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Report: Census undercount may have missed 1.6 million in U.S., 48,000 in Arizona
WASHINGTON - The 2020 Census may have missed more than 1.6 million Americans, about 48,000 of them in Arizona, with the undercount disproportionately falling on minority groups, according to a recent report.
Hungry holidays: Break from school means break from meals for some kids
WASHINGTON - Holidays bring a break from schoolwork for students, but for more than a half-million Arizona children they can also mean a break from their only reliable source of a nutritious meal - the subsidized school meal.
First phase ending for child tax credit, a ‘game changer’ for families
WASHINGTON - Arizona families may have seen the last - for now - payment Wednesday under an expanded child tax credit program that advocates say has been a "game changer" for low-income families in the state.
Biden releases 50 million barrels of oil in hopes of easing gas prices
WASHINGTON - The Biden administration said Tuesday that it will release 50 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in an effort to drive down the surging cost of gasoline and home heating oil.
Arizonans on hand as Biden signs bill worth billions in state projects
WASHINGTON - Arizona lawmakers joined hundreds on the White House lawn Monday as President Joe Biden signed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that includes billions of dollars for road, transit, environmental cleanup and other projects in the state.
Hickman: A year after 2020 elections, threats, abuse still coming in
WASHINGTON - It's been a year since the 2020 elections, but Maricopa County Supervisor Clint Hickman said during a virtual forum Tuesday that he continues to get threats for his part in certifying the election.
Protesters take sides, as Supreme Court takes up Texas abortion law
WASHINGTON - The future of abortion rights was not strictly the issue before the Supreme Court when it took up Texas' strict abortion law Monday, but that was not evident from the scores of protesters who gathered outside the court.
Republicans press Tucson police chief on border in nomination hearing
WASHINGTON - Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus walked a fine line in a hearing Tuesday on his nomination to lead Customs and Border Protection, attempting to balance interests from Democrats and GOP senators.
What’s in a name? Plenty for people honored in Hispanic Heritage Month
WASHINGTON - As Hispanic numbers and clout continue to grow in the U.S. and the state, so have the terms to describe people with roots in Latin countries, with Latino, Hispanic and more becoming more controversial.
Robocalls dip as FCC rules kick in; advocates say more should be done
WASHINGTON - Robocalls to Arizonans dropped by more than 3 million in July, to about 84.4 million for the month, as a new federal mandate took effect that requires phone companies to implement anti-robocall measures. But advocates say phone carriers could do more.
Rise in food-stamp benefits is partly undercut by end to pandemic aid
WASHINGTON - More than 900,000 Arizona food stamp recipients will see an increase in their monthly benefits starting Friday, but activists say much more needs to be done to fight food insecurity in the state.
McCain, Flake face light questioning in chummy confirmation hearing
WASHINGTON - It was supposed to be a confirmation hearing for the ambassadorial nominations of Cindy McCain and former Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, but their appearance Tuesday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee sounded more like a family reunion at times.
Giles joins state, local officials to kick off homelessness initiative
WASHINGTON - Mesa Mayor John Giles joined state and local leaders from around the country to kick off a federal initiative to boost affordable housing and get 100,000 homeless households in permanent shelters, as the problem of homelessness has grown during the pandemic.
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.
The results are in: Standardized test scores fell during pandemic year
WASHINGTON - Standardized test scores in Arizona fell across the board last school year, as COVID-19 upended learning through the year and led to a sharp drop in the number of students taking the tests, the Arizona Department of Education said.
Senators review draft of election audit, as critics redouble attacks
WASHINGTON - Arizona Senate Republicans are expected to begin their review Wednesday of a partial Maricopa County election audit, but critics are not waiting until then to target the report as little more than "invalid and unreliable" partisan propaganda.