‘We’re not just numbers, we’re not robots, we’re people’: Workers at Sky Harbor strike over job conditions

PHOENIX – SSP America employees at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport are on strike in hopes of obtaining safer and more equitable working conditions. UNITE HERE Local 11 filed unfair labor practice and discrimination charges against SSP America.

SSP America workers go on strike on Jan. 23, 2024, at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in protest of late paychecks and poor labor conditions. (Photo by Marnie Jordan/Cronkite News)

Senate panel blasts Commerce Authority in face of audit, legal questions

PHOENIX – A Senate committee grilled Arizona Commerce Authority officials Wednesday, just one day after Attorney General Kris Mayes said the agency’s wining and dining of CEOs violated the state’s gift clause.

Margaret T. Hance Park is home to a portion of the Super Bowl LVII Experience. Signage at the park promotes the big game and events surrounding it. (Photo by Drake Presto/Cronkite News)

Hobbs targets transportation, ESA program to close $889 million budget hole

PHOENIX - Gov. Katie Hobbs unveiled a $16.3 billion fiscal 2025 budget proposal that would close a projected $889 million revenue shortfall by cutting transportation projects and reining in the Empowerment Scholarship Accounts to make room fir $488 million in new initiatives.

NCAA president: Social media harassment of college athletes a growing problem because of sports gambling

PHOENIX – The NCAA Convention welcomed representatives from all over the country this week at the Phoenix Convention Center. In a featured session, sports gambling and its consequences were one of the main stories and offered a preview of the NCAA’s new campaign in March.

At the annual NCAA Convention in Phoenix, panel discussions focus on the rising dangers of sports gambling and unveil a plan to protect athletes and bettors from potential abuse and addiction. (Photo by Jesse Brawders/Cronkite News)

Arizona among states where Hispanic families are surging into middle class

The Hispanic middle class has grown faster than the white or Black middle class in the past decade and has reached near-parity with the white middle class in seven states, including Arizona, according to a new Stateline analysis.

Maricopa County uses portion of national opioid settlement for group that helps recovering women

PHOENIX – Maricopa County got $2 million in national opioid settlement funds and gave $60,000 to Live and Learn AZ, a local organization that supported April Hernandez so she could overcome a crystal meth addiction and get back on her feet.

Live & Learn AZ, a nonprofit organization founded in 2012, aims to empower women in the Phoenix metro area and break generational poverty. (Photo By Hunter Fore/Cronkite News)

Tomato fight: Arizona firms say tariff on Mexican tomatoes will hurt state

WASHINGTON - A “critically important trade battle” over Mexican tomatoes could cost the Arizona economy billions and raise the price of tomatoes by as much as 50%, Arizona businesses, say, if the Commerce Department agrees to raise tariffs as Florida growers want.

Beyond the draft: inside the dynamics of daily fantasy sports in a surging market

PHOENIX – Fantasy football entrepreneur Nick Ercolano and sports betting expert Ben Fawkes explore the evolving landscape of daily fantasy sports, its intertwining relationship with traditional sports betting and the growing concerns surrounding ethics and addiction in the industry.

DraftKings continues to shape the gaming landscape with its innovative platform that offers fans a blend of strategy and excitement. (Photo Illustration by Budrul Chukrut/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Vintage resale: Sustainable business endeavor grows for fashion enthusiasts

PHOENIX – Vintage reselling has become a popular full-time job for fashion enthusiasts in the past few years, and vintage markets have become a destination for young shoppers hoping to lessen their environmental impact by avoiding fast fashion.

When selling at pop-up markets, vendors can personalize their shops to reflect their own style. “Where I feel like a lot of people go wrong is they try to sell stuff that they don't care about,” says Isaiah Barajas, co-owner of Ivory House Vintage Shop. “Then you just fall out of love with it.” (Photo by Kate Duffy/Cronkite News)

Risky business: Sports betting, social media and the unintended consequences of attracting a younger demographic

PHOENIX – Sports betting is a booming industry and has become prevalent on social media platforms that are most popular among users under the minimum legal age to gamble. What’s happening, and what are these companies doing to combat the issue?

A sports fan checks odds at FanDuel Sportsbook in downtown Phoenix, highlighting the widespread accessibility of legal sports gambling in the U.S. (File photo by James Franks/Cronkite News)

Medical program additions at ASU, UA and NAU aim to curb Arizona’s health care worker shortage

PHOENIX – All three Arizona public universities are implementing big changes to their medical training programs as part of an Arizona Board of Regents initiative, with new medical schools at ASU and NAU to come.

The Arizona State University Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation is located on Fillmore and Third streets. ASU is planning to build a new medical school in downtown Phoenix. (Photo by Hunter Fore/Cronkite News)

Azteca Bridal closes its doors after 60 years of family-operated business

PHOENIX – The owners of Azteca Bridal are retiring and selling the property. The downtown Phoenix business, a staple in the bridal and quinceañera industry, remained family-owned for the entirety of its 60-year operation.

Wedding dresses hang from racks at Azteca Bridal in Phoenix on Nov. 21, 2023. (Photo by Sam Volante/Cronkite News)