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Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego prioritizes homelessness, climate, infrastructure in state of city address
PHOENIX – Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego stressed the importance of homelessness, climate change and infrastructure in her annual State of the City address on Wednesday.
Diagonal crossing? Tempe tests all-pedestrian crosswalk
TEMPE – Tempe recently wrapped up a four-week pilot program for an all-pedestrian crosswalk at the busy intersection of Mill Avenue and Fifth Street. Pedestrians could cross in any direction — even diagonally — when traffic was stopped.
Kesha Hodge Washington, Kevin Robinson claim victory in Phoenix City Council runoff elections
PHOENIX – Phoenix City Council races for districts 6 and 8 were decided in runoff elections Tuesday, with Kevin Robinson beating Sam Stone in District 6 to replace term-limited Council member Sal DiCiccio and challenger Kesha Hodge Washington claiming victory over incumbent Carlos Garcia in District 8.
‘I will never stop’: Legislative fight against fentanyl continues as drug seizures rise
PRESCOTT — Record amounts of fentanyl passing through the southern border and the death of a beloved daughter spurred a Prescott family to raise awareness and fight for new legislation in Arizona.
As cartels turn to social media to push fentanyl, experts teach parents how to keep kids safe
GLENDALE – Opioid use, particularly the use of powerful synthetic opioids like fentanyl, remains a pressing problem. As cartels do more to target young people on Snapchat and other social media, Arizona drug prevention groups are letting parents, kids and educators know what to look out for to stay safe.
See updates from Arizona voters and polling locations on Election Day
PHOENIX – Voters across Arizona headed to the polls to make their voices heard this midterm election. Their votes on candidate races and propositions will determine the future of Arizona. This year, tensions are high as Arizonans decide on a new governor as well as a U.S. senator, among other races.
Mark Kelly and Blake Masters clash on immigration, abortion in U.S. Senate debate
PHOENIX – Sen. Mark Kelly, D-Ariz., GOP challenger Blake Masters and Libertarian Marc Victor clashed on the debate stage Thursday night. The U.S. Senate candidates from Arizona doubled down on their mostly party line positions on abortion, immigation and more.
A new study finds youth awareness about fentanyl is down
The Arizona Criminal Justice Commission released new results of its 2022 youth survey this month. The survey, which happens every two years, asked about the impact of fentanyl for the first time.
Opponents confident of meeting deadline to block school voucher expansion
PHOENIX - Organizers of a petition drive to put the state's expanded empowerment scholarship accounts on the 2024 ballot are confident they can collect the needed signatures before this weekend, when the vast expansion of the school voucher program would take effect.
Arizona hopes to reduce enormous teacher shortage through mentoring, paid tuition
PHOENIX – The Arizona Teacher Residency is a first-of-its-kind graduate program, modeled on a traditional medical residency. It offers student teachers a two-year term in which they will receive in-classroom experience, a living stipend, a master’s degree from NAU and a job in a partnering school district. The program’s first cohort has been placed in three Title I districts.
Once dead in the water, ASU’s swim program is thriving
TEMPE – Arizona State’s men’s swim team appeared to be dead in the water in 2008 when the athletic department, faced with budget constraints, decided to eliminate the program along with the school’s wrestling and men’s tennis teams. However, some former ASU swimmers stepped up to raise money to save a program that is thriving again.
ASU paves way for women’s triathlon to become official NCAA championship event
TEMPE – In February, college triathlon hit its quota of 40 teams and is on pace to becoming an official NCAA championship sport within the next two years. A winner of five national titles in a row, Arizona State is a pioneer in the growth of this sport.
For Benedictine Mesa basketball player Kate Golovkina, thoughts are with family in Russia
Challenged by distance, an ACL injury and now the war in Ukraine, Benedictine University Mesa athlete Kate Golovkina, a Russian basketball player, remains uncertain about the future.