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Groups held a candelight vigil at the state Capitol in March for the eight people killed in Atlanta, who prosecutors said were slain because of their race. Hate crimes climbed in Arizona last year and race continued to be the largest factor, accounting for 70% of the hate crimes reported in the state in 2020.

Hate crimes in Arizona in 2020 were the highest reported since 2001 in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, according to new FBI statistics, but advocates and experts say many more hate crimes mostly likely were unreported. Read more»

Actors aren’t pulling people onstage for the Phoenix Theatre production of 'The Rocky Horror Show,' but it still has an immersive aspect, says Kade Bailey, center, who plays Brad Majors.

Live theatre was among the industries hardest hit by the pandemic - many companies had to furlough staff members, cancel performances and forgo various planned events - but for the first time in almost two years, companies are finding ways to make sure the show goes on. Read more»

A new law makes it illegal for vehicles to block the sidewalk, preventing pedestrians from using it.

A new Arizona law making it a crime if your vehicle is blocking a sidewalk was one of 12 new laws that went into effect Wednesday - others deal with penalties for “doxxing”, classifying gun stores as essential businesses and adding new provisions for aggressive or reckless driving. Read more»

Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, accompanied by  David Lujan, president and CEO of Children’s Action Alliance, says the Child Tax Credit 'can be life-changing for those who are struggling to get by.'

Advocates and Arizona government officials are praising the newly expanded Child Tax Credit, which has provided thousands of dollars to Arizona households, calling it “help when we need it the most.” Read more»

At a Tempe memorial in 2016, Pfc. Adriana Sandoval salutes nearly 3,000 flags, representing the number of American lives lost on 9/11.

Across the state, many nonprofits are commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks through community outreach on the National Day of Service and Remembrance. Read more»

Arizona has about 70,000 more kids who need child care than it has spaces available to accommodate them, a gap that was fairly typical for the 25 states studied in a recent report. Advocates, who fear the gap will widen as a result of COVID-19, say the report has only strengthened their resolve to address the problem.

Arizona has 304,180 infants and toddlers who need child care but only 234,270 slots to accommodate them, with poor and rural families most likely to be left out, a recent study said. Read more»

According to data collected by the ADHS, verified opioid overdoses jumped from 375 in February to 479 in March, the height of pandemic-related restrictions on business and travel. Confirmed opioid overdoses peaked at 500 in August, before starting to move back down. Read more»

Dr. Jill Jim, the executive director of the Navajo Health Department, was named over the weekend to President-elect Joe Biden’s advisory panel on COVID-19.

President-elect Joe Biden has said dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic will be one of the first orders of business for his administration, and the head of the Navajo Health Department will be there to advise him on it. Read more»

Arizona election officials on Saturday finished counting the more than 3.4 million ballots cast by voters in this election, a voter turnout rate of 79.9%, according to the Secretary of State’s Office. Despite legal and political challenges to the results, state officials vowed to have the count certified by the Nov. 30 deadline.

Arizona elections officials finished counting the last of more than 3.4 million ballots over the weekend and are vowing to certify the results in the next two weeks, despite ongoing challenges from state Republicans. Read more»

Election workers process ballots over the weekend in Maricopa County where webcams, like the one that captured this image, stream events live. President Donald Trump, trailing in Arizona, sued over the handling of several hundred ballots in Maricopa County, but his case got a chilly reception Thursday in Superior Court.

Roopali Desai, the attorney for the secretary of state, said the suit does not seem to be concerned with overvotes as much as it aims to “undermine the integrity and credibility of the election.” Read more»

President Donald Trump’s campaign sued Arizona and Maricopa County this weekend over the handling of some ballots in last week’s elections. It came as Trump supporter rallied Saturday at the Statehouse to protest the ballot counting, with complaints that elections officials have quickly refuted.

The Trump campaign added Arizona this weekend to the list of states where it has gone to court to challenge the ballot count, charging that Maricopa County rejected ballots that should have been given a second review. Read more»

Workers board up shops and office buildings on blocks near the White House Friday, in anticipation of possible unrest after Election Day.

National and local law enforcement agencies are preparing to respond in case civil disturbances break out after Tuesday’s elections, which experts fear may have a “different venue for challenging election results, namely in the streets.” Read more»

A worker helps unload a grocery cart of rescued food for a customer of the Borderlands Food Bank in Nogales in this 2017 photo. This year, food banks around Arizona have seen sharp spikes in demand after COVID-19 hit and advocates fear “food insecurity” could start climbing again.

Advocates fear that years of steady improvements in the level of “food insecurity” among Arizona children could be reversed this year by the economic toll of COVID-19, a shift that could have long-lasting effects. Read more»

The Supreme Court said the Census Bureau could stop its count, with an estimated 99.9% of U.S. households tallied. But tribal leaders and advocates for underrepresented communities, who had sued to continue the count through Oct. 31, said they would be hit hardest by an undercount.

The Supreme Court Tuesday said the Census Bureau can stop its count of the population, a blow to tribal leaders and local advocates for underrepresented communities in Arizona who said they would be hit hardest by an undercount. Read more»

Arizona secretary of state 'voting rights ambassador' Teresa Martinez explains a voter registration form to high school students in this 2016 file photo. A federal judge this week ordered the state to extend the voter registration for 18 days because COVID-19 restrictions may have hurt registration efforts earlier this year.

Arizona nonprofits are working “nonstop” to register voters before opponents can overturn a federal judge’s ruling that extended the state’s voter registration deadline from Monday to Oct. 23. Read more»

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