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Senators Would Stop Micropolitan Label For 144 US Cities
Some lawmakers are trying to stop 144 American cities from losing their designations as “metropolitan areas.” The federal government wants to update the standard from at least 50,000 residents in a city's urban core to a minimum of 100,000 people. Republican John Thune of South Dakota and Democrat Mark Kelly of Arizona introduced Senate legislation Tuesday that would stop the Office of Management and Budget from making the change. The lawmakers said the downgrade would cause real harm, preventing urban areas from getting designated federal funding and making them less attractive for economic development.
June 17, 2021
Amazing Opportunities Coming To Former Kmart In Phoenix
Phoenix is moving forward with plans to turn a former Kmart store into a center that offers education and workforce training. The City Council wants to transform acres of asphalt and an empty 118,000-square-foot building into an innovation center.
June 17, 2021
Lawmakers Advance $100M Fire Fund In Special Session
The Arizona Legislature advanced bills Wednesday creating a $100 million fund to respond to a wildfire emergency after hearing dire warnings from state officials and praise from worried leaders of rural counties and cities amid a brewing fight on the role of climate change in driving blazes and drought.
June 17, 2021
Phoenix Street Signs To Honor Murdered Arizona Republic Reporter Don Bolles
A hotel in central Phoenix will honor an Arizona Republic reporter killed by a car bomb 45 years ago. In June 1976, Don Bolles drove his white Datsun to the Clarendon Hotel. The investigative reporter, known for covering corruption in the racing industry, thought he was meeting a potential source.
June 17, 2021
Women Win Big In Mexico’s Elections, But Challenges Remain
Mexico’s elections on June 6 were historic for the sheer number of open seats to be filled at the federal, state and local levels. But after votes were tallied, another milestone emerged: A record number of women were voted into office this year. It’s one more step in a years-long battle for political parity in the country. But there’s still a long way to go.
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June 17, 2021
Officials Call On Sonorans To Conserve Water As Drought Continues
Mexican officials are calling on residents of the state of Sonora to conserve water as the region continues to experience severe drought conditions.
June 16, 2021
Mexican President Meets With Sonora’s Governor-Elect
The newly elected governor of Sonora, Mexico, met this week with the country’s president. Many hope their close relationship will benefit the state — Arizona’s neighbor to the south.
June 16, 2021
AZ Will Pay Prisoners $1.50 An Hour To Fight Wildfires
The state Legislature is in a special session to consider a $100 million package that would address wildfire and flood mitigation. Part of the funding will go toward incarcerated work crews.
June 16, 2021
AZ Seeks Feedback On Draft Rules For Sports Betting
Arizona’s target date to fully legalize fantasy sports is less than 90 days away. The state’s top gaming official wants public help so adults 21 and up can also be free to bet on the outcome of professional football in early September.
June 16, 2021
Ducey Touts Trade With Mexico, Concern Over Border Restrictions
Gov. Ducey visited Nogales, Arizona, on Wednesday, to highlight a year of prosperity between the state and its largest trading partner, Mexico.
June 16, 2021
Survey Highlights Disparities In COVID-19 Vaccine Access
The COVID-19 Vaccine Poll from the Commonwealth Fund and the African American Research Collaborative asked more than 12,000 Americans about their vaccination status and their attitudes toward the vaccine. The results highlight nationwide inequities in vaccine distribution among different demographic groups.
June 16, 2021
Assisted-Living Sees Same 2020 Death Spike As Nursing Homes
COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes are well studied. But less is known about assisted-living residents, most of whom are over 80 years old and have multiple chronic illnesses. A new study provides some clues.
June 16, 2021
New Education Tax Again Survives; Appeal Pending
A trial court judge has thrown out several legal challenges to a new voter approved tax on high-earning Arizonans. Tuesday's ruling leaves just one additional issue raised by challengers to Proposition 208 in play at the trial court.
June 16, 2021
Judge OKs $15M Settlement Over Rape Of Incapacitated Woman
A judge has approved a $15 million settlement against a doctor in a lawsuit by the parents of an incapacitated woman who was sexually assaulted and later gave birth at a Phoenix long-term care center, marking the last of several deals to resolve legal claims over the rape.
June 16, 2021
Former U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon Enters Governor’s Race
Former U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon announced Wednesday that he is running for governor of Arizona, a post he narrowly lost 18 years ago to Democrat Janet Napolitano.
June 16, 2021
WATCH: President Biden Holds Press Conference After Meeting With Vladimir Putin
President Joe Biden held a press conference Wednesday after meeting with Russia's Vladimir Putin and at the end of Biden's first international trip as president.
June 16, 2021
As California Reopens, Some Unvaccinated People Feel Left Behind
Tuesday marks the California's official reopening. Occupancy restrictions inside offices, stores, restaurants, bars and stadiums are gone and mask requirements greatly relaxed. Californians are celebrating their rediscovered freedoms. Except those who can't get COVID-19 vaccines for medical reasons.
June 16, 2021
ASU Researchers Look At Urban Shade Alternatives
Trees can provide relief from the heat during the summer months, but ASU researchers say that other forms of shade can also be effective. The findings can have benefits for city planners looking to offset the heat island effect.
June 15, 2021
Arizona Utilities Confident In Energy Supply Amid Record High Usage
The state’s largest electric utility is predicting record high usage for customers on Tuesday. Arizona Public Service says it is ready for a long hot summer. APS says it prepares for the summer months year round, forecasting demand and planning accordingly.
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June 15, 2021
Sonora COVID-19 Cases, Hospital Occupancy Showing Upward Trend
While COVID-19 cases are declining in Arizona and across much of the United States, there are worrying signs in neighboring Sonora. Total weekly cases have now risen for two consecutive weeks.
June 15, 2021

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