She got game: Phoenix Mercury, Chicago Sky showcase growth of league in WNBA Finals

CHICAGO – From the enthusiasm of crowds to the large attendance to the high television ratings, the WNBA finds itself in a healthy place.


What’s in a name? Plenty for people honored in Hispanic Heritage Month

WASHINGTON - As Hispanic numbers and clout continue to grow in the U.S. and the state, so have the terms to describe people with roots in Spanish-speaking or Latin countries, with Latino, Hispanic and more becoming "a source of debate, and perhaps even friction sometimes."


Programs tackle diabetes prevention in Black, Hispanic youth as cases surge

PHOENIX – New research shows a surge in Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in youth, and some of the biggest increases are among Black and Hispanic children. One Arizona project seeks to prevent the problem with a nutrition and exercise program focused on Latino families.


Arizonans hopeful that focus on missing Indigenous persons may pay off

WASHINGTON - Duane Garvais-Lawrence pulled into Washington, D.C., Friday, ending his second annual coast-to-coast trip to bring attention to the problem of missing and murdered Indigenous women - a trip he hopes he does not have to make again.


Rise in food-stamp benefits is partly undercut by end to pandemic aid

WASHINGTON - More than 900,000 Arizona food stamp recipients will see an increase in their monthly benefits starting Friday, but activists say much more needs to be done to fight food insecurity in the state.


Q&A: How a brother’s drug overdose led to one woman’s crusade for harm reduction

PHOENIX – Amid rising opioid overdoses, needle exchange programs now are legal in Arizona. An advocate for one program talks about her work and how such efforts combat addiction and deaths.


ASU-Colorado sidelines will tell important story about Pac-12 leadership role in diversity hiring

TEMPE – The Pac-12 is the only conference in the Power Five with more than 10 Black head coaching hires. Just over half of Power Five programs have never hired a Black head coach. The Arizona State-Colorado game is a symbol of the Pac-12's commitment.


Flavors From Afar in LA uplifts and supports refugee communities through food

LOS ANGELES – Flavors From Afar in LA’s Little Ethiopia spotlights dishes from many countries to support refugees, immigrants and asylum seekers. A portion of the profits go to causes that help refugees.


First LGBTQ+ mariachi group is paving the way for the next generation

LOS ANGELES – The first all LGBTQ+ mariachi group sparks conversation around intersectionality and traditional machismo.


Sinema urged to support Build Back Better spending plan

PHOENIX – Arizona legislators and activists from the Working Families Party met Tuesday at the Capitol to urge Sen. Kyrsten Sinema to take action on President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better agenda.


They ‘just want to play:’ The history of girls in the Little League World Series

LOS ANGELES – Victoria Ruelas broke a gender barrier in 1989 by playing in the Little League World Series. Today, Ellie Bruning is continuing her legacy.


Giles joins state, local officials to kick off homelessness initiative

WASHINGTON - Mesa Mayor John Giles joined state and local leaders from around the country to kick off a federal initiative to boost affordable housing and get 100,000 homeless households in permanent shelters, as the problem of homelessness has grown during the pandemic.