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National park tourism, spending recovers from pandemic but still lags

WASHINGTON - National parks in Arizona welcomed 10.7 million visitors who pumped $1.12 billion into local economies in 2021, both sharp increases from the pandemic-induced lows of the year before, but still shy or pre-pandemic levels, according to a recent report.


Landlords asked to help solve homelessness through new Maricopa County initiative

PHOENIX – Threshold is a centralized network of resources to support property managers so they can provide more people with affordable housing. Operated by HOM Inc., an Arizona company working with nonprofits in the state to combat homelessness, the service is funded by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, which is using federal COVID-19 relief funds and general funds.


Dreamer drama: Arizona man hopes play about his life drives DACA discussion

NEW YORK - Tony Valdovinos' story has taken him from Phoenix to off-Broadway and given him the chance to meet Barack Obama and "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. But what's important to Valdovinos is the message the play "¡Americano!" delivers.


A decade of DACA helped thousands in Arizona; advocates say more needed

WASHINGTON - Since taking effect 10 years ago, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to protect undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children, has protected 800,000 migrants, including 23,000 in Arizona. And advocates say it now needs to be expanded.


Despite calls for reform, guns are still a growth industry in Arizona

WASHINGTON - At a time when headline-grabbing mass shootings are driving calls for gun reform, gun manufacturing appears to still be a growth industry in Arizona, which had the third-most in the nation. The number of manufacturers grew 218% over the last decade.


To bee, or not to bee: Prescott girl makes National Spelling Bee finals

WASHINGTON - A Prescott 11-year-old will compete in the final round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee Thursday night, spelling words like nuciform and dyspathy over two days of competition to be one of just 12 finalists from the field of 229 that started Tuesday.


‘Hard Knocks Super Bowl’? If Cardinals go all the way, HBO’s popular series will be there

PHOENIX – The Arizona Cardinals have been announced as the feature team in the second installment of “Hard Knocks In Season.” If they advance to the playoffs, HBO will join them.


‘Shut up and dribble’? Not anymore as Steve Kerr, Mercury players use their platform

PHOENIX – In the aftermath of the Uvalde, Texas, shootings, athletes including Steve Kerr and Brianna Turner continue trend of speaking out about social justice issues.


‘It’s gotta be the shoes’: Why are Scottsdale nightclubs prohibiting retro sneakers?

SCOTTSDALE – Young adults increasingly are being turned away from Scottsdale nightclubs because of their retro sneakers, such as Jordans and Air Force 1s, raising questions about what determines the selectivity.


Change of course: Modernization, COVID-19 pandemic help revitalize golf

MESA – Since COVID-19, golf has experienced a boom in popularity. Sales are up, more people are playing and the sport is growing at the professional level.


Los números fronterizos alcanzan el nivel más alto en 20 años, a medida que se avecina el fin del Título 42

WASHINGTON – Los funcionarios fronterizos detuvieron a la mayor cantidad de migrantes en la frontera sur en al menos 22 años el mes pasado, lo que presenta un nuevo desafío para el plan de la administración Biden de poner fin a la ejecución del Título 42 dentro de unas semanas.


Border numbers hit highest level in 20 years, as end of Title 42 looms

Border officials last month apprehended the most migrants at the southern border in at least 22 years, presenting a new challenge for the Biden administration's plan to end enforcement of Title 42 at the border just weeks from now.