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Gov. Katie Hobbs signs petition to add abortion rights to 2024 ballot

PHOENIX – Gov. Katies Hobbs signed a petition at a news conference Tuesday in Phoenix to add abortion rights to the 2024 ballot. Advocates want to guarantee abortion as a constitutional right in Arizona.

Gov. Katie Hobbs speaks at a news conference on Nov. 28, 2023, at Wesley Bolin Plaza in Phoenix, where she signed a petition to add abortion rights to the 2024 ballot. (Photo by Kiersten Edgett/Cronkite News)

New Mexicans speak out against gun violence

ALBUQUERQUE – At the unveiling of a mural to prevent gun violence and after the renewal of a public health order on guns, conversations around how to stop gun violence continue in New Mexico.

New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence unveiled a new mural outside San Pedro Library in Albuquerque on Nov. 4, 2023. When viewed through a phone camera, the mural comes to life and names appear thanks to augmented reality technology. (Photo by John Leos/Cronkite News)

Arizona Purple Star pilot program kicks off with four schools supporting military families

GOODYEAR – Great Hearts Trivium Preparatory Academy, Luke Elementary School, Millennium High School and Dreaming Summit Elementary School are the first in a Purple Star pilot program launching in Arizona. The Purple Star designation is for schools with programs dedicated to supporting military-connected children in their education and social-emotional development.

Chris Wright, military liaison and third grade teacher at Great Hearts Trivium Preparatory Academy in Goodyear, speaks about the Purple Star Schools program, on Nov. 21, 2023. (Photo by Kiersten Edgett/Cronkite News)

‘Sleeping giant’: Through COVID, coaching change, Clark and Matus stay loyal to ASU football

TEMPE – Just five players remain from ASU football’s 2019 team. Through numerous obstacles, they’ve stayed with the program. We explored the motivations behind sticking around.

ASU football players during a game.

ASU coach Kenny Dillingham reunites with old football friends when Oregon visits Tempe for Pac-12 clash

TEMPE – After spending last season as the offensive coordinator at Oregon, ASU coach Kenny Dillingham will have a lot of familiar faces in Tempe Saturday when the Ducks visit Mountain America Stadium.

Kenny Dillingham running

‘This is who we are’: GCU men’s and women’s basketball hope to emerge as national threats in pivotal season

PHOENIX – GCU men’s and women’s basketball have had quick journeys to national prominence. Now they hope to use their recent momentum to reach new heights in their respective 2023-24 seasons.

GCU men's and women's basketball players on the court.

Running toward history: NAU women’s and men’s teams eye monumental sweep at NCAA Cross Country Championships

PHOENIX – Northern Arizona University seeks to become the first school since 2004 to sweep the men’s and women’s races at the NCAA Cross Country Championships this upcoming weekend at Panorama Farms in Charlottesville, Virginia.

NAU Women's cross country team.

‘They don’t know how to die’: Phoenix Rising win first ever USL Championship

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. – Phoenix Rising completed one of the most unlikely playoff runs the USL has ever seen on Sunday, when they beat Charleston Battery 3-2 on penalties to win their first ever USL Championship, ending years of playoff heartbreak.

rising celebrate usl champs

Desert Ridge High School leads way in building bridge to connect students with world of competitive robotics

MESA – Desert Ridge robotics has slowly built one of the best programs in the state, eyeing a return to the VEX World Championship after a top 16 finish last school year with the Nano Jagwires.

Desert Ridge student and a partially built robot.

Officials confident about Tuesday voting, feel good for long-term outlook

WASHINGTON - Local elections Tuesday could be a low-level test of voting systems stressed by years of challenges that have some worried about the 2024 election, now less than a year off. But officials are fairly confident - in the short and long term - that they can staff the polls.

Flagstaff devotes thousands of tax dollars to urban beautification programs to ‘enliven the city’

FLAGSTAFF – The city of Flagstaff Beautification & Public Art Commission devotes thousands of tax dollars to urban beautification programs to enhance community aesthetics. Programs include wrapping utility cabinets with colorful artwork and potting flowers downtown.

“Here Comes the Sun” traffic cabinet art wrap by Christy Moeller. (Photo courtesy city of Flagstaff)

ASU baseball gears up for 2024 season with fresh outlook, NCAA tournament snub in rearview

TEMPE – In preparation for the 2024 season, Sun Devils add 32 new faces to the roster with hope the team doesn’t struggle down the stretch. Coach Willie Bloomquist and his young but talented team are eager to showcase their potential as they welcome 18 freshmen and 14 transfers this season.

Arizona State player ready for pitch