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No end in sight for Maricopa election audit, or for feuding over it

WASHINGTON - The private firms auditing Maricopa County elections said they have reviewed the more than 2 million ballots but will be unable to deliver a complete report without cooperation from county officials, during what critics called a sham hearing on a sham audit.


Advocates blast Supreme Court decision upholding Arizona election laws

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court Thursday rejected claims that Arizona's ballot-harvesting and out-of-precinct election rules discriminate against minority voters, a ruling that one critic said "takes a sledgehammer" to equal voting protections.


Academic benefits a go: NCAA loses Supreme Court case on compensation

PHOENIX - The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that restrictions the NCAA attempted to put on the academic benefits, like laptops and study abroad funding, are unconstitutional. Schools can now provide any academic benefits they want.


In nearly five-hour battle, Vanderbilt beats Arizona in College World Series

OMAHA, Neb. – Time wasn't on Arizona's side in the College World Series. A baseball game that went almost five hours ended with a Vanderbilt victory.


After pandemic, renovations, road trip, Rattlers return to Phoenix Suns Arena

PHOENIX – When the Arizona Rattlers return to Phoenix Suns Arena for their 2021 home opener Saturday night, it will be their first game there in just under two years. Philip Rakoci, a Rattlers fan and self-described “wildlife comedian” from Casa Grande, knows exactly how long has passed.


Ducey to terminate federal unemployment benefits for Arizonans

PHOENIX – Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and about half of other state governors have decided to prematurely end the increased unemployment benefits that President Joe Biden had promised would be in place until Sept. 4. Starting July 10, Ducey will end the extra $300 per week benefit for Arizonans.


Do voting laws protect or restrict access? House echoes state debate

WASHINGTON - House members stuck largely to talking points at a hearing on the effect that voter ID laws have on election access, with Republicans dismissing suggestions that they hit minority voters harder and Democrats citing a string of studies that say they do.


A Community’s Response: Reflections from the White Mountain Apache Tribe a year into the COVID-19 pandemic

WHITERIVER – COVID-19 devastated Native American communities. With the spotlight often on places like the Navajo Nation, the much smaller White Mountain Apache Tribe quietly battled to save its people.


Travel nurses, staffing industry pushed to the limits by COVID

PHOENIX – After more than a year of witnessing relentless death on the front lines, the critical workforce of travel nurses is burning out – with lasting repercussions on the health care industry.


Arizona near top of states for bills aimed at voting rights, limits

WASHINGTON - Arizona lawmakers began the year with the third-highest number of voting restriction bills in the nation, but it appears only a few will survive as the Legislature winds down. But voting rights activists say those few bills will still disenfranchise minority voters.


Top two Arizona high school prospects Kath, Selvidge making waves before MLB draft

PHOENIX – Desert Mountain’s Wes Kath and Hamilton’s Brock Selvidge may hear their names called in Major League Baseball's draft in July.


Giffords, congressional Democrats call for action on gun reform bills

WASHINGTON - Backed by a field of flowers that represent the thousands killed by gun violence each year, former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords joined Democrats who said Congress can act on gun reform or "can let the shooting continue."