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Preserving the force of Navajo language: Dubbing ‘Star Wars: A New Hope’

FLAGSTAFF – Star Wars: A New Hope” was dubbed into the 700-year-old language of the Navajo in 2013 and now streams for subscribers of Disney+. The museum director who launched the dub sees it as a method of language preservation, with parallels between the tribe and “Star Wars.


Maricopa County agencies push to spend federal relief funds on affordable housing

PHOENIX – Maricopa County received more than $2.2 billion in federal COVID-19 relief funds that are available to help metro Phoenix end homelessness.


Poverty rate climbed in 2020, but pandemic assistance blunted losses

WASHINGTON - The U.S. poverty rate rose from 10.5% to 11.4% last year, reversing years of steady declines, but that increase in poverty was offset by pandemic relief funds and other benefits, according to new Census Bureau data.


Brnovich joins Ducey, vows to block Biden’s business vaccine mandate

WASHINGTON - The Biden administration plan to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for workers in large companies is likely weeks away from being implemented, but Arizona officials are already lining up with pledges to stop it.


Fourth fire station built in Phoenix could become a full-service restaurant

Phoenix is preparing to lease the fourth fire station built in the city so it can be converted into a restaurant or small business. The transformation is part of the Margaret T. Hance Park revitalization program.


Pick’em: Sport gambling in Arizona underway and options are plentiful

PHOENIX - With sports gambling officially legal in Arizona, professional teams celebrate partnerships with Caesars Sportsbook, FanDuel and Barstool Sportsbook.


Does controversial partnership between Barstool Sports, Arizona Bowl suggest attempt at image change?

PHOENIX - The controversial partnership between Barstool Sports and the Arizona Bowl sheds light on the media company’s attempt to reform.


Pandemic unemployment relief ends, cutting off 45,000 jobless in state

WASHINGTON - A federal pandemic relief program that provided extra financial aid to jobless workers ended Monday, hitting more than 45,000 unemployed Arizonans who had already seen the state pull away another source of federal aid in July.


Feds deal another setback to Rosemont mine by upholding jaguar habitat

WASHINGTON - Federal regulators on Friday rejected a mining company's request to reduce critical habitat for endangered jaguars in the Santa Rita Mountains on land that overlaps the footprint of the proposed Rosemont Copper Mine.


Jobless rate better, but flat, as Arizona employment, workforce surge

WASHINGTON - More workers than ever before are in Arizona's labor force and the number of people with jobs has almost reached pre-pandemic levels. But the number of jobless Arizonans remains higher than it was pre-pandemic, even as unemployment fell to 6.6%.


‘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.