Friday, January 27, 2023

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A critical number of rural IA nursing homes close; TX lawmakers consider measures to restrict, and expand voting in 2023 Session; and CT groups, and unions call for public-health reforms.

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Attorney General announces enforcement actions on ransomware, Democrats discuss border policies, and the FDA is relaxing rules for gay and bisexual men to donate blood.

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"Brain Gain?" Research shows rural population is actually growing, especially in recreational areas; other small towns are having success offering relocation incentives like free building lots, cash, complimentary dinners and even internet credits; and researchers say the key is flexibility and creativity.

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According to a University of Minnesota study, transgender women, trans-feminine and visibly gender-nonconforming riders report higher incidences of discrimination and violence when using public transportation. (Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Groups Partner for 'Safer, More Inclusive' Ride-Share Option

An Arizona LGBTQ+ group has established a partnership with Waymo, the autonomous-driving tech company, to provide what it said will be a safer …

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Tuesday, January 24, 2023

AZ Mayor Meets with City Leaders in DC to Discuss Local Challenges, Solutions

Mesa Mayor John Giles has plenty of takeaways after attending the U.S. Conference of Mayors in the nation's capital. The event lets bipartisan local …


According to a VoteCast survey for the Associated Press, 44% of 94,000 voters said the future of democracy was their primary consideration in the last election. (Adobe Stock)
Enhancing Trust in Arizona Elections Post-2022 Midterms

Election watchdog groups are taking a closer look at the 2022 midterms and how they influenced voters' overall trust in the election process in Arizon…

Vitalant said it is seeing 20% fewer blood donations than before the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)
AZ's Blood Supply Drops to Lowest Level in a Year

Arizona's blood supply is at its lowest level in a year. Vitalant is encouraging Arizonans of all blood types to donate blood, especially universal …


According to Arizona's state climatologist, the last two monsoon seasons and triple-dip La Niña winters are all playing a role in the long-term drought improvements. (Adobe Stock)
Drought Conditions in AZ Improving

Arizona's drought conditions are improving. Erinanne Saffell, state climatologist, said it is important to note Arizona evaluates short-term and …

On Sunday, the Arizona Department of Transportation had already announced State Route 64 was closed between mileposts 241 and 268, near the Grand Canyon. (Adobe Stock)
Close to 2 Feet of Snow Expected in Northern AZ

The greater Flagstaff region in Northern Arizona could potentially see close to two feet of snow in the coming days. The National Weather Service has …


The W.K. Kellogg Foundation will host its seventh annual National Day of Racial Healing on Tuesday. (Adobe Stock)
AZ Events Highlight National Day of Racial Healing

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a day in which many across the country celebrate the revolutionary words and thoughts of the civil rights …

The CDC reported only 15.4% of people 5 years of age and older have received the most updated booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. (Adobe Stock)
Omicron Subvariant Could Fuel Next AZ COVID Surge

The newest Omicron subvariant could be the reason Arizona starts to see COVID-19 cases rise again. The Arizona Department of Health Services …


One of Sen. Anthony Kern's bills also sets more specific zoning requirements where drag shows can take place. (Adobe Stock)
AZ Senators Aim to Restrict Drag Shows with New Bills

Two Republican Arizona state senators have kicked off the new legislative session wanting to limit and restrict drag shows. State Sen. Anthony Kern…

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AZ Community Starts New Year Waterless

Arizona residents in the Rio Verde Foothills community started off the new year with no water after being cut off from the city of Scottsdale as part …


One of the priorities on this year's list is that the Arizona Legislature and Gov. Katie Hobbs ensure access to free and fair elections for all. (Adobe Stock)
Groups Release 2023 Environmental Priorities for AZ Legislature

Arizona conservation, climate, faith and community groups have released a list of top environmental priorities they want state lawmakers to take up …

In 2022, Southwest Gas applied for an <a href=11.5% rate increase for its Arizona customers. (Adobe Stock)">
Southwest Gas Seeks Rate Hike for AZ Customers

Southwest Gas customers could pay higher utility bills if the Arizona Corporation Commission gives the green light to the utility's proposed rate hike…


 

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