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Fight over Resolution Copper Mine drags on – and both sides expect more

WASHINGTON - Lawmakers, federal regulators and courts have been grappling with challenges to the proposed Resolution Copper Mine in Oak Flat for years, and while the two sides agree on little, most agree that the debate is likely to continue for years to come.


August 4, 2022 Newscast

Cronkite News looks back at stories from our sports bureau: From how you can help when the Super Bowl comes to the Valley to why more women are betting on games.


Here’s what police, car dealers recommend to deter catalytic converter theft

PHOENIX – Catalytic converter thefts are rising across the U.S. The pollution-control parts, which can cost more than $1,000 to replace, don’t come with a serial number, but one Phoenix dealership has a way to increase the likelihood of recovering a stolen converter, and police recommend drivers be intentional about where they park.


Valley’s 12.3% inflation among highest in nation; U.S. at 40-year high

WASHINGTON - The Phoenix area posted one of the nation's highest inflation rates over the past year at 12.3%, compared to a national rate of 9.1% that was itself the sharpest rise in more than 40 years.


‘A mini-Grand Canyon’: Desert opens up as aquifers decline in Cochise County

SULPHUR SPRINGS – Cities and agricultural operations put intense pressure on groundwater supplies, but in most of Arizona, no rules govern how, when and how much can be pumped. In Cochise County, fissures are appearing as the water table falls, and some residents are pushing to establish an Active Management Area to regulate pumping.


$1 billion investment to acquire, conserve water is signed by Ducey

PHOENIX – Gov. Doug Ducey on Wednesday signed a bipartisan bill allocating more than $1 billion for water projects and reestablishing the authority of the Water Infrastructure Finance Authority of Arizona.


Burgers and bucks: Typical July 4th cookout will cost 17% more this year

WASHINGTON - The real fireworks for this Fourth of July weekend may be in the supermarket aisles. The American Farm Bureau's annual survey of holiday food prices found the cost of a cookout for 10 will be $69.68 this year, 17% higher than the same meal last year.


This third-generation pilot helped ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ take flight

LOS ANGELES – Kevin LaRosa, a film aerial coordinator, talks about his role on the Tom Cruise film “Top Gun: Maverick” and how his aviation journey from a young age led him to it.


Colorado River water managers face federal call for unprecedented cuts

Water users in the overtaxed Colorado River Basin have fewer than 60 days to come up with a plan to keep 2 million to 4 million acre-feet in the system to prop up Lakes Mead and Powell, and if they can’t, the Bureau of Reclamation says it will take action.


Heard Museum celebrates Pride Month with all-Native drag show

PHOENIX – The Heard Museum in Phoenix hosted a Native Drag Show featuring Indigenous drag queens and LGBTQ+ poets for First Friday in June, starring host Pyraddiction.


Firefighters get pay boost, say more needed as wildfires keep growing

WASHINGTON - Advocates welcomed the announcement that federal firefighter pay will increase by as much as $20,000 this year, a potentially "life-changing" step for the chronically underpaid crews. But they say more still needs to be done to attract and retain firefighters.


Tampon shortage spotlights fight against ‘period poverty’

PHOENIX – The latest supply chain problem – a shortage of feminine care items – has prompted Arizona advocates to renew calls for “period equity” to ensure that menstrual products are accessible and affordable for all.