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House advances two abortion-rights bills, but prospects dim in Senate

WASHINGTON - Arizona lawmakers split on party lines Friday as the House passed a pair of bills guaranteeing a right to an abortion, exactly three weeks after the Supreme Court overturned that right.


On eve of Brittney Griner’s guilty plea, community holds rally for Mercury star

PHOENIX - An emotional and impassioned Cherelle Griner addressed a fervent crowd of more than 300 at the “Bring BG Home” rally at the Footprint Center Wednesday evening. Shortly after, at a court in Khimki, Russia, Brittney, pleaded guilty to bringing hash oil into the country.


New Museum of the American Latino has first exhibit in Smithsonian space

WASHINGTON - "¡Presente!" opened last month in the National Museum of American History in Washington, the first exhibit by what will eventually become the National Museum of the American Latino - approved in 2020, but still years from opening a standalone museum.


This third-generation pilot helped ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ take flight

LOS ANGELES – Kevin LaRosa, a film aerial coordinator, talks about his role on the Tom Cruise film “Top Gun: Maverick” and how his aviation journey from a young age led him to it.


Arizona officials decry, delight in Supreme Court ending abortion rights

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled Friday that there is no constitutional right to an abortion in the U.S., overturning nearly 50 years of precedence and returning the power to regulate abortions to states. In Arizona reaction was swift, and ranged from anger to elation.


‘I beat the odds’: Friends, family help Arizona’s Dalen Terry celebrate NBA draft selection

SCOTTSDALE – Arizona’s Dalen Terry was selected 18th overall by the Chicago Bulls while surrounded by family and friends at his NBA draft party in Scottsdale.


Passing on gas: Biden’s gas-tax holiday gets cool reception in Arizona

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden's plan to ease prices at the pump by suspending state and federal gas taxes could be running on empty, after state and federal lawmakers who would have to approve the tax holiday greeted it skeptically - or with hostility.


Perry grad Jalen Williams set to become first-round NBA draft pick as brother Cody follows his footsteps

GILBERT – Jalen Williams went from unheralded college recruit to a projected first-round pick in the 2022 NBA Draft. Back at his alma mater, Perry High School, Jalen’s younger brother Cody is becoming a basketball star in his own right.


Heard Museum celebrates Pride Month with all-Native drag show

PHOENIX – The Heard Museum in Phoenix hosted a Native Drag Show featuring Indigenous drag queens and LGBTQ+ poets for First Friday in June, starring host Pyraddiction.


Firefighters get pay boost, say more needed as wildfires keep growing

WASHINGTON - Advocates welcomed the announcement that federal firefighter pay will increase by as much as $20,000 this year, a potentially "life-changing" step for the chronically underpaid crews. But they say more still needs to be done to attract and retain firefighters.


As budget deadline nears, Arizona educators rally at Capitol to protest public school spending

PHOENIX – Members of the Arizona Education Association rallied Tuesday at the state Capitol to again call on lawmakers to funnel a bigger chunk of the state’s $5 billion budget surplus into public school spending.


From Damian Lillard to Patrick Ewing, stars come out for Section 7 high school basketball tournament

GLENDALE – State Farm Stadium hosted the Section 7 tournament last weekend where top prospects including Jared McCain showcased their skills in front of over 500 college coaches. Arizona coach Tommy Lloyd was there watching the nation’s best players.