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Female inmate firefighters build character but often can’t use fire skills after release

PHOENIX – Incarcerated firefighters have battled blazes since the 1980s, for less pay and diminished chances of becoming firefighters after release. But that could be changing.


Independent music venues struggle to stay afloat during pandemic

LOS ANGELES – Months without revenue have hurt independent music venues around the globe and multiple other professions within the music industry.


Trump makes way in at least one part of Washington – souvenir shops

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump continues to challenge President-elect Joe Biden's win, but it's time for Trump to go in some parts of Washington - the souvenir shops, where Trump hats, mugs, T-shirts and more are on sale to make way for Biden-Harris swag.


Digitized health records, safety apps could be game-changer for athletes at every level

PHOENIX – PRIVIT, a leader in the protected health-information field, feeds off a year of uncertainty and aims to impact the way organizations prioritize health care history.


For Sonora’s tianguistas, other informal workers, COVID-19 brings unique challenges

Tianguistas – flea markets – in Sonora have been effectively shut out from their main supplier. The COVID-19 pandemic and border restrictions have hit the industry hard.


After four years of tumult, businesses hopeful for Biden trade policy

WASHINGTON - Despite four years of tumult, trade between Arizona and Mexico has been stable under the Trump administration, with a dip this year blamed on the pandemic, and an outlook that has one expert hoping for a "renaissance" in North American trade.


ACA enrollment uptick a ‘pleasant surprise’ after years of declines

WASHINGTON – After years of steady declines, enrollment in Affordable Care Act coverage ticked up in Arizona and held steady in the U.S. this year in what one advocate called a "pleasant surprise" after a challenging year.


Over par: Arizona’s golf scene thrives during COVID-19 pandemic

PHOENIX – With more free time, Arizonans are flocking to play golf in 2020. See how courses have adjusted their operations to stay open during the pandemic, and how they’ve fared.


Michelangelo up close: Exhibit brings replicas of Sistine Chapel masterpieces to Phoenix

PHOENIX – Phoenicians can travel to Italy this winter with a trip to “Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition” at the Croft Downtown in Phoenix’s warehouse district. Life-size prints of the famous frescoes adorn the walls and ceilings so visitors can get a closer look.


Holiday punch: COVID-19 worries mean no holiday party for most offices

WASHINGTON - Offices across the country are canceling holiday parties, finding ways to celebrate virtually or with other COVID-19 safeguards in place. Just 23% of businesses said they plan a year-end party this year, a reversal from the 76% who did so last year.


Gilbert’s Made With Love Market reopens, brings together small business owners

GILBERT – The Made With Love Market made a comeback since shutting down back in February and remain optimistic with the upcoming holiday season.


Food banks receive government help to fill bellies during holidays

PHOENIX – St. Mary’s Food Bank and Local First Arizona partner with local governments to provide meals to those in need this holiday season.