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Elusive NFL QB Cunningham enters College Football Hall of Fame as punter

SCOTTSDALE – Randall Cunningham created a lasting legacy for himself as a quarterback in the NFL using his arm and running ability. But he needed his punting leg to get him into the College Football Hall of Fame.


Arizona homeless disenchanted by politics, face barriers to vote

Hidden behind the government district in downtown Phoenix sits a cluster of homeless shelters, food banks and clinics.

Rick Mead (left) and Jimmy Donnelly break outside Andre's House before lunch. Donnelly was on the streets and a "guest" at the shelter before winning a housing lottery ticket. After volunteering, he's now head of security at Andre's. (Photo by Brooke Stobbe/Cronkite News)

Theranos review puts spotlight on direct access lab testing

Theranos, a blood testing company and lab that operates in 40 different Walgreens around the Valley, has been scrutinized for its proprietary technology and methods. But that does not mean the Arizona law that allows patients to obtain blood tests and results without prior review by a doctor - a law that Theranos helped author - is in jeopardy.

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Black Friday backlash causes stores to rethink early openings, giving workers time with family

Some stores are facing a Black Friday backlash.

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A very vegetarian Thanksgiving: How local businesses adjust to new kinds of customers

In addition to the president, millions of others will pardon turkeys from the imminent threat of Thanksgiving this year.

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Phoenix leads a major decline in human sex trafficking

People who want to pay for sex will find themselves the target of a program that is aimed at reducing prostitution in the Valley.


Scientists say they’ve found a cure for a type of congenital blindness

Just this month, drug manufacturer Spark Therapeutics said it successfully completed a phase III trial for an exciting new gene therapy treatment for inherited retinal dystrophies, a progressive disorder that can cause blindness. This means they're one step closer to putting a cure for congenital blindness actually on the market.


Laser beams pointed at aircraft a growing problem in the US

More than 170 times last year, someone pointed a laser at an aircraft in Arizona, according to data compiled by the Federal Aviation Administration, and pilots and passengers are in agreement that the perpetrators need to be punished.


Court: Cops can be ordered to provide DNA in probe of officer’s death

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court said Monday that Phoenix police were within their rights to take DNA samples from officers responding to the 2010 shooting death of a fellow officer, Sgt. Sean Drenth, near the State Capitol.


Stanton: Victory for Phoenix transit tax proposition shows ‘a belief in our future’

The first benefits of a transit tax increase that was winning approval from Phoenix voters will likely be increased service by Valley Metro's Dial-a-Ride and more attention to potholes, supporters said Wednesday.


Glendale City Council votes to void deal with Coyotes

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story named an individual who was the reason for the council vote. City officials said late Thursday they had not revealed a specific individual. The story has been changed to reflect the new information.

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Contest seeks to drive innovation in water-conservation education

With drought continuing to grip the Southwest, a group armed with a $100,000 prize is out to encourage conservation and create awareness of water shortages through a website allowing individuals to create their own documentaries.