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To shore up dwindling ranks, police departments hire more civilian investigators

PHOENIX – Police departments – including Baltimore, Phoenix and Mesa – have hired more civilian investigators to “make sure crimes get hands-on attention” as departments face staffing shortfalls.


LinkedIn profile helps Diamondbacks outfielder make his baseball dreams come true

PHOENIX – When Diamondbacks outfielder Stone Garrett was released by the Miami Marlins organization in 2020 due to roster cuts, he took a job as a realtor in Houston, Texas. However, Garrett knew he wasn’t done playing baseball just yet.


‘Star’ struck: Adjusting to new hybrid role, Cardinals LB Isaiah Simmons shines with huge hit in OT win

PHOENIX – Arizona Cardinals linebacker Isaiah Simmons has a new position this season. The team hopes the position will better amplify the uniquely gifted defender’s traits and production.


Coyotes celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by highlighting Latinx-owned small businesses

PHOENIX – Arizona Coyotes and Dignity Health are honoring Hispanic Heritage Month with the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to highlight small local Latino businesses.


Tribal leaders urge support for bills to protect cultural, sacred sites

WASHINGTON - Tribal leaders urged lawmakers Wednesday to pass a package of bills that would protect cultural and sacred sites by creating a new tribal cultural areas designation and require Native input on any decisions on those lands.


‘It’s getting close’: As the megadrought grinds on, Arizona working to meet water demands

PHOENIX – Recent NASA images of Lake Powell and Lake Mead put Arizona’s water crisis into perspective. Experts are sounding the alarm and Arizona cities and entities are instituting conservation plans, but the future of Arizona water remains uncertain.


Angry at other states, Arizona towns, tribes rethink planned water cuts

WASHINGTON - Faced with deep cuts to the water supply, and angry that other states are not doing their share, tribes and local governments in Arizona are increasingly talking about backing off earlier offers to give up some water.


Vegan handbags made of pineapple, cactus and cork could help save the planet

LOS ANGELES – Some designers are becoming more sustainable by replacing traditional leather with such materials as pineapple, cactus and cork. They look great and are better for the environment.


Union membership in Arizona inches up, still trails most of the nation

WASHINGTON - After bottoming out at 4% in 2017, labor union membership in Arizona has been slowly rising, reaching 5.4% in 2021, but it is still well behind levels of previous years and only about half of the national average.


Average gas price falls below $4 in Arizona, after record-high summer

WASHINGTON - The average price for gas in Arizona fell to $3.99 a gallon Thursday, the first time in months it has been below $4 and a sharp decrease from the record high of $5.388 hit just two months ago. It's part of a steady decline in gas prices nationally.


Final ISIS kidnapper sentenced to life for role in Kayla Mueller’s death

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A second ISIS militant was sentenced to life in prison Friday for the kidnapping and killing of Prescott native Kayla Mueller, a relief to her parents who pledged to continue fighting for her memory.


August 17, 2022 Newscast

Cronkite News looks back at stories from our Washington, D.C. bureau: From the creation of a new museum to recognize Latino Americans to gun reform efforts on Capitol Hill.