Baseball is almost back: Surprise gears up for busy spring as World Series champion Texas Rangers arrive

SURPRISE – From a lineup of spring training events to enhanced stadium features like the upgraded scoreboard, Surprise Stadium is poised to provide top-notch experiences for all visitors during the spring training season.

As preparations ramp up, Surprise readies to welcome the Texas Rangers and their devoted fans to spring training at Surprise Stadium. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

State officials call for federal funds to protect election systems, workers

WASHINGTON - The federal government provides funds to make sure bridges and dams don't collapse - it should do the same for the nation's elections, a bipartisan group of Arizona officials said this week, calling elections an "egregious unfunded mandate."

Flight attendants demand better pay and working conditions during Sky Harbor Airport walkout

PHOENIX – Flight attendants at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport joined others across the country in an educational demonstration to shine a light on their struggle to make a deal with their airline employers.

Flight attendants walk out at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to advocate for better pay and working conditions on Feb. 13, 2024. (Photo by Mariah Temprendola/Cronkite News)

NCAA sets forth plan to extend protection for athletes with new Post-Eligibility Insurance Program

PHOENIX – At the NCAA Convention in Phoenix, officials previewed their new Post Eligibility Insurance Program. The policy goes live in August and aims to be an extra layer of protection for NCAA athletes.

The Post-Eligibility Insurance Program, set to take effect Aug. 1, aims to offer extended coverage and support beyond an athlete's eligibility period. (Photo by Erica Denhoff/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

As summers get hotter, St. Vincent de Paul works to assist unhoused individuals

PHOENIX – St. Vincent de Paul provides housing and heat relief to people experiencing homelessness. In the summer, the organization offers bottled water, indoor air conditioning and outdoor heat relief stations, which are necessary interventions as the Valley is overwhelmed with heat.

People who are experiencing homelessness are provided with beds at St. Vincent de Paul’s Washington Street Shelter. (Photo courtesy of St. Vincent de Paul)

Phoenix Mercury’s bold shake-up signals win-now mentality under new regime

PHOENIX – Phoenix Mercury had one of its worst seasons in franchise history last year, but new leadership has made aggressive moves to get the team back to its winning ways in 2024.

State of Indian Nations is good, but could be better, speakers say

WASHINGTON - Tribal nations are seeing themselves represented more than ever before in the government, but they still need to make their voices heard more loudly at the ballot box, the president of the National Congress of American Indians said Monday.

Ajo Center for Sustainable Agriculture teaches next generation farmers sustainable practices

AJO – Sterling Johnson from the Ajo Center for Sustainable Agriculture is teaching the next generation of Indigenous farmers how to connect with the land and the culture through sustainable growing techniques.

Photo essay: Early play at WM Phoenix Open defined by wild weather, record score

SCOTTSDALE – After a three-and-a half- hour rain delay on Thursday, the WM Phoenix Open finished it’s first round Friday with a record-tying score heading into the second round. Here’s a look at the early days of the tournament in pictures.

Players bags lined up in the media center prior to the start of round one of the WM Phoenix Open Thursday. (Photo by Joe Eigo/Cronkite news)

Nicolo Galletti, Jesse Mueller lone ASU representatives to make cut at WM Phoenix Open

SCOTTSDALE – The two ASU golfers in the final cut at TPC Scottsdale were not the usual suspects seen at the people’s open. Jesse Mueller and Nicolo Galletti took vastly different paths to play into the weekend.

Jesse Mueller, who has 24 career wins under his belt, proves he can thrive through the chaos of the WM Phoenix Open crowd. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

Title talk: Dodgers fans expect to be back in the World Series in 2024

GLENDALE – After a disappointing postseason in 2023 and a record-breaking offseason, the Los Angeles Dodgers are the the center of conversation around the league. Coming into spring training, Dodgers fans are looking for nothing less than a World Series appearance in 2024.

Amid the buzz of the Los Angeles Dodgers' ambitious offseason, one name stands out: Shohei Ohtani. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News via Getty Images)

Nick Taylor’s playoff victory caps controversial WM Phoenix Open on high note

SCOTTSDALE – A long day at the WM Phoenix Open ends in a second playoff hole and a victory for Nick Taylor over Charley Hoffman Sunday.

Canadian golfer Nick Taylor clinches a dramatic victory to cap a chaotic yet thrilling week at the WM Phoenix Open. (Photo by Ethan Briggs/Cronkite News)