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Double duty: Suns GM James Jones rewarded with promotion to President of Basketball Operations

PHOENIX – The Phoenix Suns announced James Jones as the team’s new president of basketball operations. This is the first time this job has been filled since 2015. It is a new position for Jones, however Jones’ impact on the organization made the ideal candidate for the job.

James Jones is tasked with elevating the Phoenix Suns to new heights while wearing two hats as the Suns general manager and new president of basketball operations. (File photo by Hope O'Brien/Cronkite News)

Supreme Court wrestles over state challenges to federal immigration policy

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Tuesday grappled with how strictly the federal government must enforce immigration policy, and whether states should have a say in how that policy is enforced.


‘Smooth’ ASU receiver Andre Johnson strikes right notes on football field and in rap music studio

TEMPE – Arizona State wide receiver Andre Johnson is using the offseason to start a career as a rap producer. He’s not the first ASU football player to make music, but he wants to help define the Phoenix hip-hop scene.


Phoenix Suns’ injury woes taking a heavy toll, halt hot start

PHOENIX – After a 6-1 start to the 2022-23 NBA season, the Suns are just 4-5 since losing Cam Johnson and Chris Paul to injuries earlier this month. Who is stepping up in their absences? How is Monty Williams managing? Let’s take a look.

Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams, middle, has called on his supporting cast to pick up the slack in the absences of Chris Paul, left, and Cam Johnson, right. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Arizona students come to lobby as courts, Congress, fight over Oak Flat

WASHINGTON - A group of Arizona high school students and alumni was in Washington this week to lobby for a bill that would block development of a copper mine at Oak Flat, land that is sacred to the San Carlos Apache.


‘Blue mirage:’ Why Democrats’ leads slipped, bolstering GOP hopes

Tuesday night started with a blue hue in Arizona. In the morning, there was a red glow. How could this happen?


From oiled sand to ‘Augusta’ greens, Phoenix Country Club continues to evolve ahead of Schwab Cup

PHOENIX – The Phoenix Country Club hosted multiple tournaments, including the Phoenix Open and the PGA Tour Champions finale, Charles Schwab Cup Championship. The club has undergone many changes since its inception to enhance members and golfers’ experience.

Steven Alker leads the the Charles Schwab Cup money list with $3.3 million in earnings. (Photo by Conor Bonfiglio/Cronkite News)

Supreme Court presses state on its rejection of Arizona death-row appeal

WASHINGTON - Supreme Court justices challenged Arizona's claim Tuesday that a death row inmate should not get a chance to appeal his sentence, based on what one justice called a "Kafkaesque" ruling by the Arizona Supreme Court.


Pain, action and hope: Activists have battled for police reform for decades

OAKLAND, Calif. – Activists are pushing for police reform, building on the struggles of the past to improve the future of policing in the U.S. To long-time activist Elaine Brown in Oakland, that means being willing to risk your job, to consistently confront the uncomfortable.

Marion Gray-Hopkins visits the resting place of her son, Gary Hopkins Jr,. at the Fort Lincoln Funeral Home & Cemetery in Brentwood, Maryland. The 19-year-old was shot and killed by a police officer in 1999. (Photo by Diannie Chavez/News21)

Here’s the deal: Cam Johnson banking on solid play leading to huge payday with Phoenix Suns

PHOENIX – Cam Johnson and the Suns failed to agree to a contract extension before the season, allowing him to become a restricted free agent in 2023. This puts pressure on Johnson to perform, but he’s trying to not let it distract from the team’s goals.

Suns forward Cam Johnson is averaging 10 points and four rebounds through the first four games of the regular season. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

It started with a rubber chicken: The story behind the Suns’ Sunburst jersey

PHOENIX – The Suns’ decision to completely redesign their uniforms 30 years ago came during a time of dramatic change for the franchise that wasn’t for the chickenhearted.

Jerry Colangelo wanted a logo to reflect the Phoenix Suns as a franchise that was trending upward, not setting. So the new logo became a rising sun. (Photo courtesy of Tom O’Grady)

Civility in elections declining as political polarization rises, but there may be hope

PHOENIX – “Coward.” “Conspiracy theorist.” “Psychopath.” These are just a few of the insults hurled at opposing candidates in Arizona political races this election season. Experts say election civility is declining as political polarization rises, and the Arizona gubernatorial race between Kari Lake and Katie Hobbs is a prime example.