With 253,000 Arizonans behind on rent, court halts eviction moratorium

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court's decision to overturn a national eviction moratorium late Thursday comes as an estimated one-fifth of U.S. renters are behind on the rent - including 253,000 in Arizona.


Border town ‘fed up’ as ban on nonessential travel extended yet again

WASHINGTON - The federal government's COVID-19 ban on nonessential border crossings was set to expire Saturday, after being in place 17 months, but it has been extended for another month, further crippling local businesses that rely on cross-border customers.


ClipDart barber business snips away inequities of Black hair styling

Kyle Parker created the ClipDart network after having trouble finding barbers who could cut and style Black hair. The business platform allows people to find barbers or have barbers come to them.


A poor measure of need: Researchers urge update to decades-old federal poverty line

Researchers are suggesting a new way to measure poverty, saying access to billions of dollars in public aid are affected by a federal standard that has not been updated since the late 1960s.


Staying afloat: How Asian communities helped their small businesses survive COVID-19

As COVID-19 battered small businesses across the country, some Asian-owned businesses found the best relief came from their communities, not Congress.


Few rental assistance dollars reach renters, as eviction moratorium ends

WASHINGTON - The federal government's COVID-19 moratorium on renter evictions ends Saturday, leaving thousands of Arizona renters vulnerable while state and local officials have distributed just a fraction of the funding aimed at keeping people in their homes.


Tourists returning to Grand Canyon, but businesses still feel pandemic effects

GRAND CANYON – More tourists are coming to the Grand Canyon, but some businesses are struggling to stay afloat while pandemic restrictions are lifted.


Minimum wage earners can’t afford a two-bedroom rental anywhere, report says

PHOENIX – Americans need to earn $20.40 an hour for a one-bedroom rental and $24.90 an hour for a two-bedroom unit, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition. But the average hourly worker makes $18.78 an hour.


Jobs of desperation: How rideshare, food delivery workers lose in the gig economy

Rideshare and food delivery work became even riskier during COVID-19, which put thousands of people out of jobs and into the gig economy. Some now are trying to unionize to negotiate better pay and conditions.


Gallego, other officials join White House push for infrastructure plan

WASHINGTON - Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego joined other mayors and governors at the White House Wednesday to push for the administration's $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan, a measure she has said is needed to reverse decades of "massive underinvestment."


Direct child tax credit checks start for thousands of Arizona families

WASHINGTON - Thousands of Arizona families will start getting direct payments from the federal government this week under the expanded child tax credit program, part of the American Rescue Plan that could mean up to $300 per child per month for the next year.


Destination Mars: Elon Musk’s plan to colonize space starts with test flight this month

PHOENIX – In his quest to start a colony on Mars, Tesla CEO Elon Musk is launching his Starship into orbit this month to test whether it’s possible to send passengers safely into space and to other planets. NASA’s ultimate goal also is to explore Mars.