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To-go cocktails make it harder to enforce underage drinking laws

During the COVID-19 pandemic, states gave a boost to struggling restaurants by allowing cocktails to-go - but the expansion has strained understaffed alcohol enforcement agencies, which have been hard-pressed to prevent underage drinking.... Read more»

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Biden asks Congress for $33 billion for Ukraine aid, pleads again for COVID funds

President Joe Biden on Thursday asked Congress to approve $33 billion more in funding to help Ukraine fight off a Russian invasion that has lasted more than two months and renewed calls for additional funding to fight COVID-19.... Read more»

Rural healthcare orgs in Arizona awarded $5.1M in USDA grants

A dozen healthcare organizations in Arizona will share over $5.1 million in federal grants as part the American Rescue Plan Act, passed last year under the Biden administration.... Read more»

Brisket, bacon & baseball: Chase Field delivers new food lineup for 2022 season

The Arizona Diamondbacks have unveiled new food items that will be available at the ballpark - ranging from Buffalo Chicken Sidewinders to Baja Fish Tacos - along with new food partners located throughout the concourse.... Read more»

Pima County to spend $1 million in COVID relief grants to promote tourism recovery

The Pima County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously in favor of using $1 million in federal COVID relief funding to promote tourism. Two grants awarded to Visit Tucson and Tucson City of Gastronomy will help advertise the local UNESCO designation. ... Read more»

Arizona committee approves measure to ease SNAP requirements for ex-felons

A bill, sponsored by Snowflake Republican Rep. Walt Blackman, to help individuals in Arizona with drug-related felony convictions keep food on the table cleared the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, taking its first step toward becoming law. ... Read more»

Ex-inmates would face less food insecurity under Az GOP proposal to ease SNAP restrictions

Arizona Republican Rep. Walt Blackman is backing legislation that would expand access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for recently released felons by requiring only that the formerly incarcerated person follow their terms of probation to qualify for food assistance.... Read more»

More Americans can use food stamps for restaurants, prepared meals

In the past two years, six states, Including Arizona, have opted in to the little-used federal Restaurant Meals Program that allows older adults, people with disabilities and people experiencing homelessness to use their food benefits on select, low-cost restaurant meals.... Read more»

A last cup of kindness: Farewell to Bentley's and the days of auld lang syne

Bentley's House of Coffee and Tea is closing its Speedway location, relocating yet again — to our hearts and minds and memories.... Read more»

The low-and-slow approach to food safety reform keeps going up in smoke

For more than 70 years, consumer advocates, government experts, members of Congress and several presidents have called for a single food safety agency - but the idea has stalled again and again, easy to propose but all but impossible to enact.... Read more»

The magnificent history of the maligned and misunderstood fruitcake

Nothing says Christmas quite like a fruitcake – or, at the very least, a fruitcake joke - and haters and disrespect aside, fruitcake is still a robust American tradition: The website Serious Eats reports that over 2 million fruitcakes are still sold each year.... Read more»

Hungry holidays: Break from school means break from meals for some kids

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. ... Read more»

'Big Jim' Griffith built bridges, not walls, in the Borderlands

No one can fill "Big Jim" Griffith's shoes, for he — more than any other Tucsonan — triggered enormous and lasting community pride in our "folk" traditions of music, food, santos, architecture, and border culture. — Gary Nabhan... Read more»

4th Avenue Street Fair means road closures for Tucson motorists, transit changes

Tucson's 4th Avenue Winter Street Fair is this weekend, meaning road closures to accommodate the event. ... Read more»

Thanksgiving dinner will cost Arizonans 5% more this year, but that’s less than average U.S. hike

The average price of a Thanksgiving feast for 10 people is $53.31, up $6.41 from last year, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual price survey. The higher prices are pretty much across the board: turkey, cranberries, frozen dinner rolls and pie crusts.... Read more»

Protect yourself from salmonella this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just a few days away, and I regret to inform you that there’s a multidrug-resistant salmonella outbreak running rampant in the nation’s poultry industry.... Read more»

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