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Flagstaff gets $32.5 million in latest release of infrastructure act funds

WASHINGTON – Federal officials announced the release Thursday of $32.5 million for pedestrian improvements along Flagstaff's Downtown Mile, the largest portion of what one official said will be biggest transit investment in the city in years.


Serena Williams’ retirement ripples through the Arizona tennis community

PHOENIX – Serena Williams’ retirement: Arizona tennis community discusses the impact of legend’s legacy


Imposing Northwestern-bound Mountain Ridge star Doost has a soft spot: mom

GLENDALE - Alexander Doost is an imposing 6-foot-6, 295 pound offensive lineman at Mountain Ridge High, who committed to Northwestern after receiving 18 offers from Power Five schools. However, he does have a soft spot. It’s for his mom, who passed away last year.


Tribal boarding schools much improved, but legacy of old schools remains

WASHINGTON - The abuses of tribal boarding schools are in the past, but the schools are not, entirely. Arizona, once home to 47 federal Indian boarding schools, has eight tribal boarding schools today. They aren't perfect, advocates say, but a far cry from past horrors.


Can’t hurt to ask: Arizona lawmakers raise earmark requests by $194 million

WASHINGTON - For a second straight year, Arizona Republicans refrained from requesting any funding for local projects in Congress, while Democrats boosted requests by $194.5 million, a 43% increase over last year, when earmarks were restored after a decade-long hiatus.


Hualapai leader urges Senate to OK water plan, as wells fail in drought

WASHINGTON – Hualapai Chairman Damon Clarke told a Senate committee Wednesday that getting access to Colorado River water is "the only feasible solution" for his tribe, whose wells are failing under the stress of the continuing drought.


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.