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Sinema defends filibuster at McConnell event, raising Democratic ire anew

WASHINGTON - Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema has been criticized for defending the filibuster before, but that did not stop her from repeating her position Monday, this time at an event hosted by the Senate's minority leader.


Do look up: Arizona scientists have hand in first ‘planetary defense’ test

WASHINGTON - When NASA smashes a spacecraft into an asteroid Monday evening to test whether it's possible to deflect a future killer asteroid, several Arizona scientists will be watching as part of the project.


Opponents file petitions to halt voucher expansion; now the fight begins

WASHINGTON - Opponents of the state's expanded Empowerment Scholarship Accounts filed more than 140,000 petition signatures Friday to temporarily halt the program that would have allowed any student in the state to use public dollars for private education.


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)

‘Momentous’: Sweeping federal law will lower prescription drug costs for Medicare recipients

PHOENIX — Hefty prices have made it hard for retirees like Brenda Dickason of Tucson to afford medications. Provisions included in the new Inflation Reduction Act should help by capping out-of-pocket spending for Medicare enrollees and restraining some drug costs.


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.


Former NFL players start ‘Revenant’ to spark conversation around cannabis use

TEMPE – Former NFL players Jim McMahon, Kyle Turley and Eben Britton used a tour at Mint Dispensary in Tempe to promote their brand, Revenant. The hope is that their personal experience with cannabis sheds some light to its benefit toward athletes and everyday people.

Former NFL player Kyle Turley discusses the positive health effects of cannabis at his new dispensary, Revenant, and what the company provides its customers. (Photo by Adrian Chandler/ Cronkite News)

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.


Tribal leaders urge support for bills to protect cultural, sacred sites

WASHINGTON - Tribal leaders urged lawmakers Wednesday to pass a package of bills that would protect cultural and sacred sites by creating a new tribal cultural areas designation and require Native input on any decisions on those lands.