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6 months later, ASU names an athletic director: Graham Rossini

TEMPE – Arizona State graduate Graham Rossini was officially introduced as the school’s new athletic director Thursday at Mountain America Stadium. He was president Michael Crow’s only interview.

Graham Rossini was introduced as Arizona State’s new athletic director Thursday at Mountain America Stadium. “I don’t take this opportunity lightly,” he said. (Photo courtesy of PHNX Sports)

Playing beyond limits: Coyotes Sled Hockey empowering disabled athletes through inclusive ice hockey

SCOTTSDALE – With the Arizona Coyotes’ relocation to Utah, the future of Coyotes Sled Hockey is unclear. However, the organization’s ability to change lives can not be ignored.

Members of Coyotes Sled Hockey gather for a team huddle at practice, where they exude the spirit of unity and teamwork. (Photo courtesy of Joshua Gromer)

Rapid rise in syphilis hits Native Americans in the Southwest hardest

Syphilis infections nationwide reached a 70-year high in 2022, and no group has been hit harder than Native Americans, CDC data shows. Rates of congenital syphilis were three times higher for Indigenous than for Black babies, and 12 times higher than for whites.

Border shelters stave off ‘homelessness on steroids,’ but funding worries remain

TUCSON - Shelters like Casas Alitas in Tucson prevent what one official said could be "homelessness on steroids," by caring for hundreds of asylum seekers who arrive daily with little more than the clothes on their backs. But funding for such programs almost ran out this year.

Northern Arizona University research team addresses disparities in access to autism services

FLAGSTAFF – Olivia Lindly, an assistant professor at Northern Arizona University, is leading a research project highlighting disparities in access to autism services. This work will focus on inequitable care experienced by Latino, Black or American Indian and Alaska Native children with autism.

Families with autistic children gathered at a collaborative event put on by the Autism Society of Greater Phoenix and the Arizona Coyotes Foundation in July 2022. (Photo courtesy of Olivia Fryer)

Cracks in the blacktop: How Peoria maintains basketball courts in spite of Arizona’s environment

PEORIA – Outdoor basketball courts in the Valley face unique circumstances when it comes to weathering and climate, which Peoria officials and specialists have to keep up with.

Sonoran Mountain Ranch Park in Peoria has three basketball hoops on its court and is nestled near the Eastwing Mountain Preserve trails. (Photo by Lauren Kobley/Cronkite News)

‘No dull days’: Pages get front-row seats, help keep the Capitol running

PHOENIX - They sit on the sidelines of legislative hearings in their blazers, ties and khakis, or bustle around the House or Senate delivering papers to lawmakers. They are the Legislature's pages, quiet but essential workers called "the oil in a machine that keeps things running."

Medical interpreters break the language barrier in Phoenix hospitals, use interpretation and translation services to broaden accessibility

PHOENIX – Health care accessibility includes language. Phoenix hospitals are using interpretation and translation services to help non-English speakers access necessary care.

Martha Martinez is the manager of language services at Valleywise Health. “I want every human being to have information and health care in their language,” she said. (Photo by Kevinjonah Paguio/Cronkite News)

Unhittable: Pitching powers propel GCU softball to record season, WAC crown

PHOENIX – Grand Canyon softball is dominating during the program's WAC Championship defense, led by stellar pitching and timely hitting from players like Hailey Hudson and Kayla Rodgers.

GCU's pitching staff has been lights-out, posting a 2.48 ERA to end the regular season and power the Lopes' upcoming WAC tournament run. (Photo courtesy of GCU Athletics)

Older adults face homelessness at high rates. Here’s how governments, organizations are responding

PHOENIX – With the help of federal funding, the Justa Center and city of Phoenix are working to help older adults experiencing homelessness, including helping people find long-term housing solutions.

The Justa Center in downtown Phoenix has worked for years to assist unhoused older adults in the community. (Photo by Crystal N. Aguilar/Cronkite News)

The Lopes’ leap: GCU’s esports powerhouse fuels Arizona’s collegiate gaming boom

PHOENIX – With its massive on-campus esports lounge and early commitment to gaming, Grand Canyon University has cultivated a thriving 2,000-member esports community that is driving the rise of collegiate esports in Arizona.

Members of GCU's top-ranked esports teams practice and compete in the state-of-the-art facilities, which have helped establish the Lopes as pioneers of collegiate esports in Arizona. (Photo by Sammy Nute/Cronkite News)

Year of Medicaid ‘unwinding’ cuts 600,000, but renews nearly 2 million on state’s rolls

PHOENIX - One year after starting Medicaid unwinding, AHCCCS renewed Medicaid coverage for more than 2 million and disenrolled over 600,000 Arizona recipients.