Narrowing of state, U.S. gender wage gaps slow; may widen post-pandemic

The wage gap that had been narrowing between men and women stalled in 2019, according to new numbers from the Census Bureau, and advocates fear the situation will only get worse when pandemic-era data is released.


‘It’s turned into this craziness’: Substitutes in high demand as teacher shortage has districts scrambling

AVONDALE – Candie Halberg began subbing during her retirement because she missed the kids, and wanted to be in the classroom a few days a week. But she soon was back to working full-time, due to a dire statewide shortage in substitute teachers. During the pandemic, fears of getting sick coupled with a massive teacher shortage have made an already difficult job even harder to fill.


Child tax credit to military pensions: What to know about filing taxes this year

MESA – From the child tax credit to stimulus checks, here’s what to watch out for as you file your state and federal income taxes from 2021.


Arizona ports of entry get at least $315 million for upgrades, expansion

WASHINGTON - Arizona is set to receive at least $315 million for improvements to three ports of entry along the Mexican border, money that officials say is badly needed to ease cross-border trade while improving border security.


Uranium mine near Grand Canyon permitted by court, despite mining ban

WASHINGTON - A federal court ruled Tuesday that a uranium mine near the Grand Canyon can operate, even though it sits on 1 million acres that the federal government has declared off-limits to new mining.


Arizona Senate overrides education spending cap, avoids $1.2 billion in cuts to public schools

PHOENIX – In a 23-6 vote, the Arizona Senate passed SCR 1050 and overrode the Aggregate Expenditure Limit, an education spending cap that would have required a $1.2 billion cut in public school spending.


As assistance for renters still lags, fears of eviction rise in Arizona

WASHINGTON – The number of Arizonans fearing eviction has grown sharply since a pandemic moratorium ended in September, with advocates and landlords both saying rental assistance from the federal government has not reached renters fast enough.


COVID and political fatigue inspired ‘lighter, comedic’ Super Bowl ads

PHOENIX – Super Bowl television commercials adopted a kinder and more humorous tone during the big game this year after a few companies built their spots around the pandemic or politics in 2021 – if they advertised at all.


Arizona economy nears pre-pandemic norms as unemployment rate declines

PHOENIX - Arizona’s economy has seen tremendous job growth in the past year, economists say. The Back-to-Normal report ranks Arizona fifth in the nation.


Thunderbirds expect fundraising bounce back after ’21 Phoenix Open COVID-19 limitations

PHOENIX – The Thunderbirds spent a year prepping TPC Scottsdale for the 2022 WM Phoenix Open. On the heels of a limited-access tournament last year because of COVID-19, the organization is expected to raise about $10 million from this event.


Rising wages could not keep pace with rising prices in Arizona in 2021

WASHINGTON - Wages rose 5.3% in the Phoenix metro area last year, but prices rose almost twice as fast, with rising fuel and food prices eroding workers' buying power despite a surging economy.


Nearly $1.2 billion at risk for Arizona public schools if Legislature fails to override cap

PHOENIX – Arizona public school districts could face budget cuts of 16% if the Legislature doesn’t override the aggregate expenditure limit, a spending cap that voters approved in 1980.