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)

Experts, beekeepers weigh in on local honey for seasonal allergies

SCOTTSDALE – The evidence that eating local honey can help with allergies is largely anecdotal; what's not in dispute is that local honey is both tastier and healthier than honey at the supermarket, beekeepers and experts agree.

Bees settle on a frame in their hive that has open larvae cells and capped worker brood comb. Photo taken in Scottsdale on March 20, 2024. (Photo by Emily Mai/Cronkite News)

Read On Arizona and partners provide youth reading education to support fight pandemic literacy loss

PHOENIX – Nonprofit organizations Read On Arizona and Read On Tempe work with partners to improve child literacy, as third grade test scores show pandemic literacy loss.

Nonprofit organizations Read On Arizona and Read On Tempe work in conjunction with partners to improve child literacy as third grade test scores show pandemic literacy loss. (File photo by Keerthi Vedantam/Cronkite News)

Border sheriffs see more ‘load car’ drivers, teens paid to smuggle migrants

WASHINGTON - It's a "scary" trend that border county officials say is getting scarier: Mexican cartels paying teenagers from throughout the country to smuggle illegal migrants across the state as "load car" drivers.

‘Time has a beginning, middle and end:’ Expert says telling time provides life skills

PHOENIX – As the world continues to move further into a digital era, some might ask: Is reading an analog clock even a necessary skill anymore? Education and time-management experts say it is. Here’s why.

Students at Lowell Elementary School sit in class in Phoenix on Feb. 8, 2024. Principal Dana Ramos says teaching students to tell time is still important and part of the state curriculum. (Photo by RipLey-Simone Kennebrew/Cronkite News)

Quiet heroes: Meet the Valley animal lovers tending to feral cat colonies

PHOENIX – In the Phoenix area, there are a number of feral cats, prompting efforts to address the situation through Trap, Neuter, Return, commonly known as TNR. Numerous volunteers throughout the Valley commit their time and resources to address the issue.

A Saving One Life volunteer feeds a cat colony on Feb. 20, 2024, at Tempe Marketplace. (Photo by Mariah Temprendola/Cronkite News)

‘No dull days’: Pages get front-row seats, help keep the Capitol running

PHOENIX - They sit on the sidelines of legislative hearings in their blazers, ties and khakis, or bustle around the House or Senate delivering papers to lawmakers. They are the Legislature's pages, quiet but essential workers called "the oil in a machine that keeps things running."

A new intermediary: How AI may impact libraries, research and information retrieval

PHOENIX – Cataloging and research are major areas in librarianship that artificial intelligence can automate and potentially improve. But librarians are grappling with the impact of AI on the fundamental role of librarians, user privacy and information literacy.

A computer used to find books and media at Litchfield Park Library on April 18, 2024. Integrating artificial intelligence into library services may change the way information is retrieved and categorized. (Photo by Kayla Mae Jackson/Cronkite News)

‘You’re Goth, welcome to the club’: Arizona’s Goth scene is gaining prominence due to events, exposure

In recent years, the Goth scene in Arizona has gained prominence through events and festivals and evolved into an accepting space for new and older generations of Goths alike. Goth-centered artisan markets, Goth nights at clubs and Goth festivals have emerged to provide the community with opportunities to express themselves in a welcoming environment.

A patron at Stacy’s at Melrose who identified herself as Vivian Orbweaver, left, first became active in the Goth scene two years ago, and since then has found her place. Orbweaver said she "knew I was Goth because I felt it deep in my bones and couldn’t deny it.” (Photo by Sam Ballesteros/Cronkite News)

From robots to real connection: Arizona initiatives take on letter writing

PHOENIX – With advancements in technology speeding up how humans communicate with each other, slower methods of communication, like letter writing, have been losing popularity. But two Arizona-based projects have created new approaches to the personalization of letter writing. One uses robots while another encourages individuals to write through monthly prompts.

A Handwrytten robot writes a note for one of the company’s clients. Photo taken in Tempe on April 17, 2024. (Photo by Emily Mai/Cronkite News)

‘Unconditional love’: Saving One Life helps cats through colony feedings, TNR, fostering, adoptions

PHOENIX – Saving One Life is an Arizona nonprofit organization and one of the many animal rescues that helps save cats. The organization does colony feedings, TNR, fostering and adoption in order to find them loving homes.

Kelly Stinson, volunteer at Saving One Life, cuddles one of her foster cats, Hank, on Feb. 28, 2024, in Chandler. (Photo by Mariah Temprendola/Cronkite News)

‘Mobility, community and open space’: Culdesac in Tempe aims to provide a healthy alternative to suburban living

TEMPE – Culdesac, a walkable, car-free neighborhood in Tempe, aims to support tenants’ healthier lifestyles by allowing them to have quick access to necessities such as stores, restaurants and public transit.

A community area inside of Culdesac features a mural by a local artist. Photo taken in Tempe on April 2, 2024. (Photo by Crystal Aguilar/Cronkite News)