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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
Diamondbacks Raise Ballpark Attendance Limit
The Arizona Diamondbacks say they’re increasing the number of game tickets available to baseball fans. But seats inside an original ballpark feature older than the downtown Phoenix stadium’s current name are no longer available.
March 31, 2021
Republic: FEMA Disputes Worker Mistreatment Allegations
The dispute between Arizona and the FEMA continues to create friction as the state races to get as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible. The state had initially rejected an offer from FEMA to set up a vaccination site in Pima County but later reversed its position.
March 31, 2021
WATCH: Biden Announces Infrastructure Package
President Joe Biden is presenting his next big legislative move: infrastructure. The "Build Back Better" plan is expected to include funding for physical infrastructure like roads and bridges as well as for clean energy and energy efficiency projects. Watch his remarks live Wednesday.
March 31, 2021
Tempe Mayor Critical Of Duceys Decision To Lift Pandemic Restrictions
Late last week, Gov. Doug Ducey decided to lift many pandemic-related restrictions on businesses and public gatherings, among other things. Tucson and Flagstaff have already said they’re going to keep their mask mandates in place. And on April 8, Tempe’s City Council members will meet to decide what their next step can and should be.
March 31, 2021
Girl Gang Garage Wants More Women In Automotive Trades
Who do you picture when you think of an auto technician? Auto repair and maintenance have long been male-dominated trades. Women make up just a small minority of those working in the automotive maintenance and repair trades. A garage in Phoenix is trying to change that.
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March 31, 2021
AZ House Committee OKs Bill To Boost Jobless Benefits
Legislation to boost Arizona jobless benefits for the first time in 17 years cleared a crucial hurdle on Tuesday. A House committee approved the bill that would boost the maximum payments to $320 a week.
March 31, 2021
Prescott Rescinds Its COVID-19 Emergency Proclamation
Following Gov. Doug Ducey’s executive order last week, the city of Prescott has taken similar action and rescinded its COVID-19 emergency proclamation. Prescott spokesperson John Heiney says businesses are starting to go back to normal, and the summer looks promising.
March 31, 2021
San Carlos Tourist Sector: Coordination Could Have Lowered Impacts
The requirement to have a negative coronavirus test was particularly difficult in a state where access to testing has been much more limited than in neighboring Arizona.
March 30, 2021
AZ Lawmakers Trying Again To Increase Per Diem Rates
Arizona lawmakers are moving to increase their expense allowance. Currently, state lawmakers with a permanent residence outside of Maricopa County are given $60 each day, during a regular or special session, for lodging and other expenses. Those in Maricopa County are given $35 a day.
March 30, 2021
Gilbert Public Schools Letting Go Of 152 Teachers Due To Enrollment Drop
Gilbert Public Schools is letting go of 152 certified educators next school year, citing a decrease in student enrollment. The district of more than 33,000 students and 40 schools said it experienced a drop in enrollment of 1,600 students year over year.
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March 29, 2021
Interior Department Gets Input On Oil And Gas Policy
The Department of Interior received input on its oil and gas policy last week in a virtual meeting where it heard from a variety of sources. One participant recalled that in 2016, an exploding oil well in New Mexico forced about 50 residents in the Chaco Canyon area to evacuate.
March 29, 2021
More Older Adults Slipping Into Poverty
The number of older people slipping into poverty is on the rise. And for many, it’s a new experience.
March 29, 2021
Report: Human Rights Watch Exposes Nursing Home Neglect
One of the leading organizations known for investigating human rights abuses around the globe issued a new report this week about nursing home neglect in the United States during the coronavirus pandemic.
March 29, 2021
Local Mask Mandates Are Gone. Heres How One Arizona Business Owner Is Handling It
Matthew O’Brien runs the Sagebrush AZ, an exotic boutique plant shop in downtown Mesa. His store will continue to require masks, and he says he expects "a level of compassion" from customers.
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March 29, 2021