LOS ANGELES – The purple sea urchin population decimated kelp forests on the West Coast, where researchers are working to bring the creatures under control and supply them to restaurants around the world.
PHOENIX – The Phoenix Mercury added three guards on draft night and traded first-round pick Jocelyn Willoughby to secure point guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough.
PHOENIX – The Phoenix Mercury have the 10th overall selection in the WNBA’s April 17 player draft. Mercury coach Sandy Brondello said she’s confident the right player will be available when the Mercury pick.
TEMPE – On April 16, 2005, friends and family of the late Pat Tillman honored him with the first edition of Pat’s Run in Tempe. It has grown into the largest timed running event in Arizona.
PHOENIX – Four members of the Arizona State women’s basketball team this year were looking forward to their first experience in the NCAA Tournament. One was senior Ja’Tavia Tapley, who has lost her only shot to play during March Madness. But that isn’t the only impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on Tapley.
PHOENIX – The Arizona Department of Health Services releases new data on COVID-19, and Yuma County reports the first COVID-19 related death.
AUSTIN, Texas – VELA is an organization that provides support and resources to mostly Hispanic and immigrant families whose children have disabilities. Founded in 2010, it serves about 1,500 families annually – helping to close a significant gap in health care for Hispanics.
PHOENIX – Homeless shelters and food banks are seeing an increase in demand as COVID-19 rampages through the state. And time and money are running out for nonprofits.
PHOENIX – The Arizona Diamondbacks played their inaugural game on March 31, 1998 against the Colorado Rockies at what was then known as Bank One Ballpark.
PHOENIX – Arizona parks and recreation services are faced with the decision of whether to keep them open or close them down to prevent the spread of COVID-19. So far, most have kept hiking trails open, although some services are curtailed and traffic is being regulated.
‘How can I pay the bills’? Freelancers, other journalists impacted by COVID-19’s suspension of sports
PHOENIX – Nine freelancers and sports journalists share how they’ve been impacted by COVID-19 and the suspension of sports.
WASHINGTON - Heavy early voting and a steady stream of voters at polling places were boosting turnout in Tuesday's Arizona primary, where former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders competed in a slimmed-down Democratic presidential field.