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Maricopa, Mohave counties certify election results as Cochise County delays

PHOENIX – Maricopa County and Mohave County certified their county results for the November election, but Cochise County refused to certify its results by the legal deadline of Monday. State election officials have said they would sue Cochise County if it missed Monday’s deadline.

After running through a vote-counting machine, an election worker gathers ballots at the Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center on Nov. 10, 2022. Maricopa and Mohave counties voted to certify election results Nov. 28, the state deadline, while Cochise County voted to postpone its certification. (File photo by Drake Presto/Cronkite News)

As cartels turn to social media to push fentanyl, experts teach parents how to keep kids safe

GLENDALE – Opioid use, particularly the use of powerful synthetic opioids like fentanyl, remains a pressing problem. As cartels do more to target young people on Snapchat and other social media, Arizona drug prevention groups are letting parents, kids and educators know what to look out for to stay safe.


Move ’em out! Historic Old Tucson film studio has reopened after two years

TUCSON – Two years after COVID-19 shut it down, Old Tucson reopened in early October under new management. Hollywood filmed Westerns at the site for decades, and now visitors again can soak up some of that history.


Pac-12/SWAC Legacy Series brings social justice issues, HBCUs to the forefront

PHOENIX – Arizona and Arizona State’s basketball programs are getting a chance to learn more about historically Black colleges and universities through a partnership between the Pac-12 and the Southwestern Athletic Conference.


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."


Arizona votes are now counted, but election drama will go on

Arizona votes are now counted, however the ordeal goes on as three races are headed for automatic recount and two counties delay certification. Democrat Katie Hobbs defeated Republican Kari Lake in the governor race, which does not qualify for an automatic recount.

An election worker gathers ballots at the Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center on Nov. 10, 2022. (Photo by Drake Presto/Cronkite News)

Una madre mexicana en Phoenix busca empoderar a otras mujeres con su historia de emprendimiento

PHOENIX – Imelda Hartley dijo que pasó por momentos duros, como la violación a la que fue sometida a los 12 años a manos de un amigo de la familia. Perdió la custodia de sus hijos dos veces, todo por las mentiras de terceros que, según ella, buscaban verla destruida. Pero Hartley salió victoriosa y busca contagiar su empoderamiento a otros.

Imelda prepara el tamal “Harmony”, uno de sus famosos tamales con espinaca orgánica y queso crema. (Foto de Jimena Vera/Cronkite Noticias)

At 17, Kylan Boswell already turning heads for the Arizona Wildcats men’s basketball team

TUCSON – Arizona Wildcats guard Kylan Boswell, who was a five-star recruit from AZ Compass Prep, reclassified to play for the Wildcats a year early. Now, after recovering from a foot injury, the 17-year-old has seen early playing time after one of Arizona’s guards was suspended for the first three games.

Caption: Former AZ Compass Prep guard Kylan Boswell reclassified in the summer to enter college early and play for the Arizona Wildcats this season. He's averaging 21 minutes per game through the first three games. (Photo courtesy of Arizona Athletics)

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)

U.S. House: Redistricting, midterm malaise tighten congressional races in Arizona

PHOENIX – Democrats face stiff challenges to hold their slim 5-4 seat majority in the House of Representative races in Arizona, while the GOP hopes redistricting and midterm backlash gives Republicans the lead.


Schools superintendent: Hoffman and Horne in tight race

PHOENIX – Incumbent Kathy Hoffman, running a race in which she defended her record, and Tom Horne, a Republican who preached a return to academic basics, were neck and neck as ballots were still be counted.

Kathy Hoffman, the Democratic candidate for Arizona superintendent of public instruction, speaks during the election party for Arizona Democrats at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel Nov. 8, 2022, in Phoenix. Tom Horne is the Republican candidate for superintendent of public instruction. (Photos by Mary Grace Grabill/Cronkite News and courtesy of Tom Horne)

Kari Lake dares NFL to ‘play chicken’ over 2023 Super Bowl location

PHOENIX – Republican nominee for Arizona governor Kari Lake said she will not back down over her proposed border control measures if the NFL threatens to remove the Super Bowl – something the league did before in 1990.

The Vince Lombardi Trophy will be presented to the winner of Super Bowl 57 on Feb. 12, 2023 in Glendale, Arizona, but the location could be subject to change based on the fallout from the state's governor's race. (Photo by Susan Wong/Cronkite News)