Safety first: USA Hockey’s youth neck guard mandate receives positive response in Arizona after tragic incidents

SCOTTSDALE – USA Hockey mandated the use of neck guards for youth hockey players from the age of 18 and under. Members of the Jr. Coyotes react to the news and give their feedback on the safety of hockey players.

In the wake of recent tragedies, youth hockey players and supporters embrace the mandatory use of neck guards. The NHL currently does not have any such mandate for players. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

House panel advances GOP plan to check citizenship of welfare recipients

PHOENIX - A House committee, on a party-line vote, gave preliminary approval Monday to a ballot measure that would require cities, towns and agencies to check the citizenship status of anyone applying for public welfare benefits or a license of any kind.

From Serbia to Phoenix: Freshman Iva Sepa makes waves in tennis, culture at Grand Canyon University

PHOENIX – Iva Sepa's journey from Serbia to Phoenix takes center stage as she embraces collegiate tennis at Grand Canyon University while navigating the challenges of a new country.

Serbian athlete Iva Sepa shines as a freshman tennis player at Grand Canyon University while navigating the challenges of living in a new country. (Photo courtesy of GCU Athletics)

‘We may run out of time’: Diamondbacks consider all options, including relocation, amid soon expiring stadium deal

PHOENIX – Fresh off their first National League pennant since 2001, the Arizona Diamondbacks may be looking to cash in on their return to relevance. Despite routinely filling Chase Field throughout their magical run, owner Ken Kendrick has left the door open for a relocation amid expansion talks, soon expiring stadium deal

The Diamondbacks’ lease at Chase Field, their home ballpark since the team’s inception in 1998, expires after the 2027 season. (File photo by William Wilson/Cronkite News)

No end in sight: ASU tennis coach Sheila McInerney continues to succeed in 40th season

TEMPE – Through four decades of coaching, Sheila McInerney's passion for tennis and teaching shines as she navigates the ever-changing dynamics of collegiate sports.

Sheila McInerney, ASU's esteemed women's tennis coach, continues to mentor players as she reaches her 40th-season milestone. (Photo by Ethan Briggs/Cronkite News)

Arizona public schools struggle to fill teaching positions as leaders brainstorm school staffing solutions

PHOENIX – From legislative proposals to extend Proposition 123 to the two-day Arizona State University Fulton Teachers College Summit on Strategic School Staffing Structures, educators, politicians and researchers weigh in on strategies to help alleviate staffing shortages in Arizona schools.

The annual Strategic School Staffing Summit, run by Arizona State University's Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College earlier this month, highlighted a collection of potential solutions to teacher staffing issues across the state. In this 2022 file photo, students work with a teacher at Encanto Elementary School in Phoenix. (File photo by Sophie Oppfelt/Cronkite News)

Clayton Keller’s All-Star play powering Arizona Coyotes’ second-half push amid season of ups and downs

TEMPE – The Arizona Coyotes open the second half of their season, having one of their best starts in years. Their success, in large part, has been highlighted by the All-Star play of forward Clayton Keller.

Arizona Coyotes forward Clayton Keller aims to guide the team through a critical second-half push after a recent setback due to a nine-game skid. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Federal regulators deny permits for hydropower projects on Navajo Nation

Federal energy officials took the unusual step of denying permits Thursday to several pumped hydropower projects proposed on the Navajo Nation, citing a new policy that gives tribes a greater voice in projects on their lands - a move welcomed by advocates.

From dusk till dawn: Gilbert Regional Park’s pickleball oasis offers electric atmosphere to draw passionate community

GILBERT – Pickleball is America’s fastest-growing sport, and Gilbert Regional Park is playing host to one of Arizona’s most thriving pickleball communities.

Road to Omaha: ASU baseball team begins 2024 season with renewed confidence

PHOENIX – The Arizona State baseball team will kick off its season Friday night. After a disappointing end to 2023, the Sun Devils have high hopes for this campaign.

Nonprofit aiding unhoused community continues events despite Tempe denying special event permit

TEMPE – The city of Tempe recently denied a special event permit for AZ Hugs, a nonprofit that connects the city’s unhoused community to necessary resources. However, founder Austin Davis is continuing to host the Sundays events regardless of the city’s decision.

Freak hand injury (again) means ASU baseball starts season without Nick McLain

TEMPE – After sustaining a hamate bone injury to begin last season, Nick McLain suffered the identical injury to his other hand to begin 2024. ASU baseball is expected to be without the slugger until Pac-12 play.

Nick McLain, right, celebrates with Luke Hill after hitting a home run. McLain will miss the start of the Arizona State baseball season after suffering a hand injury. (Photo courtesy of Sun Devil Athletics)