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‘A cliff effect’: As federal benefits drop, food insecurity likely to rise again

An enormous influx of federal dollars helped stem the rising tide of hunger during the COVID-19 pandemic, but what happens when those benefits end?


As wildfires rage, federal firefighters see bump in minimum hourly pay

WASHINGTON - Fighting wildfires did not get any easier this month, but it did get a little more profitable for thousands of full-time and temporary firefighters employed by the federal government, which raised their minimum wage from $13 an hour to $15 an hour.


With 253,000 Arizonans behind on rent, court halts eviction moratorium

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court's decision to overturn a national eviction moratorium late Thursday comes as an estimated one-fifth of U.S. renters are behind on the rent - including 253,000 in Arizona.


Border town ‘fed up’ as ban on nonessential travel extended yet again

WASHINGTON - The federal government's COVID-19 ban on nonessential border crossings was set to expire Saturday, after being in place 17 months, but it has been extended for another month, further crippling local businesses that rely on cross-border customers.


ClipDart barber business snips away inequities of Black hair styling

Kyle Parker created the ClipDart network after having trouble finding barbers who could cut and style Black hair. The business platform allows people to find barbers or have barbers come to them.


A poor measure of need: Researchers urge update to decades-old federal poverty line

Researchers are suggesting a new way to measure poverty, saying access to billions of dollars in public aid are affected by a federal standard that has not been updated since the late 1960s.


Staying afloat: How Asian communities helped their small businesses survive COVID-19

As COVID-19 battered small businesses across the country, some Asian-owned businesses found the best relief came from their communities, not Congress.