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Roosevelt Row Seeks Feedback On Future Of Arts District
A new public input portal has been opened for the Roosevelt Row Arts District in Phoenix. The district’s Community Development Corporation wants to hear from residents, visitors, artists, and business owners on a variety of issues like how they patronize the district, what they like, what could be improved and how they stay connected to it.
April 6, 2021
Survey: Metro Phoenix Voters Support Transportation Tax
The Maricopa Association of Governments is laying the groundwork to extend — or potentially increase — a regional transportation tax.
April 6, 2021
AZ Utilities Trying To Prevent Outages Like Those That Plagued Texas
In February, three winter storms that swept across the central U.S. led to severe power failures in Texas. While the Texas power grid stands alone, Arizona is part of an energy network with 14 western states, a few Canadian provinces and part of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. The Arizona Republic’s Ryan Randazzo took a look at Arizona’s power grid and what we can learn from the Texas debacle.
April 6, 2021
Phoenix Restaurant Owner Struggling To Hire Staff
As more potential customers have been vaccinated, the ability to venture out and sit down and eat at your favorite spot is becoming more of a reality again. But many restaurants are having a hard time getting former employees to return or to find new workers to replace them.
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April 6, 2021
Ducey Signs Law Shielding Businesses From COVID-19 Lawsuits
Gov. Doug Ducey has signed legislation giving businesses, nursing homes and others a broad shield from lawsuits related to COVID-19. Backers say businesses shouldn’t have to worry about the potential for frivolous lawsuits. Democrats say the measure would reward bad actors who flouted health guidance and endangered their workers or the public.
April 6, 2021
Udall Raising Concerns On COVID-19 Relief Funding For Schools
Michelle Udall, Republican state representative and chair of the Arizona House Education Committee, sent a letter to the state superintendent of public instruction on Monday with concerns about COVID-19 relief funding for schools.
April 5, 2021
Arizona Extends Deadline To File Income Taxes
Arizona residents have been given another month to file their individual income tax returns.
April 5, 2021
Mexico And The U.S. Face Vaccination Disparity
Almost half of the U.S. population vaccinated with at least one dose, compared to only 7% of Mexico’s population. And there are reasons and implications of the disparity.
April 5, 2021
Scottsdale To Build Pocket Park Prototype Near Downtown
Scottsdale plans to build a pocket park near downtown, as a trial run of sorts. The small park will be on city-owned land on the corner of Indian School Road and Drinkwater Boulevard. Officials say if it’s well-received, the city could decide to build more of them.
April 5, 2021
Parody Award Highlights Poor Response Rate Of FOIA Requests
Foilies are awards presented sarcastically to government agencies and organizations that have done a poor job in giving the public information or responding to Freedom of Information Act requests. The Show talked about the Foilies with Aaron Mackey of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
April 5, 2021
Sheriff Penzone Talks Border, Police Reform, COVID-19
Customs and Border Protection is reporting agents encountered nearly 172,000 migrants last month, which is a sharp increase from February; the number of unaccompanied minors is also on the rise. The Show spoke with Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone to talk about what he’s seeing, as well as other issues.
April 5, 2021
What Better-Than-Expected Federal Jobs Numbers Mean For AZ
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics monthly report, 916,000 jobs were added to the U.S. economy in March. The combination of increased vaccine distribution, stimulus and federal business support and the easing of COVID-19 restrictions have driven the national unemployment rate down to 6%.
April 5, 2021
Agencies: Arizona Farmers Should Expect Less Water In 2022
State officials are putting farmers in south-central Arizona on notice that the continuing drought means a “substantial cut" in deliveries of Colorado River water is expected next year.
April 5, 2021
Phoenix May Get Passenger Train Service Again
President Biden’s infrastructure improvement plan would bring Amtrak passenger service back to Phoenix for the first time in decades.
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April 5, 2021
How Havasupai Tribe Has Kept COVID-19 Out Of Their Community
More than a year into the pandemic, it’s hard to find anywhere that has escaped the coronavirus. But one Arizona community near the Grand Canyon has been able to utilize its isolated location as a defense. That has meant sacrificing the tourism business the community relies on.
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April 5, 2021
Crowds Return To Roosevelt Row On First Friday In April
After a yearlong hiatus, artists, performers, vendors and hundreds of people have returned to downtown Phoenix for First Friday.
April 3, 2021
Mesa Advocacy Group Challenges Nondiscrimination Ordinance
The Mesa City Council passed a nondiscrimination ordinance in March, becoming the seventh Arizona city to put one in place. But, the move was met with criticism from an advocacy group called United for Mesa, as well as the Center for Arizona Policy.
April 3, 2021
AZ Groups Press Companies On Voter Bills; GA Loses All-Star Game
Atlanta just lost a major sporting event over a newly signed voter law that President Biden called Jim Crow on steroids. Voting rights are just one reason why dozens of Arizona activist groups have started a pressure campaign on companies that do business here.
April 2, 2021
Is The Phoenix Area Poised To Become Silicon Desert?
Last week, Intel announced it would spend $20 billion to expand its Arizona facilities. That followed on the heels of Taiwan Semiconductor’s plans to invest $12 billion in a north Phoenix factory. But is the area poised to become the “Silicon Desert” that has been pushed for years?
April 1, 2021
Legislature Targets Corp Commissions Renewable Goals
As Arizona’s utilities push for an increase in renewable energy, the Arizona Legislature is digging in its heels.
March 31, 2021