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Walk of shame: ASU football slapped with probation, scholarship reductions due to violations during Herm Edwards era

Following NCAA Level I violations during the Herm Edwards era that “seriously undermine or threaten the integrity of college sports,” the Arizona State athletic department faces punishments extending into the move to the Big 12 conference.

Sensory Friendly Job Fair paves the way for adults with autism to meet potential employers

TEMPE – The Arizona Department of Economic Security, Autism Society of Greater Phoenix and Rio Salado College put on a Sensory Friendly Job Fair on April 9 in Tempe, featuring adjusted lighting, staggered arrival times and reduced noise levels to create a calm atmosphere for job seekers with autism disabilities.

Job seekers walk into Rio Salado College Southern in Tempe on April 9 to attend the Sensory Friendly Job Fair put on by the Autism Society of Greater Phoenix, the Arizona Department of Economic Security and the college. (Photo by Annika Tourlas/Cronkite News)

It’s official: NHL approves Arizona Coyotes’ $1.2B Sale, relocation to Utah

TEMPE – In a long-awaited move that ends the Arizona Coyotes' decades-long arena saga, the NHL's Board of Governors unanimously approved the franchise's $1.2 billion sale and relocation to Utah.

UCLA’s Charisma Osborne embraces underdog role after dropping to Mercury in third round of 2024 WNBA Draft

PHOENIX – Phoenix Mercury did not have a first- or second-round pick, but in the third round Monday they selected UCLA guard Charisma Osborne, who is a player with a ton of upside despite being drafted later than expected.

Charisma Osborne, right, poses with WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert after being selected 25th overall by the Phoenix Mercury during the 2024 WNBA Draft Monday night at Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

Annual 5K walk & run tackles misinformation and stigma surrounding HIV and AIDS

TEMPE – The Aunt Rita’s Foundation AIDS Walk Arizona & 5K Run brought together advocates and health professionals from across the Valley to raise awareness and funds for programs that help prevent and treat HIV and AIDS.

Runners and walkers take off from the starting line for the Aunt Rita’s Paint the Town Red AIDS Walk Arizona & 5K Run held April 6 at Tempe Beach Park. (Photo by Kayla Mae Jackson/Cronkite News)

Festival de Cine de Phoenix impulsa escena cinematográfica de Arizona

PHOENIX – El Festival de Cine de Phoenix ayuda a convertir a Arizona en un lugar favorito para cineastas y fanáticos del cine. El auge del festival en las últimas dos décadas refleja la creciente prominencia de Arizona en la industria cinematográfica.

Nicole Simone and Karen Genis get their photo taken in front of the “Opening Night” banner at the Phoenix Film Festival’s kickoff event at the party pavilion next to the Harkins Theatres: Scottsdale 101 on April 4, 2024. Simone and Genis were at the film festival for the first time. (Photo by Kayla Mae Jackson/Cronkite News)

Reunited: From Ashburn to Arizona to Milwaukee, pitchers JB Bukauskas and Taylor Clarke together again

PHOENIX – Ashburn, Virginia, isn’t known as a baseball hotbed, but two pitchers for Milwaukee, JB Bukauskas and Taylor Clarke, have made it to the majors and are teammates for the second time as professionals.

Pitchers JB Bukauskas and Taylor Clarke (not pictured), both hailing from Ashburn, Virginia, have found a familiar connection as teammates in the Milwaukee Brewers organization. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

‘Absolute beautiful place’: Rockin’ River Ranch State Park opens in Camp Verde

CAMP VERDE – After several setbacks, Rockin’ River Ranch State Park opened on Feb. 9 in Camp Verde. The native wildlife, hiking trails, fishing and picnic areas of the newest state park have already attracted local and international visitors.

Stables are shown at Rockin’ River Ranch on March 23, 2024, in Camp Verde. (Photo by Mariah Temprendola/Cronkite News)

Report: ESA voucher program not fully to blame for public school enrollment decline

PHOENIX – Common Sense Institute Arizona has released a report on the state’s Empowerment Scholarship Account program. Key findings from the report contend that while ESA enrollment is slowing down and public school enrollment is in decline, the ESA program may not be solely to blame.

Nyeshua Miller, a teacher at a Black Mothers Forum “microschool,” joins other forum members and marchers who support Empowerment Scholarship Accounts, known as ESAs or school vouchers, in Phoenix in March 2023. Common Sense Institute Arizona has released a report contending that though public school enrollment is in decline, the ESA program may not be solely to blame. (File photo by Emily Mai/Cronkite News)

Phoenix Suns superfan Mr. ORNG arrested on child sex crime charges

PHOENIX – Mr. ORNG, the face of the Phoenix Suns’ fan base for years, has been arrested for child sex crimes. Patrick Battillo allegedly solicited videos of boys in “various sex acts and in various states of nudity.”

Patrick Battillo, a popular Suns superfan known as “Mr. ORNG’ as well as a Peoria High School basketball coach, was arrested Tuesday night on charge related to child sex crimes. (File photo by Dominic Rivera/Cronkite News)

Phoenix shines as host city for 2024 Men’s Final Four, passes torch to San Antonio

PHOENIX – After the Final Four concluded Monday, the Phoenix planning committee handed the keys to hosting the Final Four to San Antonio, which will host the event in 2025.

Manny Sanchez of the San Antonio planning committee receives the symbolic keys to the upcoming NCAA Men's Final Four event from Phoenix organizers JoAn Scott, right, and Jay Parry, left. (Photo by Ethan Briggs/Cronkite News)

Despite overcast skies, ‘Great American Eclipse’ delivers for Arizona fans

FLAGSTAFF - The weather was chilly and the skies were partly cloudy, but that did not dampen the enthusiasm of the hundreds who came to Lowell Observatory to watch the last solar eclipse in the continental U.S. for the next 20 years.