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A new intermediary: How AI may impact libraries, research and information retrieval

PHOENIX – Cataloging and research are major areas in librarianship that artificial intelligence can automate and potentially improve. But librarians are grappling with the impact of AI on the fundamental role of librarians, user privacy and information literacy.

A computer used to find books and media at Litchfield Park Library on April 18, 2024. Integrating artificial intelligence into library services may change the way information is retrieved and categorized. (Photo by Kayla Mae Jackson/Cronkite News)

Arizona ranks 49th in nation for access to adult mental health care

PHOENIX – Mental Health America ranked Arizona 49th on its national list for adult mental health care, indicating a higher prevalence of mental illness and lower access to care within the state.

The Arizona Department of Health Services’ Arizona State Hospital in Phoenix provides “the highest and most restrictive” level of care in the state, according to AZDHS. (Photo by Crystal Aguilar/Cronkite News)

Hockey hotbed: Arizona might have lost its NHL team, but push for the sport’s growth continues

PHOENIX – The Arizona Coyotes are relocating to Utah next season, but the team’s effect on the growth of hockey in the Grand Canyon State is evident.

Hockey in Arizona remains strong behind the explosion in popularity from the high school level to the NHL. (File photo by Savannah M Nugent/Cronkite News)

Navajo psychiatrist bridges gaps between Native American culture and behavioral health care

GANADO – Dr. Richard Laughter, a Navajo psychiatrist practicing in the heart of the Navajo Nation, incorporates Native American cultural practices into the behavioral health program at Sage Memorial Hospital in Ganado.

Dr. Richard Laughter incorporates traditional Native methods into his psychiatric practice. “You can only do so much for their mental health if you’re just using meds and short therapy sessions,” he said. (Photo by Kevinjonah Paguio/Cronkite News)

Cranks, bugs, hurlers and short scouts: Arizona Vintage Base Ball league celebrates sport’s history in yearly tournament

BISBEE – The Arizona Vintage Base Ball League isn’t a traditional baseball league. It’s played with rules from the 1860s with hopes of preserving the game's rich history.

The Arizona Vintage Base Ball League isn’t your traditional baseball league. It plays with rules from the 1860s in order to preserve the game’s rich history. (Photo courtesy of Paul “Bucky” Biwer)

4th annual American Indian Youth Disability Summit honors ASU student with Youth Tribal Leadership Award

PHOENIX – The fourth annual American Indian Youth Disability Summit, held April 13, was created to support young American Indians with disabilities and provide peer advocacy. This year’s Youth Tribal Leadership Award was given to an ASU student studying speech and hearing sciences.

Zoë Alexis Irwin wins the Jim E. Warne Jr. Youth Tribal Leadership Award at the fourth annual American Indian Youth Disability Summit on Saturday, April 13. (Photo courtesy of Zoë Alexis Irwin)

Paradise lost: Coyotes, fans share emotional embrace in Arizona swan song

TEMPE — In an emotionally charged atmosphere at a sold-out Mullett Arena, the Arizona Coyotes played what was likely their final game in the Valley after 28 years.

Amid the uncertainty of relocation, devoted fans stand outside Mullett Arena as a symbol of solidarity and love for their beloved Arizona Coyotes. (Photo by Joseph Eigo/Cronkite News)

Final Four updates: Purdue coach Matt Painter seeks fair treatment by officials for Zach Edey

GLENDALE – Updates: From travel delays to high ticket prices, the Men’s Final Four in the Valley is already making for an interesting weekend.

The Alabama team bus awaits the arrival of players from the team hotel to take them to State Farm Stadium. (Photo by Brevan Branscrum/Cronkite News)

Sinema won’t run again, decries system where ‘compromise is a dirty word’

WASHINGTON - Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, an independent, announced Tuesday that she will not run for re-election this fall, lamenting the current state of partisan politics where voters and lawmakers alike prefer to "retreat farther to their partisan corners."


ASU’s Viva Kreis aims to elevate women’s sports, play for U.S. handball team in 2028 Summer Olympics

PHOENIX – Viva Kreis is an ASU athlete with a handful of extra work. She hopes to play in the 2028 Summer Olympics in team handball and make a difference in women’s sports. The path to completing these goals comes with hard work and focus.

Handball is one of the most popular sports in Europe. In the United States, the game is limited to a few clubs. (Photo courtesy of Marcos Domínguez)

Spring ahead: Six Cactus League teams feature new managers in dugout, all with same goal

GLENDALE – There are six managers with new teams participating in the Cactus League for spring training. Even though they all bring heaps of experience, they have taken different journeys to get here.

Ron Washington returns to the AL West as manager of the Los Angeles Angels, a division where he previously coached the Texas Rangers. (Photo by Joe Eigo/Cronkite News)

From Serbia to Phoenix: Freshman Iva Sepa makes waves in tennis, culture at Grand Canyon University

PHOENIX – Iva Sepa's journey from Serbia to Phoenix takes center stage as she embraces collegiate tennis at Grand Canyon University while navigating the challenges of a new country.

Serbian athlete Iva Sepa shines as a freshman tennis player at Grand Canyon University while navigating the challenges of living in a new country. (Photo courtesy of GCU Athletics)