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August 4, 2022 Newscast

Cronkite News looks back at stories from our sports bureau: From how you can help when the Super Bowl comes to the Valley to why more women are betting on games.


Here’s what police, car dealers recommend to deter catalytic converter theft

PHOENIX – Catalytic converter thefts are rising across the U.S. The pollution-control parts, which can cost more than $1,000 to replace, don’t come with a serial number, but one Phoenix dealership has a way to increase the likelihood of recovering a stolen converter, and police recommend drivers be intentional about where they park.


2022 draft prospects come to LA Kings development camp reflecting franchise’s new direction

LOS ANGELES – The newest group of Los Angeles Kings prospects from the 2022 NHL draft come to development camp with confidence as the team takes its next steps toward Cup contention.


‘We showed them what we’re about’: NAU’s Grijalva, Nur compete in track world championships

EUGENE, Ore. – Former Northern Arizona teammates and roomates, Abdihamid Nur and Guatemala’s Luis Grijalva, competed against each other in the men’s 5,000-meter final Sunday at the World Athletics Championships.


Valley’s 12.3% inflation among highest in nation; U.S. at 40-year high

WASHINGTON - The Phoenix area posted one of the nation's highest inflation rates over the past year at 12.3%, compared to a national rate of 9.1% that was itself the sharpest rise in more than 40 years.


‘A mini-Grand Canyon’: Desert opens up as aquifers decline in Cochise County

SULPHUR SPRINGS – Cities and agricultural operations put intense pressure on groundwater supplies, but in most of Arizona, no rules govern how, when and how much can be pumped. In Cochise County, fissures are appearing as the water table falls, and some residents are pushing to establish an Active Management Area to regulate pumping.


Yee-Haul: Prescott Frontier Days ropes in sold-out crowds and ties family with fun

PRESCOTT – Despite rainy conditions, Prescott Frontier Days continued its annual tradition with another successful event that featured sold-out crowds and nine timed and judged competitions over seven days.


‘I’m terrified I might be here forever’: White House confirms Brittney Griner’s letter to Biden

LOS ANGELES – Brittney Griner’s wife Cherelle and the White House reacted to letter that the Phoenix Mercury star sent to President Joe Biden.


Burgers and bucks: Typical July 4th cookout will cost 17% more this year

WASHINGTON - The real fireworks for this Fourth of July weekend may be in the supermarket aisles. The American Farm Bureau's annual survey of holiday food prices found the cost of a cookout for 10 will be $69.68 this year, 17% higher than the same meal last year.


Angel City FC’s recent charter flight suggests NWSL prioritizing athlete well-being

LOS ANGELES – The NWSL emerged 16 years after the WNBA and is already ahead in terms of equality, its players say. The women’s soccer league is the first to have an airline sponsor and is allowing team to charter flights if they choose to do so.


Colorado River water managers face federal call for unprecedented cuts

Water users in the overtaxed Colorado River Basin have fewer than 60 days to come up with a plan to keep 2 million to 4 million acre-feet in the system to prop up Lakes Mead and Powell, and if they can’t, the Bureau of Reclamation says it will take action.


Durant? Lillard? What a Deandre Ayton sign-and-trade deal could look like

PHOENIX – Speculation about a Deandre Ayton sign-and-trade is growing. Will the Phoenix Suns star be with the team next season?