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Biden cites infrastructure needs in Arizona, other states, to push plan

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure proposal spelled out constructions needs in all states, including Arizona.


Valley roller skaters adapt during pandemic, embrace community to overcome adversity

PHOENIX – As roller skaters navigate COVID-19 shutdowns and reopenings, they’re searching for a place to roll – and a community.


‘Dog-flipping’ on the rise as more Americans seek companionship during pandemic

PHOENIX – With many people searching for companions during the pandemic, dog thieves are reselling of desirable pooches for thousands of dollars.


‘Water protector’: Indigenous illustrator wins Caldecott Medal for children’s book

Michaela Goade is the first Indigenous illustrator to win the Randolph Caldecott Medal for best American picture book for children. The artist won the honor for “We Are Water Protectors,” written by Carole Lindstrom.


‘Sorry, buddy’: Athletes saying ‘no’ to autograph seekers symbolic of COVID-19 era

PHOENIX – People with time during a pandemic are revisiting their sports memorabilia collections and that business is booming. Getting those collectibles autographed is another story, though.


Death, taxes and April 15? Maybe not. Tax filing dates shift in 2021

WASHINGTON - The IRS extended the tax-filing deadline to May 17 because of COVID-19, but the due date remained April 15 in Arizona - until Monday. Lawmakers approved an extension last week, the governor signed it Monday, just 10 days before the usual tax day.


Limited Cactus League attendance has ripple effect on local businesses

TEMPE – For plenty of Arizona businesses, March is the busiest month of the year thanks to an influx of tourists for spring training. But in 2021, with the pandemic limiting Cactus League attendance, restaurants didn’t see the same sales spike they usually do.


‘Fourth wave’: As mask mandates are lifted, Arizona health researchers urge COVID-19 caution

Researchers at ASU call for social distancing and mask wearing to continue in the face of a possible fourth wave and local mutating strains of COVID-19.


Businesses get another 60 days to apply for pandemic relief assistance

WASHINGTON - Arizona business officials welcomed Tuesday's extension of the Paycheck Protection Program, a multibillion-dollar pandemic-relief program for businesses that one official said has been "keeping people open from day to day" over the past year.


Feds extend eviction moratorium for 90 days to slow COVID-19 spread

WASHINGTON - A federal eviction moratorium that was scheduled to end Wednesday has been extended through June 30, good news for the close to 114,000 Arizona renters who think they are at risk of eviction.


Thrift shops and sustainable fashion outlets thrive during the pandemic

PHOENIX - While most businesses have been suffering during the COVID-19 pandemic, thrift stores across Arizona have been experiencing success.


Recreational marijuana sales race ahead, but industry equity falls behind

TEMPE – Arizona started recreational marijuana sales in January, months earlier than expected. Sales have been so heavy that lines form at some dispensaries. Still, the industry struggles with social equity and diversity in the workforce.