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To shore up dwindling ranks, police departments hire more civilian investigators

PHOENIX – Police departments – including Baltimore, Phoenix and Mesa – have hired more civilian investigators to “make sure crimes get hands-on attention” as departments face staffing shortfalls.


From Rising goalkeeper to Champions League: Josh Cohen thrives in new role

PHOENIX – Josh Cohen was the Phoenix Rising goalkeeper in 2017. Five years later, he is starting in the Champions League against stars such as Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappé and Neymar.


Red Mountain receiver Ja’Kobi Lane leaps from benchwarmer to ‘unguardable’

MESA – As a sophomore, Ja’kobi Lane mostly sat the bench for Mesa’s Red Mountain’s football team. Now, the lanky senior describes himself as “unguardable,” and as the top-rated receiver in Arizona who has committed to play at USC, it’s hard to argue with him.

USC commit Ja’Kobi Lane is making a name for himself as a wide receiver at Red Mountain High School, where he has emerged as the Arizona's top-ranked player at his position in the class of 2023. (Marlee Zanna Thompson/Cronkite News)

Arizona women’s basketball reloads with the hiring of Wildcat great Aari McDonald as Director of Recruiting

PHOENIX — Aari McDonald was recently named the Director of Recruiting at her alma mater, Arizona. The Wildcats are already loaded with top recruits for the 2022 and 2023 seasons and adding McDonald only brings the program and coach Adia Barnes more success.

Aari McDonald, right, makes her return to the Arizona women's basketball program as the new Director of Recruiting. The former Wildcats star reunites with former teammate Cate Reese in the new role. (Photo by Nathan Hiatt/Cronkite News)

Slither and bound: Rattlesnakes and toads get busy during monsoon season

SCOTTSDALE – The summer Arizona monsoon doesn’t just bring dramatic storms, it’s a signal for such desert animals as rattlesnakes and toads to reproduce.


Football’s popularity flags as more parents worry about concussions

PHOENIX – With increased awareness of concussions parents are not allowing their children to play football. Barrow Neurological Institute conducted a study that found that this trend has been ongoing since 2016.


Remembering Lute: Two years after his death, Olson remains important figure to former players

TUCSON – Two years after his death, Lute Olson’s legacy remains far-reaching. He let his players be a part of his family, both on and off the court. That family atmosphere inspired former players to seek out coaching positions, collegiately and in the NBA.


‘The guardian angel’: Friends recall heroic final minutes in life of former Central High star Corvel Simmons

PHOENIX – In late July 2021, former Central High School football standout Corvel Simmons and his coach, Matt Allen, were discussing fears. Among Simmons' concerns? Drowning. A week later, Simmons died in a tragic paddle board accident, and as his family later learned, he died heroically.


Beavers engineering resistance to onslaught of climate change

BOULDER, Colorado – Across North America, beavers create marshy mosaics to keep themselves safe, but their industriousness also is a powerful tool in fending off the damage of climate change, researchers say. But laws regarding beavers as pests need to be changed, they say.


Image of Griner graces ‘Bring Them Home’ mural of hostages in Washington

WASHINGTON - An image of Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner, smiling and in a Team USA jersey, dominates the "Bring Them Home" mural in Washington. The mural features 18 Americans who are being held hostage or have been wrongfully detained overseas.


Senate fundraising keeps up blistering pace; Kelly’s $52 million leads pack

WASHINGTON - Sen. Mark Kelly, D-Ariz., reported raising almost $52.5 million as of June 30, putting him well ahead of the pack of would-be Republican challengers who are locked in the final days of a bitter primary fight.


Los Angeles Sparks hope to build off success in July with successful homestand

LOS ANGELES – After starting the season 7-11, July has been kinder to the Los Angeles Sparks. They hope to keep that momentum going tonight against the Chicago Sky.