Arizona lawmakers weigh in on case pitting gay rights, religious rights

WASHINGTON - Three Arizona lawmakers were among the scores of House and Senate members who filed a court brief Thursday defending the Colorado cake shop owner who was sued for refusing to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.


Political message a sign of tension as Roosevelt Row development continues

PHOENIX — It’s a blindingly bright Tuesday morning in Phoenix’s Roosevelt Row arts district. Despite the lack of people on the sidewalks, it is anything but quiet. The sounds of construction fill the air at the intersection of Third and Roosevelt streets, and a promotional sign for the new Broadstone Roosevelt Apartments, which formerly read “Never Stop Exploring,” was altered with spray paint to read “Never Stop Exploiting.”


GCU students’ love of ‘boarding’ drives launch of electric longboard company

PHOENIX – Levi Conlow and Nathan Cooper have been “boarding” all their lives — skateboarding, wakeboarding and snowboarding.

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Little People group says wrestling event in Chandler hurts, discriminates

CHANDLER - Leaders of the Phoenix area chapter of the Little People of America are upset organizers of a Chandler festival hired and promoted an “extreme midget wrestling” event, saying the term is derogatory, painful and may violate federal laws protecting people with disabilities.

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DACA repeal could have negative economic impact in Arizona

PHOENIX — Through DACA, Lili Sanchez has been able to obtain work as a licensed real estate agent and provide for her two young children. The fate of her profession and source of income now rests entirely in the hands of President Donald Trump. If the program is repealed, Sanchez will have few options left and will have to start from zero again.

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Phoenix launches independent investigation of police response to Trump rally protesters

PHOENIX – The city is hiring an outside firm to conduct an independent review of the controversial police response to protesters after last week’s presidential rally.

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International students find assistance adjusting to life at U.S. universities

TEMPE – More than a million international students attend American colleges and universities, but often struggle with homesickness, learning the nuances of the English language and making friends outside of people from their home country.


In Focus, episode 10: Arizona’s new detection system for wrong-way driving

On this episode of In Focus, we discuss wrong-way driving and the new technology that the Arizona Department of Transportation is installing on the Interstate 17. Digital Producer Alexis Kuhbander speaks to someone who barely avoided a wrong-way collision, along with a public safety official and vehicle-detection system expert, who highlight the importance of the thermal enhancements.


Women who travel spend billions but still do all the work, including laundry

PHOENIX – Women plan travel and men go along with the plans, according to new marketing research that also shows generational differences among millennial, Gen X and boomer women who travel.


Grand Canyon water pipeline slated for multimillion-dollar replacement

GRAND CANYON - An aging pipeline bringing water to residents, resorts and 6 million visitors a year at the Grand Canyon has broken about 80 times since 2010 and needs a multimillion-dollar replacement, park officials say.


Arizona colleges strive to increase state’s graduation rate

PHOENIX – Arizona universities are working to drive up Arizona college graduation rates, smoothing the way for students transferring from community college, offering financial aid and adding online classes to draw non-traditional students.


‘I didn’t want to get out of bed’: Athletes battle mental health issues, too

PHOENIX -- Jonathan Meldrum, a former offensive lineman at Syracuse, struggled through his sophomore year in college.