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Audit shows Border Patrol hampered by outdated technology, flawed evaluation of new equipment

NOGALES – The U.S. Customs and Border Protection has received more than $743 million in funding since 2017 for upgrades in border technology. But it has only bought 28% of the equipment needed to modernize and coordinate systems designed to thwart the flow of illegal goods and border crossers.


Spencer Sanders leads Oklahoma State to Fiesta Bowl win with guidance from Valley’s Tim Rattay

GLENDALE – Spencer Sanders passed for 371 yards and four touchdowns to lead Oklahoma State to a 37-35 victory over Notre Dame in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl. It was a standout performance for a quarterback guided by Valley product Tim Rattay.


Fading inside: One family’s battle with Alzheimer’s amid the pandemic

MORRISVILLE, Pa. – The COVID-19 pandemic has exacted a grave toll on those with dementia. Some fell ill. Many died. Others saw their disease worsen amid isolation from loved ones. One Cronkite News reporter shares her family’s personal journey of living with Alzheimer’s during these unprecedented times.


‘Every penny counts’: Phoenix restaurants struggle to find food and workers while keeping prices low

PHOENIX – Restaurants across metro Phoenix are struggling to find a balance between finding quality ingredients without breaking the bank and raising prices. Restaurants also are experiencing staffing shortages and shipping complications that make it harder to stay in business.


Distance swimming and dim sum: ASU’s Gordon Mason takes journey from Hong Kong to Tempe

TEMPE – ASU swimmer Gordon Mason faced a long journey to reach Tempe, traveling from Hong Kong to the U.K. to Los Angeles. While on that path, he found his two greatest passions: swimming and cooking.


Brnovich amends vaccine mandate lawsuit to include Phoenix first responders

PHOENIX – Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has amended his suit against the Biden administration’s mandate that all federal employees and contractors be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by January and added Phoenix fire and police associations.


Nonprofits, business groups help Latino-owned businesses hit hard by pandemic

PHOENIX – Salvadoreño Restaurant No. 3, like other Hispanic-owned restaurants, endured many hardships during the pandemic. Yesenia Ramirez, co-owner of the restaurant, says they had to “respond to change immediately.”


Keeping it in the Valley: Former Sun Devils Holland Woods, Taeshon Cherry enjoy vibe at GCU

PHOENIX – The team chemistry and culture of the GCU men’s basketball team brought former Sun Devils Holland Woods and Taeshon Cherry from Tempe to Phoenix.


World class: ASU women’s soccer is a global family

TEMPE – With 13 international players on a 31-player roster, Arizona State’s women’s soccer program has mastered international recruiting like no other program in the Pac-12 Conference. Coach Graham Winkworth’s team represents 10 countries on five continents.


Flying high: NAU cross country, worldwide endurance athletes use Flagstaff’s altitude as training tactic

PHOENIX - Distance runners from NAU and all over the world utilize the high altitude in Flagstaff for training. HYPO2 Sport is an altitude training organization that prioritizes athletes’ performance under elevated conditions and produces methods to take advantage of altitude.


Arizona Supreme Court upholds ruling that allows school mask mandates

WASHINGTON – The Arizona Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that state lawmakers could not include a ban on school mask mandates and other issues - everything from voter registration to dog-racing permits - that were rolled together in budget bills.


Ghost tours scare up more business during COVID pandemic

TOMBSTONE – During the COVID-19 pandemic, ghost tours fulfilled a rising demand for outdoor activities where social distancing was possible.