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Former Centennial baseball player Colin Nelson transitions to coaching after leukemia diagnosis

PEORIA – Colin Nelson learned of his leukemia diagnosis before the start of his senior year of Centennial High School. He focused his recovery on returning to the field, and leaned on his baseball teammates to help him get there. After completing his final season, he joined the staff that supported him through his illness.


McCain, Flake face light questioning in chummy confirmation hearing

WASHINGTON - It was supposed to be a confirmation hearing for the ambassadorial nominations of Cindy McCain and former Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, but their appearance Tuesday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee sounded more like a family reunion at times.


How COVID-19 and red tape pushed millions to the brink of homelessness

Across the U.S., as many as 1 in 5 renters have fallen behind on rent during the pandemic. For families who have no financial safety net to fall back on, the economic consequences of the pandemic have pushed them to the precipice of homelessness. The situation is made worse by bureaucracy.


Essential but ignored: How day care powered the pandemic workforce

The pandemic exposed how vulnerable and essential child care providers are in America. The median hourly wage is $10.31, and most workers receive no benefits, but they play a crucial role in getting people back to work.


Border town ‘fed up’ as ban on nonessential travel extended yet again

WASHINGTON - The federal government's COVID-19 ban on nonessential border crossings was set to expire Saturday, after being in place 17 months, but it has been extended for another month, further crippling local businesses that rely on cross-border customers.


Lake Powell drops to record low as demand continues to outpace drought

The nation’s second-largest reservoir, Lake Powell, is fell over the weekend to 3,555.1 feet above sea level, the lowest point since it was filled in the 1960s. It joins downstream Lake Mead, the largest U.S. reservoir, which also fell to a historic low level this summer.


Colorado River Basin reservoirs begin emergency releases to prop up a troubled Lake Powell

Emergency water releases from reservoirs upstream of Lake Powell began Thursday to preserve its ability to generate hydroelectric power.


Gallego, other officials join White House push for infrastructure plan

WASHINGTON - Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego joined other mayors and governors at the White House Wednesday to push for the administration's $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan, a measure she has said is needed to reverse decades of "massive underinvestment."


Could sports gambling be boon for women’s sports? Bet on it, some say

PHOENIX – As sports betting becomes legal across the United States, some see potential for an increase in attention on women’s sports because bettors might feel invested. Others aren’t so sure. Either way, both industries are taking off and they’re doing it together.


Growing small towns along Colorado’s Front Range plan for less water

SEVERANCE, Colorado – As persistent drought strains Colorado and tens of thousands of newcomers move to the bustling Front Range each year, small towns like Severance are thinking about growth and water usage in ways they never have before.


Money for tweets, autographs? Ahead of new law, Arizona’s NAIA athletes not capitalizing on compensation rules

Phoenix - The NCAA will have to deal with the consequences of a new Arizona law that allows athletes to profit off their name, image and likeness rights. However, the NAIA has allowed NIL deals for months, but Arizona athletes have not capitalized.


Baseball’s Arizona rookie league to return after yearlong absence – without rookies

PHOENIX – The Arizona League, where teams are usually composed of rookies, is coming back after Minor League Baseball was canceled in 2020. But because it begins before the draft, there will be no rookies to start.