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Four on the floor: Stage set at University of Phoenix Stadium for Final Four

GLENDALE -- It’s been built. Now, it’s time to see who will come to play on it.


Florence prisoners rehabilitate their futures by training wild horses, burros

FLORENCE – It’s almost eight in the morning on an icy cold and windy day in Florence.


New questions on Arizona driver’s test promote safety at traffic stops

PHOENIX - Arizonans taking the driver’s test this spring will answer questions about how to behave during routine traffic stops in a move to improve safety for drivers and law-enforcement officers.


Be cool. Or turn up the temperature of this climate-controlled office chair in REI warehouse

(Photo by Megan Bridgeman/Cronkite News) GOODYEAR – A climate-controlled office chair for workers, a rooftop solar-power array and an air-conditioning system that saves one million gallons of water per year are some environmentally savvy methods at REI’s Goodyear warehouse, its leaders said.


Olympic Village plan another step in ASU’s goal to become ‘Olympic training ground’

TEMPE — Ever since Ray Anderson arrived at Arizona State University in 2014 as athletics director, the athletic department has taken significant strides toward a goal Anderson shared with Cronkite News in July.


Program helps Latinos diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease

PHOENIX – Hispanics suffer from Parkinson’s disease at twice the rate of other ethnic minorities, likely due to environmental factors such as prolonged exposure to herbicides and insecticides or to metals such as copper, manganese and lead, according to a report from Washington University in St. Louis.


ASU looks to become Olympic training destination

TEMPE — When legendary swim coach Bob Bowman decided to take over Arizona State’s swimming team last year, the tipping point was the university’s commitment to Olympic sports.

ASU hopes to turn the athletic department into an Olympic training ground. (Blake Benard/Cronkite News)

WNBA jersey ads bolster revenue for Phoenix Mercury but lead to controversy in NBA

The four major professional sports leagues have shied away from placing sponsored advertisers on players’ jerseys but the Women’s National Basketball Association has capitalized on the practice since 2011. And the NBA will soon follow the WNBA’s example.


Phoenix barber combines hair cuts and blood pressure monitors to promote heart health

As barber Anthony Gathers gives a loyal customer of 20 years a haircut, another customer gets out of his chair and starts to strap on a blood-pressure monitor while chatting with Gathers. After a minute or two the customer slides off the cuff and checks his levels.


Three reasons downtown Phoenix could (maybe) survive without the Diamondbacks

Call it the Arizona Diamondbacks effect. Eighteen years ago the major league baseball team moves into new stadium digs, known as cutting edge for its retractable roof and acknowledged as an economic magnet for the businesses built on blocks surrounding the facility in downtown Phoenix.


Risks of concussion in youth ice hockey spur reforms, concerns

SCOTTSDALE – Michael Slavik is all smiles as he walks to the ice with his teammates.

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UA medical students find their match, join residency programs across country

Sixty-six medical students held their breath. Seconds later, all 66 cheered with joy and jubilation.