Arizona concertgoers relieved as the Justice Department brings antitrust suit against Live Nation

WASHINGTON – Concertgoers in Arizona are relieved as the Department of Justice and 30 states bring an antitrust lawsuit against Live Nation and Ticketmaster.

Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes, who announced that Arizona joined the Department of Justice and 29 other states in suing Live Nation and Ticketmaster for anti-competitive business practices. (File photo by Mary Grace Grabill/Cronkite News)

Theme parks, private planes and Paris: The leadership PAC loophole

A loophole in federal campaign finance law that allows candidates to spend donations for their own personal use has repeatedly brought together Democrats and Republicans at the Federal Election Commission to try to persuade Congress to ban the practice – but only people who can change the law are the ones who directly benefit from it.

Best foot forward: Tucson farrier educates Native American communities on horseshoeing

TUCSON – George Goode explains the significance of farrier education through his nonprofit organization, the Native American Horse Education Foundation, which provides courses to Native American communities in Sells.

George Goode sits in front of his trailer on the Tohono O’odham Nation on April 10, 2024. Goode bought his trailer 30 years ago when the Native American Horse Education Foundation was still a dream. Now, he uses the trailer daily to help teach equine education to Native Americans. It houses materials necessary for horseshoeing, including burners, anvils, nails and shoes. (Photo by Sam Ballesteros/Cronkite News)

WNBA evaluating how superstar Cailtlin Clark, women’s sports popularity can help secure lucrative media rights deal

PHOENIX – With the WNBA’s media rights deal set to expire after the 2025 season, Commissioner Cathy Engelbert believes this year will be crucial to helping the WNBA earn its proper value in negotiations.

WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert is aiming to at least double the league's $60 million annual media rights deal when it expires after the 2025 season. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

Phoenix Film Festival works to boost Arizona’s film scene

PHOENIX – Phoenix Film Festival helps shape Arizona into a favorite spot for filmmakers and movie fans. The festival's rise over the past two decades mirrors Arizona's growing prominence in the film industry.

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)

‘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)

For second time in a month, feds shower billions on Arizona microchip makers

PHOENIX – The Biden administration announced Monday that it will award $6.6 billion in grants and another $5 billion in loans to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. to enhance and expand semiconductor production in Arizona.

Eastlake Park Community Center unveils NCAA Men’s Final Four Legacy Project in Phoenix

PHOENIX – Gov. Katie Hobbs joined other officials to unveil the NCAA Men’s Final Four Legacy Project, which refurbished indoor and outdoor basketball courts and upgraded other amenities at Eastlake Park Community Center.

Elizabeth White, 101, stands in front of the Legacy Project mural painted at Eastlake Park Community Center in Phoenix after the unveiling of the NCAA Men’s Final Four Legacy Project, which refurbished indoor and outdoor basketball courts and upgraded other amenities at the center. (Photo by Kayla Mae Jackson/Cronkite News)

Tohono O’odham Nation receives grant to expand internet connectivity

TOHONO O’ODHAM NATION – The Tohono O'odham Nation received $10 million in grants to expand its internet connectivity to regions that previously had no internet.

June Starr, left, helps Francine Jose operate her computer and guides her through Gmail on Feb. 13. Jose was part of a group of residents from Chukut Kut, a Tohono O'odham district on the U.S.-Mexico border. (Photo by Crystal Aguilar/Cronkite News)

Phoenix-area Black businesses face challenges with start-up capital

PHOENIX – Black businesses are facing funding problems to start up. The State of Black Business report has recommendations to help fix the problem.

$1.2 trillion budget bill, racing against shutdown, funds more border security

WASHINGTON - Lawmakers on Friday advanced a $1.2 trillion package of budget bills that includes funding for 42,000 new beds in migrant detention facilities and for the hiring of an additional 22,000 Border Patrol agents.