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Glendale Launches New Rental Assistance Program
The city of Glendale will pay up to six months of rent, up to $2,000 per month, for tenants financially impacted by COVID-19. The application window will be just two weeks long, starting Nov. 1, and the aid will be distributed through a lottery system.
Oct. 20, 2020
How Gilbert Will Be Able To Ban Marijuana Even If Its Legalized
Last week, Gilbert voted to pass an ordinance to ban recreational marijuana from being sold in the town — except for the one medical marijuana dispensary that’s already licensed there. And the ban only takes effect if Proposition 207 passes.
Oct. 20, 2020
Census: Debate Over Where To Count Inmates Continues
A handful of states have passed laws banning prisoners from being counted for redistricting purposes, but Arizona is not one of them. The Show spoke with state Rep. T.J. Shope, a Republican representing Pinal County, home to several correctional facilities, about why he thinks it makes sense for prisoners housed in Pinal County to be counted as residents there.
Oct. 20, 2020
99% Invisible Host Explores Hidden World Of Design In New Book
Whether it’s roads, buildings, or items big and small around the house, there are a lot of things we simply don’t notice — or even take for granted. But design is all around us — at all times. Roman Mars has dug more deeply into those topics in the new book "The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design."
Oct. 20, 2020
Mesa, Green Valley Make Forbes Best Places To Retire List
Two Arizona communities make Forbes’ list of best places to retire in 2020. About 25 miles south of Tucson is Green Valley, a retirement mecca, according to Forbes. The business magazine ranked Green Valley No. 9.
Oct. 19, 2020
How The Phoenix Film Industry Is Booming Despite Pandemic
The economy has been hit hard on all fronts this year as the pandemic has caused skyrocketing unemployment and upended many industries. But one relative success story within this is in the Phoenix film industry. Phoenix Film Commissioner Phil Bradstock said despite COVID-19, it was a big year for film in the city.
Oct. 19, 2020
Shrinking Space: Median Home Lot Size Hits Record Low
The median lot size for a single-family home hit a record low in 2019. The National Association of Homebuilders said the median lot size for a new single-family detached home was 8,177 square feet (0.188 of an acre).
Oct. 19, 2020
Ducey: Sanders Endorsement Of Prop. 208 Shows Its Bad For AZ
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey called U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders' recent endorsement of Proposition 208 proof of what a bad idea it is. Ducey weighed in on the issue during U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' visit to a Phoenix charter school.
Oct. 16, 2020
Valley Concert Promoter Looks Back On Career In New Book
Danny Zelisko has promoted concerts in Arizona in cramped clubs and 70,000-seat facilities over the course of nearly five decades in the business. And with the impact of COVID, he has almost literally seen it all. Zelisko tells the stories of his career in the new book 'All Excess: Occupation Concert Promoter,' and The Show spoke with him about a few of them.
Oct. 16, 2020
Eegee’s Returning To Phoenix Metro Area
Eegee’s, the popular Tucson fast-food chain, is coming back to the Phoenix area next year. Eegee’s was established in Tucson in 1971 and originally expanded to the Valley in the 1980s. But the handful of restaurants didn’t stay for long.
Oct. 16, 2020
▶ This Weeks #AZNumber Is 7.5%
#AZNumbers is a weekly segment featuring thoughts and insight into Arizona's economic news. This week's number: 7.5%. Listen to the KJZZ business block with Heather van Blokland weekdays at 6 p.m. on 91.5 FM or stream it on KJZZ.org.
Oct. 16, 2020
Mexico Works On International Agreements For COVID-19 Vaccines
While the United States government continues its race against other countries to develop a coronavirus vaccine, in Mexico, authorities are following a different strategy: They are signing international agreements to guarantee enough supplies once a vaccine is developed.
Oct. 15, 2020
Phoenix Police Issue Tickets In Less Than Half Street Racing Contacts
Since launching a task force to address street racing, Phoenix police have issued more than 2,000 citations. Every Sunday night, about 30 officers hit the streets looking for crowds cheering high speed car maneuvers like burnouts and doughnuts.
Oct. 15, 2020
Arizona Nonprofits Working To Keep Doors Open
A slim majority of Arizona nonprofits say it’s highly unlikely they’d have to close permanently during the next fiscal year if their financial situations do not improve in 2021. But more than 60% of those organizations say without some kind of financial assistance, they’ll see net operating losses of up to 50%. Those are among the findings of a new survey done by the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits.
Oct. 15, 2020
Groups Scramble For U.S. Census Responses In Final Hours
A ruling by a majority of the Supreme Court has put an early stop to the U.S. Census count. It had been scheduled to finish on Oct. 31, but that was moved up a couple of weeks by the Trump Administration, and the high court approved it. That means the official count ends Oct. 15 at midnight, causing a scramble among a diverse variety of groups trying to get the percentage of respondents to be as high as possible.
Oct. 15, 2020
Taliesin West In Scottsdale Reopens For Tours
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West, an architectural icon in Scottsdale, is set to reopen to the public Thursday. Taliesin West closed in March due to COVID-19. It’s reopening with a number of health and safety protocols in place, including required mask usage and a time limit for visitors to see interior spaces.
Oct. 15, 2020
Sonora Added Nearly 12,000 Formal Jobs In September
The increase, which was one of the largest in Mexico, comes after the state lost nearly 40,000 since the COVID-19 pandemic started.
Oct. 15, 2020
Mexico’s Tourism Industry Gets Ready — And Anxious — To Fight The Pandemic
As the coronavirus pandemic drags on, many people are looking for safe ways to get out of the house. That’s been a boon in recent months for Rocky Point, a beach town in neighboring Sonora, Mexico, known for its popularity among Arizonans. And some Sonoran leaders hope that trend will spread to other parts of the state, too.
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Oct. 15, 2020
AZ Native Communities Fear Census Undercount
A U.S. Supreme Court order this week will allow Census counting to come to an end Oct. 15. The Census had been scheduled to continue through the end of the month, and some Arizona Native Americans say their communities will be undercounted because of the early cutoff.
Oct. 14, 2020
Phoenix Could Consider Flavored Tobacco Ban
Phoenix is taking a first step toward a potential ban on flavored tobacco products. And several retailers want to make sure their voices are heard.
Oct. 14, 2020

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