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Grand Canyon University’s rising athletic program turning heads

Take a stroll around the campus of Grand Canyon University and new academic buildings, a recently renovated basketball arena and new student housing stand out. So do the sounds of the future.


Big-time coaches help GCU ascend to big-time athletics

Josh Braun signed on with Grand Canyon University’s basketball program for one reason: Dan Majerle, the former Phoenix Suns star and a local legend now coaching the Antelopes.


For Arizona’s wrongfully convicted, life after prison brings hardship and hope

For 12 years, Drayton Witt passed his days behind bars, surrounded by rapists, murderers and convicts. Over the course of a decade, Witt insisted he was not guilty despite a murder conviction for killing his four-month old son.

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Low Mexican Peso is generating more travel interest among Americans

With spring break just two weeks away, college students are taking a second look at Mexico as an ideal destination, thanks to its weak peso and despite travel alerts.

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El Paso remains quiet in days leading up to papal Mass across the border

EL PASO, Texas -- While crowds across the border in Ciudad Juárez are almost too dense to navigate, the streets here remain quiet -- perhaps too quiet -- only hours before Pope Francis celebrates Mass.


Time running low as supporters of sex ed inclusivity bill voice support

A bill that would eliminate Arizona’s ban on school districts including any discussion of homosexual sex in teaching the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases is running out of time, according to the bill’s author.

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Earl Watson draws upon wisdom of past mentors to lead a young Suns team

When he was an 18-year-old freshman at UCLA, Earl Watson was invited into John Wooden’s den by the legendary Bruins coach to talk about life, Wooden’s love affair with his wife and basketball.


Suns name Watson interim coach after firing Hornacek

The Suns named Earl Watson interim head coach Monday afternoon, replacing Jeff Hornacek, who was fired earlier in the day after the team lost its 14th consecutive road game.

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Desert is unfamiliar territory for Clemson, Alabama

When Alabama arrived in Arizona Friday night, wide receiver Richard Mullaney enjoyed the reaction of his teammates to something he had seen his whole life.

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As Arizona’s Native American students struggle to stay in school, tribal leaders move to help

Rosalie Lalo was five-years-old when the U.S. government sent her to the Phoenix Indian School, more than 200 miles away from her Hopi family home. She was forbidden to speak her native language, her long hair was cut, and she was stripped of a traditional Hopi childhood.

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Brunson-Lee students making significant achievements, despite economic, educational challenges

Rachael DeFraesart’s Room 122 is full of all the fourth grade trappings: Posters that diagram long multiplication and illustrate phonics, define vocabulary words and offer inspiration.

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Mixed results on Sky Harbor holiday travel report card

With increased numbers of travelers at airports all over the country, flying can be a hassle during the holidays. But for those leaving Sky Harbor airport, there are several airlines that consistently get travelers in the air on time through the busy season, according to an analysis of travel statistics.

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