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Delta force: What makes the COVID-19 variant different, and dangerous

PHOENIX – After a brief period of decline, COVID-19 cases are back on the rise in the United States and experts say the delta variant is to blame. It has been called delta the “fastest and the fittest” of variants for its high transmissibility and rapid spread.


‘Nuestro equipo’: Diamondbacks’ City Connect jerseys showcase community of Hispanic fans

PHOENIX - The Diamondbacks debuted their City Connect jerseys with “Las Serpientes” across the front. The jerseys are one example of the Diamondbacks’ commitment to Arizona’s Hispanic community.


Gallego, other officials join White House push for infrastructure plan

WASHINGTON - Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego joined other mayors and governors at the White House Wednesday to push for the administration's $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan, a measure she has said is needed to reverse decades of "massive underinvestment."


‘This funky game’: Korfball players struggle to grow sport in Arizona and U.S.

PHOENIX – In the 1980s, David Warren of Maricopa was part of the United States korfball team that earned a bronze medal at the World Games. Since then, the sport has faded even further into the background.


First lady urges COVID vaccinations as delta variant surfaces in Arizona

PHOENIX – First Lady Jill Biden and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff stress the importance of community protection from COVID-19 as health officials express confidence that wider immunizations will keep the delta variant from running wild.


Although it feels like reality show, changes to ASU men’s basketball lineup very real

TEMPE – It has been a hectic offseason for Arizona State men’s basketball. After a complete overhaul of the roster, coach Bobby Hurley still feels encouraged about the state of the program.


Christ: Slight bump in COVID-19 numbers cause for concern, not alarm

PHOENIX - The state health director said Friday that a "very, very small" increase in COVID-19 numbers is cause for concern but not alarm, and should serve as a reminder that people still need to observe health protocols.


Hey batta batta: Diamondbacks home opener brings changes, return to normalcy

PHOENIX – The Diamondbacks believe Chase Field is fully equipped to safely host 20,000 fans for Friday’s home opener and the subsequent home series. After a rough road trip to start the season, the team is looking forward to the support.


School yard: Officials welcome new 3-foot rule for COVID-safe students

WASHINGTON - Arizona school and health officials welcomed Friday's announcement that COVID-safe social distancing for students can be reduced from 6 feet to 3, but they did not appear to be rushing to embrace the lower standard.


It’s too soon for Ducey to lift COVID restrictions, doctors warn

Several Arizona doctors on Friday assailed Gov. Doug Ducey’s plan for businesses and schools to return to mostly normal operations, saying the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is not under control.


Confidence is key: As Pac-12 tourney looms, ASU’s Kimani Lawrence steps up

TEMPE – Senior Kimani Lawrence has taken his game to the next level the past few weeks. With some minor adjustments and confidence, Lawrence has turned into one of ASU’s best players late in the season.


Sedentary and stressed? Get outside to improve health during COVID, experts advise

PHOENIX – Despite the pandemic, state parks saw record visitation over parts of 2020, and experts continue to encourage more outdoor activity for both physical – and mental – health.