Editor’s Picks

Tackle this: Decline in youth football participation raises questions about future

PHOENIX – Youth tackle football numbers have been dropping steadily for years. With flag football on the rise and legislation a possibility, are we looking at the end of youth tackle football?


Advocates urge immigrants to act fast, as higher citizenship fees loom

WASHINGTON - Immigration experts and advocates in Arizona are urging people to file their paperwork as soon as possible as federal agencies eye steeper processing fees across a broad range of citizenship forms.

Citizenship Rush

On Virginia’s Eastern Shore, wild horses are an asset, not a headache

CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. - While Western communities struggle to control wild horse populations that are overwhelming the federal lands they roam, a small town out on an island off Virginia's Eastern Shore has turned the presence of wild horses from a problem to an asset.


He was a robber, she sold drugs; only one can get help with school

WASHINGTON - The American Opportunity Tax Credit lets people, including former inmates, claim a credit for college education expenses - unless they were convicted of a drug crime. Lawmakers are trying to lift that ban, saying someone jailed for drugs should not be denied benefits a murder can get.


Money to burn: Forest Service wildfire fund ends its year in the black

WASHINGTON - For the first time in nine years, the U.S. Forest Service ended the fiscal year without depleting its fire suppression budget and having to borrow money from other projects to continue fighting wildfires.


Law firm releases details on 109 Catholic clergy accused of sexual abuse in Phoenix

PHOENIX – A report including details and photos of 109 Catholic clergy members was released by a Minnesota-based law firm on Wednesday. The report includes information that predates the founding of the Diocese of Phoenix in 1969.


What has bats, balls and an Arizona fanbase? Hint: It’s not baseball

SCOTTSDALE - Even though it’s more popular in other countries, cricket has found a surprising home in Arizona.

Arizona Falcons batsman Varun Ranganat playing cricket

Why some tattoo artists choose vegan inks over traditional formulas

PHOENIX – Some Phoenix tattoo artists are choosing to use vegan inks instead of non-vegan tattoo inks for ethical and practical reasons.


Arizona’s average age still below U.S., but it’s catching up fast

WASHINGTON – Arizona's average age of 37.9 in 2018 was relatively young compared to other states, but the rise in age from 2010 was twice the national average and second-highest in the U.S., new Census data show, as births fell and older residents continued to move in.


For good measure: Analytics a part of youth baseball, too

PEORIA – The data revolution has trickled down to youth baseball, thanks to technologies like GameChanger and a popularizing of the analytics movement.


Buffelgrass Blues: Campaign kicks off in Phoenix parks to combat an invasive species

PHOENIX – Buffelgrass, an invasive species from South Africa, is the focus of an eradication campaign by Phoenix and several conservancy groups.


‘They choose not to know’: Victims, advocates combat sex trafficking in Arizona

PHOENIX – Cronkite News reporters Jake Goodrick and Alicia Longo produced three supplemental videos to accompany a Frontline on PBS documentary about sex trafficking in Arizona.