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Justices grapple with legality of Indian Child Welfare Act in marathon hearing

WASHINGTON - Over the course of three hours Wednesday, the Supreme Court grappled with whether a law meant to keep Indigenous children with Native American families should be overturned as racist and unconstitutional, as critics charge.


Propositions: Measures to limit ‘dark money’ and medical debt pass

PHOENIX – Proposition 211, the ballot measure requiring disclosure for political spending, has passed, according to the Associated Press.


From oiled sand to ‘Augusta’ greens, Phoenix Country Club continues to evolve ahead of Schwab Cup

PHOENIX – The Phoenix Country Club hosted multiple tournaments, including the Phoenix Open and the PGA Tour Champions finale, Charles Schwab Cup Championship. The club has undergone many changes since its inception to enhance members and golfers’ experience.

Steven Alker leads the the Charles Schwab Cup money list with $3.3 million in earnings. (Photo by Conor Bonfiglio/Cronkite News)

Voters with disabilities have many ways to cast ballots in Maricopa County

PHOENIX – An estimated 38 million eligible voters in the U.S. have a disability, but they tend to have a lower turnout rate than voters without disabilities. A Phoenix nonprofit works with disabled residents on what to expect on Election Day.


Prop 130 could restore long-defunct property tax break for veterans

WASHINGTON - It's been 32 years since disabled Arizona veterans got the same property tax break as widows, widowers and disabled individuals. Proposition 130 restores the tax break by fixing language in the Constitution that courts said violated the equal protection clause.


Tucson woman arrested in abortion-rights protest during Supreme Court hearing

WASHINGTON - A Tucson woman was one of three people arrested Wednesday after they disrupted a Supreme Court hearing with a protest over the court's decision to reverse its 1973 ruling that had recognized a right to an abortion.


Judge sets limits on drop-box watchers, banning weapons, confrontation

WASHINGTON - A federal judge set new limits on groups watching ballot drop boxes, ordering them to stop confronting and filming voters, to stop carrying weapons near the boxes and to correct voting misinformation on their social media.


El Día de los Muertos varía culturalmente, pero el recuerdo sigue siendo el corazón de la conmemoración

PHOENIX – Día de los Muertos ha sido comercializado y se cree que es el “Halloween mexicano”, sigue siendo un día de recuerdo. Quienes celebran también recuerdan los orígenes de la festividad en America, que se remontan a los aztecas.

José Cárdenas of Chandler lights candles on Oct. 30, 2022, on one of the altars he built for his wife, Virginia, who died 10 years ago. (Photo by Scianna Garcia/Cronkite News)

Observations vary by culture, but remembrance remains the heart of Día de los Muertos

PHOENIX – Although Día de los Muertos has been commercialized and thought to be the “Mexican Halloween,” it remains a day of remembrance. Those who celebrate also remember the origins of the holiday, which reach back to the Aztecs.

José Cárdenas of Chandler lights candles on Oct. 30, 2022, on one of the altars he built for his wife, Virginia, who died 10 years ago. (Photo by Scianna Garcia/Cronkite News)

Day of the Dead, Hollywood style, comes to movie star cemetery

LOS ANGELES – Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, attracts thousands every year to Hollywood Forever. Families created altars for loved ones who have died, adorning them with photographs, decorations and some of the departed’s favorite things. The hope was, even in death, their family members might return and enjoy the tributes for one day of the year.


Prop 128 would give lawmakers more power to amend voter initiatives

WASHINGTON - Proposition 128 backers call it a commonsense plan to make it easier for the Legislature to amend voter-approved measures later found to have legal flaws; opponents call it a direct assault on the Voter Protection Act that "just reeks of trying to upend democracy."


It started with a rubber chicken: The story behind the Suns’ Sunburst jersey

PHOENIX – The Suns’ decision to completely redesign their uniforms 30 years ago came during a time of dramatic change for the franchise that wasn’t for the chickenhearted.

Jerry Colangelo wanted a logo to reflect the Phoenix Suns as a franchise that was trending upward, not setting. So the new logo became a rising sun. (Photo courtesy of Tom O’Grady)