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Push and pull: Unions play multiple roles in police reform efforts

MADISON, Wisc. – The power dynamic with some police unions has shifted – whether by choice or force. Some union leaders have tried to lead change, others have made concessions and some are fighting to maintain their power.

Protesters angered by the death of Jayland Walker take to the streets on July 8, 2022, in Akron, Ohio. Walker was shot and killed by Akron police officers. (Photo by Gabriela Tumani/News21)

‘Reform around the edges’: Changes to policing have been piecemeal, not comprehensive

ALBUQUERQUE – Reforming a vast, complex system of law enforcement will require innovative and proven solutions, a holistic approach and the willingness to change. So far, we’ve seen “reform around the edges” – with individual departments, cities and states tackling elements of police reform.

Elaine Maestas, left, a community oriented response and assistance responder in Albuquerque, New Mexico, makes a phone call alongside Albuquerque Community Safety responders Chris Blystone and Deborah Vigil on July 7, 2022. They responded to the aftermath of a SWAT raid that left a family of five without a home. (Photo by Kate Heston/News21)

‘It’s alright to be a fat bear’: Why Fat Bear Week is more than a beauty contest

WILLIAMS — Fat Bear Week started at Alaska’s Katmai National Park as a way to help people understand the importance of bears and healthy ecosystems. In northern Arizona, Bearizona has its own Fat Bear Week to show off the park’s black bears as they prepare for winter hibernation.


Mesa High athletes memorialize former student with local cemetery cleanup

MESA – Mesa High students who participate in sports or clubs make a trip each fall to the City of Mesa Cemetery to clean up the grounds. It’s a way to give back to their community and honor the late Jackrabbit Zedo Ishikawa, who is buried there. Ishikawa’s dying words, “Carry on,” became the school’s motto, and today’s students aim to carry on the cemetery tradition.

In honor of Zedo Ishikawa and the “Carry On” movement, Mesa High School students help clean the City of Mesa Cemetery. (Photo courtesy of Steven Lewis)

Amid high inflation, St. Mary’s Food Bank serves a record number of people in need

PHOENIX – A record-breaking 50,000 families visited the Phoenix and Surprise locations of St. Mary’s Food Bank just in August. With the cost of living on the rise, Arizonans in need are turning to the food bank to help make ends meet.


Arizona Wildcats receivers catch on in quest to become the Pac-12’s best

TUCSON – Arizona quarterback Jayden de Laura had a career-high in passing yards and threw six touchdowns against Colorado, and his receiving core made several highlight plays and helped the offense break some records for the second straight game. The group will need a similar strong showing against Oregon Saturday.

Arizona’s wide receivers, including Tetairoa McMillan, left, and Dorian Singer, have plenty to celebrate after a strong showing by the unit against Colorado Saturday. (Photo by Rebecca Noble/Getty Images)

Red Mountain receiver Ja’Kobi Lane leaps from benchwarmer to ‘unguardable’

MESA – As a sophomore, Ja’kobi Lane mostly sat the bench for Mesa’s Red Mountain’s football team. Now, the lanky senior describes himself as “unguardable,” and as the top-rated receiver in Arizona who has committed to play at USC, it’s hard to argue with him.

USC commit Ja’Kobi Lane is making a name for himself as a wide receiver at Red Mountain High School, where he has emerged as the Arizona's top-ranked player at his position in the class of 2023. (Marlee Zanna Thompson/Cronkite News)

‘A new chapter’: Arizona Coyotes excited for move to Mullett Arena

SCOTTSDALE – The Coyotes play 20 of 24 games on the road to start the season and share their excitement about the home opener at Mullett Arena on Oct. 28.


Arcadia coach Ray Brown teaches the game of life through football

SCOTTSDALE — Former NFL coach Ray Brown teaches his players at Arcadia high school about the importance of education and responsibility through football.

Arcadia coach Ray Brown looks to continue his undefeated season Friday against Camelback High School. (Rudy Aguado/Cronkite News)

Romero lauds federal dollars for roads, rail, cites need for PFAS funding

WASHINGTON - Federal funding from the massive Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will be "critical" to Tucson's ability to address contamination of the city's water supply by the chemical PFAS, Mayor Regina Romero told a Senate panel Wednesday.


Tribal officials: Court ruling poses ‘real threat’ to sovereignty, safety

WASHINGTON - Indigenous leaders called on Congress Tuesday to reverse a Supreme Court ruling that expands states' ability to prosecute crimes on tribal land, a ruling they said threatens their sovereignty and their ability to protect their citizens.


Makes cents: Why the Arizona Cardinals rank low among NFL’s most valuable franchises

PHOENIX – The Arizona Cardinals rank No. 30 in the Forbes 2022 NFL valuation list after a chaotic offseason that featured DeAndre Hopkins suspended and Kyler Murray’s contract extended despite Phoenix being one of the most populated regions and top markets.