity of the WNBA team.


Some schools sticking with mask mandates, despite Ducey funding threat

WASHINGTON - Friday was the deadline for schools to drop mask mandates if they wanted to be eligible for a share of millions in COVID-19 state aid, but at least several districts in the state were refusing to comply with Gov. Doug Ducey's demand.