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Arizonans on hand as Biden signs bill worth billions in state projects

WASHINGTON - Arizona lawmakers joined hundreds on the White House lawn Monday as President Joe Biden signed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that includes billions of dollars for road, transit, environmental cleanup and other projects in the state.


‘Gatos vs. Leñadores’: Arizona-NAU football game will feature nod to Hispanic heritage

TUCSON – Saturday’s Arizona-NAU game at Arizona Stadium will also be Hispanic Heritage Night, the signature celebration by a Wildcats program determined to honor Hispanic Heritage Month.

Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona

‘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?


Some schools sticking with mask mandates, despite Ducey funding threat

WASHINGTON - Friday was the deadline for schools to drop mask mandates if they wanted to be eligible for a share of millions in COVID-19 state aid, but at least several districts in the state were refusing to comply with Gov. Doug Ducey's demand.


Migrant deaths in the desert at record levels as heat wave pounds West

WASHINGTON - The number of migrant deaths recorded in the Arizona desert so far this year is on pace to break the record set just last year, as migrants attempt the crossing in the face of a record-breaking heat wave.


Ice cream and puppets: Arts grant funds mobile family theater

PHOENIX – “Sesame Street” puppeteer Stacey Gordon received a grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts to bring a mobile puppet show to metro Phoenix children of all ages.


Arizonans host a range of events to mark brand-new Juneteenth holiday

WASHINGTON - The federal Juneteenth holiday may be brand new, but you might not know it from the number of celebrations already planned to mark the day in Arizona, with celebrations across the state scheduled to start Friday night and continue through Saturday evening.


Tempe mayor calls for ‘continued and increased’ housing, transit funds

WASHINGTON - Tempe Mayor Corey Woods told a Senate panel that cities like his need federal funding for affordable housing and public transit, saying local investment alone cannot do the job. His testimony came as Washington wrangles over massive infrastructure proposals.


Tucson halts operations at water plant threatened by toxic chemical

WASHINGTON - Tucson officials said they will indefinitely suspend operations at one of the city's water treatment plants to keep it from being overwhelmed by an underground toxic chemical plume.


Cities wait, worry over state budget that poses ‘huge hit’ to revenues

WASHINGTON - With less than four weeks remaining in this fiscal year, local governments in Arizona are anxiously watching state budget negotiations that they fear could end up delivering a "huge hit" to city and town finances.


‘It hasn’t stopped’: Arizona volunteers try to stem the tide of migrant death in the desert

AJO – Hundreds of people die in the Sonoran Desert each year attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border. Local humanitarian aid organizations continue to provide crisis aid to prevent suffering and death.


Arizona law enforcement struggle to halt deadly street racing

Arizona law enforcement officials are trying to address the street racing problem across the state as public complaints and the death toll continues to mount.