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Band of brothers: ASU hockey’s Demetrios Koumontzis draws competitive spirit from siblings

TEMPE – Forward Demetrios Koumontzis, who is in his fifth season with the ASU hockey team, developed a competitive streak early while growing up as the second youngest of six brothers. His family made several moves just to help the boys develop their hockey skills.

The six Koumontzis brothers share a close bond through their early hockey roots. ASU men's ice hockey standout Demetrios Koumontzis, second from the right, has put his competitive streak on display in his final season. (Photo courtesy of Angela Koumontzis)

Hobbs presses steadily toward transition, even as challenges swirl

WASHINGTON - Ignoring challenges and election critics, Gov.-elect Katie Hobbs pressed on toward a transition Wednesday, meeting with current Gov. Doug Ducey, laying out the incoming administration's priorities and promising to be "a governor for all Arizonans."


‘We see value in you’: Arizona organization helps bridge gaps between foster kids and families

PHOENIX – An estimated 80% of the more than 400,000 children in foster care across the U.S. struggle with significant mental health issues. In Arizona, one nonprofit is working to help children persevere – by offering services for foster youth and parents alike.

Russ Funk, left, is director of community engagement for Aid to Adoption of Special Kids in Phoenix. Funk and his wife have been foster parents, and two of their four children are adopted and biracial. “They integrated into our home at a very early age, and so it was just a natural thing,” he said, adding that those experiences are what drove him to work with other foster families. (Photo courtesy of AASK)

Tight elections for attorney general, schools superintendent could trigger automatic recounts

PHOENIX – The results of statewide elections for attorney general and superintendent of public instruction are currently within the margin for an automatic recount, with about 10,000 ballots left to be counted. The process across every county in the state would go into late December before recount results are released to the public.

With just more than 10,000 ballots left to be counted statewide, Arizona’s races for attorney general and state superintendent will likely trigger recounts next month. (Photo by Drake Presto/Cronkite News)

Brotherly love: Reunited in Arizona, McLain trio leave their baseball mark

PHOENIX – Growing up in California. brothers Nick, Matt and Sean McLain played baseball in their backyard with their parents. Now, two are in major league farm systems and another at ASU. While their paths may have intertwined, these brothers are forging their own outside of each other's shadows.

Cincinnati Reds prospect infielder Matt McLain earned 2020 Second Team All-American honors at UCLA and is the only player at UCLA besides Gerrit Cole to be drafter in a higher spot then their initial draft selection. (Photo by Austin Ford/Cronkite News)

Cardinals lineman Kelvin Beachum, teammates ‘tackle hunger’ in Gridiron Giving Challenge

PHOENIX – Arizona Cardinals tackle Kelvin Beachum has joined Verizon and the United Food Bank in a campaign to “tackle hunger” that pits Cardinals fans and followers of the New Orleans Saints in a competition to raise funds to feed the hungry.

Arizona Cardinals players pose with a student at the Eisenhower Center for Innovation, where Verizon's Gridiron Giving Challenge was held Nov. 1. (Photo by Nikash Nath/Cronkite News)

Trash talk: Los Angeles is losing its battle with litter, and neighborhoods are stepping up

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles residents are fed up with trash they have decided to take matters into their own hands and create their own trash clubs, the city of Los Angeles, is stymied over the problem, and is heavily losing the fight against trash.

A man crushes cans and containers that can be cashed in at recycling centers. Scavengers go through some of the garbage left curbside Los Angeles. The city faces big problems of trash left on streets. (Photo by Emeril Gordon/Cronkite News)

Orioles outfielder Heston Kjerstad makes up for lost time in Arizona Fall League

Heston Kjerstad was drafted second overall by the Baltimore Orioles in the 2020 MLB Draft. However, he couldn’t make his professional debut until two years later due to being diagnosed with Myocarditis. Now, Kjerstad is playing catch up in the Fall League.

Orioles prospect Heston Kjerstad, who has been raking this season for the Scottsdale Scorpions, participated Saturday in the Arizona Fall League Home Run Derby and Fall Stars Game. (Photo by Jill Weisleder/Getty Images)

‘Visibility matters’: LGBTQ care coordinator aims to improve care for Phoenix-area veterans

PHOENIX – There are an estimated 1 million LGBTQ+ veterans in the U.S., many of whom are more likely to report chronic physical or mental health conditions. The Veterans Health Administration launched its LGBTQ+ Veteran Care Coordinator Program to address these disparities.

Ash Senter is the LGBTQ+ care coordinator at Phoenix’s Carl T. Hayden Veterans' Administration Medical Center. Senter, who is transgender and nonbinary, is a former Air Force reservist and a health psychologist who started as the Phoenix coordinator in January – and they’re excited about the changes they’ve seen. “Visibility matters,” Senter says. (Photo courtesy of Public Affairs Office/Phoenix VA)

See updates from Arizona voters and polling locations on Election Day

PHOENIX – Voters across Arizona headed to the polls to make their voices heard this midterm election. Their votes on candidate races and propositions will determine the future of Arizona. This year, tensions are high as Arizonans decide on a new governor as well as a U.S. senator, among other races.


The debate on debates: They grab headlines but some ask if they still matter

WASHINGTON - Debates, or lack of them, were the focus of a substantial amount of, well, debate in Arizona's elections this fall. But do they really matter anymore in helping voters make up their minds on a candidate? That all depends on who you ask.


Marcus Bagley looks to take ASU men’s basketball and his career to the next level

TEMPE – As Arizona State men’s basketball returns to game action, so will star forward Marcus Bagley. Bagley was a highly-rated recruit coming out of high school, but only played in 15 games over the last two seasons for the Sun Devils.