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Student gumshoes at GCU collaborate with Phoenix police to create shoeprint database

PHOENIX – Grand Canyon University forensic science students and the Phoenix Police Crime Lab are building a local shoeprint database to assist investigators in identifying shoe impressions left at crime scenes.

Measuring shoes and cataloging their treads are tasks Grand Canyon University students do as they add shoes to a shoeprint database they’re working on with the Phoenix Police Department. Photo taken at GCU in Phoenix on Nov. 3, 2022. (Photo by Alexia Faith/Cronkite News)

Horse slaughter in Apache-Sitgreaves forest highlights friction between animal and environmental concerns

SPRINGERVILLE – Dozens of feral horses were killed in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest near Springerville in October. The presence of feral horses on federal land has angered scientists, hunters, government agencies and horse advocates, but all for different reasons.

Authorities are investigating the slaughter of dozens of horses in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests in October. The Forest Service makes a distinction between wild horses, which are protected by law, and feral horses, which are not. (File photo by Megan Newsham/Cronkite News)

Already struggling, farmers face another challenge with diesel shortage

As if this year hasn’t been rough enough on the agriculture community, with droughts and inflation, farmers can now add "global diesel shortage" to their hardship bingo card for 2022.


Tight elections for attorney general, schools superintendent could trigger automatic recounts

PHOENIX – The results of statewide elections for attorney general and superintendent of public instruction are currently within the margin for an automatic recount, with about 10,000 ballots left to be counted. The process across every county in the state would go into late December before recount results are released to the public.

With just more than 10,000 ballots left to be counted statewide, Arizona’s races for attorney general and state superintendent will likely trigger recounts next month. (Photo by Drake Presto/Cronkite News)

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.


Voters with disabilities have many ways to cast ballots in Maricopa County

PHOENIX – An estimated 38 million eligible voters in the U.S. have a disability, but they tend to have a lower turnout rate than voters without disabilities. A Phoenix nonprofit works with disabled residents on what to expect on Election Day.


Prop 209 would limit medical debt collection; critics say it’s too broad

WASHINGTON - Backers of Proposition 209 say the ballot measure will protect Arizona residents from crushing medical debt when they're struggling keep a home and a job so they can pay their debts, but critics say the proposal is too broad and will reward the wrong people.


Election officials probe alleged voter intimidation at ballot drop box

WASHINGTON - Election officials reacted swiftly to reported voter intimidation this week at a Mesa ballot drop box, condemning the action and reassuring voters that they are working with law enforcement to address such incidents.


Corporation Commission: Sandra Kennedy seeks re-election on a platform of renewable energy

Sandra Kennedy is campaigning for re-election to the Corporation Commission on a platform dedicated to increasing the use of renewable energy and keeping utility costs low. She prioritizes water conservation and transitioning Native American communities to renewable energy.

Sandra Kennedy (Photo courtesy of the Sandra Kennedy campaign)

New look, same objective: Revamped ASU softball team believes Oklahoma City attainable

TEMPE – Despite a new coach and a new mix of players, the Arizona State softball team has big Women’s College World Series aspirations.

The biggest challenge for Arizona State’s new softball coach, Megan Bartlett, will be unifying a team that is a mix of freshmen, transfers and experienced veterans. (Photo courtesy Sun Devil Athletics)

‘Five-alarm crisis’: Teachers face mental health crisis due to low pay, pandemic stress, scant support

Navigating low salaries, pandemic worries and burnout: Many teachers will tell you this is the job description of modern educators. The result is an expanding mental health crisis among U.S. teachers – a problem so dire that many are leaving the profession.


Could overturning of Roe v. Wade impact athletic recruiting at Arizona universities?

PHOENIX – Now that Roe v. Wade has been overturned by the Supreme Court, could NCAA programs in Arizona suffer recruiting consequences because of the state’s anti-abortion stance?