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Black Americans three times as likely to experience kidney failure as whites

PHOENIX — Black Americans are more likely to experience kidney failure than any other racial group in the United States, as the community has high rates of high blood pressure and diabetes.

Angela Beatty on her way to receive dialysis on Feb. 28. Beatty says untreated high blood pressure caused her kidney disease. (Photo by Jack Orleans/Cronkite News)

Therapy dogs take on mental health support in schools

PHOENIX – Schools are utilizing therapy dogs for mental health support to students and faculty. Both K-12 and colleges are turning to furry friends for comfort.

Alan Amaro pets therapy dog Dash at Gateway Community College on Jan. 30, 2024. Dash is handled by owner Monica Buensuceso. (Photo by Marnie Jordan/Cronkite News)

Sister, sister: Two sets of siblings give GCU beach volleyball team unique identity

PHOENIX – Grand Canyon University’s beach volleyball team features two pairs of sisters, giving the Lopes an edge when it comes to chemistry.

Wacha’s Way: Kansas City’s signing of veteran pitcher could help Royals’ ‘young bucks’

SURPRISE – Having played the role of father for one full season in the MLB now, Kansas City Royals pitcher Michael Wacha reflects on how juggling parenthood and a professional career has taught him lessons that are applicable to leading a clubhouse.

Fresh powder beckons: Arizona Disabled Sports, High Country Adaptive Sports partner in annual ‘SkiAble’ event

FLAGSTAFF – Arizona Disabled Sports and High Country Adaptive Sports partner in an annual “SkiAble” event for the disabled community. Mason and Jaxton Mogensen, who both have Duchenne muscular dystrophy, enjoyed their first SkiAble experience.

Mason Mogensen sits in adaptive ski equipment known as TetraSki with Truman Shoaff by his side. (Photo courtesy of High Country Adaptive Sports)

From Brazil to Tempe, ASU’s Isadora Sousa inspires on and off basketball court

TEMPE – As she approaches the end of her tenure in Tempe, Isadora Sousa's thoughts often turn to the girls back home in Brazil as she takes to the court.

Despite facing challenges, Isadora Sousa remains focused on her aspirations of playing professional basketball in Brazil and coaching to empower female basketball players. (Photo by Emma Jeanson/Cronkite News)

Hometown pride: Local gymnasts keep Arizona State program rooted in the Valley

PHOENIX – The nationally ranked Arizona State Sun Devils gymnastics team maintains a strong focus on national success, supported by four talented gymnasts hailing from the Phoenix area.

ASU graduate student gymnast Gracie Reeves celebrates after successfully dismounting from the uneven bars Feb. 2 at the Maroon Monsoon Tri-Meet. (Photo courtesy of Sun Devil Athletics)

Ford Championship 2024 marks milestone moment for LPGA Tour in Gilbert

GILBERT - On Feb. 10, LPGA Commissioner Mollie Marcoux joined local pros Mina Harigae and Alena Sharp to announce the Ford Championship at the Seville Golf & Country Club. During the event, they discussed the future of the LPGA Tour and women’s golf.

LPGA commissioner Mollie Marcoux Samaan unveils the 2024 Ford Championship, a historic moment for women's golf in Gilbert. (Photo by Jesse Brawders/Cronkite News)

Topps Spot: A week-long card-signing event in Scottsdale mansion draws Cactus League players

SCOTTSDALE – Tucked deep into Scottsdale, a rented house offers numerous amenities for MLB players to escape the craziness of spring training, all while they autograph cards for Topps Series packs.

Players take a break from signings to enjoy the luxurious amenities at the Topps Spot, including the "Chrome Throne" and a variety of refreshments. (Photo by Joe Eigo/Cronkite News)

Road to Omaha: ASU baseball team begins 2024 season with renewed confidence

PHOENIX – The Arizona State baseball team will kick off its season Friday night. After a disappointing end to 2023, the Sun Devils have high hopes for this campaign.

Prescott’s tennis phenom: The rise of Andrew Bogdanov and his paralympic dreams

PRESCOTT – Andrew Bogdanov had never picked up a tennis racket until three years ago. Now the Prescott native is the No. 2-ranked American and No. 22 world-ranked quad tennis player in the world as he eyes the Paralympics.

Andrew Bogdanov's, right, quick rise in the world of wheelchair tennis is aided by the support of his longtime partner, Sharon Hemerka. (Photo courtesy of Chris Howard)

State officials call for federal funds to protect election systems, workers

WASHINGTON - The federal government provides funds to make sure bridges and dams don't collapse - it should do the same for the nation's elections, a bipartisan group of Arizona officials said this week, calling elections an "egregious unfunded mandate."