Should Independent Restaurants Get Special Help During Pandemic? Phoenix Owners Say Yes
While many restaurants are suffering financially due to COVID-19, there are growing calls for the federal government to help independent restaurants — those that are not part of national brands or large chains. Over the last several months, KJZZ has been following two Phoenix restaurants through the crisis. This report starts downtown where some people waited in triple-digit heat to support their local restaurant.
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Residential Utility Bills Increase As More People Stay Home This Summer
Residents are dealing with one of the driest monsoon seasons in the state and a pandemic on top of record breaking temperatures resulting in higher utility bills.
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Unemployed Arizonans Call For Additional Federal Aid
Congress is at an impasse over the federal government’s next coronavirus relief package. But the extra $600 per week in unemployment payments provided by the CARES Act expired at the end of July, and many jobless Arizonans say they need help now.
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Pinal County School District To Start In-Person Learning Next Week
No Arizona school should be holding in-person learning yet, according to state health officials. However, the J.O. Combs Unified School District’s governing board decided Monday in a 3-2 vote to offer it anyway starting Aug. 17.
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PAC-12 Postpones Athletic Competitions Until After New Year
The Pac-12 CEO Group on Tuesday opted to postpone sports competitions for fall and winter until the end of the calendar year.
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Transgender Teens File Lawsuit Over Ban On AHCCCS-Funded Surgery
A lawsuit involving a pair of Arizona transgender teens has drawn national attention. The two — a 15-year-old known as D.H. and a 17-year-old going by John Doe — wanted to get male chest reconstruction surgery, but the state bans its Medicaid system, AHCCCS, from paying for it.
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In Historic Pick, Joe Biden Taps Kamala Harris To Be His Running Mate
The selection will make Harris the third woman and first Black and first Asian American candidate to be nominated for vice president by a major political party.
The Big Ten Conference has voted to postpone its 2020 college football season. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with The Athletic's Kavitha Davidson about the decision.
Parents Of Elijah McClain Sue City Of Aurora, Colo., And Police Over His Death
The federal civil rights lawsuit alleges the parties are responsible for McClain's death last year after police put the 23-year-old in two chokeholds and injected him with ketamine.
'Alarming' Trend: TSA Intercepting Many More Guns Despite Far Fewer Air Travelers
The Transportation Security Administration says last month it found three times as many guns in carry-on luggage as the same period last year, even though air traffic is down 75% due to COVID-19.
Postal Workers Decry Changes And Cost-Cutting Measures
As a result of the new postmaster general's plans to shake up the agency, "mail is beginning to pile up in our offices," says Kimberly Karol, a postal clerk and union leader in Iowa.