Senate passes 11th-hour debt ceiling bill, heading off threat of default
WASHINGTON - The Senate gave final approval late Thursday to a bill to suspend the debt ceiling, just days before Monday's "X-date" when Treasury officials said the government would run out of money and default on its debts.
Experts: Arizona economy could be hit hard if default is in our stars
WASHINGTON - If the U.S. defaults on its debt, that's not be good news for anyone, but economists say it would be particularly bad news for Arizona. Tourism would likely be hit hard by a long-term breach in the nation's debt payments, according to a new reportI.
Watchdog fights to protect consumers, keeps tabs on utility companies and the commission that regulates them
PHOENIX – Since 2018, Abhay Padgaonkar has worked as a fierce consumer advocate, fighting for the rights of those who struggle to pay their electricity bills. Padgaonker believes that his background in engineering and financial modeling makes him uniquely suited for data analysis as he keeps tabs on utilities and the commission that regulates them.
Gov. Katie Hobbs establishes missing and murdered Indigenous people task force
PHOENIX – Gov. Katie Hobbs signed an executive order in March establishing an Arizona Missing and Murdered Indigenous People Task Force. Incomplete data and a lack of collaboration among tribal and governmental entities have blocked addressing the issue.
Transfer portal forces reflection, changes for Arizona men’s and women’s basketball programs
TUCSON – After a subpar March Madness performance by the Arizona men’s and women’s basketball programs, it did not take long for players to take advantage of the transfer portal and choose to find a new home for next season.
Going (Savannah) Bananas: Exhibition baseball teams take over Scottsdale, Peoria to delight of fans
SCOTTSDALE – The Savannah Bananas came to Scottsdale Stadium and Peoria Sports Complex last weekend as part of their 2023 world tour. The game featured plenty of entertainment outside of the unique Banana Ball rules.
Arizona’s $58 billion in manufacturing investments among most in nation
WASHINGTON - Arizona has attracted more than $58 billion in private investments for manufacturing since 2021, among the most in the country. The White House says it shows the president's economic plan is working, but analysts say there's likely more at work there.
Haboobs, swamp box and ki-yotes: Arizona residents favor protecting the ways they speak
PHOENIX - A recent poll suggests Arizona residents are in favor of protecting the unique ways they speak, and the country of Wales provides an example to do so.
U-S-A! Americans book trip to World Baseball Classic quarterfinals in win over Colombia
PHOENIX – Behind a 3-2 win over Colombia Wednesday night, Team USA moves on to the World Baseball Classic quarterfinals after going 3-1 in the group stage and now faces Venezuela on Saturday.
‘Honored and humbled’ Mark DeRosa goes from microphone to manager at helm of Team USA in World Baseball Classic
PHOENIX – Mark DeRosa has been one of the faces of MLB Network since his retirement from the Toronto Blue Jays a decade ago. Since then, he has found a home behind the roundtable almost every night. Now, DeRosa takes his talents to the dugout, becoming manager of the United States baseball team in his managerial debut.
Documentary film works to preserve the legacy of Arizonan Stewart Udall
WASHINGTON - John de Graaf says any list of Arizona political icons should include Barry Goldwater, John McCain - and Stewart Udall. But he worries that Udall, a crusading Interior secretary, is being forgotten, a slight he hopes to reverse with a new documentary on the man.
A dynasty is born: Kansas City Chiefs enter rare air with Super Bowl 57 win
GLENDALE – The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl 57 to become the NFL’s newest dynasty. Historical parallels between the Patriots’ dynasty of old and the Chiefs of today are more apparent after Sunday's comeback win over Philadelphia at State Farm Stadium.