Arizona troopers warn Congress that lifting weight limit on trucks will make highways more dangerous

WASHINGTON – Law enforcement officials from the Coalition Against Bigger Trucks lobbied members of Congress not to allow heavier trucks on roads. The shipping industry wants to put more freight in each load, but opponents say that would endanger other drivers.

Trucks drive on SR-189 in southwest Arizona on March 10, 2022. (Photo courtesy of Arizona Department of Transportation)

Social equity: Critics say Arizona’s cannabis program did ‘exact opposite’ of what voters intended

PHOENIX – Arizona legalized recreational marijuana and established a social equity ownership program. Critics say the state failed to establish a fair program. We explain how it happened.

Alicia Deals, left, checks in on her colleague, who goes by K.T., while he sorts and packs online orders, on June 3, 2024, at the Cookies dispensary in Tempe. (Photo by Stella Subasic/Cronkite News)

Blood, sweat and stories: Preserving culture and history through lowriding

PHOENIX – There is a deeper story within the chrome and bright colors of the lowrider culture. A local car club member and Phoenix artists talk about the deeper meaning of lowrider culture and its role in preserving Chicano culture.

Lowriders in downtown Phoenix are adorned with Chicano, Mexican and Mexican American symbols, such as the serape, a traditional blanket, and the rosary, on April 13, 2024. (Photo by David Ulloa Jr./Cronkite News)

Wrestling with fate: How two visionaries elevated professional wrestling in the Valley

PHOENIX – Dom Vitalli and Jon Wolfgang helped transform Arizona’s wrestling landscape by establishing TrainInAZ and Phoenix Championship Wrestling.

Kevin Koa, a pro wrestler based in Mesa, provides entertainment for the growing wrestling fan base in Arizona at a Phoenix Championship Wrestling event. 4(Photo courtesy of Phoenix Championship Wrestling)

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.