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Recreational marijuana sales flying high a year after Arizona legalization

Arizona Department of Revenue reported more than $196 million was collected in taxes from 2021 marijuana sales – not including final December figures – with 22% of that total coming from recreational sales, a year after the use of recreational marijuana was legalized in the state.... Read more»

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With end to Roe possible, thousands brave cold at upbeat March for Life

While religious and political leaders took the stage, school and church groups appeared to make up a large part of the crowd that packed the National Mall for several blocks Friday for the 49th annual March for Life. ... Read more»

Capital COVID: Arizona state, federal lawmakers face different pandemic rules

Even though U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva tested positive for COVID-19 Wednesday, the Tucson Democrat was still able to cast votes in Congress by proxy Thursday while he was quarantined at home - an option many state lawmakers with they had.... Read more»

Fitness industry struggles to adjust as COVID-19 pandemic endures

Like most businesses, the fitness industry took a hit during the pandemic - about one in five health clubs have shut down permanently since March 2020 and most other gyms and fitness centers closed their doors temporarily, forcing people to find new ways to work out.... Read more»

Ducey defends use of Arizona school funding in face of feds’ threat to reclaim it

Gov. Doug Ducey said Thursday that the state’s use of money to support schools that reject mask mandates is “well within” federal guidelines for the funds, despite a Treasury Department threat to take the money back - but Arizona educators said the governor needs to back down.... Read more»

Arizona again ranks low on highway safety laws; state officials push back

Arizona once again ranked near the bottom of states on a national report card on highway safety laws, earning a “danger” rating as a state with just five of 16 recommended laws and no primary enforcement for seat belts. ... Read more»

Arizona mayors say immigration reform needed, but politics likely to prevent it

Tucson Mayor Regina Romero and Mesa Mayor John Giles took part in an immigration forum Wednesday and agreed that immigration reform is badly needed to address the current border situation, but they are not confident it can get done in the current fractured political climate. ... Read more»

No time to party: With omicron surging in Arizona, officials stress masks, tests, COVID vaccines

Arizonans who have had COVID-19 shouldn’t count on immunity from the highly contagious Omicron variant - which continues to spread in the state - as demands on health care workers remain high and staffing remains a huge issue in emergency rooms.... Read more»

Arizonans protest at U.S. Capitol as Senate takes up voting rights, Kelly endorses changing filibuster

Arizonans were among the activists protesting in Washington D.C. as the Senate began consideration of the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. Sen. Mark Kelly announced that he'll back changing filibuster rules for the measures.... Read more»

'You can’t be a hockey player': England’s Perlini and Kirk find success across the pond in Arizona

Any questions about the growth of hockey in England can be answered by examining the sport’s presence in Arizona: Brendan Perlini, former Coyotes forward now with the Edmonton Oilers and Liam Kirk, left wing and center for the Coyotes’ AHL affiliate, the Tucson Roadrunners.... Read more»

Pima County works to reduce overrepresentation of Native Americans in its jails

Native Americans are 1.8 times as likely as white Americans to be booked into a Pima County jail, which is why the county in 2016 started to address the drivers of its jail population with such solutions as pretrial behavioral-health diversion programs and warrant resolution. ... Read more»

From bingo to bocce: Unified Sports, Special Olympics step up for people with intellectual disabilities

Unified Sports, a program established through Special Olympics, puts people with intellectual disabilities and those without on teams together to promote social inclusion and mutual respect - progress was halted a year ago by the COVID-19 pandemic.... Read more»

Vicious circle: Tribal broadband program hindered by lack of broadband

The federal government’s effort to fund expanded broadband infrastructure in Indian Country overlooked a fundamental issue, advocates say - many tribes did not have the broadband access needed to apply for the funding that would let them improve broadband access.... Read more»

Trump likely to bring baggage with bragging to faithful in Florence rally

When he comes to Florence Saturday for his first rally of this election year, Trump returns as a former president with thousands of donors in the state, a firm hand on the party and GOP candidates clamoring for his backing.... Read more»1

They paved paradise, put up a parking lot: Valley racing fans mourn closing of dirt tracks

The rich history of Arizona dirt track racing is at the risk of making a dangerously long pit stop as tracks that were once popular family gatherings as well as stepping stones to NASCAR success are struggling to survive.... Read more»

Auditoría muestra que Patrulla Fronteriza se ve obstaculizada por tecnología obsoleta

La Oficina de Aduanas y Protección Fronteriza de EE. UU. se está quedando atrás en tecnología actualizada y el personal necesario para asegurar la frontera suroeste de 1,954 millas con México, a pesar de recibir $ 743 millones para tales actualizaciones desde 2017.... Read more»

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